Maureen’s Rice Krispie Cookies: Totally easy, no-bake cookies packed with sweet dates, crispy rice cereal and crunchy pecans. These are the perfect cookie for any gathering! Make them with gluten-free crispy rice cereal for an easy gluten-free cookie.
For some reason, I often decide it would be a great idea to go on a cookie-baking spree the week before leaving for a beach vacation.
Everything I own ends up covered in powdered sugar, royal icing, sprinkles, food coloring and/or melted chocolate. If you can buy it in the baking aisle at the store, it will cover my kitchen counters, floors and cabinets in a light layer.
Meanwhile, any item of clothing that has been purchased specifically for said vacation sits on top of my dresser, mocking me.
Sometimes I find myself doing squats while washing dishes and brushing my teeth. Any activity that requires me to stand still for more than thirty seconds will become fair game for toning my booty.
But at the end of the day it’s always worth it, especially when Maureen’s Rice Krispie Cookies are involved.
This recipe, which came from my great-great-great-aunt (seriously!), is one of those crazy retro recipes that gives you a list of seemingly strange ingredients and as few directions as possible.
My great-grandmother used to make Maureen’s Rice Krispie Cookies and mail them to my mom and uncles when they were in college. My mother and her best friend would proceed to sit on her bed and eat the entire box in one sitting. I highly doubt my uncles bothered to share. They’re just.that.good.
Not only are they incredibly delicious, they’re also incredibly easy! They also don’t require you to turn on the oven. Pretty great, right?
All you have to do is cook down the butter, sugar and dates until they become a paste. Then, stir in your crispy rice cereal and your chopped pecans.
If you want to make these for your gluten-free friends and family, just swap your big-brand crispy rice cereal for a gluten-free version. Because of the malt flavoring that is in traditional Rice Krispies, they are not considered gluten-free. Luckily, there are a number of gluten-free Rice Krispies alternatives you can find to ensure everyone can enjoy these beauties!
Once the mixture has cooled slightly, you roll the mixture into balls and coat them in powdered sugar. I recommend making one or two bigger than the rest – you’ll need to eat these right away so as not to be incongruous, you know. 😉
Enjoy these by yourself in one sitting or take them to your next party and share them with your friends. I promise not to give away your secret either way.
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 package chopped dates 8 ounces
- 2 cups crispy rice cereal
- 1 cup chopped pecans
- Powdered sugar
- In a large bowl, combine crispy rice cereal and pecans.
- In a saucepan, combine butter, sugar and dates. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture resembles a paste.
- Pour date mixture over cereal mixture and stir to combine. When mixture is fully combined and is cool enough to handle, form into balls and roll in powdered sugar. Place on wax paper or parchment paper to cool completely.
- Store in an airtight container for up to a week (not that they have ever lasted that long around here...).