08 December 2010

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

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.


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