Holiday Date Balls

Holdiay Date Balls

Anytime between Thanksgiving and New Years, my mother was likely to make up a batch of these for guests or just for us when we asked. The recipe came from an old holiday cookbook that she had for as long as I can remember. I don’t even know the name of the book because the cover went missing years ago. My sister now has the book, but I was smart enough to write this recipe down for myself.

Granted, there is no baking involved in these, but they are just so good that I have to share them. These little balls are easy and quick to make. They do need to cool for a bit. That actually takes longer than making them. Traditionally, these are rolled in coconut. However, some people (that’s you, Quinn) don’t like coconut, so I rolled half of them in confectioner’s sugar. If you go that route, keep in mind that they may need to be re-rolled in the sugar at some point because they seem to absorb it.

These are great for a little party dessert, a cookie tray, or just about anything. This Christmas, I put them in holiday boxes and gave them as gifts. Well, not all of them. I might have saved a few for myself.

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  1. Kristen January 1, 2007 Reply

    I’m not a big coconut fan but love everything else in these. I’m glad there is an alternative. Your photo is great!

  2. Ellie January 2, 2007 Reply

    They sound and look delish, and the recipe looks nice and easy too!

  3. Lauren January 2, 2007 Reply

    The perfect little bite.. yum!

  4. courtney January 2, 2007 Reply

    I am so excited that you posted these. My step grandmother made these every Christmas and they were my favorite along with buckeyes. I have been looking for this recipe since I am no longer in contact with them, but couldn’t find anything that sounded right.

    You just made my day! Thank you so much!

  5. rachel January 4, 2007 Reply

    These look so cute! I don’t know if I have ever eaten a date before.

  6. midwestmom February 28, 2008 Reply

    My grandmother has made these for her Christmas Eve get together for as long as I can remember. They were always my favorite. I’ve made them the last two years. They are so easy to make and you’ll love them even if you’ve never had, or don’t think, you like dates.

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