Coconut Date Balls

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLANDIt isn't Christmas for Helana Brigman's family without Coconut Date Balls. Show caption
Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLANDIt isn't Christmas for Helana Brigman's family without Coconut Date Balls.

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.