Recipe By Mama Biscuits
Published Jun 19th
Prep 20m Cook 5m Additional - Ready In 25m
Servings 2 dozen cookies Calories 146.3

A holiday tradition. My mother made these date balls every year at Christmas time. They may be stored in a plastic or glass container. If the weather is warm, keep them in the refrigerator. Make sure balls are cooled thoroughly before storing.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 (8 ounce) package chopped pitted dates
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • ½ cup margarine
  • 3 cups crispy rice cereal
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup confectioners' sugar, or as needed

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Cook and stir dates, sugar, and margarine in a large saucepan over low heat until sugar dissolves; remove from heat. Fold crispy rice cereal, pecans, and vanilla extract into the date mixture until evenly mixed.
  2. 2 Grease your hands with margarine. Roll date mixture into 1-inch balls.
  3. 3 Spread confectioners' sugar into a shallow dish; roll date balls in confectioners' sugar to coat.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 146.3
  • Carbohydrate 21.5 g
  • Fat 7.1 g
  • Fiber 1.2 g
  • Protein 0.9 g
  • Saturated Fat 0.9 g
  • Sodium 70.7 mg
  • Sugar 17.2 g

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  1. It is impossible to make balls with this recipe. There is way too much Rice Krispies in the recipe. You should redo it or remove it.
  2. The problem other people are having with the recipe is because of the type of dates used. If you use a chopped date made for snacking it has a coating on it to keep it from sticking together. This makes them hard to melt and removes stickiness. Baking dates on the other hand come all - Read more ...
  3. 3 stars for frustration level. Read the reviews and scaled sugar back to 3/4 cup crispies to one cup and I still had the crumbliness going on when trying to form the balls. Pressed it into a pan like one reviewer suggested: nope fell apart. Pressed it into mini cupcake tins: nope fell apart. Refrigerated - Read more ...
  4. tastes good but I think the rice cereal needs to be crushed instead of whole.
  5. I followed the advice of other commenters and reduced the rice crispies to 1 cup. I also changed out the margarine for butter. Finally I bought chipped pecans because the chopped ones at my store weren't chopped enough and I didn't want to fool with chopping them. I made them for a ladies tea party - Read more ...
  6. Unable to roll into balls. Not sure what happened. I'm going to melt marshmallows and pour over dry mixture to see if they can form into balls.
  7. after misplacing my usual Date Ball recipe I gave this one a try. very tasty but like others the mixture is too dry. I aborted trying to roll it into balls after the second one and pressed it into a 9x13 like Rice Crispy Treats and dusted with powdered sugar. crumbly but very good!
  8. After struggling to form balls from the resulting mixture I found other recipes that scaled the ingredients differently. Reduce the crispy rice cereal to only one cup and you should have very good results. With three cups of the cereal you will have difficulty forming balls that hold together.
  9. My husband said they tasted exactly like the cookies his grandmother made when he was a little boy.:)