Date Bran Jingle Balls

  • Active Time 25m
  • Total Time 55m

16 cookies

Trisha Kruse, an administrative assistant, created quick, easy, no-bake date-nut balls to fill that special niche in your holiday repertoire.

Make Ahead Tip: Store in an airtight container, separating balls with layers of wax paper, in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.


  • 2 cups bran flakes cereal
  • 3/4 cup whole pitted dates
  • 1/2 cup pecans, toasted
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons cream cheese, softened
  • 2 teaspoons brandy, orange liqueur or orange juice
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped nuts, date sugar, coconut or toasted wheat germ


Place the cereal, dates and pecans in a food processor and process until finely chopped. Add the honey, cream cheese and brandy (or orange liqueur or orange juice) and pulse until a stiff dough forms.

Scoop tablespoon-size portions and shape with greased hands into balls. Roll each ball in chopped nuts (or date sugar or coconut or wheat germ). Place on wax paper. Let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes before serving or storing.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Publisher. All rights reserved.

RecID 7632

nutrition information per serving

104 calories; 6g total fat; 1g total saturated fat; 2mg cholesterol; 42mg sodium; 14g carbohydrates; 2g fiber; 1g protein

These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.

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