Coconut Date Balls Recipe -
Coconut Date Balls Recipe
  • READY IN 25 mins

Coconut Date Balls

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"A crunchy cookie or candy with a great date taste."

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Original recipe makes 2 dozen Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    5 mins

    25 mins


  1. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine the eggs sugar and dates. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally, and boil for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the butter and vanilla. Mix in crispy rice cereal. Butter hands and roll the mixture into walnut sized balls. Roll the balls in coconut. Serve.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Feb 09, 2006

I've been making these for years and they are always a huge hit. DO NOT boil longer than 3 minutes or it will turn into a crumbly mess that won't roll together.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Sep 12, 2003

These tasted good but they were extemely crunchy --- not at all what I expected. Extra crunch was not from the krispie cereal, either; I thought of that already :) I'll make these again but I will not boil as long, I think the mixture overcooked. Still enjoyed the flavor though. Melissa, Charlotte, NC

Oct 24, 2006

Love these! I make these every holiday season to add to my cookie platters. A few times I have "saved" a batch that was over-boiled and became crumbly by stirring in a couple teaspoons of very hot water to reconstitute the mixture. As long as it has not burned that might make it easier to handle.

Dec 20, 2006

a really classy take on a rice crispie treat! Loved these. I found that I was not making any headway with the double boiler so just poured the mixture into a teflon coated pan and heated on low til it boiled, stirring constantly with a wire whisk. Nice and soft and found that you don't have to work quickly with these when attempting to roll, as the mixture stays nice and soft and pliable. Rolled in toasted coconut/chopped pecan mixture. I used mahjool dates and hand chopped into large bits. I found that the dates blended into the egg mixture and were not whole chopped in the cookie. That is a great thing for those that stick up their noses at dates. It more or less added a bit of a nutty taste to the mixture. Presents beautifully for the holiday trays, as well. thanks for this wonderful non-chocolate addition to a holiday tray!

Jan 05, 2009

These are a really nice holiday treat although you can enjoy it any time you choose. I've made this recipe for years, but the difference is that I use 1 cup sugar, 1 cup chopped dates, 1 egg, 1 stick of margarine, 1 tsp vanilla, 2 1/2 cups rice krispies, and 1/2 cup chopped pecans. As I form the balls I roll it in coconut. If the mixture is too hot, the balls will not form correctly and if it is too cool the coconut won't stick like it should. The mixture should be cool enough to handle.

Oct 03, 2006

These are exactly like what my mom used to make when I was a child. We mixed it up and rolled some in powdered sugar and chocolate coated some as well. I crave these every year.

Jan 07, 2008

I've made SIX batches of these for various friends/family/functions so far this winter, and they've been a huge hit! They're a little sweet for my taste, but I tried making them with less sugar and they didn't hold together as well. I made one batch sans-coconut and just pressed them into a casserole dish like a batch of rice crispies, and my brothers liked them even better that way, which is nice because forming the little balls and rolling them in coconut is really the only time consuming part of this delicious treat. :)

Dec 01, 2010

I loved these as a child but I have hated making them as an adult because of the sticky mess when rolling them into balls. So last year, instead of rolling them, I pressed the mixture into a greased baking dish. I then sprinkled the top with coconut and pressed it lightly into the mixture. I let it cool and then cut into bars. Much easier and just as tasty!


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  • Calories
  • 87 kcal
  • 4%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 17.6 g
  • 6%
  • Cholesterol
  • 17 mg
  • 6%
  • Fat
  • 1.8 g
  • 3%
  • Fiber
  • 0.8 g
  • 3%
  • Protein
  • 1 g
  • 2%
  • Sodium
  • 45 mg
  • 2%

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

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