This is one of my very favorite treats to make for the holidays and package up along with some fudge, pecan tarts, and pecan tasties, to give to the neighbors. This way my husband and I can have a few too.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
10 mins
additional:
5 mins
total:
30 mins
Servings:
48
Yield:
4 dozen balls
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Ingredients

48
Original recipe yields 48 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat; cook and stir dates and white sugar in the melted butter until thick and golden brown, 10 to 15 minutes. Remove saucepan from heat and stir in crispy rice cereal and pecans. Let mixture cool until easily handled, 5 to 10 minutes.

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  • Form mixture into small balls using your hands.

  • Pour confectioners' sugar into a resealable bag; add date-nut balls and lightly shake bag until balls are coated.

Cook's Notes:

This is an easy recipe it just takes a little time to chop the dates and nuts. Be sure to really pack the mixture firmly together into the balls - I actually feel like I'm squeezing the life out of them. But if you make them really firm, it does make them better in my opinion. It is also a messy task but they are so good it is worth it.

Nutrition Facts

76 calories; protein 0.4g 1% DV; carbohydrates 8.1g 3% DV; fat 5g 8% DV; cholesterol 8.9mg 3% DV; sodium 32.8mg 1% DV. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
01/08/2016
Very good! One of several treats I put together as Christmas gifts this year. I remembered my mom always made these around Christmas so when I saw this recipe I had to try it out. They tasted so good and they're really easy to make. No baking involved! I used my Magic Bullet to chop up the dates and nuts so it was super quick. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
11/30/2018
About 5 minutes into cooking the sugar and dates (on medium heat) I got worried but was determined to follow the recipe. At 9 minutes i thought "this can't be right it is going to be like toffee" and took it off the burner and stirred the other ingredients in. Tasted great while hot but when I rolled it into balls and they cooled they became too hard to even bite into. It took serious boiling of water vinegar and baking soda to get the cooled mess off my pan! Joyce do you really cook this for 10-15 minutes? Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/08/2016
Very good! One of several treats I put together as Christmas gifts this year. I remembered my mom always made these around Christmas so when I saw this recipe I had to try it out. They tasted so good and they're really easy to make. No baking involved! I used my Magic Bullet to chop up the dates and nuts so it was super quick. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
11/29/2018
About 5 minutes into cooking the sugar and dates (on medium heat) I got worried but was determined to follow the recipe. At 9 minutes i thought "this can't be right it is going to be like toffee" and took it off the burner and stirred the other ingredients in. Tasted great while hot but when I rolled it into balls and they cooled they became too hard to even bite into. It took serious boiling of water vinegar and baking soda to get the cooled mess off my pan! Joyce do you really cook this for 10-15 minutes? Read More
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