No-Bake Chocolate Coconut Snowballs

These no-bake chocolate and coconut snowball cookies are SO easy to make! Full of oats and cocoa and rolled in coconut to look like snowballs! Recipe on

Welcome to day 3 in Sally’s Cookie Palooza!

While recipe 3 in 2017’s cookie palooza may not look like a traditional cookie or taste like a traditional cookie, it can most certainly find a place on your holiday cookie trays. Why? You need a little variety!

It’s hip to be square. Errrr…. round.

These no-bake chocolate and coconut snowball cookies are SO easy to make! Full of oats and cocoa and rolled in coconut to look like snowballs! Recipe on

I’m hosting Christmas this year. I know I know… I have a newborn. I’m crazy. But I truly enjoy entertaining. Nothing makes me happier than gathering our families together for meals and memories. And if it can be done at my own house so I don’t have to travel with a car packed full of dog stuff and baby stuff, that’s even better. (MAN ALIVE my children require a lot!!!) But not only that, it means a lot to me to spend Noelle’s first Christmas at our own home. And I can wear my slippers all day, which is clearly the most important of all.

But entertaining means I need to come up with some menus. I’ll share our Christmas brunch and dinner menus when I plan them out, but I’m mostly concerned with dessert at this point. Those other meals? Ehh. Do they even matter? The Christmas dessert tray has to be epic!!!

Pictured: Christmas tree and snowflake sugar cookies using this sugar cookie and royal icing, today’s snowballs, and cake batter chocolate chip cookies

Let’s discuss this.

How to Make an Epic Christmas Dessert Tray

  1. Enlist help. Why not invite family and friends over to help you actually make the desserts that will go on the tray?! Not only will it be more fun if baking’s a family affair, it’ll be a heck of a lot easier too. Extra hands = faster baking. You can even make “Christmas cookie baking day” an annual event.
  2. Prepare some items ahead of time. There’s plenty of time between now and Christmas, but we all know that our calendars fill quickly and things get real hectic, real fast. So do your future self a favor and begin soon. Freeze baked cookies and cookie dough now, you’ll be thankful you had a head start!
  3. Pick up a Christmas platter. I just bought this one and this one. They’re even more beautiful in real life. Nice and big too! Here’s another one I have my eye on.
  4. Use varying shapes, sizes, and textures. That’s where today’s recipe comes in. Make different shapes with cookie cutter sugar cookies, add some red in there, lots of sprinkles, gingerbread men, triangles, cheesecake brownies, fudge, stars, and balls. Different shapes and sizes not only makes a beautiful tray, but guarantees there’s something for everyone.

These no-bake chocolate coconut snowballs cover all the bases. You can make them now and freeze ’em for later, they’re easy, and they add a festive look to the entire tray. Plus, they’re SO DARN GOOD. Watch how I make them:

Aren’t they fun???

Here’s The Plan

  • Heat butter + sugar + cocoa + milk on the stove
  • Pour over oats and coconut
  • Shape into balls
  • Roll in coconut
  • You’re done

Told ya, so easy.

The mixture is pretty sticky, so it’ll have to chill out in the refrigerator before you shape into balls. You WANT a sticky foundation. Why? If the chocolate-oat mixture is too dry, the finished snowballs will taste dry.

These no-bake chocolate and coconut snowball cookies are SO easy to make! Full of oats and cocoa and rolled in coconut to look like snowballs! Recipe on

These no-bake chocolate and coconut snowball cookies are SO easy to make! Full of oats and cocoa and rolled in coconut to look like snowballs! Recipe on

The chocolate coconut snowballs are a lot like my no-bakes, Kevin’s favorite cookie of all time. Though today’s snowballs don’t include peanut butter. The horror!!!! But even without peanut butter, Kevin still loved them. He saw me typing up this post and he literally just said “those things were awesome.” Coming from a man who usually says “that was good” … “awesome” says quite a lot!

(PS: want to add peanut butter? See my recipe note!)

These no-bake chocolate and coconut snowball cookies are SO easy to make! Full of oats and cocoa and rolled in coconut to look like snowballs! Recipe on

Have fun no-baking!

See all cookie palooza recipes.

No-Bake Chocolate Coconut Snowballs


  • 3 cups (240g) old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 3 cups (240g) sweetened shredded coconut, divided
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick; 115g) unsalted butter
  • 1 cup (200g) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk (any milk works; I use skim milk)
  • 6 Tablespoons (31g) unsweetened natural or dutch-process cocoa powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


  1. Place the oats and 1 cup of shredded coconut in a large bowl. Set aside. (Reserve the remaining coconut for step 3.)
  2. Combine the butter, sugar, milk, cocoa, and salt together in a large saucepan over medium heat. Whisk until the butter melts, then bring to a boil. Allow to boil for 1 minute without whisking. Remove from heat, stir in the vanilla extract, then pour over the oats/coconut. Stir until combined. Cover tightly with aluminum foil or plastic wrap and chill for at least 45 minutes and up to 2-3 days.
  3. Meanwhile, pulse the remaining coconut in a food processor to break it down. It's easier to coat the balls when the coconut shreds are broken up/smaller.
  4. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. And make sure there is enough room in your refrigerator for the baking sheets.
  5. Using a 1-Tablespoon cookie scoop (or simply a spoon), roll into 1 Tablespoon balls. The mixture may get a little sticky as you work, but just form it into a ball as best you can. Roll balls in coconut and place on the baking sheets. Refrigerate for at least 30-60 minutes to "set."
  6. Snowballs will stay fresh covered at room temperature for 3 days or in the refrigerator for 1 week.

Make ahead tip: You can make the mixture and chill it in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days before rolling in balls. Snowballs freeze well for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator and bring to room temperature, if desired, before serving.

Recipe Notes:

Interested in adding peanut butter? Go for it. I wanted today's snowballs to be nut-free, but you can add 1/4 cup of creamy peanut butter. Simply add it to the saucepan in step 2. Reduce butter to 1/4 cup (4 Tbsp).

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Here are some items I used to make today’s recipe.

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These no-bake chocolate and coconut snowball cookies are SO easy to make! Full of oats and cocoa and rolled in coconut to look like snowballs! Recipe on



  1. Dd on November 30, 2017 at 7:37 pm

    I can’t wait to try these. I love coconut. So you had me there & at no bake. Now to get that gorgeous red plate you have them on. Can you share the details of where to find them?

    • Sally on December 1, 2017 at 8:42 am

      I love this plate too! It’s by Pioneer Woman. I found it at Walmart!

  2. Tina Tyson on November 30, 2017 at 8:21 pm

    You think I can use white chocolate instead?

    • Sally on December 1, 2017 at 8:42 am

      White chocolate powder/ground white chocolate you mean? I haven’t attempted it, so I’m not 100% positive.

  3. Kari on November 30, 2017 at 8:25 pm

    My mom has made these since I was a little child. Only difference was she just dropped them and didn’t roll them into balls with coconut.

  4. Sarah Jean on November 30, 2017 at 10:06 pm

    Hmm I just tried this today and after chilling for a few hours I found my top half of batter extra dry and bottom half extra moist! So half my cookies were perfect but the first half are kinda falling apart lol! It was a little tough to stir at that point, so I’m wondering if there’s a better way to incorporate all that sugar goodness before chilling? Or should I have let it cool to room temp before chilling? 

    • Sally on December 1, 2017 at 8:39 am

      Hi Sarah Jean! I wonder if you kept the chilled mixture out on the counter for a few extra minutes, if you could stir it up a little better then? I never let it cool to room temp before chilling, so I don’t think that is the issue. I’m glad the few snowballs that worked out were great!

  5. Natalie on December 1, 2017 at 6:17 am

    These snowballs look so delicious and chocolatey – perfect for Christmas too!

  6. Kartish on December 1, 2017 at 11:10 am

    I was wondering if I could replace the oats with puffed rice.
    Thank you

    • Sally on December 1, 2017 at 12:23 pm

      I don’t recommend it.

  7. Amy kowbuz on December 1, 2017 at 11:24 am

    Could I use unsweetened coconut? I only have it on hand today. 

    • Sally on December 1, 2017 at 12:26 pm

      You could use finely shredded unsweetened coconut, yes. But you’d likely have to increase the sugar as well. Let me know if you try anything!

  8. Linda Gardepe on December 1, 2017 at 1:03 pm

    Do you think that these would freeze?

    • Sally on December 1, 2017 at 4:56 pm

      Yep! See my make-ahead tip.

  9. Gee Ann on December 2, 2017 at 12:16 am

    Hi Sally, can I use dessicated coconut for this?Haven’t seen a shredded coconut in supermarket eversince.Thanks much. I am looking forward to baking your seriously fudgy brownies again for Christmas and as give aways to our friends too. God bless you always.

    • Sally on December 2, 2017 at 6:38 am

      Hi Gee Ann! I strongly recommend sweetened shredded coconut as it retains a lot more moisture than desiccated coconut. How about making my no-bake cookies instead– no coconut in those!

  10. Cammie on December 3, 2017 at 3:48 am

    Just wondering if these were gluten free. I’d love to use for a cookie exchange coming up.

    • Sally on December 3, 2017 at 7:45 am

      If using certified GF oats, these coconut snowballs are gluten free. (Also check the coconut you use to make sure it is not processed in a factory that also process wheat products.)

  11. Patricia on December 3, 2017 at 7:42 pm

    My mom also made a version of these using graham wafer crumbs instead of oats.  Merry Christmas

  12. Hanna on December 4, 2017 at 9:23 am

    Sally – I made these this weekend, and they were a MASSIVE hit. Thank you for making me a star!

  13. Deanna Duguid on December 6, 2017 at 9:26 am

    I make these every year but I add Rum and chopped raisins. My husband LOVES them. When the rolling into a ball gets messy? I wet my hands a little and it helps enormously,

    • Sally on December 6, 2017 at 12:33 pm

      Rum and raisins sounds delish!!

  14. Jordana Saks on December 19, 2017 at 11:36 am

    These were great and look great on the holiday party desert table! Thanks

  15. Christy on December 19, 2017 at 12:55 pm

    Are the oats instant oat?…or do they have to be regular?

    • Sally on December 19, 2017 at 2:38 pm

      You should use old fashioned oats – not instant or quick oats. The texture of quick oats is much finer.

  16. BJ on December 21, 2017 at 1:49 pm

    Just made these and accidently added the vanilla with other ingredients on stove. Should I add more vanilla to the mixture ready for refrigerator. Considering starting over 🙁 Thanks.

    • Sally on December 22, 2017 at 10:13 am

      That’s totally fine. The only reason it’s added after is because I’m always weary of adding alcohol-based extract to heat. The heat can cook off a lot of the flavor. After removing from heat, you can add a little more if you’d like.

  17. Mary Coday on December 27, 2017 at 9:44 am


  18. Heather on January 1, 2018 at 1:09 pm

    These look good. I am thinking about turning these 
    Into no bake energy bites.  I think they would be good.
    I have been looking on Pinterest for chocolate energy 
    Bites and so far none of the ones they have appeal to me
    at all. But they did have these listed in that category 
    for some reason. Please let me know by e-mailing me.



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