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No Bake Coconut Date Ball Cookies Recipe

You’d think most kids might run if you were to mention coconut and walnuts in the same cookie but when I was little, this was my favorite holiday cookie. I still love making them today because they are as yummy as I remember and easy too!


The recipe as I wrote it out many, many years ago. 🙂

2 cups of pitted & chopped dates – To make it easy, I purchased this container & it is just the right amount without the work! Yay!

2 cups of mini marshmallows – Have you ever imagined roasting one of these? I have imagined it and it hurts because the stick is to short.

1 cup of chopped walnuts – Sometimes I think about how many times I have taken a picture of chopped walnuts and wonder if you’d start to notice if I just recycled the same picture over & over again. Do you think you’d notice? Don’t worry, these are fresh.

2 cups of graham crackers

…and to think, I lived without a food processor for 40 years! Crazy!

Turns out that each package of graham crackers is one cup so 2 packages made the 2 cups that I needed! Sometimes it’s the little things…

Enter this recipe’s better half – 1 can of sweetened condensed milk.

Pour in & stir until it forms a dough – Work your magic sweetened condensed milk. Work your magic!

About 1/2 a bag of coconut or more – (singing) Oh what a lovely bunch of coconut!

Roll dough into about 1 inch balls – My high school friend always said that my hands should be in pictures. This is for you, Susie! I’ve made it! I’d give you my autograph but my hands are too sticky.

Roll each dough ball into coconut.

I just hate it when I don’t get even rows. I’m a little compulsive that way.

And there she is in all her glory – the Christmas platter filled with Mom’s coconut date balls! They aren’t the cutest kids in school but they will be a favorite this holiday season. I promise!

For gluten free option, just find all products in a gluten free label. They will be available at a natural foods market. 

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3 Responses

  1. […] was mashed together with marshmallows, coconut, and graham cracker crumbs in my mom’s no-bake coconut date balls–my least favorite of her cookies. When I was old enough to help mom with Christmas cookies, I […]

  2. THANK YOU! This was a favorite when my family was growing up – but the recipe got lost! What a happy thing to have it back into our Christmas treat list! Thank you!

  3. Laura

    This was one of my favorites when I was growing up. So glad to have found your recipe. We always used colored marshmallows for different flavors.

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