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    Grandma's Date Balls (X'mas Cookies)

    Grandma's Date Balls (X'mas Cookies). Photo by Wildflour

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    Cook Time:

    25 mins

    20 mins

    5 mins

    Wildflour's Note:

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

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

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on November 27, 2012


      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!

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    • on December 31, 2009


      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.

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    • on December 23, 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

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    Nutritional Facts for Grandma's Date Balls (X'mas Cookies)

    Serving Size: 1 (74 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 12

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 339.5
    Calories from Fat 184
    Total Fat 20.4 g
    Saturated Fat 13.9 g
    Cholesterol 56.1 mg
    Sodium 55.4 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 39.9 g
    Dietary Fiber 2.7 g
    Sugars 31.0 g
    Protein 2.1 g

    The following items or measurements are not included:

    maraschino cherries

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