date balls

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.

Date Balls

Date Balls

Date Balls

Wearing vinyl gloves keeps my hands clean. This is a messy recipe. But worth it! 🙂

Date Balls

Date Balls

Date Balls

Date Balls

Date Balls

These freeze very well, even coated in powdered sugar. They are a staple at our Christmas Open House.



  1. Posted November 25, 2009 at 9:10 pm | Permalink

    Yummy, intereting recipe. Thank you. Clarice

  2. ~~Rhonda
    Posted November 25, 2009 at 9:28 pm | Permalink

    Clarice, those are one of my favorite Christmas treats! 🙂

  3. Dawn
    Posted January 6, 2011 at 9:10 am | Permalink

    These are WONDERFUL…same recipe I’ve used for years (actually it’s my mom’s)…it’s a treasured Christmas treat! – Thanks for showing how easy it is to make these!

  4. Posted January 6, 2011 at 11:40 am | Permalink

    Dawn, aren’t they great?? I always keep a few hidden away in the freezer to enjoy after Christmas. 🙂 ~~Rhonda

  5. mellanie portz
    Posted February 27, 2012 at 8:11 pm | Permalink

    thank you for giving me the credit for this great recipe! it is delicious.

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