Alright, here it is! The last recipe I’m bringing you before Christmas. I chose this recipe because these Chocolate Coconut Snowballs are hands down the best, easiest, tastiest foodie gift I’ve ever made. With only a few ingredients, they taste absolutely scrumptious (if you love Bounty bars, you’ll love these!) and are a breeze to make too! They’re perfect for giving in little bags to friends for any occasion, or for making for parties.
Are you rushing to your kitchen yet? What if I mention that as well as being perfect for the time-poor (they’re no-bake!), they’re also wonderfully thrifty if you don’t want to spend a fortune on ingredients (making homemade truffles, florentines or fudge can swiftly become an expensive affair when you’re using good quality ingredients) – in fact, I’m betting you probably have all of the ingredients in your cupboard right now! I can definitely see these becoming part of my Christmas celebrations every year going forwards.
- 225g golden caster sugar
- 115g unsalted butter
- 120ml milk (use skimmed, semi-skimmed or whole)
- 75g cocoa powder
- 350g oats
- 400g unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Prepare a medium sized heatproof bowl with your sugar, butter, cocoa powder and milk. Pop into the microwave and heat continuously on high for three minutes.
- Remove your mixture from the microwave (careful - it will be very hot!) and stir in the vanilla, oats and 200g of coconut. Stir everything thoroughly, and try to resist the urge to put your face into the bowl.
- Put your mixture into the fridge or somewhere else cold to cool, and then prepare to make your snowballs! Pop the other 200g of your coconut into a bowl, and prepare a work surface with parchment paper to contain the mess.
- Use a teaspoon or your fingers to scoop walnut sized balls of mixture, and roll into a ball shape between your palms. Roll again in the shredded coconut - that's it - they're done!
- Add rum, bailey's or cinnamon for some fantastic seasonal variations!