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Nan May's Snowballs

Rated as 3.67 out of 5 Stars

"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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20 m servings 147
Original recipe yields 24 servings (24 snowballs)


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  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.


  • Partner Tip
  • Reynolds® parchment can be used for easier cleanup/removal from the pan.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 147 calories; 8.9 16.2 2.1 6 22 Full nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

As a "coconut-aholic" I loved this recipe!!

Most helpful critical review

The cooked mixture was too soupy and would not roll into a ball to roll into the coconut.

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As a "coconut-aholic" I loved this recipe!!

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 !! :)

The cooked mixture was too soupy and would not roll into a ball to roll into the coconut.

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 :)

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 ma...

This recipe seemed quite easy so I don't know how I managed to screw this up! Made a double recipe for Christmas to give away. Used evap milk like one reviewer suggested. Waited 20-30 minutes fo...

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 !! :)

Not sure what I did wrong but the mixture is too loose to make into balls.

This recipe is dead easy and, takes me bake to being a kid. Newfie nan, aunt and mum all made these. That's how I learned to make these.