Grandma MaryEllen's Christmas Date Balls

Kelly Williams


The first time I ever had these I must've eaten half a dozen one after the other! They are a fabulous little ball of wonder and look and even TASTE like Christmas! One of my favorites during the holidays! (These also freeze well, so get crackin'!) Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! (Photo by me.) In my photo, they are the little balls behind my Chunky Haystacks (the chocolate one.)


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30 Min
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  • 1 cup
    butter, 2 sticks
  • 1 cup
    packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 (8 oz.)
    pkg. chopped dates
  • 1 egg
  • 3 cups
    rice krispies
  • 1 cup
    sweetened flaked coconut
  • 1/2 cup
    chopped maraschino cherries, red and green
  • 1 tsp.
  • ·
    *powdered sugar, for rolling

How to Make Grandma MaryEllen's Christmas Date Balls


  1. In dutch oven, or heavy bottomed pot, melt butter over medium heat. Watch, don't brown. Stir in dark brown sugar and dates. Stir til melted a little. Remove from heat and add egg whisking in *QUICKLY* so you don't scramble the egg. Whisk til mixed well. Return to heat and stir constantly til boiling. Boil and stir one minute. Remove from heat, add rest of ingredients, cool til cool enough to handle. Roll into balls. Roll in powdered sugar. Makes 3-4 dozen depending on size. 1 - 1 1/2" balls. Store airtight. Freezes well.

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