Holiday Gifts: Coconut Snowballs

Looking for a simple gift for neighbours or friends?

These sweet little balls are a great alternative to chocolate and don’t even require any cooking. You simply mix the ingredients together in a bowl and then just start rolling. You could even get the kids to help, if you trust them not to eat all the results 🙂

Another great thing about these are the cost – cheap! Dessicated coconut is often on special or just buy your supermarket’s home brand. To present them as gifts I put them in cleaned up coffee jars, (which cost you nothing if you remember to save them), with a bit of pretty ribbon to decorate.

If you don’t want to stick with the pink and white colour scheme, get as creative as you like by changing the food colouring you use.

You can also make these up to a week in advance – just keep them in an airtight container in the fridge.

The recipe came from the December 2011 issue of Recipes+ magazine.

Ingredients – makes about 40 balls:

  • 2 cups icing (powdered) sugar, sifted
  • 4 cups finely dessicated coconut, plus about 1/2 cup extra
  • 395g/14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • few drops pink food colouring


  • Put the icing sugar, coconut and condensed milk into a large bowl and stir to combine.
  • Transfer half the mixture to a second bowl and add the food colouring to that portion. Mix to combine.
  • Roll teaspoons of the white mixture to form 20 balls, then repeat with the pink mixture.
  • Place the extra coconut on a large plate and roll each ball in it until lightly coated.
  • Place all the balls on a baking tray and refrigerate until firm.
  • Put into your clean jars and decorate as desired.
  • Enjoy!

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9 Responses to Holiday Gifts: Coconut Snowballs

  1. Reblogged this on Lauren Kay Bedford and commented:
    Amazing christmas gift idea!

  2. Beautiful easy and delightful. I needed this recipe when my stove and oven were broken.

  3. Jean Alphin says:

    This is great and easy,to add on, to your usual candy. Thanks for sharing!

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