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4.84 from 12 votes

Grandmother’s Date Nut Roll Recipe

Date Nut Roll Candy is a traditional, Southern candy served during the holidays. This recipe is easy to follow and a family-favorite!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Cooling Time10 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: date nut roll, date nut roll recipe, southern date nut roll
Servings: 12
Author: Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch

Ingredients

  • 3 cups granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup butter 2 sticks
  • 8 - 10 ounces dried dates chopped
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

  • Line four baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Stir milk, sugar and 1/2 cup (1 stick) of butter together in a heavy bottom pan over medium high heat. Add dates. Stir constantly while cooking until the temperature reaches 235º F on a candy thermometer or when drops of the mixture into a bowl of cold water reach a soft ball stage.
  • Remove from heat and add 1/2 cup (1 stick) of butter and vanilla. Beat until starts to thicken and add chopped pecans.
  • Divide onto four baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Carefully spread across parchment paper to form a roll. Roll smoothly and cool completely before slicing.