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Creamy Coconut Snowballs Recipe

My grandmother made these cheesecake-like bites for years. They store nicely in the refrigerator so you can keep them on hand for drop-in holiday guests.—Yvonne Schaney, Alliance, Ohio
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. + chilling YIELD:36 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 teaspoon plus 1/2 cup butter, softened, divided
  • 1-3/4 cups flaked coconut, divided
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 3-3/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 8 ounces white candy coating, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons shortening

Directions

  • 1. Line a 9-in. x 5-in. loaf pan with foil and grease the foil with 1/2 teaspoon butter; set aside. Place 3/4 cup coconut in a food processor; cover and process into small pieces. Add cream cheese and remaining butter; cover and process until blended. Gradually add confectioners' sugar and process until blended. Press into prepared pan. Cover and refrigerate for at least 3 hours.
  • 2. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt candy coating and shortening; stir until smooth. Cool slightly. Using foil, lift coconut mixture out of pan. Gently peel off foil; cut into 36 pieces. Roll each piece into a ball, a few at a time (keeping remaining pieces refrigerated).
  • 3. Using a toothpick, completely dip balls, one at a time, in melted coating mixture, allowing excess to drip off. Roll in remaining coconut; place on waxed paper-lined baking sheets. Refrigerate until set. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Yield: 1-1/2 pounds.

Nutritional Facts

1 piece equals 144 calories, 8 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 10 mg cholesterol, 39 mg sodium, 19 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, trace protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 fat, 1 starch.

Wine Pairings

Sweet White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.