I made these as a present for my sister at Christmas. The recipe below is for marzipan and makes a lot of marzipan, enough to cover a Christmas cake. To make these treats you basically cut a slit in the dates, remove the stone and then stuff with a little sausage of marzipan. They are delicious.
Marzipan (from Cordon Bleu Cookery Course)
225g ground almonds
170g caster sugar
113g icing sugar
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp brandy
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 drops almond essence
Put the almonds, caster sugar and icing sugar into a bowl and mix them together.
Whisk the egg with the lemon juice, brandy, vanilla and almond essence. Add to the almond and sugar mixture and mix until a soft dough is formed. Knead with your hands until it is smooth.