A holiday tradition. My mother made these date balls every year at Christmas time. They may be stored in a plastic or glass container. If the weather is warm, keep them in the refrigerator. Make sure balls are cooled thoroughly before storing.

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Ingredients

24
Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Cook and stir dates, sugar, and margarine in a large saucepan over low heat until sugar dissolves; remove from heat. Fold crispy rice cereal, pecans, and vanilla extract into the date mixture until evenly mixed.

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  • Grease your hands with margarine. Roll date mixture into 1-inch balls.

  • Spread confectioners' sugar into a shallow dish; roll date balls in confectioners' sugar to coat.

Nutrition Facts

146 calories; 7.1 g total fat; 0 mg cholesterol; 71 mg sodium. 21.5 g carbohydrates; 0.9 g protein; Full Nutrition

Reviews (20)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
04/25/2018
The problem other people are having with the recipe is because of the type of dates used. If you use a chopped date made for snacking it has a coating on it to keep it from sticking together. This makes them hard to melt and removes stickiness. Baking dates on the other hand come all clumped together and melt easily. Amport is a good brand. Rule: if it don't stick in bag it won't make balls. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
12/23/2012
After struggling to form balls from the resulting mixture I found other recipes that scaled the ingredients differently. Reduce the crispy rice cereal to only one cup and you should have very good results. With three cups of the cereal you will have difficulty forming balls that hold together. Read More
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25 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 12
  • 4 star values: 6
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 4
Rating: 4 stars
04/25/2018
The problem other people are having with the recipe is because of the type of dates used. If you use a chopped date made for snacking it has a coating on it to keep it from sticking together. This makes them hard to melt and removes stickiness. Baking dates on the other hand come all clumped together and melt easily. Amport is a good brand. Rule: if it don't stick in bag it won't make balls. Read More
(3)
Rating: 3 stars
12/22/2012
After struggling to form balls from the resulting mixture I found other recipes that scaled the ingredients differently. Reduce the crispy rice cereal to only one cup and you should have very good results. With three cups of the cereal you will have difficulty forming balls that hold together. Read More
(14)
Rating: 4 stars
04/25/2018
The problem other people are having with the recipe is because of the type of dates used. If you use a chopped date made for snacking it has a coating on it to keep it from sticking together. This makes them hard to melt and removes stickiness. Baking dates on the other hand come all clumped together and melt easily. Amport is a good brand. Rule: if it don't stick in bag it won't make balls. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/03/2016
I followed the advice of other commenters and reduced the rice crispies to 1 cup. I also changed out the margarine for butter. Finally I bought chipped pecans because the chopped ones at my store weren't chopped enough and I didn't want to fool with chopping them. I made them for a ladies tea party event and they seemed to be a big hit. Read More
(2)
Rating: 5 stars
12/16/2012
My husband said they tasted exactly like the cookies his grandmother made when he was a little boy.:) Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/19/2015
after misplacing my usual Date Ball recipe I gave this one a try. very tasty but like others the mixture is too dry. I aborted trying to roll it into balls after the second one and pressed it into a 9x13 like Rice Crispy Treats and dusted with powdered sugar. crumbly but very good! Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
12/29/2015
Unable to roll into balls. Not sure what happened. I'm going to melt marshmallows and pour over dry mixture to see if they can form into balls. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
12/17/2017
3 stars for frustration level. Read the reviews and scaled sugar back to 3/4 cup crispies to one cup and I still had the crumbliness going on when trying to form the balls. Pressed it into a pan like one reviewer suggested: nope fell apart. Pressed it into mini cupcake tins: nope fell apart. Refrigerated it in the the hopes that the fat would solidify to bell hold everything together: nope fell apart. As I was about to chuck it out in frustration I remember that dates are naturally sticky so I threw the mixture into a food processor and voila! Sticky dough perfect for rolling. It wasn t nearly as crunchy as before so next time I ll try processing everything but the crispies then mix those in by hand afterwards. Also my personal preference is they are still way too sweet. I ll try cutting sugar back even more. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/21/2016
tastes good but I think the rice cereal needs to be crushed instead of whole. Read More
Rating: 1 stars
12/20/2018
It is impossible to make balls with this recipe. There is way too much Rice Krispies in the recipe. You should redo it or remove it. Read More