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Cherry Marshmallow Balls. Easy, no-bake, delicious!

Cherry Marshmallow Balls. An easy no bake recipe using just a few ingredients to make a quick treat whenever you like. Perfect for cookie exchanges!

Cherry Marshmallow Balls close up photo of finished cookies

Cherry Marshmallow Balls

These Cherry Marshmallow Balls are often seen on bakery shelves around here, especially as we move closer to the Holidays. Although this recipe is readily available at several sources online, I thought I’d post my version because I’ve tweaked it just a little.

I found the original version a little too sweet and a little too unmanageable to form into balls.

Red Glacé Cherries for Cherry Vanilla Cheesecake Bars, pictured in a glass bowl.

Red Glacé Cherries for Cherry Marshmallow Balls.

I’ve tweaked the individual amounts of the ingredients to stretch the batch a little further and,  I think, to make them a little more manageable. One trick I use is to roll the balls twice.

Roll once in the coconut, when they are really sticky, and then once again when they are all rolled and sitting on the parchment paper lined tray.

Cherry Marshmallow Balls on a slate serving tray

Cherry Marshmallow Balls

I like to wash may hands and then roll the balls again to shape them better. I find that this works particularly well.

These no-bake Cherry Marshmallow Balls treats will be a big hit on your cookie platters at the Holidays and make a terrific choice for cookie exchanges with particularly little effort involved.

Desiccated coconut in white ceramic bowl.

Dried Coconut

Fine or medium cut, desiccated (dried) coconut is what I use for this recipe but you can use sweetened coconut if that is what you have on hand.

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Cherry Marshmallow Balls close up photo of finished cookies
Yield: 24 cookies

Cherry Marshmallow Balls - easy, no-bake, delicious!

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Cherry Marshmallow Balls - an easy no bake recipe using just a few ingredients to make a quick treat whenever you like. Perfect for cookie exchanges!

Ingredients

  • one 10 ounce can sweetened condensed milk, (300 ml in Canada 14oz in the US)
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 3 cups mini marshmallows
  • 1 cup chopped glacé cherries, or well drained maraschino cherries
  • cups approximately 2 coconut for rolling

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl stir the vanilla extract into the sweetened condensed milk.
  2. Fold in the graham crumbs.
  3. Add the cherries and marshmallows and fold those in gently.
  4. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or wax paper.
  5. Roll the mixture into about 1 1/2 inch balls and then roll the balls in the coconut. Place on the lined cookie sheet and continue until all the mixture is used.
  6. Wash your hands and then pick up each ball and re roll it. You can use more coconut if necessary but this step helps to form the cookies into more uniform balls.
  7. Refrigerate or freeze to store.

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Nutrition Information

Yield

24

Serving Size

24 cookies

Amount Per Serving Calories 138Total Fat 4gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 1gCholesterol 5mgSodium 78mgCarbohydrates 24gFiber 1gSugar 17gProtein 2g

The nutritional information provided is automatically calculated by third party software and is meant as a guideline only. Exact accuracy is not guaranteed. For recipes where all ingredients may not be used entirely, such as those with coatings on meats, or with sauces or dressings for example, calorie & nutritional values per serving will likely be somewhat lower than indicated.

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Anastasia B

Saturday 5th of December 2020

Made these for the second time today. Wonderful recipe and so easy to make. I adpated it slightly by using less marshmallow and more cherries, and next time plan to add some white chocolate....yes, we do like it sweet. Looking forward to trying more of the recipes here in the UK. I definitely love the look of almost every recipe I`ve seen so far. Wondering though, what makes these a Canadian speciality? Whatever it is, thank you for sharing!

Jennifer

Saturday 31st of October 2020

Hi. My mom always made these for the Holidays and it’s one of the favourites I have made every year! I have always made them in a 8x8 pan or 9x9pan lined with coconut on bottom and pressed coconut on top! When I first served these to my then future Son in Law a few years ago, he exclaimed” my mom used to make these!” Sadly he lost his mom 15 years ago. I make a small Christmas tin for him now❤️ Old recipes, new traditions , Thanks for your daily recipe blog! I usually open it up before the Globe & Mail which says a lot.

Karen Elizabeth Boutilier

Monday 25th of November 2019

your recipes on this site are totally awesome especially the cookie and Christmas baking ideas.

Victoria Munavish

Saturday 8th of December 2018

Love these cookies. I know you like to experiment and thought you might like to try replacing the graham crumbs with Oreo chocolate baking crumbs. I increased the cherries by half a cup but just because I wanted to make sure I had the colour. Yummy.

Betty

Saturday 16th of December 2017

I made these today for the first time.....SO DELICIOUS!! They will definitely be staying on my Christmas cookie list for years to come! Thank you so much for the recipe!

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