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Coconut Date Balls


  • 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 sweetened shredded 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.

Nutrition Facts

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


Average Rating:
  • mamaknowsbest
    Dec 31, 1969

    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
    Nov 30, 2010

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

  • Onconurse
    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}

  • piegram
    Dec 31, 1969

    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.

  • Leolaura
    Dec 31, 1969


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

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