An Easy Coconut Snowballs Recipe With Condensed Milk

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This quick and easy coconut snowballs recipe with condensed milk is a rich, indulgent treat I dearly love. This South Indian treat is YUM!

With Christmas right around the corner, my home has been carrying some pretty amazing aromas over the past few days.

In my defense, I have to add that the treats whipped up are always to be shared with someone who has blessed my family’s life in some way.

Somebody once told me that cooking and baking is a gift that needs to be shared, and while I try to ensure that I do this all through the year, Christmas is one season this kicks into high mode.

Each time I bake, cook or make a special treat, I pray that the recipient always feels the love that goes into the process.

(I’ve been thankfully blessed with the kindest critics ever. Hubs and the kids always have something encouraging to say when something yummy is made, so that complex of being lost in the kitchen is no longer a part of me.)

During the festive season, my favorite indulgent recipes come out, like this South Indian inspired Coconut Snowballs recipe with condensed milk.

Christmas Baking with Handi-foil

This easy recipe has found its way to being one of my favorites when I’m gifting treats to friends and neighbors.

I always feel like it represents childhood memories and home.

In South Indian households, coconut is used in sweet and savory dishes. 

While this is traditionally made by slowly boiling down milk and sugar in a pan, over a hot stove.

Making coconut snowballs with condensed milk is a quick shortcut to making this rich treat.

Coconut Snowballs- Mommy Snippets

A Coconut Snowballs Recipe using Condensed Milk

You have to make these once to appreciate how easy this Coconut Christmas Balls recipe is and how delicious the outcome is.

And once you see that platter empty at that Christmas party, you will put this recipe on top of your Christmas treats list!

5 from 6 votes
Coconut Snowballs Recipe With Condensed Milk
Prep Time
7 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
12 mins

If this recipe is made with freshly grated coconut, the coconut balls would need to be refrigerated and finished quickly as it won't stay fresh as long

Author: Marina
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 cups of freshly grated coconut or desiccated coconut
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground cardamom powder
  • 1 cup desiccated coconut to roll the completed coconut balls in optional
  1. In a pan, without any oil/butter, empty out the condensed milk and the 2 cups of desiccated coconut, and stir continuously on a low flame.
  2. Add to this freshly ground cardamom powder (I took 5 cardamoms and pound the pods using my little brass mortar and pestle)
  3. Keep stirring the mixture till it begins to thicken and pull away from the pan.(If you stop stirring, the mixture will stick to the pan and begin to brown or even burn)
  4. In about 5-7 minutes it should begin to form something that looks like a dough ball. This is a sign that the mixture is ready.
  5. Take the pan off the stove and set aside for about 10-12 minutes, till it cools enough for you to shape/form 3/4-1 inch sized balls.
  6. You can choose to roll the balls in the additional cup of desiccated coconut or just leave them as is. (My kids prefer this minus the additional coating of coconut)
  7. Enjoy these warm or when cooled. (And yes, you can even pop these in the fridge to serve chilled.)

If you’re looking for an easy way to gift Coconut Snowballs, check out these festive disposable containers.

What’s an easy-to-make Christmas sweet recipe you turn to each year? 



  1. Those look SO easy to make!

    I love Handi-Foil products – especially when my husband asks me to make something for a work function. I don’t have to worry about the container getting dropped, broken or forgotten at the end of the day!

  2. these look so delicious and easy to make. Never used Handi-Foil products so I will have to look into using them.

  3. I always make pumpkin rolls and chocolate zucchini rolls. They made not sound easy, but I have made them so many times, they are for me. Those coconut snowballs look delish!

  4. Yum Yum Yum and such cute containers for it, love the festive print!!! Thanks for the recipe never heard of these before!

  5. Oh my goodness, I never thought of using the Handi-foil containers before, they are just awesome and your recipe sounds delish. Thanks

  6. I was just thinking how I was going to transport all these cookies to our Neighborhood party tomorrow and not risk losing a dish! This is brilliant! I need some of those handi-foils! And those cookies look delicious!

  7. Thanks for the recipe! We will make this for Friday family night! Looks delish!! Thanks for sharing!

  8. Your coconut snowball recipe looks so good! I always use a ton of foil containers during the holidays!

  9. Those look delicious! My family would love for me to add that to our dessert buffet this Christmas! I love to make gingerbread men and women cookies.

  10. Wow this looks good and it looks easy and I bet my granddaughters and I would love this because we love coconut. I like easy but good recipes and I bet we could tint part of the coconut red for Valentines day thank you for sharing

  11. These look so yummy! I can not wait to make these delicious cute Holiday Snowballs. My family will love these!

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