Date Balls

More Christmas cookies... this one is kind of a pain to make, but they're my favorite!

1/2 C butter
1 C sugar
1/2 lb chopped dates
1 egg, beaten
1 tsp milk
1 tsp vanilla
12 tsp salt
2 C rice krispies
1/2 C chopped nuts

Combine the butter, sugar, and dates and set aside. Bring the egg, milk, vanilla, and salt to a boil. Important: stir constantly being very careful not to let the egg scramble. Add the date mixture to the egg mixture and boil for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and add the rice krispies and chopped nuts. Cool the mixture until you can handle it without burning your hands, then form into little balls and roll in coconut. 

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