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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, my prayer is 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.) It’s during the festive season that my favorite indulgent recipes come out, like my favorite Coconut Snowball recipe.
This is an easy recipe that has found its way to being one of my favorites to make 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 shortcut quick way to make this rich treat.
A Coconut Snowballs Recipe using Condensed Milk
You have to make these once to appreciate how easy this Coconut Christmas Balls recipe is to make 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!
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
- 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
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.
Add to this freshly ground cardamom powder (I took 5 cardamoms and pound the pods using my little brass mortar and pestle)
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)
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.
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.
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)
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 to gift Coconut Snowballs, check out these festive disposable containers.
What’s an easy-to-make Christmas sweet recipe you turn to each year?