These aren't quite a "cookie" by definition--they straddle the line between cookie and candy. However, they are my Grandmother's recipe and they are the epitome of Christmas to me!
1/2 lb package of dates (not dried) - cut fine
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon butter
3 cups crispy rice cereal
1 package sweetened coconut
Cook the eggs, sugar and butter in a saucepan until thick. Then add 1 teaspoon of vanilla. Remove from heat and gently mix in 3 cups of the rice cereal. The mixture will be extremely sticky and not very coherent. Using a pair of spoons--scoop out a ball of the rice cereal mixture into a bowl of coconut. Working quickly, form the cereal into a compact ball and coat with coconut.