Crispy Date-Nut Bites

This recipe comes from our recipe developer Elizabeth’s mother, Kendra Ivey, who has a tradition of making and giving these sweet, crunchy morsels as Christmas gifts each year. We hope you enjoy sharing them as much as she does!

Crispy Date-Nut Bites
 
Yields: About 60
Ingredients
  • 2 (8-ounce) packages pitted dates
  • 1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups puffed rice cereal
  • 1 cup roasted salted peanuts
  • Confectioners’ sugar
Instructions
  1. In a medium saucepan, combine dates, brown sugar, butter, ¼ cup water, and vanilla. Cook over medium heat until dates become very soft, about 30 minutes. Remove from heat; mash with a potato masher. Stir in cereal and peanuts. Let cool for 1 hour.
  2. Shape mixture into 1-inch balls, and roll in confectioners’ sugar. Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

 

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