This year Santa is in for a real treat at our house. Instead of finding the usual sugar cookie laid out for his arrival we are making Southern Rice Krispie Date Balls. (worst name for the best little treat) Our family is going to start calling them Snowballs.
I got this recipe the other night from a friend, Natalie, in our old neighborhood. She commissioned me to do several paintings for her for Christmas last year, and when I stopped by to drop them off she had a batch of these Snowballs on hand. I pride myself in being somewhat adventurous in my eating, willing to try it all once, and found myself in heaven when I tried these. Ever since I have had them on the back of my mind and asked for the recipe (& was promptly rewarded...love good friends).
And for the record, I have never, ever bought dates before until yesterday let alone cooked with them until this afternoon. But there was nothing to fear. If you are unfamiliar with this fruit: familiarize yourself with it.
You won't regret it.
1 stick of butter
1 cup of sugar
1 pack of chopped dates (8 oz) (I chopped them myself, but make sure you get them pitted)
2 cups Rice Krispie cereal
1 teaspoon vanilla
confectioners sugar (enough to coat balls)