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Nan May's Snowballs

Nan May's Snowballs


"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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20 m servings 147 cals
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Original recipe yields 24 servings


  • Calories:
  • 147 kcal
  • 7%
  • Fat:
  • 8.9 g
  • 14%
  • Carbs:
  • 16.2g
  • 5%
  • Protein:
  • 2.1 g
  • 4%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 6 mg
  • 2%
  • Sodium:
  • 22 mg
  • < 1%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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  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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  1. 11 Ratings

Most helpful positive review

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

Most helpful critical review

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

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

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 !! :)

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

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 :)

This recipe seemed quite easy so I don't know how I managed to screw this up! Made a double recipe for Christmas to give away. Used evap milk like one reviewer suggested. Waited 20-30 minutes fo...

Found the mixture needed to cool longer than 5 minutes, cooled mine for 15 minutes. I also toasted the 1/2 cup coconut then rolled the cookies into that. Mmm good !! :)

Not sure what I did wrong but the mixture is too loose to make into balls.

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.

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.

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