Blog Resurrection Balls; Otherwise known as my grandmother’s saucepan cookies

December 27, 2016

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


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.


  • Reply Carol Dakai December 29, 2016 at 1:37 pm

    Carolyn, Merry Christmas! My Mother used to make those balls – we called them “snow balls”. We still have a good laugh over the fact that she would cook them and put them in the freezer- so we always ate them frozen. They are delicious. I may make them tonight – will be thinking about you and my Mom. Carol

  • Reply Joan MacDonald December 29, 2016 at 2:00 pm

    Compliments of the season. So glad to see your blog resurrected and also to find your Mom with you and yours. Called a couple of times before Santa’s arrival and figured she was with one of her children.Will save this recipe for next year.

    • Reply December 29, 2016 at 7:52 pm

      Good to hear from you Joan! Mom is well and busy doing all of my cooking 🙂 Enjoy the balls in the New Year!!

  • Reply Frank December 29, 2016 at 5:45 pm

    While I’m truly happy for Carolyn that DBTR is back online, it does sadly mean that I will once again be a reoccurring source of humour in her write ups! Oh well, could be way worse. Welcome back DBTR and enjoy everyone.

  • Reply Anonymous January 2, 2017 at 12:43 pm

    Happy New Year Carolyn! glad you are back online, love reading what you write and enjoy making your recipes.

  • Reply Zelia January 12, 2017 at 8:00 pm

    Real nice to have DBTR back!

    • Reply January 13, 2017 at 1:10 am

      Thanks Zelia!

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