Traditional Newfoundland Snowballs, it wouldn’t be a holiday without them. A no bake coconut chocolate treat that freezes great. For as long as I can remember these Snowballs have been on every single Christmas cookie platter. Delicious little chocolate coconut bites that are no bake which makes them very easy!
This week I’ve been taking part in a virtual cookie exchange hosted by one of my blogging friends, Norine. She is the home cook extraordinaire! I can’t tell how how many pies, cakes and cookies she has on her site. So, if you are into sweets and looking to do some baking over the coming weeks, check her out at Norine’s Nest!
There are other bloggers participating as well and each day someone shares a cookie recipe. And today is my turn. I can’t think of a better cookie to share than these traditional Newfoundland Snowballs.
What Makes Snowballs So Great
Growing up we didn’t only have these during Christmas, but that is how I remember them the most. On those icy days in December coming in from school and digging into the ice cream tub in the freezer to fish one out. They were always stored in old ice cream tubs. Never Tupperware boxes, fancy freezer bags, or over priced airtight containers that promised no freezer burn. No, just this, just an old ice cream tub and it always worked a treat. And you know what? I think I always ate them frozen and kind of prefer them this way. Even Oliver, my son, likes them frozen. Must be something in the genes. That or we lack patience for them to defrost!
So what makes these cookies so great? Ummm, they have chocolate so that’s always a good starting point. To be honest, they are just chocolate, coconut and oats and they are just delicious. I only ever make them at Christmas time but can’t remember a single Christmas without them.
This is a recipe my sister gave me years ago and I’ve been making them each year ever since I got my hand on that recipe. But like a lot of things, I think they are best when she makes them. In fact, I prefer pretty much everything made by someone else. Tell me I’m not alone in not always wanting to eat my own food? Hahahaha! As much as I love to cook for my family, there are more times than I can count that by the time dinner is served, I’m sick of looking at it and make a sandwich. True story! I know some of you out there can relate, right?
Okay, let’s look at the cookies.
Notes about the snowballs
- The mixture should be quite soft and not too easy to form into balls at first. You want the mixture to be sloppy. They harden when they set and you don’t want them to be dry. Once you are happy with you mixture, have ready a large clean surface to roll them out. How many you get will depend on how big you roll them. I usually get around 3 dozen.
- These have to be refrigerated not baked! So even easier. You can keep them in the fridge for about one week. In the freezer much longer! I haven’t frozen them for longer than a month.
Anyway, these are a great cookie to add to your Christmas cookie platter or to share for a cookie exchange.
Happy baking friends and I’ll be back with more cookies soon.
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Get the recipe!
- 1/2 Cup butter
- 1 Cup evaporated milk
- 1 Cup granulated white sugar
- 1/4 Cup cocoa powder
- 2 Cups rolled oats
- 2 Cups desiccated coconut * plus more for rolling
- In a medium sauce pan set over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the evaporated milk and sugar. Stir until combined and bring to a slow boil. Add cocoa powder and continue to stir and simmer until you have a syrup like consistency. This will probably take about 5 minutes.
- Remove from heat and leave to cool. Pour the chocolate mixture into a large mixing bowl. Pour in the oats and coconut and mix until combined.
- Scoop out the cookie dough with a tablespoon and form them into little balls. Continue until you have used all the dough.
- Pour extra coconut onto a large plate. Roll all the balls in the coconut.
- Place in an airtight container and put in the fridge to set for about an hour.