One of the fondest memories that I have of my mother is at Christmas time when we would make date balls. Making the balls has been a long-standing tradition passed down throughout our family. My sister and I, along with our daughters, make them every Christmas. I have shipped them as far south as North Carolina when one of our best friends was stationed down there because he loves them so much. I hope you enjoy them whatever time of year or wherever you choose to make them!
2 cups white sugar
2 8oz. packages of chopped dates
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 sticks butter
5 cups crispy rice cereal
2 cups flaked coconut
In a large saucepan over low heat, combine the eggs, butter, sugar and dates. Bring to a boil, stirring until thick, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla and crispy rice cereal. Let cool a bit so you don’t burn yourself, but not so much that the mixture cools too much and hardens. Butter hands and roll the mixture into balls, then roll the balls in coconut. You can serve them fresh or freeze them for later.