1 cup (250 mL) Natural Delights Medjool dates, pitted and chopped (about 10 dates)
1/2 cup (125 mL) orange juice
1/4 cup (60 mL) butter
1/4 cup (60 mL) packed brown sugar
1 Tbsp (15 mL) pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 cup (375 mL) chocolate cookie crumbs
1/2 cup (125 mL) sweetened flaked coconut
2/3 cup (150 mL) granulated sugar, for rolling
Line a baking sheet with parchment or wax paper and set aside.
In a small saucepan, combine dates, orange juice, butter and brown sugar. Bring to a simmer over medium heat and cook, stirring for about 12 minutes or until very soft and thickened. Stir in vanilla; set aside to cool completely.
Stir in cookie crumbs and coconut until well combined. Using rounded 1 tsp (5 mL) measuring spoon, scoop out mixture and roll into balls. Place sugar on a plate or in a shallow bowl. Roll balls in sugar until completely coated and place on prepared baking sheet. Repeat with remaining mixture.
Place in refrigerator for at least 2 hours or until set and firm. Package in single layers in airtight container or cookie tins and keep refrigerated for up to 3 weeks.