Helen’s Home Cooking: Scottish Snowballs

Snowballs are a cake which has oft been forgotten in these times of fancy baking.  A traditional Scottish recipe which delights for both it’s taste and texture. This is another recipe that can be useful during the long summer holidays so why not give them a go, get the kids involved too.

Scottish Snowballs

Scottish Snowballs

Scottish Snowballs

      Ingredients (yields 4)

  • 150g of Self Raising Flour
  • 60g of Butter/Baking spread
  • 60g of Caster Sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 100g Icing Sugar
  • A little cold water
  • Desiccated Coconut
  • Strawberry Jam or a flavour of your preference


  1. In a large bowl mix the flour and butter/spread together until your mix resembles breadcrumbs.
  2. Add the egg and the sugar and further mix until you’ve created a dough.
  3. Cut into 8 fairly equal pieces, and fashion into balls.
  4. Cook on a lined baking tin for 15 minutes, 180°c, 350°f, Gas mark 4, leave space between your balls for expansion.
  5. Remove from the oven and leave on a wire rack to cool.
  6. Make your water icing by mixing a spoonful of water at a time to your icing sugar. Your water icing should be quite runny.
  7. Doing a half at a time, spread a little jam on the flat side of your cake.
  8. Dip the curved side of the cake into your icing sugar, allowing and excess to drip off.
  9. Dip into your coconut and place in a cup case.
  10. Repeat the process, joining the two halves together as you go.
  11. Allow to set, share and enjoy.

15 replies »

  1. I love snowballs! Can I ask are Paris buns known in Scotland or are they just a Northern Ireland thing?

  2. Delicious, great recipe, easy to make and even better than shop bought, thank you 🙂🙃🙂

  3. I made these today as a test for Christmas Day in Switzerland which I am thankful not to be spending alone but with people who are all connected Scotland in one way or another.
    They are sooooo good! 🤤💙🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

    • So pleased that you enjoyed them, I hope your guests all do too. Have a lovely Christmas Day and a Happy 2021. Merry Christmas and stay safe. H

    • Don’t you have enough snowballs in Switzerland? Carrying coals to Newcastle if you ask me! 🙂🇨🇭

    • Hi Lorna, unlike when you are making pastry the butter does not need to be cold so in this instance it can be either or, whichever you prefer handling. H

  4. That recipe was cooked in an oven with no fan, so if using a fan lower the temperature accordingly. I’ve only just started using a fan oven with mixed success so for my tried and tested baking I think I’ll err on the side of caution and leave the fan off. Let me know how you get on. H

    • Hi Helen I made them this morning with no fan and they are absolutely fantastic and super easy ! I’ve also converted my daughter to your online videos. Thank you so much. Keep on baking!

      • So pleased that they worked and that you enjoyed them. What a lovely comment, it’s very much appreciated. I will need to get my finger out and experiment with new recipes. H

  5. Made these this afternoon, delicious and so easy, thank you. Mine were a bit dry, though ok with a cuppa tea, any tips of keeping them moist? Happy New Year. x

  6. Made these this afternoon, delicious and so easy, thank you. Mine were a bit dry, though ok with a cuppa tea, any tips of keeping them moist? Happy New Year. x

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