Gifts from the Kitchen, Coconut Rum Snowball

I have been busy filling jars for gifts lately, and I couldn’t wait to share this one with you while there is still plenty of time to put these together

dessert cheeseball

Dessert cheeseballs are always a fun addition to any gathering, and paired with this season’s cute Pepperidge Farm Christmas cookies, it is a festive presentation

snowball jar

Layer ingredients in a pint Ball jar

snowball tags

Add a tag with instructions, and you’ve got a great Gift from the Kitchen

snowball collage

Powdered sugar, sliced almonds, white chocolate chips, shredded coconut AND the secret ingredients, rum and coconut powder


Did you know you can get just about any flavor extract in a powder form?

I bought these from here and here*

coconut rum snowball

You can easily make tags in PicMonkey, I designed mine with 4 on a page.  Or you can download the free printable of the front of the tag here.  It will take you to another page that will have coconut rum snowball highlighted in green.  Click on that and you will go to the printable page

Below is the back, you can design your own back or just write your message

merry tag

I printed these tags on card stock, cut them to size, and used a hole punch to thread wired ribbon through

snowball tags
picmonkey tag

Festive, fun and delicious!


Make it in minutes by just mixing with softened cream cheese


Serve it with a cookie selection, graham crackers or apple or pear slices, or even strawberries

coconut rum snowball 1

Make 1 or 12!


Coconut Rum Snowball

A delightful gift in a jar!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Course Appetizer, Dessert, Gift
Cuisine American


  • jars


  • 8 oz cream cheese softened
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/2 cup sweetened coconut shreds plus more for garnish if desired
  • 1 tsp coconut powder* or tsp coconut extract
  • 1 tsp rum powder* or 1 tsp rum extract


  • Combine all ingredients and mix well. Form into a ball. Wrap in saran and refrigerate until serving. Garnish with additional coconut after plating if desired. Serve with small cookies, graham crackers or fruit


*If you want to skip the powder, you can list the extracts as additional ingredients on the recipe instructions, or include small jars of the extracts with the dry ingredients.
Keyword appetizer spread, Christmas appetizer, coconut rum spread, dessert ball, dessert spread, gift from the kitchen, gift jar, hostess gift
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Holly Jolly!

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18 Responses to “Gifts from the Kitchen, Coconut Rum Snowball”
  1. I have never tried a dessert cheeseball, but I must admit this sounds delicious. I, of course love coconut, so that might be why this really grabs my attention. I am thinking this might also be delicious on apples and celery, which might make it a tiny bit healthier! I have pinned this and will be sharin gover on FB and Twitter! Thank you so much for sharing over at Celebrate Your Story!

  2. Marigene says:

    Delicious sounding cheese ball, Jenna! Great gift, too.
    Merry Christmas!

  3. looks really nice Jenna! great job

  4. Judy Pimperl says:

    You just introduced me to something new–those powders. Have you used them in any other ways? Just curious and trying to think of all the ways they could be used.
    …another cute gift idea!

    • The powders can be substituted for any extract, 1 tsp powder to 1 tsp extract. They are a little pricey, but not when you compare the amount you get with powder verses those small bottles of extract. I made 14 snowball jars and still have a ton leftover~ thanks Judy! >

  5. Lynn says:

    Sounds very tasty! I’ve never heard of the powdered extracts before and the gingerbread family cookies are cute too:@)

  6. Mary says:

    What an adorable gift Jenna! I wonder if that delicious snowball would last longer around here than a real one with our 70 degree temperatures 🙂 Powdered extracts are new to me, I would love to find a Red Velvet powder since I make such a mess with the liquid version.

  7. Jenna, I love a sweet cheeseball! This one sounds yummy! Great recipe and gift ideas! Happy Monday!

  8. Linda says:

    Cute and easy for a lovely Christmas gift. I love the gifts in a jar! Dessert Cheeseballs are such a great idea and everyone loves them.

  9. JESS44903 says:

    Wow…this sounds so tasty!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  10. Maureen says:

    Yumarama!!! Can’t wait to try mine! Thanks Jenna! I even have the red square painted tray! Merry Christmas!

  11. Miz Helen says:

    I would love to be on your Gift list! Thanks for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday!

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