Coconut snowballs


  • Prep Time40 mins
  • Total Time52 mins
  • Makes3 Dozen Cookies
Coconut snowballs

Andrew Grinton

Make the festive seasons even sweeter with this recipe for coconut snowballs.


  • 2 1/2 cup all-purpose flour

  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar

  • 1/4 tsp salt

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened

  • 2 tbsp block cream cheese, softened

  • 2 tsp vanilla


  • 1 tbsp block cream cheese, softened

  • 3 tbsp lemon juice

  • 1 1/2 cups sifted icing sugar

  • 1 1/2 cups sweetened, shredded coconut


  • Preheat oven to 375°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. In a bowl, whisk flour with sugar and salt. Using an electric mixer, add butter about 1/4 cup at a time until a pebbly mixture forms. Add the 2 tbsp cream cheese and vanilla. Beat until mixture comes together, 1 to 2 min.

  • Scoop spoonfuls of dough and roll between your hands to make 1 1/4-in. balls. Place on the sheets at least 1 in. apart. Bake until slightly firm on top and lightly golden underneath, 12 to 14 min. (Don’t overbake or they’ll be hard.) Cool completely.

  • While they cool, whisk the 1 tbsp cream cheese with lemon juice (don’t worry if it’s slightly lumpy). Slowly whisk in sifted icing sugar to make a runny glaze. Add a few more drops lemon juice, if necessary. Spread coconut in a layer on a plate. Swirl each cookie in the glaze so the top is covered; let excess drip off. Press each cookie into the coconut. Allow to set for 15 min. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 days.

Nutrition (per serving)

Calories 119, Protein 1g, Carbohydrates 14g, Fat 7g.

(Nut free)

This article was originally published on Nov 23, 2011

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