Missionary Date Balls

Crispy, buttery, nutty and sweet, Missionary Date Balls are a tasty bite-size little treat!

Missionary Date Balls

These Missionary Date Balls are a holiday tradition in my family. My grandmother made them all the time during the holidays when I was growing up. She would make a big batch, some she would roll in coconut, some in powdered sugar and some in nuts. My favorite, then and now, is the coconut, the men in my family enjoy the nuts and the kids love the powdered sugar.

My mom, inherited the recipe from her mom, and also makes these Missionary Date Balls. Now, she has passed down the recipe to my brother and I, and we both love to make them for our families.

Missionary Date Balls

If you have never had one of these Missionary Date Balls, you will be amazed at the buttery goodness that is packed into each of these little round orbs of delicious-ness. The dates provide a rich sweetness, crispy rice cereal provides just the right amount of crunch and pecans add a wonderful nuttiness.

These Missionary Date Balls are truly a special treat to cherish with loves ones, during the holiday season, and anytime.

Missionary Date Balls

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 6 dozen date balls

Missionary Date Balls

Crispy, buttery, nutty and sweet, Missionary Date Balls are a tasty bite-size treat!


  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cups chopped dates
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 ½ cups crisped rice cereal (I use Rice Krispies)
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • shredded coconut, powdered sugar or additional chopped pecans, for rolling


  1. In a large pot, stir together butter, sugar, dates, milk and salt over medium-high heat until mixture comes to a boil. Boil, stirring, for 2 minutes.
  2. Remove from heat, cool slightly.
  3. Add crisped rice cereal, pecans and vanilla to pot, stir to combine.
  4. Shape mixture into small balls, about 1-inch in size, roll each ball in either coconut, powdered sugar or chopped pecans.


  1. Lou Lou Girls says:

    Hello cute lady! I bet these little gems made a lot of people happy! Pinned and tweeted. Thank you for being a part of our party. I hope to see you tonight at 7 pm. We love to party with you! Lou Lou Girls

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