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

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Recipe Summary

Servings:
12
Yield:
2 dozen
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • 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.

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  • Add crispy rice cereal, chopped walnuts, and vanilla. Mix well and form into small balls. Roll in coconut. Keep refrigerated.

Nutrition Facts

230 calories; protein 3g 6% DV; carbohydrates 36g 12% DV; fat 9.5g 15% DV; cholesterol 36.1mg 12% DV; sodium 154mg 6% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
11/24/2009
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. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
12/14/2003
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. Read More
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20 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 16
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 2 stars
12/14/2003
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. Read More
(30)
Rating: 4 stars
11/24/2009
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. Read More
(25)
Rating: 5 stars
10/23/2006
This recipe was easy to make and was very delicious. Every one wanted the recipe. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
12/13/2003
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. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/03/2006
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. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/23/2010
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! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/01/2008
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. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/30/2010
These are yummy. Growing up we called them dingbats. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/17/2010
I was looking for a no bake recipe to make a quick dessert from all the dates I had just bought and this was perfect. These date balls remind me of Mary Jane candies. Next time I will try this with cashews rather than walnuts! I used pulverize graham crackers because I had no puffed rice and because I think that vanilla dominates the subtle flavor of the dates I used 2 tbs of Marsala wine (which by the way tastes great just eating dates and sipping the wine). I also left off the coconut and rolled in powdered sugar. I took the advice of another reviewer and used an ice water test to verify what "very thick" was. This stage in cooking just happened to be when my least dominant hand couldn't stir the pot any longer. Great recipe! Read More
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