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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
Total Time 20 minutes

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

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

Ingredients

  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 cup (200g) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup (113g) unsalted butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 8 ounces (226g) chopped dates
  • 2 cups (56g) crisp rice cereal, such as Rice Krispies
  • 1/4 cup (30g) chopped pecans
  • sweetened shredded coconut or confectioners' sugar

Instructions

  1. In a saucepan over medium heat, combine the egg, sugar, butter, salt, and dates. Stir frequently. Cook until the dates are soft and the mixture is thick.
  2. Place the saucepan in cold water until the mixture is cool enough to handle.
  3. Add the cereal and pecans. Mix quickly.
  4. Shape into small balls. Roll each ball in coconut or confectioners' sugar.

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    10 Comments on “Holiday Date Balls”

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

  3. The perfect little bite.. yum!

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

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  8. 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.

  9. Love these! I prefer no egg and no coconut because they are so sweet. 
    They roll into balls beautifully and they are gluten free! I like to add a few more pecans.
    I will thank you for a delicious gluten free snack for all those gf people having difficulties 
    finding really good treats.

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