Coconut-Date Rice Krispie Balls

Coconut-Date Rice Krispie Balls

1 stick (8 tablespoons) butter

3/4 cup granulated sugar

1 cup chopped dates

1 egg, lightly beaten

1 teaspoon vanilla extract (or can substitute rum extract if you make these for the holidays)

2 cups Rice Krispie cereal

1 cup pecans, toasted and chopped

1 1/2 cups coconut

Prepare a sheet pan by lining with parchment paper; set aside. In a large saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add sugar, dates, and egg. Cook for about 5 minutes, stirring constantly, until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla, cereal, and pecans. Let mixture cool for about 15 minutes, then shape into 1-inch balls. Place the coconut in a shallow dish, and roll the balls in the coconut. Place on the prepared pan. Chill until firm, about 15 minutes. Store in airtight container. Makes about 3 - 4 dozen.