Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Scottish Recipes - Scottish Snowballs

Scottish Snowballs

Scottish Snowballs

Well no-one gets a prize for guessing why these yummy cakes are called Snowballs...

These are the cake based snowballs and are not to be confused with the famous Scottish Tunnock's Snowballs, which are delicious in their own right, and are marshmallow filled with a chocolate and coconut cover

I was stuck for what to make today

So I decided to browse through my Scottish Cookbooks this time and came across this one

Really I should have waited until winter time for this one because of the wintery name but my winter/Christmas Scottish food list is already massive, think Black Bun, Cherry Cake, Clootie Dumpling, Fruit cake and Potted Hough to name a few...

Snowballs or Sno'baws are something that Mr Tartan Tastes and myself frequently bought when we lived in Scotland from our local Baker's or from the Supermarket. A six pack of Snowballs were thrown in our shopping trolley along with a battenburg each week....mmm battenburg, this might be next...

So back to these Snowballs, they turned out a little smaller than I wanted but maybe that's just me, and my 'eyes are bigger than my belly" attitude

Makes 10 (or 9 if you eat one along the way before its iced, oops)

You will need

225g/8oz Self raising flour
80g/3oz Sugar
pinch salt
80g/3oz Margarine
1 egg
1 egg yolk
225g/8oz icing or powdered sugar
50g/2oz coconut


  • Stir flour, sugar and salt together in a large bowl
Mix flour, sugar, salt

  • Rub in margarine until resembles breadcrumbs
resembles breadcrumbs

  • Bind into a stiff dough with the egg and egg yolk
add the eggs

  • turn out onto a floured surface and press into a flat cake
Nice stiff dough
flattened dough

  • cut into quarters and divide each piece into 5 pieces
cut into quarters
20 pieces

  • Roll each piece into a ball and arrange on a greased baking tray
20 dough balls

  • Bake for 10 minutes at 200C/400F

  • Once baked, leave to one side to cool

  • Mix together half the powdered sugar with one desert spoon of water

  • Sandwich together into pairs the two halves with jam on one half and icing on other half, again leave to side to stick

  • Mix remaining powdered/icing sugar with 3 desert spoons of water to make a thinner icing and dip the cakes into the icing
cover in thin icing
cover in thin icing

  • Next dip the iced cakes into the coconut
cover in coconut

  • Leave to the side on a plate to set
snowball waiting to set

Once these yummy deserts set, enjoy.

Scottish Snowballs

Again, like many things I am making these days,  Mr Tartan Tastes had two in one sitting.....

So my pals, enjoy some snowballs in Spring

p.s. These are not so good for snowballs fights unless its a full blown food fight


linking to fivelittlechefs


  1. God I used to love those packaged snowballs! I was htinking I could try these for the school thing next week but we're not allowed to do any of the "allergy" foods, including coconut. I will have a browse around your lovely blog. Thanks for stopping by mine.

    1. Glad you stopped by, hope you find something perfect to make for next week. Love your blog, it makes me laugh, i totally need to buy your book for a friend of mine, it looks really good, she is about to cross the pond in the other direction to live in the UK from USA

  2. I love your directions and pictures. I feel like I can actually make these! Thanks for linking up at Fantastic Thursday at Five Little Chefs! Hope to see you there next week!

    1. Thanks for hosting the link party, will be there next week :)

  3. That looks phantastic! Thank you for sharing the recipe! I found you at TALU!

  4. Yummy! I love this time of year with all the sweet recipe ideas. Thanks for sharing it on TALU

  5. Love these snowballs!! How many calories are in one ??

  6. These look delicious. I was born in America but have Scottish roots. can you recomend some Scottish cookbooks?


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