Date Balls

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!

(Double Batch)

2 eggs
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.


About BusyMaineMom

I am a wife and mother of two living in the great state of Maine. I have a very active lifestyle and am always on the go, whether it is on the run with one of my daughter's activities, working, camping, or hiking the trails. My life is always in motion. So, this blog gives me some time to sit and reflect on myself and the world. I work with people who are visually impaired or blind and they have opened my eyes to more than they will ever know. I love assisting them in regaining their independence while listening to their stories, validating their fears and giving them hope for the future.

Posted on March 27, 2014, in Recipes and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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