Their are several different desserts here in Saudi all named harrisa and maybe you even remember my favorite north African dip which is also called harrisa. Hey, I did not name this stuff but whoever did should be more original. Anyway, on to this magnificent dessert. This is rather easy to make and you will be quite surprised by the outcome. I really wanted to try something new for my family and as we sit down for tea I was hoping that it tasted as good as it looked. It was even better then that we quickly gobbled down every single one of these.

1/4 cup all purpose flour
1-1/2 cups dates, pitted and chopped
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 teaspoon cardamom, ground
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
1-1/2 teaspoons sugar

1. On medium heat in a 9-inch skillet add butter. Add walnuts and mix until lightly toasted. Add cardamom, sugar, dates and flour. With a wooden spoon mix until nuts and dates are covered. Remove from heat.

2. Place your hand in a plastic bag and shape mixture into golf ball size shapes.

Yields: 16


  • Stacy aka Fahiima says:

    Oh I wish I had some dates. I would go make these right now!

  • Stinni says:

    I just found your blog last night while searching through food blogs and I’m already in love! I’ll be a regular here and can’t wait to see your next recipe. Regards from Kuwait.

  • Noor says:

    These are great I know you all with love them. Stinni thanks so much. I am glad you found and like my site :)…

  • Cosmic Cook says:

    Thanks so so much for this recipe. I’ve been looking for this recipe for a while as I was told it is a dessert that the prophet regularly had.

  • Cynthia says:

    This is so simple and easy to make. Bookmarked.

  • Arlette says:

    this is a very simple delicious dessert….
    easy to prepare any time you craves some sweet.

  • leo says:

    I need some dates right now! I never thought that I would be making a dish with dates!
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  • Cosmic Cook says:

    I tried this just now, but it didn’t come out right. The flour was too less. Are you sure its just a 1/4 cup?

  • Noor says:

    Even if you do not use enough flour you will still be able to work with it. This is the exact amount that I used. When your mixing it all around your pan it will look like batter all over nuts and dates, messy. If you feel like their is to much butter then add a bit more flour to make it like a batter. But with this small amount of butter this flour should be more then enough. It will just look messy in the pan BUT its easy to shape bc of its stickiness. YOU can and many people here do just dump the pan into a serving platter and eat that way but I love the cute balls personally. It will be hot so I use a plastic bag on my hand and form into balls. They will stay! What was the issue you had?

  • Cosmic Cook says:

    They wasn’t enough flour to make them into a shape? Maybe next time I’ll add more flour, and more butter. Also mine went slightly dry, not all soft looking like yours.

  • Noor says:

    You know I was racking my brain trying to figure out why. AND maybe just maybe its the dates. What kind did you use? I used a popular shukr date here. They are VERY soft and sweet. The flour will not have anything to do with the shape the stickiness of the date will. I place them in the plastic bag and form a ball and hold it time and ta da their a ball and they stay.

  • Noor says:

    I just want to make you some and bring them over, lol.

  • Taste of Beirut says:

    I am thrilled to be trying this out in the next few days for the Walima challenge, thanks for presenting it ; I like the idea of adding nuts to it too!

  • meeso says:

    Sounds so good, loving the dates, cardamom and walnuts!

  • Jennifer says:

    these look great! we eat something like that here in algeria. i find it so interesting how harissa is different in different countries, in fact here in algeria harrisa can refer to like three different dishes. strange! but cool of course! =D

  • Stacy aka Fahiima says:

    I finally got some dates and made these. For the people that found it too dry, it could be the pre-packaged chopped dates. I added a tiny amount of water with the dates and left them on a little longer before I added the flour. They stuck together just fine.

  • UmmTalal says:

    Stacy thank you so much I do think that was the problem bc the dates I buy here is Saudi are moist.. I am so glad everyone liked this recipe..

  • Umm Hamza says:

    salam alaykum,
    This recipe was super easy and flavoursome, next time i make them i will try to use better dates inshallah.

  • Anonymous says:

    Salam alaikum wa ramatulah wa barakatu sister. This is Ummbinat and I just made these delicious bites. I will make these again in Ramadan insha Allah!! P.S. I used a gluten free flour mix of white rice flour and half the amount of tapioca starch as my family is gluten free. Jazak Allah kheir for posting. Ma’asalama.

  • missinghaya says:

    Just found your blog and I love it! thanks for posting these wonderful treats. I just wanted to know how long to these keep and what is the best way to store them?
    Thanks in advance.

  • Noor says:

    Thanks so much your very kind.. You can store these in the fridge and they are great at room temp..

  • ~Chris says:

    Now that’s funny! I was just getting used to the idea of Harrisa being a chili paste instead of an Armenian chicken dish I grew up with, now I’m seeing this. :)

  • Noor says:

    LOL I know and I have found many many other recipes sweet and not with this name :p

  • NeverEver says:

    when i learned harissa it was from east saudi and it is like stewed barley and chicken all mashed up (you know harissa means something like smashed so i think that is why it is a common name… there are a lot of smashed foods lol).

    this is a lot like something I make called 3aseeda but i cook it longer with more flour (whole wheat) and blend the heck out of it. it is a really similar idea though.

  • Noor says:

    Ahh yea your right for sure. I know aseeda but have yet to make it inshAllah one day I plan to :)

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