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Old-Fashioned Date Balls

  • Author: Erin Browne
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 15 mins
  • Yield: About 3 1/2 dozen 1x


  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
  • 3/4 cup white granulated sugar
  • 8 ounces pitted dates, finely chopped
  • 1 cup pecans, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups crisped rice cereal
  • Powdered sugar, for dusting or rolling


  1. Make sure the dates and pecans are chopped very fine - I recommend using a food processor. Do not use the pre-chopped dates with the coating on them that prevents them from being sticky, or your balls won't stick together.
  2. In a saucepan over medium low heat, cook the butter, granulated sugar, and the dates until the sugar has fully dissolved.
  3. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla extract, pecans, and cereal. Use a non-stick spatula to combine everything. Let the mixture cool for several minutes.
  4. Use your hands and form the mixture into 1-inch balls. Place the balls on parchment paper or a baking sheet. Dust lightly with powdered sugar (or you can roll them in a bowl of powdered sugar) and store in an airtight container.
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