Came across this recipe on Taste Of Home's website and had to give it a try. It's labeled under "strawberry no-bake cookies" but there is NO strawberry flavor in these cookies. It got it's name more for how it is supposed to be presented... shaped like a strawberry, rolled in red sugar, and with green candied cherries or green confectioners sugar for the stem. Um... yeah... we'll just skip that decor part.
This cookie is SO yummy! We will definitely be making them again. In fact, we're sorta thinking about using this recipe for my son's 4H baking project. For Mini 4H he's supposed to present (2) no-bake cookies for the judges. Our son didn't want traditional chocolate cookies but instead wanted to branch out and try something unique. These qualify as unique all right!
Yield: 40 small cookies
1 pkg (8 oz) chopped dates (if all you can find is whole dates, simply put them in the food processor)
1/2 C flaked coconut
1/2 C sugar
1/4 C butter, softened
1 egg, slightly beaten
1 t vanilla extract
1-1/2 C GF crispy rice cereal
1/2 C chopped walnuts (just have halved walnuts? food processor it, too!)
In a large skillet, combine the dates, coconut, sugar, butter, eggs, and salt. Cook and stir over medium heat until mixture thickens and reaches 160F or is thick enough to coat the back of a metal spoon, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla, cereal, and walnuts. Cool for 10 mins.
Spoon onto a cookie sheet lined with waxed paper. If hands are moistened or lightly greased, you should be able to roll these into balls.