Cherry Date Skillet Cookies
Date Cookies Recipe

Cherry Date Skillet Cookies

Cherry date cookies are made in the skillet and topped with snowy coconut coats for a delicious taste. They are ready in just a short time.

40 min
50 min


1 cup Land O Lakes® Butter

1 cup firmly packed brown sugar

1 (8-ounce) package chopped dates

1 large Land O Lakes® Egg

3 cups crisp rice cereal

4 cups sweetened flaked coconut

1/2 cup chopped maraschino cherries, drained

1 tablespoon vanilla

How to make

  1. STEP 1

    Melt butter in 10-inch skillet; stir in brown sugar and dates. Remove from heat. Stir in egg; return to heat. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, 4-6 minutes or until mixture comes to a full boil. Boil, stirring constantly, 1 minute.

  2. STEP 2

    Remove from heat; stir in 1 cup coconut and all remaining ingredients until moistened. Let stand 10 minutes.

  3. STEP 3

    Shape rounded teaspoonfuls into 1-inch balls; roll in remaining coconut.

Tip #1

- To make this recipe gluten-free, use gluten-free crisp rice cereal and gluten-free vanilla.

Tip #2

- This recipe was developed using alternative flours and products labeled as “gluten-free.” The best source for additional information is the ingredient listing on product packaging. Learn about gluten-free baking.


4.5Fat (mg)
10Cholesterol (mg)
50Sodium (mg)
10Carbohydrates (g)
<1Dietary Fiber
<1Protein (g)


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  December 03, 2013

These are favorite of all who eat them! they freeze well also - I spread them on a cookie sheet until frozen them put them in a plastic bag. When I need some, just put them in the little papers - they thaw in no time! Evntho it is only 1/2 cup chopped cherries, I wish I could find a quick way than cutting with a scissors.

— says Karen
  October 06, 2013

Love this recipe. These cookies are great for a make ahead cookie - stays fresh for days. Everyone loved them ... just dont tell them there are dates in them

— says Eileen
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