Both my mom and my grandma make a holiday goodie that they call "snowballs", but they're different kinds of snowballs. My mom's are the Russian tea cakes (or Mexican wedding cookies), while my grandma's are these chocolate oat coconut snowballs. My mom's snowballs are good, but the combination of chocolate, coconut and oats (even just coconut and oats without chocolate) always wins for me. Both my brother and I really love these. And they're super easy to make. They don't require any fancy ingredients and can easily be made vegan if you use vegan butter/margarine and nondairy milk.
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Chocolate Coconut Snowballs
My grandma's recipe - not sure where it originated
Makes about 40 snowballs
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup milk (I used 1%)
1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut (I used medium), plus extra for rolling
3 cups old fashioned rolled oats
In a pot on the stove, melt the sugar, butter, vanilla, cocoa powder and milk. Bring to a boil and simmer for not more than 5 minutes. Alternatively, you can microwave the ingredients for approximately 3 minutes, until melted and cooked around the edges.
Add the coconut and oats to the mixture. If it's too warm and soft, put it in the fridge for an hour or so. Roll into balls, drop into a small bowl of coconut until covered. Lay on a tray until cool. Store in the refrigerator.