One of Karen Rideout’s favourite Christmas cookies comes from Newfoundland and reminds her of the holiday’s growing up as a child.
“I like this recipe because it is a very chocolate, coconut, and chewy cookie and typically only seen at holiday times,” she said.
These snowballs are a Newfoundland classic and are frequently seen there over the Christmas holiday.
Rideout started making this recipe with her Grandmother when she eight-years-old.
“I was the first girl after 4 boys and she was eager to bake with me but started me with these non-baked cookies to get the hang of it,” said Rideout.
Now, Rideout said that ever year she receives request from friends and family to make them snowballs at Christmas.
“I make a dozen for my friend and she freezes them to hide them from her family,” said Rideout, “she eats one a day for the 12 days of Christmas.”
Rideout has been making these cookies every year since she was married 40 years ago.
“My hope is that my granddaughter will like them enough to carry on that tradition when I am unable to do so,” she said.
1/2 Cup Butter
1 1/2 Cup Sugar
1/2 Cup Milk
3 Cups of Quick Oats
2 Cups Coconut
4 Tablespoons Cocoa
1 tsp. Vanilla
Directions: No baking required – all stove top preparation.
Combine butter, sugar, milk and cocoa in saucepan.
Bring to a boil and boil for 2 minutes.
Remove from heat and add remaining ingredients (the egg should be added last once the mixture has cooled a little).
Shape into balls, roll in coconut.
Refrigerate and serve.