5 from 2 votes
Coconut Cherry Balls
Coconut Cherry Balls
Work Time
30 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
1 hr 15 mins

Light, shortbread snowball cookies are laced with delicious candied cherries, coconut and almonds.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Christmas cookies, Coconut cherry balls, cookies
Yield: 50 cookies
Calories: 71 kcal
  • ¼ cup coarsely chopped maraschino cherries
  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened
  • ½ cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tsp coconut extract
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • cup unsweetened finely shredded coconut
  • ¾ cup lightly toasted, sliced blanched almonds finely chopped or crushed
  • ¼ tsp salt
  1. Drain cherries on a paper towel.
  2. In a mixing bowl, beat butter, confectioners' sugar and extracts until smooth. Mix in flour, coconut and almonds, then stir in cherries. If too soft to handle, wrap and chill dough for 30 min.

  3. Heat oven to 325°F. Roll dough into 1-inch balls; place on parchment-lined baking sheets. Bake until bottoms are just golden, about 15 min. Cool on pans for 2 min. Transfer to wire racks and cool completely. To serve, roll cookies in extra confectioners' sugar. Unsugared cookies can be stored, airtight, for up to 5 days, simply roll in confectioners' sugar before serving.

Recipe Notes

Unsugared cookies can be stored, airtight, for up to 5 days. If storing, do not toss in confectioner's sugar. Wait until just before you are going to serve them. 

• You can used regular sliced almonds too! No need to get blanched unless you want a very white cookie with no flecks of almond skin. 


Nutrition Facts
Coconut Cherry Balls
Amount Per Serving
Calories 71 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 10mg3%
Sodium 13mg1%
Potassium 22mg1%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 113IU2%
Calcium 6mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.