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Coconut Date Balls Recipe

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There are a few classic recipes I absolutely have to pull out every Christmas, and this is one of those. These chewy balls are surprisingly crunchy and they look so pretty on a holiday candy tray.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling
MAKES:30 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling
MAKES: 30 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup chopped dates
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup crisp rice cereal
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups flaked coconut

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (2 each) equals 130 calories, 8 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 22 mg cholesterol, 60 mg sodium, 14 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 1 g protein.

Directions

  1. In a saucepan, melt butter over low heat. Stir in the dates, sugar and eggs. Cook and stir over low heat for 10-15 minutes or until thermometer reads 160°. Remove from the heat; stir in the pecans, cereal and vanilla. When cool enough to handle, shape into 1-in. balls; roll in coconut. Place on waxed paper-lined baking sheets. Refrigerate for 1-2 hours or until firm. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Yield: about 5 dozen.
Originally published as Coconut Date Balls in Country Woman Christmas Annual 2004, p27

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (2 each) equals 130 calories, 8 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 22 mg cholesterol, 60 mg sodium, 14 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 1 g protein.

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Reviewed Jan. 7, 2014

No more guessing!!! Thank you for publishing this classic recipe! I needed it! My grandmother used to make many batches of these every Christmas. Although I have tried to duplicate her recipe many times, they just weren't the same. Her original recipe card read "heat until mixture leaves sides of pot." With a vague description and no temperature given mine just weren't the same. Now, I know what she meant when she described the thickness. Thanks TOH.

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Reviewed Nov. 30, 2010

really, really good! easy to make, does not make 5 dozen though.

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Reviewed Dec. 21, 2009

Lost my recipe in a major move - thrilled to find this one - it's easy and so delicioius. {I soaked my coconut in rum for adult version cookies}

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Reviewed Aug. 4, 2009

I have this recipe, except you shape the small balls into strawberries and roll in red coarse sugar. They are not only pretty, but delicious also.

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Reviewed Dec. 27, 2008

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Years ago I received this recipe from a friend, I also make it every Christmas.

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