Advent Calendar: Christmas Cookies-Grandma's Date Nut Balls

08 December 2010 7:00 AM Posted by Brenda L.
December 8 – Christmas Cookies:  Did your family or ancestors make Christmas Cookies? How did you help? Did you have a favorite cookie?


This is one of my all time favorite cookies to make at Christmas time.  They are quick and easy and add a different texture to the cookie platter.  

Date Nut Balls
(A Recipe from My Grandmother Sarah Lilla Watt Glover Bell)

1 c. dates
1 c. sugar
1 stick of oleo
Combine and cook 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Cool. Stir in 2 ½ cups rice krispies and 1 t. vanilla and nuts. Cool about 8 minutes. Roll in balls then roll in coconut (long).

I wrote the recipe as it was given to me. I smile when I see the ingredient oleo in a recipe. I know that recipe is an old one. Oleo was a term used in the forties and fifties. It was short for oleomargarine; which we now know as margarine. I don’t have a lot of my grandmother’s recipes but this is one I enjoy making at Christmas time.

2 Response to "Advent Calendar: Christmas Cookies-Grandma's Date Nut Balls"

  1. Janice Says:

    My grandmother died when I was about 12 and do not remember her baking cookies. However, I do remember she made a great macaroni and cheese caserole with cracker crumbs on top that would get really crunchy. She also could make the thinnest and biggest pancakes. They would fill a whole plate! I loved them with butter and jelly and would roll them up. They were great!

    I'll have to try your date nut balls. They sound really good!

  2. Brenda Says:

    Janice, Thanks. Grandma cooking memories are fun to remember. I am glad you have some of your grandmother.

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