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  • Assemble ingredients (but use better chocolate that this!)Assemble ingredients (but use better chocolate that this!)
  • The doughThe dough
  • Chill the dough balls for an hourChill the dough balls for an hour
  • The finished snowballsThe finished snowballs


  • 300g white chocolate (buy good quality or the sweets can be a bit, well, sweet)
  • 300g Madeira cake
  • 50g unsalted butter
  • 125g desiccated coconut

If you fancy making some home made sweet treats for Christmas (or anytime), these snowballs are delicious and so easy.

I made these one day; next day made the same but with dark chocolate instead of white. Planning more variations with additions of alcohol, soaked fruit etc. I thought rum and raisin might be nice - or Cointreau and maybe an orange flavoured chocolate. Who knows? :-)

Prep: 30 mins Cook: Serves: Makes 30


  1. Melt the butter and half the chocolate in a basin over simmering water.

  2. Blitz the Madeira cake to crumbs in a food processor (or chop finely with a knife).

  3. When the butter and chocolate are melted, add the cake crumbs and mix thoroughly..

  4. When the mixture is cool enough to handle, take a teaspoonful and form into a ball; put it on a tray lined with greaseproof paper. Repeat until you have used all the mixture. Chill for an hour.

  5. Melt the rest of the chocolate in a bowl over simmering water.

  6. Dip each sweet in the melted chocolate, allow excess to drain off, then roll it in the dessicated coconut. Chill for a further hour.

Keeps for a week in the fridge (yeah, right!).

Further Reading

River Cottage Veg Every Day!

River Cottage Veg Every Day! Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

Flour Water Salt Yeast

Flour Water Salt Yeast Ken Forkish

The Forager's Kitchen

The Forager's Kitchen Fiona Bird

Soup for All Occasions

Soup for All Occasions New Covent Garden Soup Company

Bread: River Cottage Handbook No. 3

Bread: River Cottage Handbook No. 3 Daniel Stevens



Wednesday 18 December, 2013 at 7:19pm

Made them today, added rum and raisins like you suggested.

Yummie ! Will make some for xmas treats for friends. Cheers

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