Delicious Christmas Bon Bons that your family and friends will love! These sweet treats made with cream cheese and coconut will make any mouth water!
Can you feel it? The cool air? That chill tells me two things are coming: winter (not my favourite) and Christmas (my favourite). Thinking about Christmas brings floods of memories from my holidays as a child. Christmas decorations that remained intact year after year. Annoying Christmas songs that I forced my family to listen to year after year (#sorrynotsorry). Classic Christmas cookies that make my mouth water just thinking about them! I know you’re thinking about those cookies now… admit it! These Christmas Bon Bons are one of those mouth-watering goodies for our family!
The recipe I’m sharing here is a recipe I’ve been making my whole life. I remember as a child, stirring the cream cheese in the kitchen and adding in the food colouring for mom. I remember fighting with my brother over who got to mix the red ones and who got to mix the green ones!
It’s memories like these that keep me making these sweet treats over and over again. I can’t wait to see my kids fighting over which food colouring bottle they get, and sneaking into the back fridge for another Bon Bon. As an adult I can barely eat more than one of these sweet treats, but I still make them every year because the kids love them, and I love to indulge in one here and there too.
Ingredients for Christmas Bon Bons:
These Christmas Bon Bons are so quick to make. They have very few ingredients, and don’t really require any equipment, which makes them a great option for baking with kids! I could let me five-year-old do an entire batch by herself and she’d be totally fine!
Here’s everything you need:
1 250g package of cream cheese
3 cups icing sugar
Dash of salt
1/4 tsp of vanilla
Red and green food colouring
1 cup coconut (optional)
How to Make Christmas Bon Bons
Place your cream cheese in a bowl and cream until soft. We always softened the cream cheese for a few minutes in the microwave first, and them beat it with a hand-held electric beater.
Split the cream cheese into two bowls if you want to make a couple of different colours. If you’re doing an entire batch the same colour, then don’t worry about this step. Add vanilla and salt to cream cheese mixtures and stir until completely mixed.
Add red food colouring to one bowl, and green to the other. Continue to add drops until you get the desired colour. We always used the cheap food colouring. You know, the red that actually turns out pink no matter how many drops you add?? So I’m used to my “red” being not-quite-so-red, but if you opt for the more expensive stuff, you can get a beautiful Christmasy red colour.
Gradually add 1 1/2 cups of icing sugar to each bowl (red and green). The mixture can start to get thick, so you will need to add just a small amount at a time and stir with a spoon until well combined.
Form into small balls (about a tbsp.). We used a serving spoon for this step. It does get pretty sticky, so take off any important rings before you start rolling! The balls will flatten out, but they are supposed to. Place them onto a tray lined with parchment paper.
If desired, you can now roll some of your Christmas Bon Bons in coconut. As a kid this was my favourite step, and as an adult, this was my flavour! We would just put the coconut out on a plate (usually far more than needed) and then roll out the bon bons through the coconut with our hands until covered, then place them on a tray covered in parchment paper. Chill until firm.
These balls are so sweet, you probably can only eat one… or if you’re anything like ten-year-old me … then you can eat 5 in a row! I personally prefer the coconut ones :) Try them yourself! You will be addicted!
- 1 250g package of cream cheese
- 3 cups icing sugar
- Dash of salt
- 1/4 tsp of vanilla
- Red and green food colouring
- 1 cup coconut (optional)
- Place cream cheese in a bowl and cream until soft.
- Split the cream cheese into two bowls.
- Add vanilla and salt to cream cheese mixtures.
- Add red food colouring to one bowl, and green to the other. Add until you get the desired colour.
- Gradually add 1 1/2 cups of icing sugar to each bowl (red and green).
- Form into small balls (about a tbsp.). [note: the balls will flatten out, but they are supposed to!].
- Roll in coconut if desired. Chill until firm.