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Sugared Date Balls

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Bake: 25 min./batch

Makes

2-1/2 dozen

When I was a youngster, Mom always baked these tender old-fashioned cookies dotted with chewy dates and crunchy walnuts. Much to the delight of my family, I've continued her delicious tradition.
Sugared Date Balls Recipe photo by Taste of Home
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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tablespoon 2% milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup chopped dates
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts
  • Additional confectioners' sugar

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 325°. In a bowl, cream butter and sugar. Beat in milk and vanilla. Combine flour and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture. Stir in dates and nuts.
  2. Roll into 1-in. balls. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake until bottoms are lightly browned, 22-25 minutes. Roll warm cookies in confectioners' sugar; cool on wire racks.

Nutrition Facts

1 date ball: 74 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 8mg cholesterol, 44mg sodium, 8g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.

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