1In a 10 inch skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Stir in sugar and dates. Remove from heat. Stir in egg. Return to heat and continue cooking over medium heat stirring constantly until mixture comes to a full boil.. Cook for 4 – 6 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in rice cereal and flaked coconut, cherries and vanilla until well moistened. Let stand 10 minutes. Shape into 1 inch balls and roll into coconut.
Makes 5 dozen