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Easy, No-Bake Holiday Recipe for Date Balls

Date Balls

Date Balls

From Ying Chen


  1. 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
    1 cup white sugar
    1 cup chopped dates*
    1 egg, beaten
    1 cup chopped walnuts
    2 cups puffed rice cereal, such as Rice Krispies
    1/2 cup sweetened flaked coconut, for rolling
    1/2 cup walnuts, finely chopped, for rolling


  1. In a medium saucepan, melt butter with sugar, then add chopped dates. Stirring very quickly, add in beaten egg. Bring mixture to a boil, stirring constantly, and allow to boil for 4 to 5 minutes.
  2. Remove from heat, and add chopped walnuts and puffed rice, mixing well. Spread mixture onto a heatsafe pan, and allow to cool. Cut into even, 1-inch sized cubes.
  3. Combine finely chopped walnuts and flaked coconut in a shallow dish. Grease hands with butter, and, using hands, shape each date square into an individual sphere, then roll it in the walnut-and-coconut mixture. Shake excess off.

Makes about 40 date balls.

*Note: Whole dates that have been chopped by hand do not make a sufficient substitute. Look for sweetened, pre-cut dates in the dried fruit aisle of your supermarket.

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