Date Delights Recipe

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This dessert is so wonderful. Guests love its sweet and rich flavor. I am often asked for the recipe.—Helen Wolber, Brookville, Indiana
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 5 min. + cooling
MAKES:24 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 5 min. + cooling
MAKES: 24 servings


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup chopped dates
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 cups crisp rice cereal
  • Confectioners' sugar

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (2 each) equals 118 calories, 7 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 19 mg cholesterol, 63 mg sodium, 15 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 1 g protein.


  1. Combine sugar, butter, egg, dates and pecans in a heavy saucepan; bring to a boil, stirring thoroughly. Cook over medium heat until well blended, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in cereal. Cool. With buttered hands, roll into 1-in. balls; roll in confectioners' sugar. Yield: about 4 dozen.
Originally published as Date Delights in Country Woman November/December 1992, p35

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Reviewed Dec. 8, 2014

"These are very good chilled. I made approximately 48 small 1 in. balls. No need to butter your hands to make them as they are pretty greasy already. Let them cool before you form them, they do not harden like rice krispies at all but they do hold there form fine. I placed them in cake pan and then threw a couple of handfuls of powdered sugar on top and shook left to right and quickly had them covered easily. They taste yummy!"

Reviewed Feb. 12, 2014

"These are a serious must-have at Christmas time with our family. We really like these. And I make them Christmas Rice Krispies for fun. But I'd also make they for other times of the year."

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