Coconut Snowball Cookies and Friday Faves

by heidi on January 11, 2013

(Dear reader, please rewind one month and put this little sing-song to a very popular Holiday jingle in your head as you read…) “It’s finally beginning to look a lot like wiiiiinnn-ter, eeeeverywhere I gooooo…”

Coconut Snowball Cookies || FoodieCrush

After an entirely lame-o winter last year, I was so geared up for some serious white fluff to fall from the heavens this year. I’m happy to report Winter 2012-13 is serving up some doozey storms, like 3 that delivered over 1-2 feet at each shot. I might be one of the few and far between who is giving props to the weather man.

There isn’t much I like more than lighting the fire, sitting in my living room and watching my front yard get absolutely buried in snow, like you can’t leave your house type of snow. Live you may never see your car again snow. Like don’t let the chihuahua out, we may never be able to find her snow. Since I live on the benches of the mountain and on a get-your-glute-burn-on steep kind of hill, its not so far fetched when old man winter cooperates.

But this year I’ve missed each one of them because I was here…


and here…


and here.

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While it snowed, and snowed and snowed at home. And I lamented to my husband every time.

Okay. Maybe it wasn’t soooo bad winter wasn’t eeeeverywhere I went.

And today I’m sitting in my living room, the fireplace is lit and I’m working away and watching it snow. Big, deep, drifts of snow. Ah, yes.

To revel in my enchantment of Utah’s best snow on earth, I’m going to make these babies again this weekend. Coconut Snowball Cookies (dipped in white chocolate, yo!) inspired by my youth’s crush on Farr Ice Cream Coconut Snowballs drizzled in hot fudge, available only at Christmas time and a treat I totally missed out on this year.

I guess I’ll live and the warm memories will make my snow shoveling a lot easier.

Coconut Snowball Cookies

Yield: makes 20-25 cookies

Coconut Snowball Cookies


1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons coconut extract
2 1/2 cups flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
8 ounces white chocolate bar, chopped, or white chocolate chips
3 cups shredded, sweetened coconut


  1. In large bowl, mix butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add coconut extract and mix.
  2. In separate bowl, mix flour and salt together. Add to butter/sugar mixture and mix just to combine.
  3. Prepare baking sheet with parchment paper. With 2-inch cookie scoop, shape dough balls, flatten dough in palm of your hand to bring dough together and then reshape into ball.
  4. Place on baking sheet about 2 inches apart. Refrigerate formed cookies for 30 minutes prior to baking.
  5. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  6. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool on cooling rack.
  7. Fill small saucepan 1/4 of the way with water and top with small glass or metal bowl; choose bowl that will sit above the water level. Bring water to low boil over medium-high heat and add white chocolate and melt, stirring often with a wooden spoon or spatula.
  8. Remove chocolate from heat and roll cookies one at a time in chocolate, and then roll in coconut, coating well. Or, dip tops of cookies in white chocolate and sprinkle with coconut. If melted chocolate begins to harden, heat over saucepan again for 1 or 2 minutes until melted. Allow cookies to dry on cooling rack for at least 20 minutes or until chocolate has hardened. Store in an airtight container for 3-4 days.

To help me along, a few of my Friday Faves. Happy 2013 everyone.

1. 30 awesome calendars for 2013 from my new website obsession. The hardest part is deciding which one?

2. For the holidays we added to our cast iron pan collection, but thanks to those babies needing special care I’m usually an arm’s length away from using them, leaving that duty to my husband who has threatened to hang up his cleaning hat if I don’t get on the stick and learn. Hopefully this guide will help.

3. A relatively recent add to my RSS, this recipe of Lauren’s reminds me of a dinner with our sweet friends the first time we visited them in NYC. I mean Brooklyn. Heaven forbid, don’t get the two mixed up.

4. With all the hard work you put into your blog, there are some secrets to make it get noticed. Cassie will be spilling the beans in her upcoming series on how to put your blog at the top of the Google rankings.

5. Wondering how to do…well, anything and everything? You’ll probably find the answer right here. (via Amanda)

6. As part of my New Years goals, I’m reconnecting with friends, old and new. Translation: More dinner parties. This should help with style points.

7. A 9-minute workout? Sign me up.

8. Want some great tips on how to take succulent, drool-worthy photographs of food? Even at night? Get Taylor’s secrets.

9. I’ve been craving Paula’s recipe since she made it for us at Mixed Conference. I made it last night and have happily satiated my desires. Oh lordie, I’m glazed in garlic and bacon. Pure heaven.

10. Tweet of the Week: “extra cheese” should be the average amount of cheese on everything. @Will___Ferrell  (via @dinnerwithjulie)

Happy weekending everyone. Get out and enjoy the snow. Or whatever. Just GET OUT!

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Posted in: desserts and sweets,friday faves,recipes

{ 35 comments… read them below or add one }

Denise | TLT January 11, 2013 at 3:53 am

It’s beginning to look a lot like winter here at the other side of the ocean too. I have to say I prefer the warmer weather I experienced last week in the US though!
These Snowball Cookies are just gorgeous, love the addition of white chocolate. And thanks for another round of inspiring Friday Fav’s, you know I’m a fan:)


heidi January 11, 2013 at 7:49 pm

Yea for snow! I’m so glad you enjoy the Friday Faves. If you ever see something that you think is of interest, send it my way!


Cassie | Bake Your Day January 11, 2013 at 7:20 am

I love these cookies. The photography is simply stunning, Heidi! And thanks for the shout out!


heidi January 11, 2013 at 7:50 pm

More than happy to! I can’t wait to read up on your series and get all gussied up on SEO.


kelley January 11, 2013 at 7:21 am

The snowfall has been awesome! Keep it coming. I don’t care if I don’t see the sun until March. :)


heidi January 11, 2013 at 7:46 pm

I’m with you Kelley, happy, happy to have it here and in our purdy mountains to play in.


Gina January 11, 2013 at 8:22 am

Yum-O! Those look divine!

Sounds like you have had a fabulous winter so far.


Heather | Farmgirl Gourmet January 11, 2013 at 9:12 am

Im with you Heidi. Resolved to dreaming of warmth and standing next to the fireplace for what seems like eons each day. I love the cookies. So beautiful and simple. I would eat 12 of them while standing in front of the fireplace, of course. :) Happy Friday!


Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet January 11, 2013 at 9:20 am

Same here: no snow last year, totally disappointed kids, no annual snow angel photos. This year it snowed 3 times and each time it was a winter wonderland! Love love love these cookies! I am a huge fan of coconut so these are perfect!


Lauren Grier @ (Climbing Grier Mountain) January 11, 2013 at 9:21 am

Can you send some of that beautiful Utah snow to Colorado? I’m in desperate need of a good powder day! Also, I’m loving these coconut snowball cookies and thanks for the shout out.


heidi January 11, 2013 at 7:47 pm

Ah, see! You need to get out of Colorado and move to Utah where the real snow is. So glad I met you at Mixed, hope to see you again soon! Blogher Food?


Laura (Tutti Dolci) January 11, 2013 at 9:31 am

Love these cookies, Heidi! I could pop one or two right now!


Becky @ Project Domestication January 11, 2013 at 9:44 am

These cookies look and sound so good. Glad you got to have some fun in the sun and are back enjoying Utah’s greatest. :) I’m loving all the snow this year, well, minus driving in it.


Annalise January 11, 2013 at 10:39 am

I love watching the snow come down too, and I’m so glad that this year I can simply stay in and not worry about stressing out on the roads. Still, I’m jealous of your winter getaways to warmer places. That last picture is haunting me in my dreams, I want to go to there!

Oh, and these cookies look divine. I so want a batch of those to keep me company today.


Brian @ A Thought For Food January 11, 2013 at 11:58 am

I don’t mind a bit of snow, but I have to admit that it’s nice not having to deal with the parking here in Boston after a big storm. And lucky you on going to all those places. You’ve been travelling quite a bit!

Love everything about these cookies. I’m a big coconut fan so I know I’d adore them.


heidi January 11, 2013 at 7:48 pm

I have been so lucky, and thankful for it. I doubt I would have had the time to take the opportunities if not for blogging and my new found business.


Karyn - Pint Sized Baker January 11, 2013 at 4:33 pm

It’ll snow for another 3 to 4 months… I don’t think these are late at all. I’ve got 1 or 2 more winter recipes for the season…
I’m kinda jealous of your beach pic… I could use some warmth on the beach, while eating snowball cookies :)


Emily January 11, 2013 at 4:34 pm

You had me at coconut. And somehow I don’t feel bad you missed out on so much snow…


Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious January 11, 2013 at 4:56 pm

Well I won’t be getting any snow out here in LA so it looks like I’ll be drowning my sorrows in these cookies :)

And btw, Will Ferrell couldn’t have said it better. Extra cheese on everything, please.


heidi January 11, 2013 at 7:47 pm

Pretty much anything Will Ferrell says is set in stone by me.


Sara at The Cozy Herbivore January 12, 2013 at 6:38 am

Oooh, there’s really nothing like a cookie smothered in coconut. These look divine! And although you missed snow last year, I find myself consumed with jealousy looking at all of your lovely non-snow winter pictures. Especially that palm tree picture. :)


Laura January 12, 2013 at 10:48 am

Aaaaaand I just dropped a gold geometric prisms calendar into my cart on Etsy. Thanks for the brilliant link, Heidi! Also glad I’m not the only crazy person that loves so. much. snow. Wooly socks, fire cranked, hot cocoa at the ready = so wonderful. Lovely coconut treats too, lady. So perfect.


Kathryn January 13, 2013 at 9:09 am

We’re predicted our first snow of the year tomorrow and are geared up for total chaos – meanwhile I’m dreaming of one of those beaches in your pictures. Happy weekend Heidi, enjoy your snow!


Bernadette @ Now Stir It Up January 14, 2013 at 2:22 pm

I wish that I lived somewhere that snowed! Winter is 60 degrees and sometimes windy. I would be one of those “few and far between” people that cheered for the weather man as he said snow was coming.


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Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen November 27, 2013 at 9:05 am

Seriously one of my most favorite cookies ever :)


Laura @ Laura's Culinary Adventures November 27, 2013 at 2:13 pm

These are the cuttest cookies!


anita December 8, 2013 at 9:21 am

I remember when we lived in Minneapolis, nice people but too much snow. We live in South Florida and don’t miss it at all.


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