No Bake Date Balls Recipe -
No Bake Date Balls Recipe

No Bake Date Balls

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"These freeze well. I make them mostly for the holidays."

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Original recipe makes 2 dozen Change Servings


  1. Using a double boiler, heat butter, chopped dates, confectioner's sugar, eggs and salt. Stir constantly until very thick, about 20 minutes. Remove from heat and cool.
  2. Add crispy rice cereal, chopped walnuts, and vanilla. Mix well and form into small balls. Roll in coconut. Keep refrigerated.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Nov 24, 2009

love date balls - made a couple of changes though: used 1 stick of margarine, omitted eggs, and the coconut. rolled the balls in powdered sugar.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Dec 13, 2003

Directions for this recipe are incomplete! Cooking time is NOT given and is a very important function of the recipe. As written this recipe will NOT turn out, it is impossible to roll these into balls. Butter, sugar, etc. must be cooked to a firm ball stage.


19 Ratings

Oct 23, 2006

This recipe was easy to make and was very delicious. Every one wanted the recipe.

Dec 13, 2003

There was no cooking time for the prune mixture so was unsure how long to have in double boiler. The whole thing ended up being delicious but impossible to hold together. I'm sure it had to do with how long it should have been on the stove. Plus, it was incredibly messy to make! Delicious, but not worth the hassle of figuring out how to do cleanly or how to long to cook.

Dec 23, 2010

This is a very easy recipe....I made a few changes because I like rum balls and my husband likes date ball I decided to make these as date/rum balls. I added 1 teaspoon of rum extract and since my family does not like coconut I rolled mine in confectioners' sugar. Yummy yummy!

Oct 03, 2006

I made these for my family at Christmas and they asked me to make them every year as a special treat. Delicious and freeze well too.

Apr 01, 2008

this was a nice recipe, i used orange zest instead of vanilla since i had none. could not make it into balls so i sprinkled coconut and walnust at bottom and top and cut into diamonds then placed them in muffin paper cups. looked very pretty with out the mess ! cut it when warm as it solidifies when cooled.

Jul 30, 2010

These are yummy. Growing up, we called them dingbats.


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  • Calories
  • 230 kcal
  • 11%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 36 g
  • 12%
  • Cholesterol
  • 36 mg
  • 12%
  • Fat
  • 9.5 g
  • 15%
  • Fiber
  • 3.1 g
  • 12%
  • Protein
  • 3 g
  • 6%
  • Sodium
  • 154 mg
  • 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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