Creepy Date Ball Spiders

Have you ever made Skillet Date Ball Cookies?

O.k. . . . some of you are already turning your nose up.

Don’t do that!

I might be UGLY . . . but I’ll be the best tasting spider you’ve ever sunk your teeth into.

My son in law – hates Dates.

He loves these cookies!

Since “Spook Day” is just around the corner, I made them Creepy.

The Date Ball cookie is the center of the Spider.

Sixlets become eyes & chow mein noodles are transformed into legs.

Black gel and sprinkles give the spider it’s stripe.

Fruit leather is the spiked tongue.

Pretty simple, pretty ugly, Really good!

Ring your neighbors door bell, and leave them a plate of spiders!


This is one of our favorite Christmas Cookies . . . minus the legs, tongue & eyes.



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(One of our family favorites)
1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
1 cup sugar
3 eggs whipped frothy
1 cup chopped dates
*note:  Don’t buy the sugared chopped dates
buy the whole dates in the box and chop them yourself. 1 cup chopped walnuts or Almonds
*I prefer walnuts
2 cups Rice Crispies cereal
1 teaspoon Vanilla
Flaked Coconut
In large skillet on top of stove, melt one square of butter (1 stick), and 1 cup sugar. Melt and stir together overlow heat. In a medium size bowl, whip your 3 eggs – with a fork until frothy.  Stir quickly into butter mixture thoroughly, stirring constantly.  Now add 1 cup chopped dates and 1 cup chopped nuts.  Keep stirring and simmer this mixture gently for at least 15 to 20 minutes.  Don’t stop stirring….very important.  The mixture will deepen in color as it simmers on the stove and will thicken to a thick jam like consistency.  Remove from heat, and let cool for about 10 minutes.  Add rice crispies and vanilla and stir together.
Form balls the size of whole walnuts, and then roll in coconut.  Keep covered in container with well sealed lid.  I separate the layers of balls with wax paper.  These are addictive and delicious!


  • Sheila Daniels - 10/20/2012 - 6:31 pm

    I am so excited that I won this cookbook. Thank you so much and thank you for this great website and all the ideas.ReplyCancel

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar - 10/20/2012 - 7:15 pm

    Aww so cute!ReplyCancel

  • Suzanne Perazzini - 10/21/2012 - 10:27 pm

    These are not ugly at all – they are super cute for spiders. Any kid would love these.ReplyCancel

  • mary wade - 10/22/2012 - 8:59 am

    oh i love dates! anymore date recipes would be wonderful – especially with the holidays coming up! thanks for all your great ideas and recipes!ReplyCancel