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) Slowly mash the dates while cooking. Cook until the mixture is thickened and the date pieces are small from all the mashing. Turn off heat.
Add pecans, vanilla and Rice Krispies and stir well.
While warm, use a lightly sprayed medium cookie scoop (2 Tablespoons) and portion out balls. Roll in coconut or powdered sugar, your preference. Place on parchment lined baking sheets and allow to set.
If you don't use a cookie scoop and use your hands instead, keep your hands lightly 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 excess liquid into the coconut or else it might have trouble sticking to the date balls.Nutritional info does not include coconut or powdered sugar for rolling as amounts will vary.