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Date Slice

Updated on February 24, 2015

Easy Date Slice

This no bake date slice is a favorite in our house. Easy to make and tasty to eat. It has the wonderful date fruit and only six other ingredients! And the last one is optional. I've had this recipe now for about 40 years and it's always been a hit. It was passed on to me many years ago.

These don't last long...I don't mean storage wise I mean they're gone in no time.

Photos on this lens are taken by Lyn Bell

Your ingredients are:
Dates, Sugar, Egg, Biscuits (Marie or Wine), Margarine or Butter, Lemon, Coconut

Date Slice Ingredients
Date Slice Ingredients

Photo: Lyn Bell

Dried Date Fruit

Sun Maid Pitted Dates, 8-Ounce Pouches (Pack of 5)
Sun Maid Pitted Dates, 8-Ounce Pouches (Pack of 5)

This would be my choice of dates...mainly because I've used them before so have an idea of the quality.


Health Benefits of Date Fruit

Dates are the fruit of date palms, which grow in the desert. Believed to have originated in the lands around the banks of Nile and Euphrates rivers date palm is now widely cultivated for its edible fruit in warmer climates across all continents. There are numerous health benefits with dates. Dates are rich in vitamins and minerals.

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Marie biscuit substitute
Marie biscuit substitute

What's Marie or Wine Biscuit?

My original recipe calls for Marie Biscuits. These will be familiar to people from Southern Africa but when I came to New Zealand I had to find a substitute as these were not available and no one had heard of them. Today with lots of people from South Africa these biscuits can be easily obtained. In fact the local commercial bakeries have put out their own Marie Biscuits.

What I found was that the local Vanilla Wine or Super Wine biscuit had a similar pattern on the top (seen here) and the same texture. Perhaps in other countries that don't have Marie biscuits you may have a biscuit that would do just as well as a substitute.

But wait....I see the US has them and you can get them online!

...Amazon has the Marie Biscuit!

Regal Marie Biscuits 550 Grams
Regal Marie Biscuits 550 Grams

While I have not had this brand before it has a five star rating and two people have even given their feedback on it so it must be good, don't you think!? Apparently this brand is not too sweet and lower in calories. Well, if you're going to add sweet dates this is a plus...don't want to overdo the sweetness!

The Marie Biscuits come in a tin container which is quite large and would make a lovely gift.


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The Steps To Making The Date Slice

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Boil together gently, add Marie Biscuits broken into small pieces.Grease your tin.Spread the mixture.Cut the slices and roll in coconut.
Boil together gently, add Marie Biscuits broken into small pieces.
Boil together gently, add Marie Biscuits broken into small pieces.
Grease your tin.
Grease your tin.
Spread the mixture.
Spread the mixture.
Cut the slices and roll in coconut.
Cut the slices and roll in coconut.

I like to make small squares to have with coffee. It makes a lovely after dinner sweet treat.

  • Prep time: 10 min
  • Cook time: 20 min
  • Ready in: 30 min
  • Yields: Depends on size of slice: Makes 16-20 slices


  • 450 g (1/2 lb) Pitted dates
  • 75 g (3 oz) Sugar
  • i Beaten egg
  • 150 g (5 oz) Butter
  • Few drops of lemon juice
  • 3/4 of a 250 g (9 oz) Packet of Marie Biscuits (or 200 g...7 oz)
  • Coconut


  1. Boil together gently: the dates, sugar, egg, butter and lemon juice.
  2. Add about 200g (7oz) of broken Marie Biscuits (small pieces).
  3. Spread in a greased tin (about 1/4 inch thick. When cold cut as desired and roll in coconut.
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      victoriahaneveer 5 years ago

      I love dates. And figs!

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      webmavern 5 years ago

      I love dates and this is such an easy recipe, I'll be sure to try it. Thanks for sharing!