Date and Pecan Balls

    35 minutes

    Chewy and yummy these date and pecan balls are a great snack. Unlike many snack balls these contain no alcohol or chocolate and have a baking step in making them.

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    Serves: 12 

    • 2 cups (440g) white sugar
    • 2 teaspoons baking powder
    • 1 1/2 cups plain flour
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 2 cups ground pecans
    • 2 cups pureed dates
    • 4 eggs
    • 1/2 cup (90g) icing sugar

    Preparation:20min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Ready in:35min 

    1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C.
    2. Mix sugar, baking powder, flour and salt. Add nuts and dates.
    3. Then add eggs which have been lightly whisked. Mix well.
    4. Press mixture into ungreased baking tray as thin as possible. Bake for 15-20 minutes.
    5. Cut into 2cm to 5cm squares while hot. Roll into balls as soon as the squares are cool enough to handle then roll in icing sugar. Allow to cool completely before eating.

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    Really chewy! My family doesn't like things too sweet, so I cut down the sugar to 1 1/3 cup, used chopped dates instead of pureed dates and 1 cup chopped pecans. I used a 9X13 pan for 25-30min and they turned out excellent! I didn't roll them in sugar afterwards -- they were great just plain. I think it would be too sweet if the full amount of sugar was used.  -  25 Dec 2003  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    This recipe is the same as my grandmothers, except I don't puree the dates, I use chopped. I also use regular sugar to very lightly coat (I just cut them, I didn't roll into a ball) some of the chinese chews so we have them both with sugar and some without. I also tried using a glass pan and had to cook them longer, I will go back to using a regular 9 x 13 pan.  -  12 Dec 2011  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    No need to roll these treats...I cut these into mini-squares and that's it! Maybe they were too difficult to roll because I used 1 cup of sugar, and 1 cup of chopped pecans. The end result has a consistency like a brownie. Definitely a keeper in my regular recipes!  -  10 Jan 2011  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)