Part 2 of the Laura + Meaghan baking party extravaganza!!
In addition to peanut butter cups, we made what I like to call coconut snowballs. They came together in a few minutes flat and my family has been raving about them for days. They’re not perfect, but in a way I find that kind of liberating. You don’t need to spend hours piping and primping. Instead, you can let the taste do the talking and simply embrace the messy. Don’t mind if I do!
To be honest, coconut is not the first ingredient I reach for when making a dessert. It’s peanut butter 50% of the time and chocolate…well, 99.9999% of the time. Never fear, cocoa lovers, these little treats are dipped in just the right amount of chocolate.
After making these festive desserts, coconut may be my new go-to. It has such a nice sweetness and the texture provided with a few spoonfuls of the white flaky stuff can not be replicated. My dad compared these snowballs to a Mounds bar and my mom swears they taste like coconut Easter eggs (something I have never heard of in my entire life. But hey if they taste like these coconut balls – I’m game)
Fair warning – these chocolatey snowballs disappear just as quickly as real snowballs. If I were you, I’d eat a few before taking the plate to your next party.
Also, can I take a minute to show you one of the coolest gifts I have EVER gotten?! The lovely Laura got me my own personalized chef jacket because she knew my dad wore one when he cooked Thanksgiving dinner!! I was floored by how thoughtful and perfect this gift was. Confession – I’m having trouble taking it off…even when I’m not baking. Thanks again, Laura!!
Adapted from: Southern Living
3 cups sweetened flaked coconut
2 cups powdered sugar (the recipe recommends sifting. We skipped this step and no one complained)
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 teaspoon shortening
1. In a large bowl, mix the first three ingredients. Roll into bite-sized balls and place on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet.
2. In a microwave safe bowl, melt together the chocolate chips and shortening. I do this in 30 second intervals to prevent burning.
3. Dip the balls into the melted chocolate. Return dipped balls to the cookie sheet. Store in the refrigerator until ready to be served. Keep leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Enjoy!