Date, Coconut & Walnut Truffles
This is yet another Christmas recipe from my childhood. My mom used to make these all the time back when I was growing up and she would bust out batches of cookies for the holidays. This is another oldie that I decided needed to be resurrected this year. The name on my mom’s recipe card for these is “No-Bake Meatball Cookies” but they’re not really cookies at all, so I took the liberty of renaming them ;-) I actually Googled “meatball cookies” and they are something very different than these babies, so I’m not sure where the name comes from. Even though my mom has this on one of her many “favorite” index cards, I also found it in the old ladies auxiliary cookbook that the Pecan Tassies came from. So many wonderful old treasures of recipes in that book! And these are no exception.
These truffles (I’ve decided that’s probably the best description for them) are packed with dates, walnuts, coconut and miniature marshmallows, are held together with sweetened condensed milk, and then rolled in a mixture of ground nuts and coconut. They are sweet, rich, and amazingly delicious. I absolutely love dates (probably even more than I love figs, which is a LOT), so these are right up my alley. They are different and a great treat to keep around during the holidays. Plus, they’re nostalgic, so big-time bonus!
Date, Coconut, Walnut & Marshmallow Truffles
3 cups chopped walnuts
2 cups graham cracker crumbs
2 cups shredded coconut
1 pound miniature marshmallows
1 pound chopped, dried dates
2 cans (14-oz) sweetened condensed milk
Extra coconut & ground nuts for rolling
Combine the walnuts, graham cracker crumbs, coconut, marshmallows, dried dates and sweetened condensed milk in a large bowl with a wooden spoon until mixture is evenly moistened. In a shallow plate, mix together the extra coconut and ground nuts. Roll heaping teaspoons into balls and roll them in the coconut/ground nut mixture. Place on parchment-lined baking sheets to dry, at least 4 to 6 hours. Store in an airtight container.