Date Balls


These date balls are a holiday tradition in our family. My mother made these delicious date balls with pecans and crisped rice cereal every year at Christmas.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
25 mins
2 dozen cookies


  • 1 (8 ounce) package pitted dates, chopped

  • 1 cup white sugar

  • ½ cup butter or margarine

  • 3 cups crispy rice cereal

  • 1 cup chopped pecans

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • ½ cup confectioners' sugar, or as needed


  1. Place dates, sugar, and margarine in a large saucepan over low heat; cook and stir until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and fold in crispy rice cereal, pecans, and vanilla extract until evenly mixed.

  2. Roll date mixture into 1-inch balls using lightly greased hands; allow balls to cool.

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


Store date balls in a plastic or glass air-tight container. If the weather is warm, keep them in the refrigerator.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

146 Calories
7g Fat
22g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 146
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Sodium 71mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 22g 8%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 17g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 2mg 12%
Calcium 9mg 1%
Iron 1mg 8%
Potassium 86mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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