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Coconut Date Balls Recipe

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 YIELD:30 servings


  • 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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

2 each: 130 calories, 8g fat (4g saturated fat), 22mg cholesterol, 60mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g 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."

trish anderson
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2010

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

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}"

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."

Reviewed Dec. 27, 2008


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

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