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Coconut Snowman

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
    4 dozen

Ingredients

  • 4 cups sweetened shredded 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

Directions

  • 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.
  • In a microwave, melt vanilla chips at 70% power for 1 minute; stir. Microwave in additional 10- to 20-second intervals, stirring until smooth.
  • Dip balls in melted chips; place on waxed paper-lined baking sheets. Chill until firm, about 15 minutes. Set aside remaining melted vanilla chips.
  • In a microwave, melt semisweet chips on high for about 1 minute; stir. Microwave in additional 10- to 20-second intervals, stirring until smooth.
  • 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.
  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
1 snowman: 181 calories, 8g fat (6g saturated fat), 7mg cholesterol, 49mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (21g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.
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