Monday, December 22, 2008

Auntie Linda's Date Krispie Balls

They only come out at Christmas time- and they always elicit requests for the recipe. They are pretty forgiving - but do require quick hands and constant attention during the cooking of the date mixture. So - set aside a little time and pull in the troops to help you roll the finished product. This is one recipe you'll want to keep.

Auntie Linda's Date Krispie Balls
1 cup butter
2 eggs
2 cups sugar (can mix in some brown sugar with the white)
1 lb dates (chopped)
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp salt
6 cups Rice Krispies
1/2 cup crushed walnuts
topping: crushed walnuts, sweetened coconut, pwd sugar

Melt and allow to cool: 1 cup butter
Beat well: 2 eggs, add 2 cups sugar and 1 lb dates
Add this to the cooled butter and cook mixture over medium heat for 15-20 minutes unitl it thickens. Stir constantly. Mixture will turn amber when getting close to finished.  Remove from heat.  Add vanilla and salt.
IN a large bowl combine 6 cups Rice Krispies/nuts and mix well. Allow to cool for 5 minutes (or less if you can handle it). Grease hands and roll into balls (or use a small scoop if you have it.) Size of walnuts. Roll balls in topping. Place on parchment paper to cool.

Makes 6-7 doz. 

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