Pineapple Coconut Snowballs

"This recipe is from Taste of Home's Light & and Tasty Holiday Recipes 2004. These are not very sweet, but are a refreshing change of pace from the usual holiday baked goods, fudges, and candies. If you prefer a sweeter treat be sure to add sugar or sugar substitute to the mixture before rolling. I know there are many of us here at Zaar looking for good holiday treats that work with our eating plans. One snowball is 2 points."
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Ready In:
6hrs 35mins
2 dozen




  • When draining the pineapple, use a fine strainer to push as much juice out as possible. A reviewer has stated this makes the mixture a bit more firm and easier to work with.
  • In a small bowl, beat cream cheese and pineapple.
  • Mix well.
  • Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  • Roll mixture into 1-inch balls.
  • Roll in coconut.
  • Refrigerate for 6 hours or overnight.

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  1. gtaylor7
    Have been making these for quite a while. Always popular and the one recipe that everyone wants. To help make the snowballs firmer, drain the pineapple thru a mesh strainer, pressing out as much liquid as possible with the back of a spoon. Then squeeze the pineapple with your hands to remove any extra liquid. It helps to solidify the snowballs quite a bit more so they are easier to handle.
  2. Terry in New Brunsw
    These are great little dessert treats. Great after a big meal. Very easy to make. I flopped a little of the mixture in the coconut also and it made it much easier to roll into balls. I also added confectioners sugar. Thanks Amber, we really enjoy these, not too sweet, just the way I like a dessert. Also great to make ahead of time. Will be making again soon.
  3. brannanleith
    After the reviews I wanted to try this, but went another direction. After creaming the pineapple and cream cheese, I add 1/2 cup powdered sugar, 2 ounces of orange flavored vodka and put the coconut into the mixture along with one cup of chopped pecans, then proceeded to roll them into extra coconut. Everyone has enjoyed them.
  4. jeanemathews
    I followed this recipe and even took out the extra pineapple juice liquid but this treat ended up tasting like cream cheese. I even made the balls smaller to make it edible but this recipe was lacking in sweetness despite the coconut and pineapple. If i ever do make these again, I will add extra pineapple for taste.
  5. Suseme
    Thank you! I was looking for a low sugar dessert to add to Thanksgiving dinner that I could eat. I used the hints about the squeezing the pineapple, and "flopping" the mixture into the coconut. Both those made it easier. I added 1/2 pkg sugar free instant vanilla pudding MIX (no liquid) for extra sweet and flavor, and I love it! These will be a welcome addition to my desserts!


  1. Marlene B.
    Must use regular cream cheese for these. Low-fat or fat-free just doesn't set up firm. Also, some brands of cream cheese are often not as firm as Philadelphia brand. If you can easily flatten it fresh out of the fridge, it is not firm enough for this recipe. I have similar recipe I love that uses minced maraschino cherries instead of pineapple, and calls for some powdered sugar.


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