Lyda Gygi’s Christmas Date Cookies



“Our celebration of Christmas should be a reflection of the love and selflessness taught by the Savior. Giving, not getting, brings to full bloom the Christmas spirit. We feel more kindly one to another. We reach out in love to help those less fortunate. Our hearts are softened. Enemies are forgiven, friends remembered and God obeyed. The spirit of Christmas illuminates the picture window of the soul, and we look out upon the world’s busy life and become more interested in people than in things. To catch the real meaning of the spirit of Christmas, we need only drop the last syllable, and it becomes the Spirit of Christ. –President Thomas S. Monson

A sweet little old former neighbor lady of mine, Lyda Gygi, made these cookies for our family almost 30 years ago.  They were sooo good that I have never forgotten them.  This recipe is like the ultimate, ultimate Christmas cookie recipe:

Ingredients needed: 1 cup chopped dates, 1 stick butter, 1 egg, 1 cup sugar, 1/2 cup chopped nuts, 2 1/2 cups Rice Krispies cereal, coconut, 1 teaspoon vanilla.

  • 1 cup chopped dates
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup sugar

Mix and bring to a boil; turn heat to low and cook for 10 minutes, stirring constantly.  Remove from heat.


  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts
  • 2 1/2 cups Rice Krispies cereal
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Mix well when heated mixture has cooled off a bit but is still warm.  Roll mix into “fingers” shapes and then roll the “fingers” in coconut while still warm.

These cookies can be frozen but I don’t expect they will last long enough to need to be frozen for later.


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