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Maureen’s Rice Krispie Cookies

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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.

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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.

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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.

(Sound familiar? We’ve encountered the same issues with my Christmas Spice Cake and Angel Food Cake recipes, among others.)

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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.

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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.

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5.0 from 2 reviews
Maureen's Rice Krispie Cookies
 
Yield: Approximately 3 dozen cookies
Ingredients
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 8 oz package of dates
  • 2 cups crispy rice cereal
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • Powdered sugar
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, combine crispy rice cereal and pecans.
  2. In a saucepan, combine butter, sugar and dates. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture resembles a paste.
  3. 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.
  4. Store in an airtight container for up to a week (not that they have ever lasted that long around here...).

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Lisa Johnson

Sunday 16th of June 2019

I reduced the granulated sugar to 1/2 cup because the dates themselves are sweet. The stick of butter makes these very rich. An unusual treat.

LMP

Sunday 23rd of December 2018

Hi Stephie, Iā€™d like to try and make these nut free, what do you think I could substitute with? Thanks in advance!

Stephie

Friday 28th of December 2018

Hi there - I really am not sure, I have never made them without nuts. Using extra rice krispies might affect the texture. I wonder if you could use some kind of seeds instead? If you give it a try, I'd love to know what you decided to use!

Caitlin

Friday 26th of January 2018

I'd love to make these for a friend who enjoys GF goodies, but these seem like they might be awfully sweet (dates PLUS a cup of sugar!!)...do you think I could reduce the amount of sugar, or would that throw off the texture/consistency terribly?

Stephie

Tuesday 30th of January 2018

I would be careful about reducing the sugar. I always make them exactly as written because...well, you just don't mess with a recipe this old and venerated in our family. :-) They are definitely sweet (you only need 1 or 2 to get a "sweet fix"), but our family has an infamous sweet tooth!

Mrs B

Wednesday 2nd of December 2015

What is the measurement for a "Stick of butter"? Where I live butter only comes in one pound bricks.

Pam

Monday 18th of December 2017

My grand mothers recipe is identical except we roll them in coconut instead of powdered sugar

Stephie

Thursday 17th of December 2015

Hi there - A stick is equal to 8 tablespoons, or 1/4 of a pound.

Jackie

Monday 16th of March 2015

they would be ok without the dates?

Stephie

Wednesday 18th of March 2015

Hi Jackie - The dates are 100% critical to this cookie. If you aren't a fan of dates, you probably aren't going to be a fan of these cookies!