Date-Nut Balls


These date-nut balls are one of my very favorite treats to make for the holidays. Package up with some fudge, pecan tarts, and pecan tasties, and give to the neighbors. This way, my husband and I can have a few too.

close up view of a pile of Date-Nut Balls rolled in powdered sugar on a platter
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
4 dozen balls


  • 14 tablespoons butter

  • 1 cup pitted chopped dates

  • 1 cup white sugar

  • 2 cups crispy rice cereal (such as Rice Krispies®)

  • 1 cup chopped pecans

  • 2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar, or as needed


  1. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat; cook and stir dates and white sugar in melted butter until thick and golden brown, 10 to 15 minutes. Remove saucepan from heat.

  2. Stir crispy rice cereal and pecans into hot date mixture. Let cool until easily handled, 5 to 10 minutes.

  3. Form mixture into small balls with your hands.

  4. Pour confectioners' sugar into a resealable plastic bag; add date-nut balls, seal the bag, and lightly shake until well-coated.


This is an easy recipe. It just takes a little time to chop the dates and nuts. Be sure to pack the mixture firmly into balls — I feel like I'm squeezing the life out of them. If you make them 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 (per serving)

76 Calories
5g Fat
8g Carbs
0g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 48
Calories 76
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 2g 12%
Cholesterol 9mg 3%
Sodium 33mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 1mg 4%
Calcium 4mg 0%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 32mg 1%

* 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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