Sugared Date Balls

Total Time

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


2-1/2 dozen

Updated: Oct. 04, 2023
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. —Sandra Vautrain, Sugar Land, Texas
Sugared Date Balls Recipe photo by Taste of Home
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  • 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


  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.