A nostalgic Newfoundland Christmastime confection, Marshmallow Coconut Balls are a no-bake cookie that will quickly become your new holiday favourite!
These are the one confection that my mom used to make probably more than any other cookie you’ve seen in this series. I could not find her recipe, but I think this is exactly the one she used.
I searched everywhere I could think of. I scoured through Newfoundland cooking Facebook groups. I did internet searches with every keyword I could think of. And, I scrolled through pages and pages on Pinterest, but could not find the recipe.
Finally, I asked my ex wife. She was able to get the recipe from her mom and there you have it! Marshmallow Coconut Balls just like my mom used to make, sourced by my ex wife and mother in law. Whew!
Little ingredients, big taste!
I love this recipe. It’s just so easy to make and takes so little time. It has only four ingredients too, which makes it very budget friendly. Normally, I talk about substitutions, but there’s really nothing to substitute!
Let’s see – condensed milk. I always use Eagle brand. I find it has the best texture and just the right amount of sweetness. In Canada, sweetened condensed milk comes in 14 ounce cans. I do think that is different from the can size in the United States, so please make note of that.
For the marshmallows, you can use all white like I did, or you can use the little multi-coloured type. I found that the white was more Christmas-like rather than the yellow and pink mini marshmallows, but it’s your call.
Because you want the balls to form easily, please use a finely grated unsweetened coconut. If you use flaked or shredded coconut, they balls will not form as nicely nor will they look this cohesive.
The only substitution I can think of which might actually be quite good. I’m just thinking of this now!! How about using chocolate graham crumbs rather than the honey gold crumbs? It would change the taste completely, but I bet they would be delicious!
Variations and add-ins:
Other than switching the graham crumbs like I just mentioned, there are a few things you can do to enhance or build on this recipe. I know, for example, in Newfoundland, many people will add chopped candied cherries to the mixture before rolling it into balls.
I’ve also seen these with mini chocolate chips scattered throughout them as well. Again, the mini chocolate chips would be added to the Marshmallow Coconut Balls mixture before being formed into balls and being rolled into the coconut.
Today, however, I decided to be a purist and not add anything to them. I love the chewiness of the marshmallows along with the slight crunch of the graham crumbs and the coconut. To me, they’re perfect just the way they are!
Make these ahead and freeze them!
Oh yes, Dear Reader, Marshmallow Coconut Balls can be made up to two months in advance and frozen. To prevent a sticky mess, follow these steps. Once you have rolled all of the balls and have placed them onto a baking sheet, place the entire baking sheet in your freezer.
Once the balls are frozen, transfer them to a food-safe container, or even a Ziploc bag, and put them back in the freezer. Whenever you feel like having one or two, remove as many as you need and let them thaw at room temperature. Keep the rest frozen. Enjoy!
You can find all of my Christmas recipes on my Christmas archives page here: Christmas Recipes This is where you’ll find all of the recipes in this series as they become available. And, just in case you’re impatient, you can always refer back to last year’s 24 Cookies of Christmas! Click on the image below for a complete list.
This concludes Lord Byron’s 24 Cookies of Christmas – Volume 2. I hope you enjoyed this journey with me. There’s so many Christmas cookies here now, I’m sure you can find many cookies that are just right for you and your family. Maybe I’ll see you back here next year for Volume 3! Enjoy!!
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Marshmallow Coconut Balls
- 2 cups graham crumbs
- 14 ounces canned sweetened condensed milk
- 2 cups mini marshmallows
- 3 cups finely grated unsweetened coconut
- Add the graham crumbs and 2 cups of the coconut into a mixing bowl.
- Pour the condensed milk over top and using a rubber spatula, stir together until well incorporated.
- Add in the marshmallows and mix into the cookie batter.
- Place the remaining one cup of coconut into a wide, shallow bowl for rolling the cookie balls into.
- Portion the marshmallow mixture into heaping tablespoons. Roll into balls and roll into the coconut.
- Place balls on a baking sheet. Place in the fridge to set for 30 minutes.
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