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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Ingredients

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

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  • 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.

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  • Remove skillet from heat, add egg, and stir quickly to prevent the egg from cooking.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

483.6 calories; 3.5 g protein; 47.7 g carbohydrates; 56.2 mg cholesterol; 183.9 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
12/13/2018
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Rating: 5 stars
12/13/2018
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Rating: 5 stars
12/16/2014
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 I had run out of maraschino cherries! Today I have to make more since they got eaten up immediately!! Thanks for sharing. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
12/13/2018
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Rating: 5 stars
12/08/2016
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 rolling into balls and coating with coconut and then I bag each cookie individually and tie with a ribbon. Worth it. My coworkers loved them too. I suggest having two bags of coconut as you might need extra for rolling in. Read More