Tropical Snowballs!

This is an old recipe we have put a little different twist on by using sugar cookies for the base!  Some of you might remember this from your mother or grandmother making them back in the day!  

They are delicious little individual cookie desserts that would be perfect for a special occasion, such as a wedding or baby shower!  These are also great for holidays and are equally good both in summer and winter months!   Since this is a cold dessert, I think it's really best in the summer.  

 Here is what you will need for these:

1 pkg. or roll of refrigerated sugar cookies, baked and cooled
1/2 cup or 1 stick of butter, softened to room temperature
2 cups confectioner's sugar
1 (20 oz.) can of crushed pineapple, do not drain
1 (3.4 oz.) pkg. instant vanilla pudding
1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
12 oz. frozen whipped topping, thawed
2 cups sweetened flaked coconut
maraschino cherries

Cream together the butter and sugar.  Mix in the pineapple, instant pudding mix and nuts.  Stir well and refrigerate for about 2 hours. 

With a large cookie scoop, place a scoop on each cookie.  This mixture will make about 12 the size shown in the picture or you can make 24 mini sized ones! 

Frost each one with the whipped topping, spreading it to the edges to seal.

Sprinkle each one with coconut and top with a cherry!  Refrigerate until ready to serve!

Not only do these make a pretty presentation, they are delicious also!


  1. Hello again, Hate to even ask, but could leave the individual portion (cookie) out of this? Say, use graham cracker crust or no crust at all in a 9' X 14" pan? topping with whipped cream as I serve myself a small bowl of this? Also, I could use sugar free or 'lite' versions of pudding and whipped cream, no? I love your recipes. I share a lot of your recipes to my Facebook page and highlight them so I can find them more easily. Guess I should start letting you know which ones I like as I try them! Thanks for the time and hard work a site like this must be, it's appreciated! God bless! <3

    1. Yes, you could do that. I hope you will try it and let me know! Thank you also for your sweet comments!

  2. Didn't you recently give us a graham crust pie similar to this recipe? I'll have to look back but I know I haven't made it and this recipe sure motivates me! Thanks! I've got Basketball Championship Finals starting tonight and I'm gonna need some snacks, all of which will come from you.....haha!! :)

  3. Do you have the recipe for the old fashioned version of these? The one that uses graham crackers, my mother-in-law makes them for Christmas and I can never pin her down on the exact recipe and I've searched the internet and have never been able to find it. I know she uses the crushed pineapple and nuts but I don't now what else is in the mixture.

  4. Thank you for this page. I love your recipes and appreciate you taking the time to share them w/us! I feel like I've gotten to know through the little comments you make and your seem like family. I wish you and all those you love a very merry Christmas and a happy, prosperous, healthy New Year! Martha Roper



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