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coconut snowballs

Coconut Snowballs

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: coconut snowballs
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 30
Calories: 46kcal
There are certain recipes that just taste like Christmas to me… this is one of them!
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  • 1/2 cup butter 1 stick
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt if using unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 cup dates finely chopped
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups rice krispies cereal
  • coconut about 1 package


  • Combine butter, salt, sugar, milk and dates in a large saucepan. Cook about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, and using a whisk to mash the dates a bit.
  • In a small bowl, beat the egg with a fork, then add a spoonful of the warm date mixture to temper the egg a bit. Add egg mixture to the saucepan, stirring constantly, cook about 2 minutes.
  • Remove pan from heat, add vanilla and stir, then add rice krispies and stir. Allow mixture to cool about 1 minute.
  • Pour about a cup of coconut into a bowl, then use a 1 tablespoon sized cookie scoop (or a spoon) to scoop a ball of date mixture into the bowl of coconut. Use your hands to press coconut onto the date mixture, until fully covered with coconut, shaping into a ball as you work. Refill small bowl with coconut as needed.
  • Set finished Coconut Snowballs on a baking sheet or casserole dish. When all the snowballs have been made, serve immediately, or cover until ready to serve. These can be stored (at room temperature) 3-5 days. Recipe yields 30-34 balls.


Calories: 46kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 26mg | Potassium: 42mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 139IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 1mg