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Creamy Coconut Snowballs

My grandmother made these cheesecake-like bites for years. They store nicely in the refrigerator so you can keep them on hand for drop-in holiday guests.—Yvonne Schaney, Alliance, Ohio
  • Total Time
    Prep: 40 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    1-1/2 pounds


  • 1/2 teaspoon plus 1/2 cup butter, softened and divided
  • 1-3/4 cups sweetened shredded coconut, divided
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 3-3/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 8 ounces white candy coating, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons shortening


  • Line a 9x5-in. loaf pan with foil. Grease foil with 1/2 teaspoon butter; set aside. Pulse 3/4 cup coconut in a food processor until coarsely chopped. Add cream cheese and remaining butter; pulse until blended. Gradually add confectioners' sugar; pulse until blended. Press into prepared pan. Refrigerate, covered, at least 3 hours.
  • Microwave candy coating and shortening until melted; stir until smooth. Cool slightly. Using foil, lift coconut mixture out of pan. Gently peel off foil; cut into 36 pieces. Taking a few pieces at a time, roll each into a ball; keep remaining pieces refrigerated.
  • Using a toothpick, dip balls one at a time in melted coating mixture, allowing excess to drip off. Roll in remaining coconut; place on waxed paper-lined baking sheets. Refrigerate until set. Store in an airtight container in refrigerator.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 144 calories, 8g fat (5g saturated fat), 10mg cholesterol, 39mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (18g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.
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  • Sheila
    Dec 2, 2020

    These snowballs are so delicious! Fun to make and pretty, too! To NZ GIRL...shortening is not to use unsalted butter which is found with margarine in the refrigerated section...also I used white ALMOND BARK for my candy coating...when you dip the balls into the candy coating use a fork because it allows the excess to drip off.

  • Roxanne
    Dec 1, 2020

    shortening is "crisco" like substance not butter in any way.... Candy coating are white wafers like "Ghirardelli"

  • Laurel Marion
    Nov 29, 2020

    What is Candy coating and is shortening butter - NZ girl !

  • cshall328
    Mar 24, 2020

    This is the best recipe....except I do not shred up the coconut anymore or dip all the way, I just give it a bottom coating. Everyone loves this recipe.