Michael's Big Sweet Balls
(You can call them Cherry Date Balls, if you like.)
1/2 c. butter
1 1/2 c. chopped dates
1/3 c. chopped maraschino cherries
3/4 c. sugar
5 c. Rice Krispies
1/2 c. chopped pecans
Put butter, dates, cherries and sugar into a medium sauce pan. Cook over medium heat. Stir constantly once the mixture starts bubbling and stir until it looks like a very soft paste. (If you've made caramel corn before, you'll know the look.)
In a large bowl, combine the Rice Krispies and pecans. Use a spatula to pour the hot mixture over the nuts and Krispies. Stir until all the Krispies and nuts are well covered.
Then, pour some sugar in a soup bowl. Take a tablespoon and scoop out some of the mixture, roll into a ball (it helps if you have a little butter on your hands or spray them with Pam or even water), then roll in sugar. Set balls aside to cool.