Snowballs

I have to be honest- it’s been a little difficult getting into the Christmas spirit this year! I’ve been putting so many extra hours into work to ensure that everybody else finds exactly what they need for Christmas, that I’ve neglected my own experience. I came home from a long day at work and spotted that my parents had put up our upstairs tree and I found myself shedding a few tears in my car! I promised myself that I was going to start my shopping, decorate my house, and crack down on my Christmas baking. This time of year is always super stressful, so it’s important to take care of yourself by doing things that help you to relax and enjoy the moment.

Week two of my countdown to Christmas brings you a family favourite- snowballs! These no-bake treats are such a classic and I’d love to share my personal recipe with you. These are always a hit with my family- so much so, that I’ve doubled up the original recipe because I always find that they disappear so quickly. This is similar to last week’s featured treat, my rocky road squares, because somehow two batches have already disappeared…

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Snowballs come in so many varieties but this is my classic recipe. My family definitely prefers snowballs with marshmallow in the middle, but feel free to omit this! You’ll just end up with a smaller yield, but still an equally-delicious treat. I also love to switch it up and roll my snowballs in graham cracker crumbs instead of coconut. I definitely prefer this alteration, but my family insists that original is best.

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These treats are super easy but I do have several tips to share with you in order to make this recipe as seamless as possible. I prefer to use salted butter or margarine because I like the flavours that the salt brings out. You may also use unsalted butter, but I’d recommend adding table salt to taste. If the mixture isn't sticking together properly, add a little more melted butter. The texture should be similar to a thick paste so it holds its form around the marshmallow. To add, I usually cut these in half to serve because they're so large. Lastly, wash your hands between every third or fourth snowball. This mixture gets super sticky and will coat your hands quickly. Washing your hands ensures that the mixture sticks to the marshmallow and not your fingers!

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How’s your Christmas baking going so far? Hopefully, it’s better than mine, which I’m making a vow to change. Spend time with your loved ones, decorate your house with lots of glitter and tacky decorations. It truly is the most wonderful time of the year, so take care of yourself before you worry about materialism. I can’t wait to share the rest of my countdown through cookies with you guys!

SNOWBALLS

Prep time: 30 minutes

Yield: 24 balls, or 48 halves


INGREDIENTS:

1/2 cup salted butter or margarine, melted

1/4 cup cocoa powder

2 cups rolled oats

3 cups shredded, unsweetened coconut

2 cups graham cracker crumbs

2 cans sweetened condensed milk

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1 bag large marshmallows

Extra shredded coconut for coating

DIRECTIONS:

1.In a large bowl, combine the cocoa powder, rolled oats, coconut and graham cracker crumbs. Mix until combined.

2. Add in the sweetened condensed milk and vanilla extract.

3. Add the butter and stir until mixture is combined.

4. Roll the mixture thinly around a marshmallow.

5. Coat snowball in shredded coconut.

6. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving.