Every now and then a recipe comes along that’s good enough to resurrect a defunct blog—a recipe that makes you break your diet (again) and vow to become the next Martha Stewart—Snoop Dog combo. And when that recipe is your grandmother’s once famous date and nut saucepan cookies, and your mother is here to make them, your resurrection is even sweeter still.
Now these cookies are more like a ball, and young children are likely to turn up their nose, but that only means more for you. A combination of dates, nuts, Rice Krispies, coconut, butter and vanilla, it’s a Rice Krispie square for grown-ups. And if you subscribe to the gluten-free craze, these are the cookies for you.
Granny’s Saucepan Cookies
1/2 cup butter
1 cup chopped dates
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
2 beaten eggs
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla ( or a little extra if you love vanilla)
Cook the ingredients over low heat for 10 minutes and then add vanilla
(DO NOT OVER-COOK OR THE BALLS WILL GET SUGARY)
Cool for 5 minutes and fold in 2 cups of Rice Krispies.
Form into balls and roll in 1.5 cups of coconut.
Refrigerate. Freezes well.