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A Snowball By Any Other Name Would Taste As Sweet…

December 23, 2015

Its Tipps Eve again… honestly where is the time going? Every time I write a little hello on Tipps Eve it feels as if I was just sitting here doing this yesterday… What is Tipps Eve you ask? Well back home, in Newfoundland, the eve of Christmas eve is called Tipps Eve, it is a long standing tradition of imbibing a couple days earlier than it was thought acceptable during the holiday season {from back in the day}… some call it Tibbs eve – it varies around the Island and even from family to family. Tonight many parties and even many more drinks will be had back home… and I’m sure that the Pickle and I will have a beverage or two tonight here in Calgary, wishing we were closer to home this time of year.  Checkout this wiki for a little definition of Tipps Eve.

So… I thought it would be great to share this Newfoundland cookie recipe seeing as I’m feeling a little homesick and its a great time of year for these delicious morsels. I always had these growing up… back in Newfoundland… mostly at my maternal grandmother’s home… and more often than not at Christmas…  I do remember at some point my Grandmother started to cut out the majority of the sugar because my grandfather was a diabetic… Honestly I still remember the day… I ran to the fridge as soon as we go to her house and grabbed one out (there were always some in the fridge) and BAM into the pie hole… and pltttthhhh back out again… they were all cocoa, no sweetness! The day the snowball died!… but I digress!…lol… lets get to the tasty Newfoundland cookie recipe that I remember as a child, pre grandfather’s diabetes 🙂 Hmmm… don’t let that story discourage you… sweets in moderation right? they’re not going to be THE THING that gives you diabetes… well unless you eat a couple batches in one sitting 😉

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Gather up your ingredients!…

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3 Cups of sugar

3/4 Cup of butter

1 1/4 Cups of milk

3 Cups large rolled oats

1 Cup of unsweetened extra fine coconut

12 Tbsp of cocoa

(1 Cup of extra unsweetened extra fine coconut) – to roll the cookies in

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In a medium pot combine the milk, butter and sugar over medium heat… after these ingredients are combined the mixture needs to come to a boil… resist the urge to stir while it is boiling or your snowballs just won’t be soft and fudgy like they should be. Using a medium pot allows room for the mixture when it boils and foams up.

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Once it hits a full rolling boil the mixture should boil undisturbed (no stirring!) for 5-6 minutes or until the temperature of the mixture reaches 230F on a candy thermometer. I like to use the candy thermometer to be precise but really the 5-6 minute mark should do the trick.

While the mixture is boiling this gives you time to combine your dry ingredients.  In a large bowl combine the 3 cups of oats, 1 cup of coconut and 12 Tbsp of cocoa.

Once your boiling mixture is up to temperature, or has been boiling for 5-6 minutes, pour it into the dry ingredients and give everything a stir… don’t fret because it will look a little soupy at first…

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After the wet and dry are thoroughly combined place some plastic wrap over the top of the bowl and sit the bowl of gooey goodness in the refrigerator to chill a little… I’m terribly impatient when it comes to this step so learn from me… if you make your balls too early before the mixture has adequately cooled your little snowballs will not hold their shape and they will flatten out… *sad panda*

After about 30 minutes of sitting in the fridge, the bowl not me, I check the mixture and see if it will hold shape… and then I check every 10 minutes after that… we don’t want it fully cooled – just enough for it to hold shape. You can see in the photo below how the mixture has stiffened up compared to the mixture in the photo above…

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Once the mixture will hold shape its time to get your extra coconut out in a bowl and begin rolling your little snowballs… about 1 1/2″ balls should do the trick!… after you roll a little snowball drop it into the bowl of extra coconut to coat it all over…

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BAM!… you’ve done it!… you’ve made snowballs!

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This recipe will yield about 4 dozen snowballs!… and they freeze great if you want to store some for later – and they’re even great to eat in their frozen state… Many Newfoundlanders will attest to that… I’d put money on it!

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Be sure to store these little gems in a sealed container in the fridge… you don’t have to worry about them lasting long because they will get devoured in no time… My favourite way to enjoy them is to take them out of the fridge a little before I plan on eating them {I know right… sometimes there is no planning… but when there is this is the best} and let them warm up to room temperature… Mmmhmm…

Do you have a favourite seasonal cookie from your childhood that you still make today?  I would love to hear about it!… leave me a note below with your favourite cookie… and if you have it please leave link to the recipe!





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  • Patty December 23, 2015 at 9:54 am

    These snowballs sound so yummy and what I like about it is that the ingredients are what most of us already have on hand. I’m going to make these today.
    My mom used to bake these dark chocolate crunchy cookies I don’t remember what she called them, but they were the very best chocolate cookies in the world. Unfortunately that is one of many of her wonderful recipe’s that was in her head and not written, my sister and I have been through every one of her recipe’s, but it’s just not there and her special sugar cookie recipe was never written, she must have had a secret ingredient because we can’t find a recipe that taste anything like hers.
    Our mom died young and at the time we just were not interested in baking and we both really regret that now, but we do have many of her wonderful recipe’s, that we use all the time and special ones at Christmas.
    Merry Christmas to you and your family.

    • Lacey Haskell December 27, 2015 at 9:11 am

      Merry Christmas Patty! and thank you for sharing your memories… those in the head recipes are always the best right – we have a few missing recipes that we would have loved to have from Chris’s grandmother, and then others we were lucky enough to have written down… xo