You know how people make yummy treats and share them at Christmas time? This recipe for date caramels was the best such treat I've encountered in a long, long time. I made a batch a few weeks ago and ate the whole thing myself--it stores well enough that you can do that, just eat all the candy yourself over a week or two.
In large saucepan, mix together
3/4 cups butter
2 eggs, lightly beaten
2 cups sugar
1 cup chopped dates
Bring to boil over medium heat. Reduce heat and cook ten minutes at low boil, stirring constantly to avoid scorching. Remove from heat and stir in
1 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup coconut
1 tsp vanilla
Pour into buttered 9x9 glass baking dish. Sprinkle more coconut on top.