Coconut Snowman Recipe
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Coconut Snowman Recipe

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My mom made her basic coconut candy recipe for years, but I took it a step further and created jolly snowman heads. These cute little characters are worth the extra effort because they're always a big hit! -Donell Mayfield Rio Rancho, Minnesota
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 4 hours + chilling
MAKES:48 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 4 hours + chilling
MAKES: 48 servings


  • 4 cups flaked coconut, coarsely chopped
  • 3-3/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2/3 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups vanilla or white chips
  • 2 packages (11-1/2 ounces each) milk chocolate chips
  • 1 package (10 ounces) large marshmallows
  • Black, orange and red decorator icing
  • Green leaf-shaped decorator candies

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 181 calories, 8 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 7 mg cholesterol, 49 mg sodium, 28 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 1 g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the coconut, confectioners' sugar, milk and butter. Shape into 1-1/4-in. balls; place on waxed paper-lined baking sheets. Loosely cover and chill for 1-1/4 hours or until firm.
  2. In a microwave, melt white or vanilla chips at 70% power for 1 minute; stir. Microwave at additional 10- to 20-second intervals, stirring until smooth.
  3. Dip balls in melted chips; place on waxed paper-lined baking sheets. Chill until firm, about 15 minutes. Set aside remaining melted vanilla chips.
  4. In a microwave, melt semisweet chips on high for about 1 minute; stir. Microwave at additional 10- to 20-second intervals, stirring until smooth.
  5. For hats, dip each marshmallow in chocolate; place on a waxed paper-lined baking sheet, allowing excess to drip down. Swirl the marshmallows in chocolate on waxed paper to create hat brims. Chill until firm, about 15 minutes.
  6. Level the top of coated coconut balls. Attach marshmallows hats, using reserved melted vanilla chips. With black icing, add eyes and a mouth to each face; with orange icing, add a nose. Use red icing and leaf candies for holly on hats. Store in an airtight container. Yield: 4 dozen.
Originally published as Coconut Snowman in Taste of Home December/January 2005, p28

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Reviewed Nov. 29, 2013

"I've made these every year since they were in the Dec 2005 magazine and my daughter was 3. I use vanilla and almond bark instead of chocolate/white chocolate chips, use toothpicks to help me coat them and now my 11 year old daughter makes them (with a little help). We love them and so does everyone who comes to our house in the holiday season."

Reviewed Sep. 20, 2010

"These are awesome. Big hit with kids and adults... They look great on a nice platter with coconut just like in the picture. Time consuming but worth it. Made these 3 years in a row."

Reviewed Apr. 6, 2009

"This is a great recipe. I have made the coconut base for the last few years at Christmas time and everyone loves it. I have never done the entire snowman look since my friends and family were older. Now that I have a son that is old enough to help out and have fun this will definately be our choice for holiday fun."

Reviewed Dec. 19, 2008

"I bet this is a big hit with the kids.

Debby Poe"

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