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Sugared Date Balls Recipe

When I was a youngster, Mom always baked these tender old-fashioned cookies dotted with chewy dates and crunchy walnuts. Much to the delight of my family, I've continued her delicious tradition.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 25 min./batch YIELD:15 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup chopped dates
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts
  • Additional confectioners' sugar

Directions

  • 1. In a bowl, cream butter and sugar. Beat in milk and vanilla. Combine flour and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture. Stir in dates and nuts.
  • 2. Roll into 1-in. balls. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 325° for 22-25 minutes or until bottoms are lightly browned. Roll warm cookies in confectioners' sugar; cool on wire racks. Yield: about 2-1/2 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (2 each) equals 150 calories, 9 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 16 mg cholesterol, 102 mg sodium, 17 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein.