This yummy treat is a family recipe – Date “Snow” Balls are a classic Midwestern delight!
Every year in December, my mother-in-law bakes up a storm and ends up with huge boxes of goodies to share. She keeps these treats on her ice-cold Iowan porch until taking them to whatever family function she’s attending. The boxes have iced sugar cookies, haystacks, caramel-y marshmallow treats, peanut butter blossoms, cracker toffee, date balls and a few other things I can’t remember right now.
I asked my husband a couple of weeks ago what his all-time favorite Christmas treat was – he said date balls. Now having always seen them in her box of treats, I’d never actually tried them (they were always too many options!). Since we won’t be seeing her this Christmas, I decided to call her and get the recipe. He was happy to have a batch of these waiting for him when he got home from work one day.
These treats have a little of everything – sweet date goodness, crunchy pecans and rice krispies and a powdered sugar coating. Not to mention the fact that they are perfectly bite sized…good luck eating just one!
A few of our favorite Christmas treats…