Another no-bake cookie for when you need a quick treat during this crazy, busy time of year. A delicious crunchy, nutty, gooey cookie rolled in dessicated coconut making it appear as a snowball. These look wonderful on a Christmas cookie tray. This recipe comes from my MIL and she wrote on the card “One of D*n’s Favorites.” So I asked Himself if that was him or his brother Don, we could not make out if it was an “o” or an “a.” So Himself said, “Make them and see if I can remember.” That guy is always up for a sweet treat! Well I don’t care who it was written on the card because the name is now “Robin Sue!”
In a skillet over medium heat add butter, sugar, and dates. Stir until sugar is dissolved and mixture comes together and starts to simmer, simmer 2 minutes. Remove from heat and add vanilla, cereal, and nuts. Mix well and roll into one inch balls rolling each in coconut as you continue until all of the mixture is used. Makes about 2 dozen.
Note- 2 of my readers came back and said there was trouble with rolling the cookies. I made them again and for some reason had trouble as well even though the first time I did not. So if you are having trouble here is what to do. Roll cookies while they are still hot, as long as you can tolerate it, if not pour small amounts onto parchment paper to cool a few seconds then roll. To roll grab a small hand full and squeeze into a ball as if you were making a fist- be sure you hands are greased. They will be football shaped at first, but let rest while rolling the rest of the mixture. Then go back and press each cookie into a nice ball then roll in coconut. Also when cooking the butter, sugar and dates be sure the mixture comes together well. At first the gee of the butter will separate but it will come together then start simmering. At this point simmer for the 2 whole minutes. I also used whole dates in which I diced myself, so they we good and sticky. While cooking I did stir and press the dates using the back side of a spatula, this made them even stickier. The first day I made the cookies it was humid, no problem, the second time, it was cold and dry, so weather may affect this recipe. All in all if you still have trouble, press into and 8×8 inch dish and cover with coconut and slice into squares or bars- still delicious, and very much like a granola bar but crispier!!
Come back tomorrow for Day 10.