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Raspberry Coconut Balls

My family loves Hostess Zingers, especially the raspberry flavor coated with coconut. So we came up with this treat to make for school bake sales. We can make about four dozen in 30 minutes, and they sell out fast! —Pam Clark, Wheaton, Illinois
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min.
  • Makes
    about 4 dozen


  • 1 package (12 ounces) vanilla wafers, crushed
  • 3-1/3 cups sweetened shredded coconut, divided
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 3 teaspoons raspberry extract
  • 1 teaspoon rum extract
  • 1/4 cup pink sanding sugar


  • Mix wafer crumbs and 1-1/3 cups coconut. Stir in milk and extracts. In a shallow bowl, combine sugar and remaining coconut. Shape dough into 1-in. balls; roll in coconut mixture. Refrigerate in airtight containers.
Nutrition Facts
1 cookie: 93 calories, 4g fat (3g saturated fat), 4mg cholesterol, 52mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.

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  • Diane
    Apr 17, 2020

    The picture is very attractive? Cookie is very sweet, too sweet for my family. Also 3 teaspoons of extract add almost a bitter artificial taste. Pink sanding sugar I purchased did not turn the coconut pink. Will use the concept of this recipe, but not these proportions. Will try tinting coconut with food coloring next time around.

  • doxymama
    Apr 17, 2020

    Use unsweetened coconut flakes to cut down on the sweetness! It's readily available in most supermarkets now.

  • pebogetti
    Feb 17, 2020

    Easy to make. Came together quickly. Tasted good. Way too sweet.

  • Laina
    Feb 14, 2020

    Too much sweetened condensed milk, too much raspberry, using rum extract a waste of time. dough came out extraordinarily sticky, had to add cocoa to dry it out, still came out awful. Complete and total waste of money.

  • Ceege
    Mar 23, 2019

    I am saving this recipe and will make for Easter brunch. @ mix the remaining coconut and pink sugar together and roll the cookies in that. There is no other sugar called for OR needed in this recipe.

  • flipperpie
    Mar 19, 2019

    I plan to makes these cookies for Easter. You don’t need sugar in the recipe because sweetened condensed milk is very sweet plus the sweetened coconut will be plenty of sweet believe me.

  • Suzette
    Feb 13, 2019

    I don't see sugar in ingredient list and it looks like the coconut/sugar mixture is flavored/colored?