Recipe: Date Balls


You didn’t think I could let the holidays go by without sharing a holiday recipe, did you? 🙂 This is a recipe that my mom got way back in the day when my dad was stationed in Germany. There was a cookie swap with neighbors/friends/fellow military families, and my mom ended up with this recipe: date balls. Ever since, it has been a staple in our holiday baking regimen. Granted, they aren’t technically cookies nor do they need baking, but they are delicious. And I have many fond Christmas-time memories of helping my mom make them. This was my first year making them on my own, and I was without the aid of child minions to help with the assembly. 😀 But they are still just as tasty – the perfect level of sweetness, with just the right amount of crunchy bits. Nom.

Date Balls



  • 1/4 lb. butter (1 stick)
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 1 c. chopped dates
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 1/2 c. Rice Krispies cereal
  • 8 oz. chopped walnuts


  1. Cook butter, sugar, dates and egg over low heat til thick, stirring frequently.
  2. Add vanilla, stir, let cool.
  3. Add Rice Krispies, mix well.
  4. With greased (butter) hands, roll into 1″ balls, then cover/roll in the chopped walnuts.
  5. Enjoy! Makes 3-4 dozen.

What are some of your favorite holiday recipes?

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Recipe Guest Post: Caramel Apples

Today I’m turning over the blog to one of my wonderful sponsors this month, Kassi! Her and her sister blog over at Truly Lovely, and today she’s sharing a perfect-for-fall treat. Read on, and then go say hi over at her place or on Twitter!   Hi there! I’m Kassi and I am thrilled to be here guest posting for the lovely Amanda! That’s me on the right. Kayli, on the left, is my sister and together we blog at Truly Lovely. On any given day you might find a craft tutorial, a recipe, a random story… On Fridays you’ll […]

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Recipe: Crème Brûlée Cupcakes

Today’s post is brought to you by Keely, a fellow Better Bloggers Network member and baker extraordinaire. I can’t wait to try these! Hello, lovely Dragonflight Dreams readers! Thanks for having me here. I usually blog over at Hairbows and Butter. I’m a baker, a lover of food and beautiful things and I’m so happy to share a recipe with you! I’m incredibly excited about today’s cupcake recipe. How many of you are lovers of crème brûlée but don’t love dealing with the trouble of making a custard, cooking it, cooling it and using a blow torch to “brûlée” the […]

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Recipe: Fresh Fruit Tartlets

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Friday Favorites: Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie

A slice of pie

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Friday Favorites: Banana Bread Chocolate Chip Muffins

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