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My entire family LOVES this recipe because they are delicious (as in, life-changing delicious). I love this recipe because they are unlike any other Christmas cookie around, they are not dough-y, and you cook them on the stove so they are "no-bake." This is also an easy cookie: no mixer required, no eggs involved, butter can go straight from fridge to stovetop, no sifting, no rolling pin, no cookie cutters. It is pretty hard to mess them up. 

The recipe came from a dear elderly friend, Kay, now departed, so I can't take credit for creating it. I can't imagine how many people she might have shared this recipe with in her long, long life, but I bet she'd get a real hoot out of knowing it was out in cyber world.

  • Duration
  • About 2 dozen cookiesServings


  • 8 ounce package of seeded dates, chopped (if possible, buy dates already chopped—it saves a lot of prep time) 
  • 1 stick of butter
  • ¾ cup of granulated sugar
  • 1 cup chopped nuts (walnuts or pecans work well!)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups crispy rice cereal
  • confectioners sugar


1. Combine the dates, butter, and granulated sugar in a pot on the stove top, heat on medium-low. Stir constantly over the heat, until very mushy and thick, approx 8 minutes. 

2. Remove the mixture from the heat and stir in the vanilla, chopped nuts, and cereal. Mix with a spoon until evenly blended.

3. When the mixture is cool enough to handle (but still warm and soft), use a spoon to scoop a heaping tablespoon and roll it into a ball (approx 1 ½ inches in diameter) using the palms of your hands. Toss the ball in confectioners sugar to coat it, then place it on wax paper to cool completely. Repeat with entire mixture.