Date Ball Cookies

  • Serves

    makes about 30 cookies

  • Cook

    25 minutes


By Joe Sevier

Published on December 23, 2015

Dates, pecans, and Rice Krispies make an irresistible cookie that's ready in under half an hour.


  • 8 oz. pitted dates
  • 34 cup sugar
  • 8 tbsp. (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 2 12 cups Rice Krispies cereal
  • 1 cup finely chopped pecans, toasted
  • 12 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 14 tsp. ground cardamom
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar


Step 1

In a food processor, pulse the dates until a chunky paste forms. Scrape the dates into a medium skillet along with the sugar and butter and heat over medium. Cook until the sugar dissolves and the mixture begins to bubble, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the Rice Krispies, pecans, vanilla, and cardamom. Scrape the mixture into a bowl and let stand until cool enough to handle.

Step 2

Working quickly while the mixture is warm and with slightly wet hands, pinch off pieces of the date mixture and roll balls into 1-inch balls. Transfer the balls to a bowl with the confectioners’ sugar as you form them, shake to coat evenly, then transfer to a serving platter.

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