Lyda Gygi’s Christmas Date Cookies

A sweet little old neighbor lady of mine, Lyda Gygi, made these cookies for our family decades ago.  They were sooo good that I have never forgotten them.  This recipe is an amazing 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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