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.
- 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
- 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
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