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Cherry Date Skillet Cookies

Author/Submitted by: Land O Lakes Cookie Collection
Servings: 60
Categories: Cookies / Desserts

1  cup  butter
1  cup  brown sugar, packed
8  ounces  chopped dates
1    egg
3  cups  crispy rice cereal
1  cup  coconut flakes
1/2  cup  maraschino cherries
    --drained, chopped
1  tablespoon  vanilla extract
2 1/2  cups  coconut flakes, for rolling

In a 10-inch skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Stir in the sugar and dates; remove from heat. Stir in the egg. Return to the heat; continue cooking over medium heat, stirring constantly, for 4 to 6 minutes until the mixture comes to a full boil. Boil, stirring constantly, for 1 minute; remove from heat. Stir in rice cereal, 1 cup coconut, cherries and vanilla extract until moistened. Let stand for 10 minutes. Shape rounded teaspoonfuls of dough into 1-inch balls. Roll each ball in the remaining coconut.

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