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Date balls in a white bowl on a wooden trivet

Bourbon Coconut Date Balls

An easy and delicious no-bake holiday treat!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Refrigeration Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 27 minutes
Servings 50 date balls


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 8 ounce package pitted dates chopped into about 1/4 inch pieces
  • 1 large egg well beaten
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 tablespoon bourbon*
  • 1/2 cup shredded or flaked coconut
  • 2 1/2 cups toasted rice cereal Rice Krispies
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar


  • Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium-low heat. Add granulated sugar, dates and egg. Cook, stirring constantly until sugar is completely dissolved and mixture is thickened, about 7 minutes.
  • Add pecans, bourbon and coconut. Stir well to combine.
  • Add cereal and stir well to combine. Remove from heat.
  • When mixture has cooled enough to be handled, form into balls (1 level tablespoon each).
  • Place powdered sugar in a shallow bowl.  Roll each date ball in powdered sugar.
  • Refrigerate (stored in an airtight container) for at least 1 hour before serving.  Store in an airtight container for up to 4 days.


*Substitute 1 teaspoon vanilla extract for bourbon, if desired