Coconut Date Balls Coconut Date Balls Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLANDIt isn't Christmas for Helana Brigman's family without Coconut Date Balls. helana Brigman Dec. 24, 2012 Comments Advocate-tested recipe Coconut Date Balls Makes 2 dozen balls. Recipe is from Helana Brigman. ½ cup butter 1 cup sugar 1 egg, beaten 1 cup dates (no-sugar, whole), cut up 2 cups Rice Krispies ½ cup pecans, chopped ½ tsp. vanilla extract ½ tsp. almond extract Dash of salt Sugared shredded coconut, for rolling 1. Add butter, sugar, egg and dates to a nonstick pan over medium heat. Combine and stir (occasionally) for five minutes. Remove from heat and cool for two minutes. 2. Add Rice Krispies, pecans, extracts and a dash of salt. Mix to combine. 3. Using a wooden spoon, scoop up the desired size of dough for your Coconut Date Balls and roll in coconut (either in a bowl or on a clean surface). Transfer ball to wax paper and repeat. Note: If using chopped sugared dates, cut down the sugar to ¾ cup. This recipe assumes that you are using whole, non-sugared dates.