One of my favorite Christmas not-a-cookie treats are Date Balls. They are delicious. Thanks, again, to my friend Mellanie who shared this recipe with me.
Date Balls (Makes about 90 pieces.)
1/2 pound butter (2 sticks)
1 pound dates, diced or chopped
2 c. sugar
Cook over medium heat 10 minutes, stirring constantly. DO NOT BOIL.
I melt the butter first, and start counting the time from when it begins to simmer after I have added the sugar and the dates.
Remove from heat and add:
4 c. Rice Krispies
2 c. pecans, chopped finely
4 tsp. vanilla
Allow to cool, then press into balls. Roll in powdered sugar.
Wearing vinyl gloves keeps my hands clean. This is a messy recipe. But worth it! 🙂
These freeze very well, even coated in powdered sugar. They are a staple at our Christmas Open House.