|2 sticks unsalted butter|
|2 8-oz. packages chopped dates|
|2 c. light brown sugar|
|2 c. finely chopped pecans|
|1 c. coconut (optional)|
|4 c. Rice Krispies|
|Powdered sugar (about ½ box), for coating|
1. Add butter, dates and brown sugar to a large saucepan. Cook over medium heat for 6 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and stir in pecans, coconut and Rice Krispies; allow to cool down before handling.
2. With your palms, gently roll mixture into quarter-size balls; set on a plate. Roll balls in powdered sugar. Let balls sit until dry (1 hour). Store at room temperature in an airtight container.
Makes 6 dozen.
Nutritional Information (serving size=3 date nut balls): Calories: 280; Fat: 14g; Cholesterol: 20mg; Sodium: 30mg; Total Carbohydrates: 40g; Dietary Fiber: 2g; Sugars: 33g; Protein: 2g.