Holiday Date Balls

Holiday Date Balls are a simple no-bake treat filled with lots of flavor and crunch! - Bake or Break

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!

Ingredients:

  • 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

Directions:

  1. 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.
  2. Place the saucepan in cold water until the mixture is cool enough to handle.
  3. Add cereal and pecans. Mix quickly.
  4. Shape into small balls. Roll each ball in coconut or confectioners’ sugar.