Chocolate Coconut Snowballs

"This recipe is from the back of an old bag of "M & M's" Semi-Sweet Chocolate Baking Bits. I am glad I saved it, because these are great cookies and the recipe is no longer available, even on their website. This recipe is one of thirty or so varieties that I make every Christmas and it is always a favorite. *Added 12/30/07: I don't add the M & M baking bits AFTER the dough is refrigerated. I never understood why that was necessary and since I stopped doing it I've noticed no difference. I couldn't find the M & M's this year, so used a 10 oz. bag of Hershey Kissables and they came out just as good.* --K"
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Ready In:
4-5 dozen cookies


  • 13 cup butter
  • 3 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 34 cup sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 teaspoons almond extract
  • 2 teaspoons orange juice
  • 1 14 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 14 teaspoon salt
  • 1 (14 ounce) package coconut, divided
  • 1 (12 ounce) package M&M's semi-sweet chocolate baking bits


  • In large bowl, cream butter, cream cheese and sugar.
  • Add egg yolk, almond extract and orange juice, beat well.
  • Combine flour, baking powder and salt and gradually add to creamed mixture.
  • Stir in 3 CUPS of the coconut.
  • Cover and chill for an hour.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Stir M& M's Baking Bits into dough.
  • Shape dough into 1" balls and roll each in remaining coconut.
  • Place on ungreased cookie sheets and bake for 10-12 minutes or until light brown.

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  1. I can't say exactly, they looked so good, I got started, and discovered that my almond flavor was DRY, so I used vanilla. Then I discovered my chocolate chips were butterscotch! However, they turned out just great, as Butterscotch, Coconut Snowballs!
  2. YUM! These are addicting! I love them. This is a very easy recipe to make, and the cookies are really good. I didn't change anything. They look real pretty too! Thanks Karen :-)
  3. These were so delish! The only problem I had was finding the m&m baking bits so I used kissables as suggested. The little kisses faded in color when they were baked and so ther weren't as pretty as I would have liked. The taste was still amazing though. I will def make these again as they are a nice alternative to the usual cookie flavor but using something other than the kissables.
  4. Oh boy, am I glad I tried these. Super yummy. I could not find the mini m&m's at any of the area stores, so I used the mini nestle's choc. chips and they worked just fine. No pretty colors, but still really great! I got 4 1/2 dozen cookies and baked 10 minutes. I will be drizzling with a bit of chocolate to jazz them up a bit. Thanks for a great one. ~Messy44
  5. Very good cookie! This recipe is identical to Macaroon Kiss Cookie recipe (#35585). The only difference is that this one uses m & m's. I will definately be making this one again! Thanks Karen.


  1. Thx a million -u r a lifesaver! It's my son's fav Xmas cookie and I lost my original recipe I shopped from the bag eons ago!! I use vanilla instead of almond extract because my son doesn't care for almond flavoring!!
  2. When it came time to make these I had to borrow oj from my neighbor, substitute white chocolate chips for the m&m's, and make do with less coconut than called for. I added the chips when first mixing them because it didn't make sense to me to add them to the chilled dough. I rolled them in sprinkles since I was short on coconut. They still turned out great. Wonderful texture and flavor.


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