A simple delicious Gulf Arabian sweet. perfect with coffee or tea. Dates have always been of prime importance to survival in the desert. They are an ideal food, relatively cheap, easy to transport, and provide excellent nutrition. Recipe modified from The Complete Middle East Cookbook by Tess Mallos. Edit: This has been revised March 15, 2010 I don't use measuring spoons & cups so my guess of butter was off and has being corrected.