Summer Snowballs Your Kids Will Crave!
by Mona Fe on Dec 17, 2022
Looking for a tasty festive-themed dessert for your kiddos or for your next holiday get together? Then you’ll love these mouthwatering delectable treats that will bring a touch of snow to your holiday table. Snowballs are not just for winter snow days, thanks to this yummy spin on a classic recipe!
The first thing that probably comes to mind when you hear “snowballs” is Christmas.
Well, you’re not wrong!
Snowballs are actually a popular Christmas cookie recipe! These traditionally soft powdered sugar coated nut balls melt in your mouth as they explode with gooey goodness. No wonder it’s one of the most searched recipes during the holiday season. They are known by many different names around the globe, with many cultures having a variation on this tasty treat. Whether you know them as a Mexican wedding cake, Viennese crescents, Russian tea cakes, Greek kourabiedes, or just plain ‘ole Snowballs, they’ve been making kids of all ages happy for a long time.
Well, we have a new variation that is sure to become your new favourite, and it’s tot-approved here at the WMBT HQ. These look so fun when presented on our colourful non-slip silicone Placies (bonus points for easy cleanup!)
In this blog, you’ll learn our way of preparing this tasty treat that’s not just for the holidays, along with some fun variations to keep even your pickiest monsters satisfied.
If you like this recipe, you’ll enjoy the other nine included in WMBT’s booklet, "Summery Holidays". It showcases a nourishing and delicious spread fit for the holidays and festive celebrations. Rocking party preps during the busiest time of the year have never been this easy-peasy! So be sure to check that one out, too. Snowball fight not included!
How to Make Snowballs?
Snowballs are simply irresistible and look so fun when added to your party spread. They also travel well so if you’re going to a holiday potluck or are in charge of bringing the dessert, you’ll look like you spent hours creating these easy, yummy flavour stacks. But don’t think you need a special occasion to have a snowball party. This festive treat is perfect as an everyday snack for family and friends. Because why not?
These coconut-covered little towers of goodness will make any party table look festive, and tummies of all ages will be happy to dig into the delicious goodness. This simple recipe comes together in just minutes, and is a fun activity to get the wee ones to help with. They can help with the stirring and stacking, and covering in the coconut. They can use the cookie cutters to cut out the discs, and can help decide how tall each snowball stack should be!
So let’s get started.
Here’s an overview of what you need to do to make Snowballs.
Makes 18 small or 14 medium cakes | Prep 40 minutes | Fridge 2 hours
- 4 egg whites
- 1 pinch of salt
- 4 egg yolks
- 100 g (½ cup) rapadura sugar (powdered)
- 120 g (1 cup) white unbleached spelt flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 500 ml (2 cups) whipping cream
- 4-5 mandarins, peeled and cut into fine pieces
- 100-150 g (1-1 ⅔ cups) desiccated coconut
Preheat oven to 180° C and line a baking tray with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, add the egg whites and a pinch of salt, and combine with a handheld mixer until egg white is very stiff.
Slowly add the sugar until well combined. Then add in egg yolk, one at a time.
Beat everything together for a further 5 minutes.
Combine flour with baking powder. Fold in flour by hand, a little at a time, until well combined.
Bake for 15-20 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.
Let cool on a wire rack and once cooled, cut out round discs in desired size using a cookie cutter or an upside down glass.
Add filling (cream and sliced mandarins) then completely cover with cream and sprinkle with desiccated coconut.
Keep refrigerated for at least 2 hours before enjoying.
Customise Your Snowballs
The great thing about this recipe is there are so many ways to customise it to make even the pickiest eater jump for joy. Consider some of these alternatives:
Berry Bombs - Substitute the mandarins for your favourite berry or mix of berries. This will add a refreshing zing and a surprise punch of colour to these goodies.
Chocolate Lovers Delight - Rather than adding mandarins, use your favourite melted chocolate to the centre for the chocoholic in the group.
Mango Madness - Bring a bit of the tropics to this special Snowball stack. This is a classic pairing with the coconut coating. (For the big kids, soak the mangos in a bit of rum first!)
Snowball Towers - Let the kids have fun and pick how many layers to make their customised Snowball. Will it be two, three, or four? But here’s a tip, mum, if you’re going to do more layers, consider using a smaller disc size so they stay bite-sized.
Coloured Snowballs - For an extra festive touch, consider mixing a drop of food colouring with the coconut before covering each little stack.
No matter how you choose to make your Snowballs, these are sure to be a hit at your next party, or as a special after-school treat to say, “Job well done!” You can even mix things up and serve two to three different varieties, just to keep the young ones coming back for more!
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