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.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
5 mins
total:
20 mins
Servings:
24
Yield:
24 snowballs
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Ingredients

24
Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • 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.

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

  • 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

147 calories; protein 2.1g 4% DV; carbohydrates 16.2g 5% DV; fat 8.9g 14% DV; cholesterol 5.9mg 2% DV; sodium 22mg 1% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (13)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
07/13/2013
As a "coconut-aholic" I loved this recipe!! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
04/10/2015
The cooked mixture was too soupy and would not roll into a ball to roll into the coconut. Read More
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13 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 7
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
07/13/2013
As a "coconut-aholic" I loved this recipe!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/17/2013
I too grew up in Newfoundland and these were a "must-have" during the Christmas season. My kids loved them especially when they helped make them. Thanks for sharing!!:) Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
12/01/2014
Substitute the milk with a can of 370ml Carnation evaporated milk and then it's authentic newfie snowballs! Plus it taste so much better! This recipe is still pretty good:) Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
04/10/2015
The cooked mixture was too soupy and would not roll into a ball to roll into the coconut. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
11/25/2015
Not sure what I did wrong but the mixture is too loose to make into balls. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
07/19/2013
So good. I also grew up in Newfoundland and was a treat to have these at Christmas. Thanks for sharing! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/30/2015
Found the mixture needed to cool longer than 5 minutes cooled mine for 15 minutes. I also toasted the 1/2 cup coconut then rolled the cookies into that. Mmm good!!:) Read More
Rating: 5 stars
12/23/2013
A Christmas tradition for many Newfoundlanders! Thanks so much for posting:) Read More
Rating: 3 stars
10/13/2018
I usually make these with same ingredients but no cooking. Just put all in a bowl and use your hands to mix good then roll in coconut. I tried the cooked one today. The mixture is hard to make balls because it is too soft. I was able to do it by running my hands under cold water before rolling each ball. That helped. They are good and a little healthy with all the oats I tell myself. Read More