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Cherry-Date Skillet Cookies

Rated as 5 out of 5 Stars

"This has been handed down through three generations in my family. It's an easy no-bake cookie that adds color to a Christmas plate."
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30 m servings 484
Original recipe yields 12 servings (3 dozen cookies)


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  1. Melt butter in a 10-inch skillet over medium heat. Add sugar and dates to the melted butter; stir until the sugar dissolves, 1 to 2 minutes.
  2. Remove skillet from heat, add egg, and stir quickly to prevent the egg from cooking.
  3. Return skillet to medium heat and cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture comes to a full boil, 4 to 6 minutes; cook at a boil, stirring constantly, for 1 minute more.
  4. Remove skillet from heat. Stir rice cereal, chopped coconut, chopped cherries, and vanilla extract with the dates. Let mixture cool until beginning to firm, about 10 minutes.
  5. Shape mixture by rounded teaspoonful into 1-inch balls. Spread flaked coconut into a wide, shallow dish and roll balls in the coconut to coat.


  • Cook's Note:
  • Will harden as it cools. so work quickly to make cookies. Can try to reheat if it cools too quickly, but that can cause problems.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 484 calories; 33.4 47.7 3.5 56 184 Full nutrition

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Great recipe

This is one delicious cookie. I have made these for Christmas for many years. They are absolutely my family's favorite. Even though they are not baked, they are a bit labor intensive as rolli...

If you are looking for the cookie that will stand above the rest, this is definitely it! The only thing I did differently was that I used candied cherries and chopped them finely. ONLY because ...