Date Rolls With Coconut Recipe

There are two of Amma’s treats that always come to mind when I smell roasting coconut - Poli and Date Rolls. Date Rolls (Date filled biscuits rolled in coconut) were a treat Amma usually made for Diwali or if we were expecting any visitors.  

This post consists of two Date Rolls Recipes-the first with egg and the second Eggless Date Rolls.
You can skip to the Eggless Date Roll Recipe by clicking here>>

Date Rolls (with Egg)

For the Date Roll Biscuit you will need:

  • 2 cups  flour
  • ½ cup butter
  • ½ cup   sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 eggs
  • vanilla essence
  • pinch of salt

Other Ingredients:

  • ½ cup desiccated coconut
  • 250g Pitted Dates
  • ½ cup milk

How To Make Date Rolls (South African Recipe)

1. Make sure that the butter is at room temperature. Cream the butter and sugar together. Add the beaten eggs. Combine with the sifted flour and baking powder.

2. Knead until you have a soft pliable cookie like texture. When you break the dough it should look like the image below… a soft cookie dough texture.

3. To make the date rolls, roll small pieces of dates like the image below.

4. Take a small piece of your biscuit dough then press piece of date into it rolling it into a ball then into a long finger like shape (similar to Gulab Jamun ).

5. Once you have shaped all your dough start by dipping your date rolls into milk then into coconut and finally onto a lined baking sheet.

6. Once all your date rolls have been covered in coconut, bake at 180 degrees Celsius for about 15 minutes. Check to see that your date rolls don’t burn as some ovens may operate differently to mine. Once out of the oven, place on a rack and allow to cool.

You can store your date rolls in an airtight container for about a week or about 3 months in the freezer.

Eggless Date Rolls

To make date Rolls without eggs I use a similar recipe as above -with a few modifications. Firstly to omit the eggs-then increase the butter content and add milk .
Date Roll Recipe: © 2011 l www.foodlikeammausedtomakeit.blogspot.com

For the Eggless Date Roll Biscuit you will need:

  • 240g  flour
  • 100g butter
  • ½ cup  sugar 
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • ½ cup desiccated coconut
  •  ½ cup Pitted Dates
  • ½ cup milk

  • Combine the butter and sugar then add the flour and baking powder to form a crumb like texture then add 2 tablespoons milk to bind the mixture. 
  • Knead until you have a soft pliable cookie like texture.  
  • Repeat Steps 4-6 from the first recipe). Go back to step 4>>

Eggless Date Rolls 2 (view recipe)

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