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Snowman Truffles Recipe – No Bake!

Snowman Truffles are sweet treats that are easy to make with just a few ingredients. This no-bake recipe can be finished and on the dessert table in minutes. They taste like Bounty Bars or Mounds Bars without the chocolate coating, and it is a fun treat to make with the kids this holiday season. These coconut treats will be the hit of any holiday party because they are so much fun and taste delicious. It is a great project to start a new family tradition, also, try our easy Christmas Cheese Board and Brownie Pops.

There are many different theories on who made the first Christmas cookies. In Medieval Europe, recipes have been found for a type of decorated cookie made on Christmas day. Then, in 1596, a cookbook written by Thomas Dawson made his version of holiday cookies. In the 1500s, Dutch immigrants in Pennsylvania started making their own Christmas cookies. Also, in the early 1800s, Dutch children in Pennsylvania made large cookie shapes for window decorations. 

Ingredients needed:

  • Finely shredded coconut: You want shredded coconut or desiccated coconut. The flakes are too big to get the right consistency.
  • Sweetened condensed milk: You can use regular or dairy-free, but it has to be condensed milk, not evaporated milk, for the thickness.

To decorate

  • White chocolate or white candy melts: Chocolate chips or almond bark will also work here. 
  • Orange-colored icing: For making the snowman’s nose.
  • Black-colored icing: For the eyes and buttons.
  • Thin pretzel sticks: About two inches long to make the arms.
  • Red candy straps: About five inches long for the scarf. You can use any color you like.

How to make snowman truffles from scratch?

  1. Mix it up: First, add sweetened condensed milk and coconut to a large bowl and mix until thoroughly combined. 
  2. Roll it up: Now, roll the dough into 12 large balls for the bodies and 12 small balls for the heads. Then, roll them in extra coconut and place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or wax paper.
  3. Assemble and chill: Next, dab some melted white chocolate onto a smaller ball and stick it to the larger ball. Repeat until you have used all the balls. Let them chill for 30 minutes to an hour. 
  4. To decorate: Use piping bags or toothpicks to draw the black icing on the snowmen to make eyes and buttons. Do the same with the orange icing on the snowmen to make noses.

Recipe variations:

  • Mini chocolate chips: Instead of using black frosting, use mini chocolate chips to make the eyes and buttons. Just stick the pointed end into the truffles. 
  • Different decorations: Similarly, you could use dried apricots or pieces of orange candy to make the snowman’s carrot nose. 
  • No coconut: If you do not like coconut, use golden Oreos (or other light-colored Oreo cookies) mixed with cream cheese. Just add them to a food processor and mince them into fine crumbs to make cake balls.
  • Stick them: White chocolate candy coating melts can be replaced with frosting, half a toothpick, or even milk chocolate to stick the smaller balls to the larger balls.
  • Scarf candy: The scarf can be made with sour strips of any color or even fruit strips.

Frequently asked questions

How do I melt the chocolate?

If you have the package, melt almond bark according to the package directions. If not, the easiest way to melt chocolate is in the microwave. Just heat it in 30-second increments until it is completely smooth. You could also melt chocolate in a double boiler on low, stirring frequently as it melts so it does not burn.

Is coconut healthy?

Actually, coconuts are considered to be a superfood because they have so many health benefits like vitamin C, vitamin B, and iron. The meat from coconuts is also high in fiber, low in saturated fat, and helps control blood sugar. However, if you get sweetened shredded coconut, you will have more sugar and carbohydrates to worry about. 

What is the difference between shredded and flaked coconut?

Shredded coconut, also known as desiccated coconut, is made from thin strands of coconut and looks like finely shredded cheese. This is good for adding just a touch of coconut flavor to a recipe or used to decorate as in this snowman truffles recipe. Flaked coconut are large thin pieces of coconut with lots of flavor and texture.

How to store leftovers:

  • Store: Save snowmen truffles in an airtight container for up to three days at room temperature and a week in the fridge. 
  • Freeze: If you cannot eat them in a few days, go ahead and wrap them in plastic and freeze your snowman truffles for up to a month. Remove the pretzel sticks first or they will soften. 
  • Thaw: Remember to thaw these overnight for the best texture and flavor. 

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Snowman Truffles

Snowman Truffles are sweet treats that are easy to make with just a few ingredients. This no-bake recipe can be finished in just minutes.

no bake snowman truffles with red candy scarf
  • Prep Time30 MIN
  • Cook Time
  • Servings 12 snowman truffles


Coconut truffles:

  • 11.25 oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • 4 cups shredded coconut / desiccated coconut plus extra for rolling


  • 4 oz white chocolate melted
  • black-colored icing or store-bout black icing tube
  • orange-colored icing or orange sprinkles
  • 24 thin pretzel sticks 2 inches each
  • 12 candy straps 5 inches long and in different colors


Make the truffles:

  • Stir the coconut and sweetened condensed milk together in a large mixing bowl until well combined.
    pouring condensed milk into a bowl with shredded coconut
  • After that, roll the mixture into about 12 larger balls and 12 smaller balls, for the snowmen's bodies and heads.
  • Add some extra shredded coconut to a shallow plate, and roll each coconut ball in coconut. Set aside.
    rolling a coconut truffle in shredded coconut

Make the snowmen:

  • Add some melted white chocolate onto the larger balls and stick the smaller ball on top of it. Allow the snowmen to firm up at room temperature or in the fridge before decorating.
    building a snowman from coconut truffles

Decorate the snowmen:

  • Using piping bags, draw with the black icing the eyes and buttons.
  • Using the orange icing draw the noses, or stick an orange pretzel instead.
  • Insert the pretzel sticks into the snowmen to make arms and gently wrap the snowmen's necks with the candy straps.
    no bake snowman truffles with green and red candy scarfs
  • Store the snowmen truffles in an airtight container at room temperature for 1-2 days, or in the fridge for up to 1 week.

Nutrition Facts

Recipe tips:

  • How many snowmen you can make depends on how large you roll the coconut truffles. 
  • Using coconut cream mixed with maple syrup can replace the dairy-free condensed milk if that is all you have.
  • If you use chocolate to stick the truffles together, remember that it has a lot of cocoa butter and oils. 
  • To shorten prep time, use store-bought cake balls or truffles. Dip them in melted white chocolate and let the excess coating drip off before placing them on the baking sheet.
  • You can also use icing pens to make the snowman’s face. You can find all kinds of decorating options in the baking aisle of your grocery store.
  • Powdered sugar would also work great for coating the snowmen. 
  • These can also be made for another special occasion instead of Christmas. They are the perfect treat for a cookie exchange, and you can decorate them as you like. For example, make them into a stack of pumpkins for Halloween or bunnies for Easter.

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Sandra | A Dash of Sanity

Sandra | A Dash of Sanity

These are so cute! Definitely have to try making them!

Christy G

Christy G

These are so cute. Even though Christmas is over, these are still perfect treats during the winter months. Who doesn’t love a snowman after all. I’ll have to make these for my son.

Monidipa Dutta

Monidipa Dutta

Loved the no-bake snowman truffles recipe! Super easy instructions, and your friendly tone made it feel like a friend guiding me. Not a big cook, but tempted to try this. Thanks!

Claudia Krusch

Claudia Krusch

Such a pretty and delicious recipe for the holidays! Love how it looks! I can't wait to try it!

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