(This recipe is also available as part of the free 12 Dates for Christmas cookbook).
½ cup butter or margarine*
2 cups icing (confectioner’s) sugar
3 tbsp milk
3 cups shredded coconut (medium or long strand)
½ tsp vanilla or mint flavoring**
Green food coloring* **
3 oz white chocolate for melting (chopped up baking squares or wafers) * **
Melt butter or margarine in a large saucepan or microwave. Remove from heat if using stovetop. Add icing sugar and milk.
Mix in coconut and flavoring. Add enough food colouring to tint mixture green.
Roll into 1” balls. Pinch tops to make into cones.
Place in refrigerator, uncovered, for at least 2 hours – preferably longer – to dry and firm.
Melt chocolate in saucepan or microwave. Dip tops of “trees” to give make them “snow covered”. Return to fridge until chocolate re-hardens.
Makes about 3 dozen treats.
Elle’s Notes from experience
* You can get fancy and leave your trees “white”. They look great with brown chocolate topping (melted chocolate chips work fine.) Or leave them as snow balls with white chocolate on top (see photo).
** If you want to go retro to the 80’s, you can make pink Christmas trees (remember those?). Tint the coconut pink, add cherry flavoring instead of mint, and dip in white or regular brown chocolate.