No-Bake Coconut Orange Snowballs

This no-bake cookie recipe checks all the boxes! In addition to being no-bake, these snowballs are a crowd-pleaser with a delicious combination of coconut and orange, can be made ahead, and stored in the refrigerator or freezer until ready to gift and serve! 

No-Bake Coconut-Orange Snowballs

Have you finished your holiday baking? I have a no-bake cookie that is an oldie but a goodie! I was first introduced to this cookie at one of my bridal showers, back when Vanilla Wafers came in 12 oz. instead of 11 oz. boxes, and were larger than they are now. :)


 I used to make two recipes of these Coconut-Orange Snowballs for our store’s annual Christmas open house, which was approximately 10 dozen cookies. They were always consumed down to the last flake of coconut and we were always copying the recipe for our customers.


Like all snowballs, they need a cold environment! Store these cookies in the refrigerator and serve them chilled. They freeze great and you can even keep a stash in the freezer to pull out a few at a time if you have cookie or snowball emergency. :)


No-Bake Coconut Orange Snowballs, Makes approximately 5 dozen


1 box vanilla wafers, crushed

1/2 c. (1 stick) butter, melted

1 lb. box powdered sugar

1 (6 oz.) can frozen orange juice, thawed

1 tsp. vanilla

1 c. chopped pecans

8 oz. pkg. shredded coconut


Pulse vanilla wafers into fine crumbs in food processor. In a large bowl, add sugar and chopped nuts to wafers, stirring together to combine. Add melted butter, vanilla, and thawed orange juice concentrate and mix together. (Mixture will be sticky.) Scoop out by large tablespoons and roll into  bite size balls. Roll balls in coconut. Keep refrigerated.


This a great little no-bake treat to enjoy year round, not just during snowball season!


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  34 comments for “No-Bake Coconut Orange Snowballs

  1. December 19, 2015 at 6:35 am

    Mary, It sounds yummy……..I’m going for it!
    Thanx for always sharing all of your special treats and beautiful decorating ideas!
    A very Merry Christmas to you and yours, give the girls a hug and a kiss from a Ct. fan! <3

  2. December 19, 2015 at 6:43 am

    wow that sounds like a wonderful Christmas treat! I too love how you decorate! Merry Christmas

  3. December 19, 2015 at 6:53 am

    These sound yummy!

  4. December 19, 2015 at 7:14 am

    These pictures just take my breath away, Mary! Love the bokeha effect from the lights behind & that red snowflake adorned cup is just PERFECT to hold these little jems.

  5. December 19, 2015 at 7:33 am

    I made these, back in the ’80s, and still have the recipe! I remember making several different cookie recipes that particular year, and this was my favorite because it was easy AND delicious. Thanks for rekindling the memory!

  6. Ellen Stillabower
    December 19, 2015 at 8:09 am

    This will be added to my no bake cookie file!! Thanks ever so..have a great day!!!!🎄❤️🎄❤️🎄

  7. Rhonda
    December 19, 2015 at 9:06 am

    I also made these back in the 1980’s, took them to my first cookie exchange party. So easy and always a hit. Thanks for the memory!

  8. December 19, 2015 at 9:15 am

    My mom made these most every year for Christmas…thanks for rekindling the memory of these delicious snow balls!

  9. Michelle
    December 19, 2015 at 9:19 am

    This recipe and your macaroon Christmas wreath cookies are a holiday keeper!🎄⛄️😎🌴

  10. Annie
    December 19, 2015 at 9:31 am

    Ahhhhh, a bit of holiday nostalgia…these are still the best thing ever to pass my lips! Thanks for the memories…xoxo

  11. bj
    December 19, 2015 at 10:17 am

    These look and sound so goooood.
    O, and could u tell us how you got the snow on your pretty blog.? Thanks, Mary

    • December 19, 2015 at 10:31 am

      They are good BJ! The snow is a WordPress Plugin :)

  12. a quiet life
    December 19, 2015 at 12:58 pm

    no bake works well for me, like no bake bakery cakes, cookies and candies! I have been to busy to fire up the oven, I keep saying tomorrow tomorrow tomorrow, I could be auditioning for annie! I bet your store was so much fun for your customers, just like visiting your blog is weekly :-) they look wonderful, fingers crossed I can find time for a no bake cookie right from my very own home!

  13. December 19, 2015 at 1:59 pm

    I had forgotten about these! My youngest child’s birthday is in December, still during school and I made them for the class on her birthday one year during the time I was room mom… Saving it to my files for our next cookie exchange party!
    Thank you, Mary!

  14. December 19, 2015 at 4:03 pm

    Just my luck that I happen to have some pecans around left over from Thanksgiving. I know what I am going to try and make with them. This recipe sounds so good.

  15. December 19, 2015 at 5:30 pm

    This sounds perfect for coffee with Ma Mary-Bookmarked:@)

  16. m'lin
    December 19, 2015 at 6:37 pm

    These sound yummy. Thanks. I will be making these for our family party!

  17. December 19, 2015 at 7:22 pm

    Mary, one of my all-time favorite Christmas treats! My Mother made these every year and I made a batch Thursday. They are so simple, but delicious! The photos are gorgeous! Pam @

  18. December 20, 2015 at 12:05 am

    A friend of mine just made these…but not with coconut….and I am definitely making these as I so love the no-bake cookies of any kind!

  19. December 20, 2015 at 8:39 am

    Mary, These are like little orange blossoms for the bride. Yum, they sound and look delicious ~~ I wish I had one right now (to eat, not to throw!) :) I have printed out the recipe and will definitely be making these for New Year’s weekend! Linda

  20. December 20, 2015 at 10:41 am

    What a great recipe Mary!! I’ve never seen one like this, it is definitely a keeper! These are definitely going on my to do list, thank you. Yes, the good old days when packages were full of food and not air…

  21. CV
    December 20, 2015 at 12:26 pm

    Sounds good! I love the black background with the snowflakes falling.

  22. December 20, 2015 at 3:17 pm

    Mary, I saw this earlier this morning and made a quick trip to the grocery to pick up the vanilla wafers…yummy looking! I love anything orange flavored.
    Merry Christmas!

    • December 20, 2015 at 3:47 pm

      Hope you enjoy Marigene, they’re a favorite of ours! Merry Christmas!

  23. December 20, 2015 at 7:56 pm

    Mmmm what a yummy treat, Mary! I’ve had the date, Rice Krispie balls, but not these. These sound so easy and so good and perfect for coconut lovers, like myself.
    By the way, I bought a panettone at Target to make the French toast! Woohoo! ❤️

  24. Ann
    December 20, 2015 at 9:37 pm

    Yum!!!! Thanks for the memory. I haven’t had them since open house.

  25. Paula
    December 20, 2015 at 9:44 pm

    looks tasty !! I have not done any holiday baking :( . only five days until Christmas , I need another week !!

  26. Pattie
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  27. Jeanne DelVecchio
    November 26, 2018 at 12:26 pm

    Oh My Gosh what a pairing coconut and orange, and then, and then you had me at No Bake.
    How I love your site! it always makes me smile. Of course I don’t have to tell YOU that you are so talented.

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