It’s a winter wonderland outside my door today and it’s only November! This is not a good omen when this much snow is sticking to the ground so early in the season. I’m having visions of Snowmageddon back in the winter of 2007/08 where we received a whopping thirteen feet of snow in Ottawa. Ugh. So needless to say the bitter cold and white fluffy stuff are pulling me into hibernation mode. And when in hibernation mode, I bake. That’s why for this month’s Life Made Delicious post I’m making the best kind of snowballs there are, in my kitchen….Chocolate Coconut Snowballs.
There’s all kinds of deliciousness going on with these little cookies and they make a perfect gift to give to friends, neighbours and family through the season.
Chocolate Coconut Snowballs
1/3 cup butter, softened
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
4 oz. finely chopped milk chocolate
1/2 cup finely shredded coconut
1/2 cup finely chopped pecans, toasted
12 oz. semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
4 tsp shortening
2 1/2 cups finely shredded coconut, toasted
Preheat oven to 350F. In a bowl beat butter with electric mixer on medium to high for about 30 seconds. Add brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Beat until combined. Beat in egg and vanilla. Beat in flour. Stir in finely chopped milk chocolate, 1/2 cup coconut and the toasted pecans.
Shape dough in 3/4 inch balls. Place balls 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 10 minutes or until edges are browning. Remove and cool completely.
In a saucepan melt semi-sweet chocolate and shortening over low heat, stirring until smooth. Dip cooled cookie into chocolate using a fork and letting excess chocolate drip back into pot. Transfer chocolate dipped cookie to parchment lined cookie sheet. Sprinkle with toasted coconut.
(This is a great task for little ones – have them sprinkle the coconut after you transfer the cookie over). Chill until firm. Makes about 60 snowballs. Package into little gift boxes for friends and family….or you know, eat them all yourself.
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