Rosie’s Recipes: Medjool Dates For Your Yuletide Plates

By on December 18, 2020

Medjool Date Balls (Rosie Hawthorne)

I’ve done a lot of Christmas baking in my time and sometimes I want something simple, quick, easy, and oven-less.  If that’s the case with you, I’ve got the perfect treat – Medjool Date Balls.  Only three basic ingredients are needed – Medjool dates, coconut, and pecans.  Any extras are up to you.  Now, it’s important you use Medjool dates, not the regular dried dates you find in the baking section.  Medjool dates are fresh dates and they’re found in the produce section.

(Rosie Hawthorne)

Medjool Date Balls

Makes 60 balls.

  • 24 Medjool dates, pitted and coarsely chopped
  • 2 cups sweetened coconut flakes (1 7-oz. package)
  • Toss dates and coconut to distribute evenly.
  • Place 1-2 cups at a time in processor and pulse 10-15 times until combined.  Place in large bowl and mix by hand.
  • Roll into small balls less than 1-inch in diameter.
  • ½ cup pecans
  • ½ cup sweetened coconut flakes
  • Place in processor and pulse about 5 times.  You want the pecans somewhat coarse, not pulverized.
  • Roll balls in coating, pressing into surface.

Medjool dates are naturally sweet, but if you want to decorate them a bit for Christmas, you could sprinkle some colorful decorative sugars over top.  Also, a fresh grating of orange zest adds a nice piquancy.

Enjoy and Merry Christmas!

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