I really LOVE these coconut date snowball cookies… We make them every Christmas, and I can literally eat an entire plate of them. They are that good! These cookies can also be made ahead and frozen.
If you have a coconut lover, these are the Christmas cookie for them… It is chalked full of natural sweetness from dates, divine butter, crispy pecans, & rice crispy cereal then rolled through coconut flakes. These flavors and textures are heavenly together!
They’re super easy to make too, in fact, you don’t even have to bake them! Just use a medium to large frying or saute pan, put them together, and roll them into coconut balls! Recipe Serves 10
I learned this Christmas Cookie recipe from my Mother In Law, Carla… She’s been making these for Christmas with her family for over 60 years. So if you’re looking for an old-fashioned Christmas Cookie, here you go!
These snowball cookies make the best Christmas gifts, and do well even through the mail!
Coconut Date Snowball Cookie Ingredients
- 1/2 cup softened butter (or margarine, but butter is better!)
- 2/3 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup chopped dates
- 2 well-beaten eggs (beat these before adding to the mixture)
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup chopped pecans (this is optional but gives a great crunch and flavor!)
- 3 cups rice crispy cereal
- 1 package of shredded sweetened coconut flakes
How To Make Snowball Cookies
The easiest way I have found to make these cookies is to put the softened butter, sugar (I prefer brown sugar), 1 cup of dates, eggs, and salt into the blender (or food processor) and blend it well, till smooth.
Scrape out your blender or food processor into a frying pan (non-stick works well) and heat over low-medium heat till the mixture thickens. (5-10 minutes)
After the mixture has thickened add:
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla
- 1 cup chopped pecans
- 3 cups rice crispy cereal
Mix everything together and let it cool until you can touch and handle it with your hands.
Poor coconut flakes onto a separate plate or pie dish.
As soon as you can touch it, roll the mixture by the spoonful into a 1-inch ball, one at a time. Immediately roll the 1-inch balls into the coconut flakes, pressing the coconut into the sides of the balls. Set the cookie onto a plate and continue to process till all your mixture is used up.
Let cookies cool and enjoy or freeze them in a single layer in a ziplock bag!
Be Sure To Try These Christmas Cookies Too!
We like to make several types of Christmas cookies and fill platters with all different kinds to share with friends and neighbors. If that is what you’d like to do be sure to check these other recipes out!
- Soft Sugar Cookies for Christmas
- Sugar-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Raw Coconut Chocolate Macaroons
- Chewy Spiced Gingerbread Cookies
- Snowball Cookies
Making Christmas cookies is a Christmas tradition that our family has done ever since I can remember… The kids love it and so do all the happy recipients!
Merry Christmas from our family to yours!
Christmas cookies are a fun tradition, but we also enjoy a Christmas Church service, decorating the tree, Christmas stories, a big family Christmas Dinner, Christmas eve white elephant gift exchange with the kids, Christmas caroling, and finding a way to do local service!