Bobo Balls

9 Jan


I’m feeling super proud of myself at the moment.  For the second time this week I got myself out of the house by 7:45am in the dark and freezing cold to my pilates class.  From when I got up at 6:45am until I left it was an on-going mental battle for me.  One little voice was telling me to just stay home in my warm house and the other little voice was trying to motivate me out of the house.  Luckily the latter won.

Today I have a secret family recipe to share with you.  I had wanted to post it before the holidays but didn’t manage.  So I’ll sell them as the perfect Valentine’s Day cookie instead of Christmas cookie.

These little balls made with only 4 ingredients are one of my favourite treats from childhood.  My grandmother used to make these for my brother and I and we would be able to scoff down more than a few.   I was 23 when my grandmother actually told me the ingredient list because she knows that I would’ve been horrified if I knew there were dates in them.  I was tricked for 23 years of my life.


Usually I’m not a huge fan of cookies that involve breakfast cereal but in this case the rice crispies add crunch that compliments the chewy dates.   I know they sound weird and slightly kitschy but trust me on this one…they’re incredibly tasty.  And as a bonus they are no-bake which means it takes minutes to whip up a batch of these.

Gramma’s BoBo Balls

1/2 cup  butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 cups pitted and chopped dates
3 1/2 cups Rice Crispies cereal

1. Melt butter in pot, add brown sugar and dates.

2. Bring to a boil, lower heat, stir and cook until smooth (8-10 min).

3. Add rice crispies.

4. With buttered hands form into uniform sized balls (approx. 2-bite sized).  Roll in white sugar.

5. Store in air-tight container to keep crispy. Enjoy!

1-IMG_4933-001I hope someone out there gives these cookies a chance and tries them out.  And if you do, please let me know what you think.  I have three kids who all love them (one being Miss Fussy) and I have followed my grandmother’s tradition of not letting them in on the secret of the dates in them.


11 Responses to “Bobo Balls”

  1. classicplay January 9, 2013 at 15:21 #

    Color me impressed! It takes a lot to get up that early, especially on cold winter mornings. Bravo!

    I’ll have to give these a try and see if I can’t get my Mr. Picky to eat ’em up 😉

    ps. I love the cute styling too. Very Valentiney!

    • jc January 9, 2013 at 19:10 #

      Just DON’T tell him there are dates in them. Until he’s 23 at least. It’s an essential part of the recipe.

  2. muddledmom January 9, 2013 at 17:39 #

    I feared you would say dates. Hmm. They look tasty enough that I may have to give them a go. Good for her for not telling you!

    • jc January 9, 2013 at 19:10 #

      Let me know how they turn out!

  3. GrammaO January 9, 2013 at 22:08 #

    These are great and have never looked so good. Your Gramma will be pleased to know she is immortalized through her BoBo Balls

  4. Kat January 9, 2013 at 23:29 #

    sounds yum! I would actually like to try doing it with honey just because I have a load of them that Fran brought back from Romania. oh, and I adore dates! hahaha.. this is so easy to love 😉 oh and kudos to getting up for pilates! I am actually going back into yoga and running (not yet but i got the gear ready. hahaha) sorting the house is the first priority! everything is just crazy since we got back

    • jc January 10, 2013 at 13:28 #

      Hey….here in Italy it’s all about the outfit when you do if you have that ready you’re more than halfway there! Hope everything settles down for you soon…I know it always take a while to get life back in order after moving. Honey from Romania sounds delicious!

  5. Shin January 10, 2013 at 09:38 #

    yum yum looking! Lovely blog! I’ll add you to my blogroll 🙂

  6. shin January 10, 2013 at 09:45 #

    I just left a comment, but I’m not sure it went through. Just wanted to say it looks delicious. Lovely blog too. I’m adding you to my blog roll 🙂

    • jc January 10, 2013 at 13:29 #

      Thanks Shin!


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