Chocolate Date Balls

Dates and chocolate are a wonderful combination. These easy cookies are the perfect addition to a holiday cookie tray.

YIELDS 24 cookies

INGREDIENTS

  • ½ cup butter
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup chopped dates
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 1½ cups crisp rice cereal
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  1. In heavy saucepan, melt butter, sugar, and brown sugar together over medium heat. Stir in dates and bring to a boil. Cook mixture, stirring constantly, for 3 to 4 minutes, until dates begin to melt.

  2. Add egg to mixture, beat well, and cook for 1 minute longer, stirring constantly.

  3. Add chocolate chips, remove pan from heat, cover, and let stand for 4 to 5 minutes. Add vanilla and stir until chocolate melts and mixture is blended.

  4. Add rice cereal to date mixture.

  5. Spread powdered sugar onto shallow plate. Drop date mixture by tablespoons into powdered sugar and form into balls. Place on cookie sheet; let stand until cool and firm.

About Dates

You can buy dates in the baking aisle of the supermarket, and sometimes in the produce department. When choosing dates for baking and cooking, do not use the dates that are precut and rolled in sugar. They are often too dry and do not blend well in cookie dough.

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