An easy no bake cookie made with tennis biscuits, dates and coconut. These date balls make a high energy snack. They freeze well and keep for weeks in the fridge.


100g sugar

100g unsalted butter

100g Tennis biscuits/Tea Biscuits Broken in Halves or Quarters

60g seedless dates cut into pieces

1 large well beaten egg

2 tablespoons desiccated coconut

2 tablespoons ground nuts (Pistachio, Almonds, etc.)

Some vegetable oil to grease the bottom of a baking pan


On a low heat, melt the butter and dissolve the sugar, keep stirring constantly to prevent the butter from burning. As soon as the butter melts and the sugar is dissolved, add the dates and they will melt in the butter, again, keep stirring.

Take of the heat and add the well beaten egg. Stir rapidly and add the coconut, nuts and tea biscuits. Place back on a high heat with constant rapid stirring. Allow all the ingredients to mix well.

Place in a greased baking pan and leave in the freezer for 20 min.

Take out of the freezer, cut into rectangles.


After mixing all the ingredients together, roll the mixture into walnut sized balls. Roll the balls in coconut.  Refrigerate until firm before serving.

Date Balls

Date Balls

Return to the freezer for 30 min.

Take out of the freezer and into the fridge. – Must be eaten cold but not frozen. – Enjoy!!!


About Cape Malay Cooking & Other Delights

Cape Malay Home Cooking made easy. The Muslim community has also had a large influence on the cooking of South Africa. Cape Malay cuisine is delicious. It usually consists of a combination of fruit, spices, vegetables and meat. Using my cooking know how to inspire everyone to cook the food they love. Here you will find tried and tested simple and delicious recipes for relaxed home cooking that go far beyond baking. From easy soups and roasts to delicious breads, deserts, stews, etc… All the recipes seen here are prepared in my kitchen with photos taken by my family and me. So please don’t expect professional photography or styling, it’s just the way we have our meals on a normal day! My motto is: "Give a man a plate of food and you've fed him for the day. Teach a man to cook and you feed him for a lifetime" - Cape Malay Cooking & Other Delights

Posted on 24/03/2013, in Biscuits and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Alicia Ekvall

    Going to try these this week have all the ingrediences.

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