Date balls always make me think of my precious mama.
They are deliciously sweet just like she was too.
They are quick & easy to make. I think they have a 'caramel-y' flavor to them, and I LOVE caramel.
Love dates too!
The photo above is of the cooked mixture, then the balls being rolled in powdered sugar..
1/2 c. margarine or butter
(I use 6 Tb.)
3/4 c. white sugar
1 egg, beaten
1/2 tsp. salt
1 c. dates, chopped
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 c. pecans, finely chopped
2-1/2 c. rice krispies cereal, slightly crushed
flaked coconut or powdered sugar
In a skillet, melt butter; cool a few minutes. Add sugar, then egg, salt and dates. Cook 6 - 8 minutes over medium heat until thick, stirring constantly. Remove from heat; add vanilla, nuts and rice krispies; stir quickly. Cool a few minutes; form into balls (I make them a little bigger than the size of a walnut) and roll in coconut or powdered sugar. Store in refrigerator. These freeze well. Can be made ahead a few days also.
Yield: about 2 dozen