Candied Dates

Make these Candied Dates for your cookie tray this year without turning on the oven! These no bake treats have the sweetness of dates with the crunch of Rice Krispies. Coated with coconut or walnuts these treats will be guaranteed to become a family favorite.

Candied Dates


Every year at the holidays one of many things I would look forward to were all the different goodies on the cookie tray.  Candied Dates are one of the treats that my Great Aunt Helga would make. Every time I make them myself I think of my Nanny’s sister.


Candied Dates


Made on the stove-top, this recipe is very easy and quick to put together, and it really does taste like candy! My great aunt and I had a rocky relationship at times but I did love her and I am sure she knew this before she passed on. Its because of my love for her, that I remember her every time I think of these Candied Dates.


Candied Dates


This is a six ingredient recipe. Don’t go by the number of ingredients you count in the photo above. I forgot to put the sugar out when taking photos!


Candied Dates


The dates, sugar and butter are simmered on the stove-top until the dates and sugar have melted together. I stir this mixture quite often to help incorporate the ingredients and to keep them from burning.


Candied Dates


While the date mixture is simmering, I put the walnuts in the oven to toast. I am always sure to set the timer for every 2-3 minutes so I can toss them and keep them from burning also.


Candied Dates


When the date mixture is ready, it is time to pour the Rice Krispies in and stir until the cereal is completely coated.


Candied Dates


Set the pan aside to cool for a little bit and get your prep bowls ready as well as a parchment lined cutting board. The date balls are ready to shape once the mixture is cool enough to handle (not cold but still very warm).


Candied Dates


Shape Tablespoon sized portions into balls and roll in coconut or chopped walnuts. Set on parchment paper to cool completely.


Candied Dates


I don’t talk about my Aunt Helga often, but I do think of her and what an influential part of my life she really was.  I haven’t forgotten her and over some of our Holiday Dinner conversations we have had some good laughs over stories of remembrance of her. She was a tough old bird, and I say that only with respect! My uncles would call her “Birdie” and I’m pretty sure that she didn’t mind that any more than Grumpy minds me calling him Grumpy! We all still think of her to this day whenever we see a Maxine cartoon. She really resembled that cartoon to a T!


Candied Dates


Aunt Helga’s Candied Date recipe will continue on with me and will always be remembered as her recipe. Another family heirloom recipe memory for future generations.

I can see my Aunt in my mind,  sitting at Nanny’s table with a smile on her face.  I’m pretty sure she’d be smiling right now to know she was the topic of conversation on my blog. 🙂


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Candied Dates

Candied Dates

A no bake dessert recipe made with dates and rice krispies, a delicious addtion to any holiday cookie tray!
5 from 2 votes
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Course: Desserts
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 8 minutes
Servings: 36
Calories: 114kcal


  • 1 lb dates pitted and chopped
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 4 cups Rice Krispies
  • toasted chopped walnuts
  • unsweetened coconut flakes


  • Simmer butter, dates and sugar on medium heat 3-4 minutes or until soft and incorporated.
  • Add 3-1/2 to 4 cups Rice Krispies. Cool slightly.
  • Shape into balls. Roll in chopped walnuts or coconut.
  • I like to use unsweetened coconut flakes. Regular coconut can be used here also.Store in airtight container.


I like to use unsweetened coconut flakes. Regular coconut can be used here also.


Serving: 1date ball | Calories: 114kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 15mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 15g

About the Author: Shelby Law Ruttan

Shelby is the author/owner of Grumpy's Honeybunch. Established in 2007, she shares and preserves family recipes as well as recipes for cooking light and keto. She is an experienced, self-taught home cook who loves to share recipes with others. You can see her work on websites such as Veal Made Easy, Parade, Community Table, SoFab Food, Yummly, and FoodGawker.


  1. Yummy old fashioned goodness. I’ll have to try your aunts recipe!

  2. Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious December 5, 2015 at 9:11 am - Reply

    OK, I’m trying this one! Also, I think she would secretly be thrilled to be the star of your blog today, although she might give you a frown on the outside. What a character!

  3. Carrie @Frugal Foodie Mama December 6, 2015 at 12:42 pm - Reply

    Awwwww… I just love family recipes like this! What a perfect way to remember your aunt during the holidays. And they look delicious- I just love dates! 🙂

  4. Katrina December 9, 2015 at 9:04 pm - Reply

    Hey, I made those! 😉 They are good!

  5. […] favorite candy for the holidays is my Great Aunt Helga’s Candied Date Recipe. This is a no bake recipe that is so delicious people will not believe its made with […]

  6. Miriah October 21, 2019 at 8:00 pm - Reply


  7. […] am a big date fan, my most favorite candy being my Great Aunt Helga’s Candied Dates recipe. So, when I started thinking about making a scone recently, my mind went to dates and […]

  8. Terri H December 18, 2020 at 9:15 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    THANK YOU for helping me “find” my grandmother and mom’s recipe we always had at the holidays. They always shaped the mixture in to a cone shape and a flat top, then rolled it into red sugar on cone and green sugar on top. Made Christmas strawberries! Such a great (and yummy) childhood memory!

    • Shelby Law Ruttan December 19, 2020 at 6:19 am - Reply

      Hi Terri! What a cool way to make this recipe! Thank you for sharing and I’m happy you came across this recipe! ˜Shelby

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