Date Balls |

Ok. So these might be a tough sell. I know the pictures are a little crazy (blinding much? 4 years, and I'm still learning my camera. Yeesh)! And I know they kind of just look… well… lumpy. And I'm trying to tell you that this lumpy dried fruit is, like, the best dessert ever.

So yeah. I know I've got my work cut out for me tonight. But I'm not worried. Want to know why?

Because these are way more than dates. Like, let's talk butter.

And sugar.

Rice Krispies and pecans!

These are SO much more than dates.

Date Balls |

My Grandma usually pulls these out around the holidays, so I wanted to be sure to post these before Easter. They are soft and chewy, crispy and crunchy, and just perfectly sweet! I think they are perfect for the Easter dessert table, and you're family is going to love them!

These come together SO easily and are ready in no time at all. You don't want to miss out on these, so grab your mixing bowl STAT!

Products I used in the making…

Date Balls |

Date Balls


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 8 ounces dates
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup pecans, chopped
  • 2 cups rice krispies
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • powdered sugar for rolling


  1. Use a small food processor (or even just your knife 🙂 and give the dates a good chopping.*
  2. Add the chopped dates, butter, and sugar to a medium saucepan over medium high heat. Once the butter has melted and the sugar has dissolved, the dates will come together and form a sort of "blob."
  3. Remove from heat and transfer to a large mixing bowl. Add the krispies cereal, vanilla, and chopped pecans. Mix well together.
  4. Once mixture is cool enough to handle, scoop out heaping rounded tablespoons and roll into balls. Roll each ball in the powdered sugar.
  5. Serve immediately or store in an airtight container for up to a week.


*I prefer to use a small food processor here, because I really like the pieces of dates to be a small as possible. But this is a personal preference and you can certainly chop them by hand-- keep the pieces small, but it's not necessary for them to be nearly "shredded" as they would be in a food processor.

Don't miss a bite!

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Grandma's Red Velvet Cake

Classic Banana Pudding

Mom's Chocolate Chip Banana Bread


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