Coconut Snowballs: Easy No Bake Christmas Cookie Recipe
Coconut Snowballs are easy to make. But what makes this no bake
Christmas cookie recipe so much fun is “rolling snowballs” with the dough. Your
fingers don’t get cold and when you’re done, you get to eat these yummy no-bake
Prep time: 20-30 minutes
Chilling time: 30 minutes
Makes about 4 dozen balls
3 cups crushed vanilla crème sandwich cookies (about 30 cookies
or 12 ounces)
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
3 ½ cups flaked coconut, divided
2 teaspoons coconut extract
Directions for Coconut Snowballs
- Line a baking sheet line with waxed paper. Set aside.
- Using a food processor with a steel blade, crush the vanilla
crème sandwich cookies until finely ground.
- Slice cream cheese into the food processor bowl. Pulse the
cream cheese with cookie crumbs until they are well combined. Turn the food
processor on to a low speed and add ½ cup shredded coconut and the coconut extract
to the cookie dough, pulsing about 10-15 times to incorporate. The mixture will
be thick. (You will use the remaining coconut to cover dough balls.)
- Set out a piece of waxed paper on the work surface. Place
the bowl of dough and the remaining shredded coconut within easy reach.
- Now comes the fun part: roll the cookie dough into
snowballs! Working over the covered surface, place 1-2 tablespoons of coconut
in the palm of your hand. With the other hand, break off a small piece of
cookie dough, about the size of a kitchen teaspoon. Set the dough into your
palm full of coconut. Sprinkle the top of the piece of dough with another 1-2
tablespoons of coconut. Squeeze the cookie dough and the coconut together and
roll the dough into a ball, allowing the coconut to coat its exterior. The
excess coconut (snow) will fall on the waxed paper surface. Set the coconut
snowball on the prepared baking sheet.
- Repeat “rolling snowballs” until you have used all the
“snow” (cookie dough).
- Chill balls in the refrigerator until firm, about 30
- Store balls in an airtight container in the refrigerator
with waxed paper between layers.
Special Baking Tips for
Children love to roll the cookie dough in coconut into
snowballs, yet the process with them may be messy. Protect them and your
kitchen before they start work by having them wear aprons or smocks.
Have extra coconut on hand when preparing this easy cookie
recipe with kids.
If cookie dough is too loose or too sticky before rolling it
into snowballs, set it in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes. The dough will
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