Coconut-Orange Snowballs

by Kirsten on December 8, 2010 · 14 comments

in Cookies, Cupcakes & Muffins, Desserts


Baked many times during every Christmas season these Coconut-Orange Snowballs are an all time favorite at our house.

Crunchy toasted coconut flakes are added to the orange flavored dough. The baked Coconut-Orange Cookie is then rolled in a cloud of powdered sugar resulting in a snowball-like delight.

Coconut-Orange Snowballs
Serves: 35
  • 1¼ cups sweetened flaked coconut
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2¼ cups sifted powdered sugar (sifted, then measured)
  • 1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ¾ teaspoon coconut extract
  • 2¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1½ tablespoons grated orange peel
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Bake coconut on rimmed baking sheet until lightly golden, stirring occasionally, about 9-12 minutes. Watch it, I burned my first batch!
  3. Using a kitchen machine, beat butter, ½ cup powdered sugar, and both extracts in the bowl to blend well.
  4. Beat in flour, orange peel, and salt. Stir in coconut. Cover and chill at least 1 hour and up to 1 day. Soften dough slightly before shaping.
  5. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  6. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper.
  7. Using 1 level tablespoon dough for each cookie, roll dough between palms of hands into balls. Place on prepared sheets, spacing 1 inch apart. Bake until golden on bottom but pale on top, about 18 minutes.
  8. Transfer cookies to racks; cool 5 minutes.
  9. Place remaining 1¾ cups powdered sugar in the bowl and roll hot cookies in powdered sugar, covering completely.
  10. Cool cookies on the rack.
  11. Roll cookies in powdered sugar again, coating generously. (Can be made 5 days ahead.
  12. Store airtight between sheets of waxed paper at room temperature.

Adapted from Bon Appetit.

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sheila @ Elements December 24, 2010 at 5:30 am

Those look fantastic!!! 🙂

Les rêves d'une boulangère (Brittany) December 9, 2010 at 1:40 pm

These would be a nice change from chocolate rum balls. Very nice for Christmas!

My Kitchen in the Rockies December 9, 2010 at 1:02 pm

@Nuts: delicate and crumbly, very light

Nuts about food December 9, 2010 at 12:58 pm

Now, these are beauties. Are they moist or crumbly?

kitchen flavours December 9, 2010 at 1:48 am

Looks great! Love the name 'snowballs'. Must be very fragrant with the roasted coconut. Would love to have this with a cup of hot coffee!

Anna Johnston December 9, 2010 at 12:07 am

I'm reeling from blog to blog here but in the very best way. Just lovin' the cookies that you guys are sharing, but this is a keeper for me and a must try for sure. Thanks for sharing.

Barbara l Vino Luci Style December 8, 2010 at 4:18 pm

These look wonderful but then my MOST favorite cookie of the holidays is a pecan shortbread dough rolled in powdered sugar after baking…so this twist on that classic is VERY tempting.

I had neighbors over last night for 'Brinner' where I served the leftover french toast and quiche from our brunch…I told them about your pear and Gorgonzola quiche; we all want it now!

So great meeting you!

Lea Ann December 8, 2010 at 2:09 pm

These sound wonderful Kirsten. I make something similar and I can see two batches in my future. Mine and these.

die Hülkies December 8, 2010 at 11:25 am

Hallo Kirsten,

vielen Dank für das tolle Rezept. Das werde ich bald ausprobieren. Einen tollen Blog hast du. Ich schaue immer wieder hier rein und staune.

Ganz liebe Grüße


Chele December 8, 2010 at 7:56 am

What a great idea. They look just like the real deal too ;0)

scrambledhenfruit December 8, 2010 at 5:54 am

These are so pretty, and they sound scrumptious! I love coconut and orange together. 🙂

From Beyond My Kitchen Window December 8, 2010 at 4:30 am

Very festive!! They look like little snowballs.

Stephanie Savors the Moment December 8, 2010 at 4:04 am

Those look delish and perfect for this time of year! I am actually expecting to see snow on the ground here in Florida – it is in the 30's tonight – BRRRR:) I do miss the snow in CO though – it is beautiful!

Kevin December 8, 2010 at 3:52 am

Those snow balls look so good!

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