Vanilla Medjool Date Balls

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1 cup Natural Delights Medjool dates, pitted and chopped (about 10 dates)

½ cup orange juice

¼ cup butter

¼ cup packed brown sugar

1 Tbsp pure vanilla extract

1 ½ cup chocolate cookie crumbs

½ cup sweetened flaked coconut

⅔ cup granulated sugar, for rolling


  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment or wax paper and set aside.
  2. In a small saucepan, combine Medjool 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.
  3. Stir in cookie crumbs and coconut until well combined. Using rounded 1-teaspoon 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.
  4. 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.