Date and Ginger Cream Pots

date and ginger cream pots

Once upon a time I was a college chick. I had my own downtown Chicago apartment and a bunch of friends to share it with on the weekends. We partied like rock stars (sometimes even with them – HI LL COOL J! Smile), we ate bad food, and drank whatever we could afford – aka Mad Dog 50/50. (what the? blah!)

But on Sundays all that would change because I would step into the kitchen and work some magic! (And help out a few hangovers.) This was our weekend ritual; party from Thursday to Saturday, and eat Katerina’s food on Sundays.

One Sunday afternoon, while everyone was still asleep, I rolled out of bed and before I even brushed my hair, I went straight to the fridge (too much drinky drink the night before) because my mind was on one thing, and one thing only – cream cheese dessert… any cream cheese dessert. I was actually aiming for a cheesecake, but that didn’t happen because it was going to take too long – I needed to satisfy this craving ASAP.

date and ginger cream pots

I then went to my trusted recipe booklet (a Microsoft Word Document) and pulled up a recipe that I had copied down from a magazine. I have no idea what magazine it came from, but I still have the recipe and go to it whenever I am in need of something quick and delicious.

I ate two full servings before someone finally got up that morning and joined me for the other two. I had to make more for the rest of the crowd.

Thus if you are making this for company, double the recipe.

Get your ramekins ready and start – these only take about 30 minutes from start to finish!

***When eating this, push the teaspoon to the side – it’s best if you use the cookies to scoop out the mixture. MMMMM!


Date and Ginger Cream Pots
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
30 mins
Servings: 4
Author: Katerina
  • 1 package (8 ounces) Cream Cheese, room temperature, softened
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
  • 8 fresh dates , pitted and chopped
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
  • zest from one small orange
  • powdered sugar for garnish
  • vanilla or shortbread cookies , or tea biscuits, for serving
  1. Preheat oven at 350.
  2. In a deep mixing bowl beat together the cream cheese, heavy cream, powdered sugar, lemon juice, and flour.
  3. Fold in the dates, ginger, and orange zest.
  4. Spoon the mixture into small (6 ounces or smaller) lightly sprayed ramekins – you’ll need only 4.
  5. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until firm and lightly golden on top.
  6. Dust heavily with powdered sugar.
  7. Serve warm with a side of vanilla cookies or shortbread biscuits.

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53 Responses
  1. Wow, this looks amazing! This is total comfort food. My sister would love this dessert. Forget about the out-of-the-box betty crocker cake (it’s probably blasphemy to even suggest such a thing on FoodBuzz 🙂 , I’m going to make this for her birthday. Thanks!!

  2. Kate, this is beautiful dessert….and lovely photos.
    I don’t know why but I don’t see your posts on the Foodbuzz so I can’t always catch your new posts….love to read your blog…have a nice rest of the weekend:)

  3. I can definitely see why this would be delicious hangover food!! Yum. Ok: Did you REALLY hang out with LL Cool J? I love him. Jealous!! Also: I just posted the giveaway winner … and a little bird told me that it just might be your lucky day!! xoxo

  4. Oooh I love hangover food (not that this is hangover food – buuut for the sake of the story Im labeling it that). This does sound delicious though – no matter why Im snacking on it.

  5. One of my sorority sisters would make crepes for us whenever we were hungover and they were the best! I bet these would beat the crepes in terms of hangover food!

  6. Where the heck where you when I needed a good hangie-cure breakfast on Sunday morning, huh? When I was in college, Sunday meant I splurged at Jack in the Box for a Breakfast Jack. Yikes. Awesome recipe, love me some quick yummies.

  7. these little pots sound so delicious, and I love using the cookies for a spoon. Less dishes to wash, especially good, when you have have a hangover:)

  8. I think I’m not much of a typical college girl… if I go to one party/semester it is generous :P. But I do cook a lot ;).
    This looks SO good! Cream cheese with dates, ginger and orange; all things I love!!!

  9. I wish I had known about your parties when I was staying in Chicago.. :)) This dessert sounds amazing! Cream cheese desserts I like a lot and this one has such great ingredients as dates, orange zest, lemon juice..

  10. What a great combination, Kate!!! Wish I wasn’t trying to diet and could go home and make these tonight… But, whole grain pasta with spinach and sun dried tomatoes will have to do 🙁

  11. This looks delicious! I’m totally hooked on both dates and ginger – always keep both in my pantry. Personally, though, I’m more a “straight for eggs and bacon” kinda gal after a few drinks. 😉

  12. Lora @cakeduchess

    Kate-all these wonderful flavors!I love cream cheese and need to make this soon! This looks delicious! Thank you for all your support recenly:)

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