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Coconut Date Balls

A vintage recipe.

Quick Facts

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Chill Time: 1 hour (optional)
Yield: 5 dozen balls


  • 6 tablespoons butter OR margarine
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons Karo® Light Corn Syrup
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped dates
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped nuts
  • 2-1/2 cups crispy rice cereal
  • 1-1/4 cups sweetened flaked coconut


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  1. Stir butter, sugar, brown sugar, corn syrup and dates in a large saucepan over low heat until butter is melted. Remove from heat; stir in egg. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, about 10 minutes, until mixture is thick. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla and nuts. Gently stir in cereal until well coated. Cool 5 minutes.
  2. Line a large baking sheet with waxed paper. Spread coconut evenly on waxed paper.
  3. Drop date mixture by teaspoonfuls onto coconut. Shape teaspoonfuls into 1-inch balls, rolling to coat with coconut. Chill 1 hour or until firm, if desired. Store in airtight container.