"Classic Snowballs" are definitely a favorite in our home. They are a go to recipe for us...a quick sweet treat that requires no baking. I have enjoyed making these treats for many years with my own Mom. They are so versatile and can be used for any occasion or just as a quick no bake everyday treat.
Myself and the kids decided to make these during the holidays. Instead of the classic white coconut, we gave them some Christmas Flair. We turned our snowballs into snowball pops! I have never tried it, but I am betting these would be delish dipped in chocolate! Another time we will have to do just that. If you have a craving for snowballs someday (like I do ALOT. LOL) I have included a super easy shortcut version...if you do not want to take the time to roll.
I have changed the recipe a bit over time, as anyone who has made snowballs will tell you...you have to get the boiling factor just right and the milk...or you could end up with snowballs that will not roll....and will end in failure...too hard or too mushy. :) The classic recipe requires 10 mins of time, but fails to tell you if it is 10 mins from boiling point or from the time it is set to the burner. This is the biggest question I am asked when sharing the recipe. So, I have taken the guess work out of the boiling factor and tweaked the ingredient measurements so they are just right.
Over the holidays we teamed up with Jillian of Catch my Party to create a FREE printable Christmas Collection. We used the party circles from our line for our snowball pops. You can find the entire "Jingle all the way" collection here.
Serendipity Soiree's Snowballs
You will need:
Measures, Medium saucepan, whisk, large spoon or silicone spatula, wax paper, medium Mixing Bowl, Small Bowls (mixing coconut), toothpicks, cookie sticks, food coloring (various colors-optional)
1/2 cup Butter - Salted (you could also use unsalted...the original recipe calls for hard margarine)
2 cups Granulated Sugar
1/2 cup Milk (we use evaporated tin milk. You could also use 2 percent)
6 tbsp Cocoa Powder (we use fryer's brand...it has to be rich unsweetened cocoa powder)
3 cups Quick Rolled Oats (not instant)
1/2 cup Fine Unsweetened Coconut (you can also use medium)
a pinch of salt
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup of Fine Unsweetened Coconut (for rolling...you can also use medium)
In a Medium mixing bowl, add dry ingredients plus vanilla. Stir well. Set aside
In a small bowl, add coconut for rolling. Set aside. (for colored coconut variation see below)
In a medium saucepan, add butter, sugar and milk. Heat on medium, stirring frequently, until the mixture comes to a boil. Remove saucepan.
Combine the milk mixture into the bowl with the dry ingredients. Stir well. Cool mixture to a warm temperature that you can handle.
Roll into 1 inch balls or 1.5 inch whichever you prefer. We make our snowballs a little larger because I can't resist them. LOL. Roll your Chocolate balls into coconut and place on a wax paper sheet. Cool completely to set the mixture. You can also set on trays and refrigerate to speed up the process. When I just can't wait I take one and place it in the freezer for a few minutes so I can eat one right away....I love snowballs! :)
Colored Coconut - Liquid colors work well....we use Wilton gel type colors to get richer colors. Dip a toothpick into your desired color and add to coconut. Add a teaspoon of water to the coconut and combine until your coconut is the desired color you want. We use our hands to combine the colors.
Snowball Pops - To make snowball pops as pictured. Take cookie sticks and place in the rolled snowballs immediately after rolling. When making pops we set on a tray and refrigerate to set the sticks in place.
Snow mounds - When we are feeling lazy and do not want to roll into balls. We make snow mounds. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto waxed paper. Sprinkle with coconut. Shake off excess coconut and place on a tray to cool completely. Again Refrigerating speeds up the process.
The quick version - Snow Mounds