Christmas Cookie Countdown – Christmas Snowballs

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The second week of the cookie countdown has begun and I can’t wait to share with you this wonderful recipe.   One little confession though, it’s not really a cookie per se.  For holiday baking I like to be a bit general in saying cookie, so it encompasses cookies, bars, rolled cookies, balls, and the like.  I hope you will let me indulge.  I may have to tweak these a little as they are a bit soft, but if you like that sort of thing, then don’t worry.  These will be perfect for you.

When you mention snowballs in Newfoundland for baking purposes most people will think if the chocolate/coconut/oatmeal ball which is rolled in sweetened coconut.  Those are the most common and are divine.  I usually end up making at least 50-100 of them each year.  They are so easy and quick to make.  If you like I can post that recipe later.

christmas, newfoundland, cookie, ball, snowball, dessert, holiday, coconut, marshmallow, cherries, graham, condensed, milkThese wonderful snowballs are closer to the real thing, but flecked with Christmas colours of red and green from the glace cherries.  I like to keep them in my freezer and pull them out just before serving because they are a little on the softer side.  You’ll want to make a few batches for the holidays.  Some for yourself and some to give away to others.

This recipe requires a little preplanning.  The batter has to sit to set up in the fridge so it’s best to do this at least a day before you actually need them to give you enough time to prepare.  I’ve made that mistake too many times where I needed some baking right away.  I’ve gone through about half of the recipe only to find that the batter needed to sit for a few hours or overnight.  Leaving me stranded and trying to find something quick to whip up.

This is great one bowl mix too.  Throw (almost) everything together and just roll them out.  How easy is that?  So, let’s get started.

Combine in a large bowl the marshmallows, graham crumbs, glace cherries, condensed milk, and chopped nuts.  Stir the mixture until everything is combined well.  Then wait.  You’ll want to let this set overnight in the fridge so all the flavours mix together.  The next day roll the mixture into balls about one inch in diameter.  Then roll in sweetened coconut.  Keep the snowballs in the freezer and pull out when needed.  You can serve them almost directly from the freezer because they don’t really freeze completely.  (There’s too much sugar!)

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Christmas Cookie Countdown - Christmas Snowballs

These wonderful Christmas snowballs are perfect for any holiday get-together, or as a treat when the kids come in from the cold.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 8 hours 20 minutes
Servings 4 dozen


  • 2 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 2 cups graham crumbs
  • 1/2 cup red maraschino cherries cut into quarters
  • 1/2 cup green maraschino cherries cut into quarters
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk 15 oz or approx. 400 ml.
  • 2 cups shredded coconut approximate amount - for rolling


  1. Combine marshmallows, graham crumbs, cherries and condensed milk in a large bowl. Mix until well combined. Store in a covered container in the fridge for at least eight hours or overnight.
  2. Roll the mixture into one inch balls and then roll in shredded coconut. Keep refrigerated or in the freezer.
  3. Makes approximately four dozen.

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