Dates are not my favorite thing in the world (I tolerate them but I am happier without them), yet I have several recipes that call for dates that I would like to make. One is a bar type "cookie", one is a pudding type cake served with a custard. I have been thinking about substituting dried apricots but I am afraid they will make the batter too dense as they are more chewy and less creamy than dates. Any ideas on what might be a good substitute? Dried fruit or anything else that behaves similar to dates in a baked batter. Thank you
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