These Festive Coconut Balls also called snowballs for some are part of our family tradition each year. Just before the Holidays arrive we load up the kitchen with baking ingredients and get to work. If you like coconut cookies or better yet chocolate coconut cookies you will love these coconut balls. The great thing about these treats are not only are they cheap to make they are an easy no-bake coconut balls recipe. So no need to turn on the oven to heat up the house and send your smart meter into overdrive. If there is one thing I like in the kitchen it is no bake recipes or no bake foods which keeps it simple, at least for me. Just last week we whipped up a few batches of no-bake chocolate peanut butter balls but we have to hide them because they are so popular around here.
All you need is a double boiler or a pot and a stainless steel bowl and you are ready to make these elegant treats flavoured with a sweet condensed milk. You can wrap these chocolate coconut balls up for friends and family or place in the centre of a table for your holiday guests. Another great thing about making homemade treats for the holidays is that it’s a conversation piece. Have you ever sunk your teeth into something you love and want to know the who, what, where, when and How. That’s what I mean, so get ready for some real super charged conversations with these easy coconut balls. The fun part is rolling them into the coconut!
Some of our friends make no bake balls like ours but they are coconut balls dipped in chocolate which you could essentially do with these as well for more pizzaz. If you are wondering where we picked up the awesome Santa Boxes to pack our coconut balls and other cookies we made for friends it was at Dollarama! So $1.00 and some homemade treats equals some happy friends and family.
So here is our famous Festive Coconut Balls recipe just for you… you read it first here on Canadian Budget Binder…. enjoy!
Mr.CBB’s Festive Coconut Balls Recipe
Yield: 36 medium sized Balls (smaller than a timbit for all you Tim Horton’s Fans)
- Double Boiler or a Pot with Stainless Steel Bowl that fits over
- Mixing spoon
- Tray for the coconut ( I use a tin foil lasagna tray)
- Food Processor to grind Graham Crackers if you have them whole
- Sweetened condensed milk 1 can
- 2 pkgs of sweetened coconut
- 2 squares of semi-sweet chocolate or 2 tablespoons of cacao
- 1 jar of maraschino cherries chopped small
- 2 1/2 cup of ground Graham cracker crumbs or if whole blend in the processor to make 2 1/2 cups (these must be fine)
- 1 cup of chopped walnuts Note: (bash them about so they are small as you don’t want big nuts you must have small pieces of nuts)
- Chopped Dates (optional) add 1/2 cup
- In a double boiler or a pot half filled with hot water and a stainless bowl over top, melt your chocolate squares. If you don’t have the squares and you have the cocoa add in your sweet condensed milk first then the cocoa.
- Once the chocolate squares are melted slowly add in your can of condensed milk and mix together.
- Remove your pot from the heat now.
- Add in your Graham cracker crumbs and mix to blend
- Add in your cherries and walnuts and mix to blend
- Cover with cling wrap and put it in the refrigerator for about 1-1.5 hours to chill. This makes them a bit easier to roll.
- Take the bowl out of the refrigerator and with a spoon take out some of the mixture and roll it into a ball
- Immediately roll it into the coconut and if you have to put some of the coconut in your hand and roll it around the ball so it clings to it.
- Line them all on a baking sheet with parchment paper, then put in the freezer for at least a day to freeze solid.
- When frozen you can put in a container until you are ready to take out and serve. They last in the freezer up to 3 months. Let them come to room temperature before you serve them.
- That’s it.. how easy was that!!!
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