Date Nut Balls Recipe
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Date Nut Balls Recipe

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A friend gave me this recipe more than 30 years ago. It is my husband's favorite treat. I like these with pecans or walnuts. If you do not like nuts, omit the nuts and use 3 cups Rice Krispies. —Melinda Lord, Washington, IA
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 10 min.
MAKES:42 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 10 min.
MAKES: 42 servings


  • 2 cups Rice Krispies
  • 1 cup chopped pistachios or almonds
  • 1/3 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 package (8 ounces) pitted dates, finely chopped
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Confectioners' sugar, optional


  1. In a large bowl, combine Rice Krispies and pistachios. In a large saucepan, combine butter, dates and sugar. Cook and stir over medium heat until mixture is combined.
  2. Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla. Pour over Rice Krispies mixture; stir to coat. When cool enough to handle, press into 1-1/4-in. balls. Cool. If desired, roll in confectioner's sugar. Store in an airtight container at room temperature. Yield: about 3-1/2 dozen.
Originally published as Date Nut Balls in Taste of Home Christmas Annual Annual 2016, p181

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MelindaInIowa User ID: 7100090 257668
Reviewed Dec. 4, 2016

"This is my recipe. I recommend you heat the butter, sugar and dates until sugar is nearly disolved. Soft ball stage of 220 degrees. They hold together nicely and are chewey."

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