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Snowball Recipe

Snowball Recipe

I've been making these popular treats for 40 years, much to my family's delight. They look impressive with chocolate and coconut wrapped around a chewy marshmallow center, yet they're surprisingly simple to assemble.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + freezing YIELD:36 servings


  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 3 tablespoons baking cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs (about 32 squares)
  • 3-1/2 cups flaked coconut, divided
  • 32 to 35 large marshmallows


  • 1. Line a baking sheet with waxed paper; set aside.
  • 2. In a large saucepan, combine the butter, milk, cocoa and vanilla. Cook and stir over medium heat until butter is melted and mixture is smooth. Remove from the heat; stir in cracker crumbs and 1-1/2 cups coconut. Let stand until cool enough to handle.
  • 3. Using moistened hands, wrap about 1 tablespoon of mixture around each marshmallow (dip hands in water often to prevent sticking). Roll in remaining coconut; place on prepared baking sheet. Cover and freeze until firm. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator or freezer. May be frozen for up to 2 months. Yield: about 3 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 145 calories, 7g fat (5g saturated fat), 11mg cholesterol, 95mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.

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lavinia2 User ID: 1828149 80846
Reviewed Jul. 3, 2014

"the best snow balls love them"

tashaluv User ID: 4364244 126296
Reviewed Jan. 2, 2013

"I made these a few days ago 12/30/2012,

I thought that the whole marshmallow was too much so I cut the marshmallow in half.
I found the snowball was a bit difficult to cover and roll, I did keep my hands moist but still... maybe I need more practice."

aggiechef User ID: 1075233 81304
Reviewed May. 9, 2012

"I made these for a party and I had people begging for the recipe. They're so good!!"

MRPinter User ID: 2095996 38217
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2011

"Easy and very kid-friendly! I didn't have any graham crackers on hand, so I used crushed Oreo cookies instead and they turned out great."

jamiesue101 User ID: 6190309 90256
Reviewed Dec. 3, 2011

"I always have to make batches throughout the season! My kids never get sick of them!"

tina.honsvick User ID: 2610143 81302
Reviewed Mar. 1, 2011

"These are amazing!!! I was reluctant to even try them, but hubby wanted them. I will make these every year. My kids loved them right out of the freezer and they keep so well! Fantastic recipe!"

mamasquish User ID: 4901222 74048
Reviewed Jan. 30, 2011

"YUM, YUM, YUM! I made the Snowballs for this past Christmas and they were a HUGE hit! The ingredients mesh very well and it is a nice fluffy dessert. I will definitely be making them again, espeically since it is so easy in addition to tastey!"

Eris Song User ID: 5443368 204476
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2010

"This was definitely an interesting recipie! They were unique, and very good! We did not need to really thaw them much before we were able to eat them."

- Gig - User ID: 4384862 92368
Reviewed Oct. 2, 2009

"These cookies are so YUMMY ♥ One of my favorites!!!"

DeeEllen User ID: 447794 92367
Reviewed Mar. 30, 2008

"They sound very good. How long do you thaw them before serving?"

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