Marshmallow Snowballs

Each Thanksgiving we seem to be surrounded by a theme.  This year’s theme turned out to be “The Search for Brandon’s Grandma’s “Puffball” Recipe”.  It was prompted by Brandon’s cousin posting on her Facebook page that she was looking for the recipe to surprise her dad.  Brandon replied I had a similar recipe and I would send it along to her.

Grandma’s recipe has been elusive.  Brandon had asked his mom for years about this recipe and was told that she never had it.  He told me about them and I had no idea what he was talking about.  Puffballs?  I had him describe them so I could search for something similar.  After searching for a while I took parts from a few recipes and came up with a recipe and had made them for Christmas a few years ago.  Brandon said they were good and that was that.  Until this year.

With his cousin on the task of recreating Grandma’s exact recipe there was much debate about the recipe I had.  Should they be made with or without nuts, with or without coconut, drain or not drain the pineapple, whipping cream or sweetened condensed milk?  I had no idea, I never had Grandma’s and I was just going by Brandon’s recollection of them.

I had intended on making these again for Brandon for Christmas but all this talk about them over Thanksgiving gave me the desire to try them out for myself again.  I made some adjustments to my original recipe from the feedback Brandon’s cousin had given me about the recipe I gave her.

Marshmallow Snowballs
Recipe type: Dessert
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 12
  • 1 bag Mini Marshmallows
  • 1 can Crushed Pineapple (drained)
  • 1 cup Whipping Cream
  • 1 Tbs Sugar
  • ½ cup shredded Coconut (optional)
  • 4 oz pecans (chopped - optional)
  • Graham Crackers crumbs (2 sleeves) or Box of Vanilla Wafers Crushed
  1. Place marshmallows in a large bowl, add the drained crushed pineapple and stir. Cover the bowl and refrigerate for an hour.
  2. Remove the marshmallows from the refrigerator and stir in the coconut and nuts if using.
  3. Whip the Whipping Cream with an electric mixer and add the sugar while mixing. Fold the whipped cream into the marshmallow mixture.
  4. Roll the mixture into balls (I use a ice cream scoop to keep them uniform in size) then roll the balls in the crumbs.
  5. Place the Snowballs in an airtight container and keep refrigerated until serving.

I used graham cracker crumbs, no nuts and coconut in these and they turned out pretty darn good!  They got the family star of approval.



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