Holiday 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.
Holiday Date Balls
Yield: about 4 dozen
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Holiday Date Balls are a simple no-bake treat filled with lots of flavor and crunch!
- 1 large egg, beaten
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 8 ounces chopped dates
- 2 cups crisp rice cereal, such as Rice Krispies
- 1/4 cup chopped pecans
- sweetened shredded coconut or confectioners’ sugar
- In a saucepan over medium heat, combine the egg, sugar, butter, salt, and dates. Stir frequently. Cook until dates are soft and mixture is thick.
- Place the saucepan in cold water until the mixture is cool enough to handle.
- Add cereal and pecans. Mix quickly.
- Shape into small balls. Roll each ball in coconut or confectioners’ sugar.