Christmas Goodies

Chocolate Coconut Snowballs Recipe

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I’m a marshmallow fan…but I prefer my marshmallows to be mixed, wrapped or dunked in some other sweet confection. These Chocolate Coconut Snowballs are such a fun recipe!  They are a bit messy, but that’s part of the fun in creating them. 🙂  How can  you go wrong with coconut, chocolate and marshmallows, right!?

Some notes about these- my Gramma gave me this recipe. She made these every holiday season for decades.  I tested them out on my boyfriends work buddies, and they either loved them or hated them.  They are messy to assemble, so be prepared for that.  However, messy = fun!  Crank up the holiday music, pour yourself a cup of hot chocolate, and let’s bake!

What you need:

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk (14 oz)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons baking cocoa powder
  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs (you can buy the crumbs in a box, or smash up about 30-32 squares in a Ziploc bag)
  • 4 cups flaked coconut (divided – 1 1/2 cups for the mixture and 2 1/2 cups to roll them in)
  • 30-34 large marshmallows

Make them:

Slap some waxed paper on a baking sheet and set it aside.

In a saucepan, mix the butter, condensed milk, vanilla and cocoa powder over medium heat.  Keep stirring until the butter is fully melted and all ingredients are combined and smooth.  Remove from heat and stir in the graham cracker crumbs and 1 1/2 cups of the coconut.  Let it sit for a while until it’s easy to handle and isn’t too hot.

Now, prepare for messy fun!  You’ll want to wet your hands repeatedly for this step, so I like to keep a bowl of water next to my work station to dip my hands in. Wrap about a tablespoon of the mixture around a marshmallow.  If your hands are dry, it will stick, so keep them moistened.  After wrapped the mixture around the marshmallow, shape it into the marshmallow shape, then roll it in the rest of the coconut to coat it.  Set each marshmallow on the baking sheet. If your freezer isn’t big enough for a baking sheet, you can use Tupperware or small plates lined with wax paper.   Repeat until all marshmallows are covered.

Cover and place in the freezer until they are nice and firm.  These can be stored in airtight containers int he fridge or freezer. If you freeze them, you can keep them for up to 2 months, taking out as many as you want at a time.

If the kids like getting in on your baking fun, this is a great recipe to get them involved in wrapping the marshmallows. ENJOY!

Hungry for more? Check out more fun recipes!

Jeni’s Disclaimer: I’m just a regular girl.  I love to drink wine while I bake.  I’m by no means a professional baker or pro photographer. My creations aren’t staged, they just are what they are, and that’s probably obvious. If you’re a normal person that loves to bake or cook and your food ends up looking like REAL food, and not like something you’ll see on Instagram, you’re in the right place.

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