When you saw the title of this post, there's a good chance that you thought ewwww. And I know, I know, date balls are not cool. What's next, fruit cake recipes? Let me explain. Back in August, I posted about the family recipe book with photos that I made a few years ago. In this post, I mentioned that every year I make my grandmother's date balls at Christmas because they just feel like Christmas to me. Well, it's that time again.
When I was a child, every year at Christmas my grandmother would come to our house with pretty little tins of treats, including these date balls, wrapped delicately in tissue paper.
In my previous post I made it sound like I didn't really like these date balls but I make them anyway. That's not really true. I do like them. But would I like them if I didn't associate them with warm and happy memories? That's hard to say. I think food and smells have the ability to seep down into the primative crevices of our brains, and those crevices are not very articulate or good at providing objective analysis. So let's just say I like them.They are sweet and crunchy and completely addictive.
I find it strange that this is the second recipe I've posted here that uses Rice Krispies. In general, I don't consider myself to be a Rice Krispy afficionado. But these are both vintage recipes, so maybe that's just a sign of the times. Like dates, baking with Rice Krispies was once more en vogue than it is today.
To me, this is what nostalgia tastes like.
1 pound pitted dates
1 cup sugar
1 teas. vanilla
1 tablespoon butter
1 cup chopped nuts (I used pecans)
1 cup Rice Krispies
1/2 cup powdered sugar
Cut dates fine, combine with beaten egg, sugar, vanilla and butter; cook in a saucepan until dates are soft. Add nuts and Rice Krispies, blend. Shape into balls about 3/4-inch in diameter and roll in powdered sugar. Makes about 50 balls.
These cookies freeze well. Storage time about 3 months. Thawing time about 30 minutes.
What foods do you make that remind you of childhood holidays?