Gooey Cinnamon Date Rolls

Ooey-gooey date filling and a sweetened condensed milk glaze. Zaynab Issa and I co-developed this Ramadan-ready recipe for you to devour dates in decadence. Joolie’s Ramadan date box came in handy, blessing our recipe fresh, high quality medjool dates.

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1 cup milk, at room temperature
1 packet or 2 ¼ tsp
instant yeast
2 eggs
, at room temperature
⅓ cup butter
, melted 
½ tsp
kosher salt
⅓ cup
⅛ tsp
4 - 4 ½  cups
of all purpose flour


2 cups pitted dates, chopped into small pieces
1 cup boiling water
2 tsp cinnamon, optional but highly recommended
¼ cup heavy cream 


4 oz cream cheese
4 oz sweetened condensed milk
Toasted shredded coconut
Toasted Pistachios



Whisk together the milk, eggs, melted butter, yeast, and sugar, salt, and nutmeg in a large bowl. Add 4 cups of flour and mix to incorporate. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface, and knead by hand for about 5 minutes or until smooth, using additional flour (up to ½ cup) as needed to form a smooth ball. Transfer dough to an oiled bowl and let rise in a warm place for about 30 minutes. 


In the meantime, place the dates in a medium sized bowl and cover with the boiling water. Let sit for at least 20 minutes. Once the dates have hydrated and softened, using a fork, mix them until a smooth paste is formed. Depending on the type of dates being used and how long you soak them, you may need to blitz the dates in a blender or food processor to achieve a paste-like consistency. Then, stir in the cinnamon and heavy cream and set aside.


Once the dough has risen, return it to the work surface and roll it into a rectangle, about a ¼ inch thick. Spread over the date mixture, roll it up starting from the longside, and use a knife or floss to cut them into 12 even rolls.


Butter a 9x13 baking dish, arrange the rolls in the dish, and let them rise again for 30 minutes. While the dough is proofing, preheat the oven to 375℉.


Once the rolls have puffed up, bake for 18-20 minutes or until lightly browned on the tops. 


In the meantime, prepare the frosting by whisking together the softened cream cheese and the sweetened condensed milk. 


Remove the rolls from the oven, let them cool for at least 10 minutes, then spread over the icing and sprinkle with the shredded coconut and pistachios. 

What if I don't have...

This does suck! But your ramen will still be luscious and flavorful, so just replace it with a Tbsp of soy sauce.

ramen noodles?
Chewy noodles are crucial. If not ramen, try soba or glass noodles.

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