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Date-and-Walnut Sambouseks

Yield 10 pastries (serving size: 1 pastry)


  • 1 cup chopped pitted dates
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped walnuts
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 (7.5-ounce) can refrigerated biscuit dough (10 biscuits)
  • Vegetable cooking spray
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds

Nutrition Information

  • calories 163
  • caloriesfromfat 20 %
  • fat 3.6 g
  • satfat 0.7 g
  • monofat 1.5 g
  • polyfat 1.1 g
  • protein 3.9 g
  • carbohydrate 29.8 g
  • fiber 1.8 g
  • cholesterol 22 mg
  • iron 1 mg
  • sodium 147 mg
  • calcium 31 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Combine chopped dates and orange juice in a medium saucepan; cover and cook over low heat for 15 minutes or until the liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat, and mash the dates with a fork until smooth. Stir in chopped walnuts, vanilla, and cinnamon.

  2. Divide the dough into 10 biscuits. Working with 1 biscuit at a time, pat each biscuit into a 4-inch circle. Spoon about 1 tablespoon of the date mixture onto half of each circle. Fold the dough over filling, and press the edges together with a fork to seal. Place the filled pastries about 2 inches apart on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Brush the beaten egg over pastries, and sprinkle with sesame seeds.

  3. Bake the pastries at 350° for 25 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from pan, and let cool on a wire rack.