Grandma's Date Balls (X'mas Cookies)

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 5 mins

These are by far my favorite "cookie". Rich, chewy, and will ALWAYS remind me of her.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In heavy-bottomed,lg.
  2. saucepan or pot,melt butter.
  3. Stir in brown sugar and dates.
  4. Cook til sugar is melted.
  5. Remove from heat and QUICKLY stir in egg well.
  6. Return to med.
  7. heat, stirring constantly, til boiling.
  8. Boil and stir 1 minute.
  9. Remove from heat, stir in rest of ingredients, and let cool off til easily handled.
  10. Roll into balls, about 1" or so, roll in powdered sugar to coat.
  11. Store airtight.
  12. (Can chill if desired, but serve room temp.).


Most Helpful

I just recommended these on a forum asking for ideal edible gifts for the holidays. I use an almost identical recipe, but have not added cherries before---nice idea for color! And the other reviewer is right---even "date haters" love these!

La Dilettante November 27, 2012

Rich and wonderful flavor! I think I would reduce the butter by 1/4 cup next time, but these date balls were so good and very addictive! Thank you, Wildflour! Christmas 2009: I used 3/4 cup butter and 1/4 cup sugar (because I was using fresh California dates which I find to be very sweet). Still great to my taste! This is a very popular cookie, and the cook appreciates any no-bake cookie she can get! Thanks again for sharing your grandmother's recipe.

East Wind Goddess December 31, 2009

I made these for work and one of my coworkers was enjoying them, eating them almost like M&Ms. She asked what all was in them (while consuming #3 or 8) I mentioned dates and she stops in her tracks and screams "but I don't like DATES!!" I simply said well you do now. :o) And she continued eating them. LOL Thanks for sharing. Connie

mbfans December 23, 2009

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