No-Bake Sticky Toffee Balls

These easy-to-make treats are inspired by the classic British dessert: sticky toffee pudding. As a decorating option, instead of sanding sugar, roll them in confectioners' sugar combined with a large pinch of ground cinnamon.
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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 20 min (includes chilling time)
  • Active: 20 min
  • Yield: about 30 balls
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1 cup pitted dates (about 5 ounces)

1/4 cup packed light brown sugar

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

1 cup walnuts

1 teaspoon orange zest

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Pinch fine salt

4 whole graham crackers, broken into pieces

Colored sanding sugar, for rolling


  1. Put the dates, brown sugar and butter in a microwave-safe medium bowl and cover. Microwave on high in 1-minute increments, stirring in between, until the butter has melted.
  2. Transfer the mixture to a food processor and pulse until smooth. Add the walnuts, orange zest, vanilla, salt and graham crackers and pulse until the mixture comes together into a stiff and slightly tacky ball. Scoop heaping teaspoonfuls of dough and roll them into balls. Refrigerate the balls until firm, about 1 hour.
  3. Roll the chilled balls in sanding sugar. The sticky toffee balls can be refrigerated for up to 3 days.