Date Balls strike me as an old fashioned sort of treat. Am I the only one with that idea? As far as recipes go, retro or old fashioned recipes are very appealing to me. Maybe it is the nostalgia factor, picturing wives and grandmas of yesteryear making the foods they grew up with for their loved ones. Case in point, my Great Grandma's Famous Jimmy Cake. I find those sorts of recipes really charming.
Date Balls are a wonderful, delicious treat. I urge you to try them out for Christmas. If you aren't a fan of coconut, simply roll the date balls in powdered sugar instead. My mother prefers the powdered sugar actually.
The original recipe I followed used very little Rice Krispies, which we felt made the balls a bit too sweet. The recipe below has been fixed to add in more of the cereal, so your date balls will no doubt be a tad bigger than the ones shown in the pictures above. Just a heads up for you. Enjoy!
Notes: Keep hands moist while rolling so the mixture doesn't stick to your hands. Keep a small water bowl nearby to keep your hands moistened. Take care not to drop liquids into the coconut or else it will have trouble adhering to the date balls.
Date and Rice Krispies Balls Rolled in Coconut
Makes about 30 servings
- 1 stick unsalted butter
- 2 beaten eggs
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup chopped dates
- 1 cup chopped pecans
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 3 cups Rice Krispies
- Shredded coconut
- Melt butter in skillet, add eggs, sugar and dates. Cook over low heat until thickened, about 10 minutes. (Keep the heat low so you don't scorch or scramble the egg mixture)
- Add the chopped dates to the egg mixture. Slowly mash the dates while cooking. Cook until the mixture is thickened and the date pieces are small from all the mashing. (This step takes 10-20 minutes, keep the heat on low) Turn off heat.
- Add pecans, vanilla and Rice Krispies and stir well.
- While warm, roll and shape in balls, a bit smaller than a golf ball. Roll in coconut. Place on waxed paper and allow to set.