Tuesday, January 02, 2007
I love dates. So does my entire family. We love date nut bread, date cookies, dates all by themselves. One cookie stands out from all other date products my mother has taught me how to make over the years, Snowball Cookies.
For the Snowballs you'll need:
1 stick of butter
1 cup white sugar
1 egg, slightly beaten
1 cup chopped dates
2 cups Rice Krispies cereal
1/2 cup chopped nuts (walnuts or pecans work best)
2 cups flaked coconut
Melt butter, add sugar and beaten egg over medium heat. Add the chopped dates and cook for 10 minutes. Turn off heat. Cool for 3 minutes.
Add the Rice Krispies and nuts. The mixture will be hot, so wait a minute or two before shaping into balls and rolling in coconut. I'm always burning my hands making these cookies, but they're soooo worth it. To avoid hurting yourself try dropping the mixture by teaspoonfuls directly onto the plate with the coconut, cover the drops with coconut and then form them into balls. Place on partchment paper to cool.
Makes about 2 dozen if you like them big, or more if you make them a bit smaller.