Grandma's Crispy Date and Pecan Cookies


Family Christmas tradition. Is it candy or a cookie? Grandma Ziegler says it's a cookie that tastes better than candy. Enjoy with a cup of coffee. They are yummy. Store in an airtight container; do not store in the refrigerator.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
20 mins
36 cookies


  • 1 cup shredded coconut, or as needed

  • 1 cup white sugar

  • ½ cup margarine, softened

  • 2 eggs, beaten

  • ½ cup chopped pecans

  • ½ pound chopped dates

  • 2 ½ cups crispy rice cereal (such as Rice Krispies®)

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Place coconut in a shallow bowl.

  2. Stir sugar, margarine, and eggs together in a heavy skillet on the stove, with the burner off. Add pecans and dates. Cook over medium heat, stirring continuously, until thickened, about 10 minutes.

  3. Stir in rice cereal and vanilla extract. Remove from the heat and quickly roll mixture into 1-inch balls. Roll balls in coconut to coat and place on waxed paper to cool.

Cook's Note:

These set up fast so have your area ready and all ingredients measured out.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

93 Calories
5g Fat
13g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 36
Calories 93
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 1g 6%
Cholesterol 10mg 3%
Sodium 54mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 13g 5%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 11g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 1mg 7%
Calcium 6mg 0%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 62mg 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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