Spiced Coconut Snowballs


  • Prep Time20 mins
  • Total Time35 mins
  • Makes40 snowballs
Spiced Coconut Snowballs

Photo: Jim Norton

Ground ginger and cinnamon adds a little kick to these sweet coconut snowballs. Kids will love helping to form the balls then rolling in sugar.


  • 1/4 cup icing sugar, plus more for rolling

  • 1 tsp ground ginger

  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon

  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature

  • 1 tsp vanilla

  • 1 1/2 cups sweetened fancy flake coconut

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour


  • Sift icing sugar with ginger, cinnamon and salt. In a large bowl, beat butter with sugar mixture until evenly combined. Stir in vanilla, then coconut and flour until mixture starts to come together. Pinch off a scant tablespoon of dough, then roll into a ball. Repeat with remaining dough, placing 11⁄2 in (4 cm) apart on a parchment-lined baking sheet.

  • Bake in preheated 350°F (180°C) oven until edges are set and bottoms are golden, about 15 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.

  • Place 1 cup (250 mL) icing sugar in a bowl. Roll one cookie at a time in sugar to coat. Store in airtight container for up to 3 days. To make ahead: Bake cookies but don't roll in sugar. Freeze up to 1 month. Defrost as many as needed and roll in sugar before serving.

Nutrition (per serving)

Calories 83, Protein 1g, Carbohydrates 8g, Fat 6g.

Originally published in the November 201o issue. Photo by Jim Norton. 

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