Nan May's Snowballs Recipe -
Nan May's Snowballs Recipe
  • READY IN 20 mins

Nan May's Snowballs

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"Growing up in Newfoundland, I looked forward to Christmas each year for the huge family get-togethers, and of course the food that went along with them. This recipe is one that my Grandmother made every year. Definitely one of my favourite Christmas cookies."

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Original recipe makes 24 snowballs Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    5 mins

    20 mins


  1. Combine milk, sugar, butter, and cocoa powder in a large pot; bring to a boil for 3 minutes. Stir vanilla extract into the milk mixture; boil another 2 minutes. Remove pot from heat.
  2. Stir oats and 2 cups coconut into the milk mixture until thoroughly mixed; cool for 5 minutes.
  3. Spread 1/2 cup coconut onto a plate. Roll the mixture into 24 balls and roll in the coconut. Set on a sheet of parchment paper until finished.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jul 13, 2013

As a "coconut-aholic" I loved this recipe!!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Apr 10, 2015

The cooked mixture was too soupy and would not roll into a ball to roll into the coconut.


8 Ratings

Nov 17, 2013

I too grew up in Newfoundland and these were a "must-have" during the Christmas season. My kids loved them, especially when they helped make them. Thanks for sharing !! :)

Dec 13, 2014

This recipe is dead easy and, takes me bake to being a kid. Newfie nan, aunt and mum all made these. That's how I learned to make these.

Nov 30, 2014

Substitute the milk with a can of 370ml Carnation evaporated milk and then it's authentic newfie snowballs! Plus it taste so much better! This recipe is still pretty good :)

Nov 28, 2014

Thank you for this recipe! tastes exactly like I remember and was very easy to make. I followed exactly as above and they turned out perfect.

Dec 23, 2013

A Christmas tradition for many Newfoundlanders! Thanks so much for posting:)

Jul 19, 2013

So good. I also grew up in Newfoundland and was a treat to have these at Christmas. Thanks for sharing!


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  • Calories
  • 147 kcal
  • 7%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 16.2 g
  • 5%
  • Cholesterol
  • 6 mg
  • 2%
  • Fat
  • 8.9 g
  • 14%
  • Fiber
  • 2.6 g
  • 10%
  • Protein
  • 2.1 g
  • 4%
  • Sodium
  • 22 mg
  • < 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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