Friday, December 17, 2010

Coconut Date Ball Cookies



These cookies kick off Christmas for our family! They are my Grandma Broome's date ball Christmas cookies. I don't know how long our family has been making these cookies but I have eaten them for at least 40 year!  They are super easy and yummy too. People are always asking if they are hard and as soon as I say no, they ask for the recipe. In my family, cooking is a recessive gene, I wish I had Grandma's that made homemade biscuits and pies but that isn't my reality.  So, I am content that I can have one recipe that reminds me of my Grandma and that I can continue in the annual tradition of my mother and my grandma of making these cookies and with inheriting that recessive gene for cooking I can be the mother and grandmother that bakes pies, does canning and makes homemade jams.  This is what you need:

2 EGGS
1 CUP SUGAR
2 CUPS CHOPPED DATES
4 TABLESPOONS BUTTER
1 TEASPOON VANILLA
1/2 TEASPOON SALT
1 CUP CHOPPED PECANS
2 CUPS RICE KRISPIES
2 BAGS OF FLAKED SWEETENED COCONUT

Combine 2 beaten eggs (of course you know I am going to tell you  to get them from your own coop), add 1 cup of sugar and 2 cups of chopped dates in a bowl.  In frying pan melt the 4 tablespoons of butter and add the mixture and stir constantly over low heat for 8 minutes.  Remove the pan from heat and add vanilla and salt, then add in the 2 cups of Rice Krispies (this is where we throw out the all organic diet--for Christmas sake) and add 1 cup chopped pecans then mix and drop by teaspoon in to a shallow bowl filled with flaked coconut and roll into balls.  Let set on wax paper for 30 minutes and they are ready to go!   Super easy even a child can do it!

Hope you enjoy them as much as our family has over the years!

Merry Christmas and let the festivities begin!

7 comments:

  1. How yummy and easy!! I am going to make it tonight.

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  2. Ah yes, these were a favorite for our family growing up also. We used some brown sugar instead of all white - our date balls were much darker.

    Merriest Christmas to you and yours!

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  3. Thank you for the wonderful Advent Party last night –great lesson, food and caroling!!!

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  4. These look fabulous! Last night was very fun, i love caroling!

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  5. Hi Caroline, so happy to find your site. It's beautiful! Next time you need dates, you might check out Erica's black sphinx dates. She lives right down the street from you and harvest dates from her own backyard palms.

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  6. That is a great tip Jill! Thanks for telling me and also for finding my blog!

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  7. I am bookmarking this recipe~looks delicious!!

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Thank you so much for your sweet comments!

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