Makes about 1 1/2 cups
Deglet noor dates work just as well here as more expensive medjool dates. Be sure to check the dates carefully for any stray pits.
Combine in a medium saucepan:
12 ounces (3 cups) pitted dates
3/4 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer, partially covered, until soft, about 15 minutes. Stir in:
1 teaspoon vanilla
Place in a food processor and process just until smooth, about 10 seconds. Let cool. Add more water if necessary if mixture is too thick and sticky.