Nan May's Snowballs


Growing up in Newfoundland, I looked forward to Christmas each year for the huge family get-togethers, and of course the food that went along with them. This recipe is one that my Grandmother made every year. Definitely one of my favourite Christmas cookies.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
20 mins
24 snowballs


  • 1 cup 2% milk

  • 1 cup white sugar

  • ¼ cup butter

  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

  • 2 cups rolled oats

  • 2 ½ cups unsweetened shredded coconut, divided


  1. Combine milk, sugar, butter, and cocoa powder in a large pot; bring to a boil for 3 minutes. Stir vanilla extract into the milk mixture; boil another 2 minutes. Remove pot from heat.

  2. Stir oats and 2 cups coconut into the milk mixture until thoroughly mixed; cool for 5 minutes.

  3. Spread 1/2 cup coconut onto a plate. Roll the mixture into 24 balls and roll in the coconut. Set on a sheet of parchment paper until finished.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

147 Calories
9g Fat
16g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 147
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g 11%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 6mg 2%
Sodium 22mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 16g 6%
Dietary Fiber 3g 9%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 20mg 2%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 107mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.