Frances Van Vynckt, 78, combined dates, toasted rice cereal and coconut into an easy no-bake treat that won EatingWell's 2008 cookie contest.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, November/December 2008


Recipe Summary

30 mins
Nutrition Profile:


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Combine butter, sugar and dates in a large saucepan. Cook, stirring constantly, until the butter is melted, the sugar is no longer white and the dates are mostly melted, 8 to 15 minutes. The mixture should be a shiny, brown sticky mass. Remove from the heat.

  • Add salt, vanilla, cereal and coconut; stir well to combine.

  • When cool enough to handle, squeeze and roll the mixture into 1-inch balls. Place on a wax paper-lined baking sheet. Refrigerate until chilled.


Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 1 week.

Storage smarts: To extend the life of your baked goods, store them in an airtight container in a single layer or between layers of parchment paper to prevent sticking.

Nutrition Facts

52 calories; protein 0.3g; carbohydrates 9.6g; dietary fiber 0.5g; sugars 7.3g; fat 1.6g; saturated fat 1.2g; cholesterol 2.5mg; vitamin a iu 71.7IU; vitamin c 0.7mg; folate 12.4mcg; calcium 2.5mg; iron 0.4mg; magnesium 3.3mg; potassium 39.4mg; sodium 12.7mg.

Reviews (5)

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12 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 5
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
i've made them once before. the recipe is very easy to make and i love that they're no bake. my family and friends have given it rave reviews so this recipe will definitely be a staple for the holidays. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
A lot of people of complaning that the ball don't hold together very well but mind did just fine. I used pitted medjool dates and chopped them myself. Those dates are nice and soft and that's probably why mine fared better than most. The recipie is very sweet. I wonder if you could increase the dates and reduce the sugar. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
These are FABULOUS!!!!!!!!!! I can't wait to take these to a cookie swap tomorrow!!! These taste VERY similar to a cookie my mother makes every Christmas...and these were easier to make...and tasted just as good! I am so excited to have this recipe! It was so easy to make!!! I am going to try making it with cranberries and apricots too! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I exchanged Rice crispies for corn flakes and alway use less butter than what is called for!!! Delicious!!!! Read More
Rating: 2 stars
A lot of work I liked the combination of flavors and since the recipe says easy and fast I chose to make a batch. Well they're not that easy or fast. While combining the ingredients is indeed a cinch squeezing and forming these into balls is a headache. Every time I squeezed one into a ball in my hand a soon as I opened my hand the ball (more of a log) was dismantled. Some also just disintegrated when I set them down. I ended up discarding the last half cup or so since I was tired of trying to shape them. And if your hands become sore like mine do this recipe is not for you. Pros: Taste good Cons: do not stay in shape well Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I really enjoy the flavour but find these cookies really hard (as in rock hard) to bite into. Any tips for keeping them soft? (Softer?) Thanks! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
The men LOVE these I have shared these at two different x-mas exchanges. Both times I was asked for the recipe by attendees as their husbands loved these cookies. Pros: easy Cons: sticky hands Read More
Rating: 3 stars
don't roll them I got tired of making balls of these. They didn't seem to hold together very well so I mashed them into a flat slab and covered with plastic and put them in the frig. Later I cut them in squares and they were still pretty. They are pretty sweet though. Pros: taste good and are a little unusual Cons: hard to roll Read More
Rating: 2 stars
Award winning? I made these because the recipe was "award winning" and the other comments said they were simple to make. And how can you go wrong with dates and coconut and butter? But this recipe has too much sugar (the dates & cereal are plenty sweet) and the results are unappealing both in taste and appearance (although mine did stay soft and chewy and not too hard as others here said). I put them on the Christmas cookie plates I gave to friends and family. All declared them OK but not nearly up to the standards of the other cookies on the plate. Will definitely not make these again. Pros: One pot few ingredients Cons: Too sweet taste only OK Read More