Date Balls

This is one of the best cookies you will ever eat, by far. This is because, as you will notice, the main ingredient is butter. I always use real butter, never margarine. You cook them on the stove in a saucepan. It is important to cook the mixture just long enough, but not too long, as what you are actually doing will eventually make a candy-like substance if overcooked. Then the balls must be rolled quickly. This means a few burnt fingertips, but they are definitely worth it!



2 cups butter
1 8-ounce package chopped dates
1 cup white sugar
1 cup chopped pecans
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups Rice Krispy cereal
powdered sugar

Cook butter, sugar and dates until misture is thickened. This will take about 5 minutes and the mixture will totally incorporate until it looks like peanut butter. Remove from heat. Fold in pecans, vanilla, and cereal. Using a small spoon, roll the mixture into 1" balls. Caution, mixture will be HOT! As they cool, the cookies will harden somewhat. Roll into powdered sugar immediately while still warm.

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Suzanne D. Williams, Author
www.feelgoodromance.com
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