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Coconut Snowman Recipe

Coconut Snowman Recipe

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 YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 181 calories, 8g fat (6g saturated fat), 7mg cholesterol, 49mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (21g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.

Reviews for Coconut Snowman

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angmclanc User ID: 3282588 254804
Reviewed Sep. 29, 2016

"Making these as Christmas gifts this year. Cute and delicious."

Cupcake_k9 User ID: 7172020 250524
Reviewed Jul. 17, 2016

"Time consuming but worth it. Super cute"

BettinaB User ID: 787697 153610
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."

toni.m User ID: 5441752 58655
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."

chesney07 User ID: 3031718 131670
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."

Debbypoe User ID: 3587431 133612
Reviewed Dec. 19, 2008

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

Debby Poe"

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