The Art of Darkness

Sweet Saturday

November 3rd, 2012 by Cobwebs

A friend refers to these as “crack cookies;” not because they’re cracked, but because that’s what they’re as addictive as. The recipe scales up easily and they freeze well, so you can make a large batch and save some for later.

No-Bake Cookie Balls

1/2 C (1 stick) butter
1/2 C sugar
1/2 lb dates*, pitted and cut into small pieces
2 C puffed rice cereal, such as Rice Krispies
1/4 C chopped pecans (toast for a few minutes in a dry skillet if desired)
2 C sweetened shredded coconut

*The kind I usually use are the Deglet Nour variety (often just sold as “California dates”), but other types like Medjool should be fine as long as they’re dry-ish. You can sometimes find pre-diced dates too; those work fine and save time but they’re usually coated in sugar so reduce the sugar in the recipe by a Tbsp or so.

Place butter, sugar, and dates in a saucepan and stir over low heat until the dates sort of dissolve and the mixture looks fairly homogenous. Stir in cereal and pecans. Remove from heat, then shape into balls (for single-bite cookies, use about a tablespoon, but you can make them golf ball-sized if you want). I like to wear disposable latex gloves for this, since handling the hot mixture can be uncomfortable if you’re making a lot of them.

Whilst still warm, roll the balls in coconut until covered; if they start to cool off, pop them in the microwave for a few seconds. Serve warm or place on waxed paper to cool (they can be re-warmed in a microwave later if desired).

These keep in an airtight container for about a week (they rarely last that long). For longer storage, freeze on a cookie sheet until frozen and then put in an airtight container; they’ll last at least six months in the freezer. Take out as many as you want and microwave for 5-10 seconds to reheat.

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