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HERSHEY'S Ginger Sesame Nut Squares


13 Min.
Skill Level:
16 bars

If you're looking for not-so-traditional flavors in a dessert, you'll love this unique HERSHEY'S Ginger Sesame Nut Squares recipe. These chewy chocolate date bars are somewhere between a brownie and trail mix, packed full of sweet and salty flavors, married together by melted chocolate. These bites are even versatile enough to have as a breakfast treat. We adore how the dates add a sweet chew to the crunch of pistachios and almonds, with a hint of spicy-sweet ginger and toasted sesame seeds. And the whole thing comes together without any baking!

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Ingredients & Directions

Prep Time
13 minutes
Chill Time
2 hours


  • 1 1/2 cups
    coarsely broken gingersnap cookies (about 16 each 2 inch)
  • 1 cup
    coarsely chopped pecans
  • 3/4 cup
    coarsely chopped salted, roasted pistachios
  • 6 large
    medjool dates, pitted and chopped
  • 1/4 - 1/2 cup
    crystallized ginger, chopped
  • 1/2 cup
    butter (1 stick)
  • 3 Tbsps
  • 1 Tbsp
    toasted sesame seeds
  • finely chopped pistachio and toasted sesame seeds for garnish


Equipment Needed 
Square Pan 8-Inch Square Pan
Parchment Paper Parchment Paper
Bowl Bowl
Measuring Cups Measuring Cups
Cutting Board Cutting Board
Microwave-Safe Bowl Microwave-Safe Bowl
Microwave Microwave
Refrigerator Refrigerator

Butter 8-inch square pan. Line bottom of pan and sides with parchment paper; set aside. Stir together cookies, pecans, pistachios, dates and ginger in large bowl; set aside.


Remove wrappers from chocolate bars; coarsely chop into pieces. Place chocolate bar pieces, butter and honey in large microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at high (100%) 1 minute; stir. If necessary, microwave at high an additional 15 seconds at a time, stirring after each heating, until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth when stirred. Pour over fruit and nut mixture, stirring to coat well. Add sesame seeds.

32 (10.56-oz. pkg.) HERSHEY'S Nuggets Dark Chocolate with Almonds may also be used.

Press mixture into prepared pan. Sprinkle about 1 teaspoon each of sesame seeds and chopped pistachios over top surface. Cover; refrigerate about 2 hours or until set. Remove from pan; cut into squares. Store bars in refrigerator until just before serving.

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