Chocolate Coconut Cookie Truffles {Yum Yum Balls}


A few weeks ago I was at my friend’s house for a girl’s night, and we were talking treats.

She and her husband are Australian, and he pretty much raved to no end about how awesome this classic Australian treat called, “Yum Yum Balls,” was.

Yum Yum Balls

Sounded interesting enough.

Yum Yum Balls

Since the name doesn’t really tell you much, besides the fact that they are yummy and in the shape of a ball, I’m calling them Chocolate Coconut Cookie Truffles.

Much more informative. Still just as delicious.

Chocolate Coconut Cookie Truffles

The truffles are super simple to make, and only require 4 ingredients.

Cocoa powder, cookie crumbs, sweetened condensed milk, and coconut.

If you want to make this a classic Australian dessert, you’ll need to find “Marie Biscuits” for the cookie crumb part. They are similar to a digestive biscuit, or an arrowroot cookie (the ones for babies to chew on). You can also use graham cracker crumbs, nilla wafer crumbs, etc.

assemble yum yum balls

Combine all the ingredients into a bowl, mix together, shape into balls, roll in coconut, done.

These truffles hold up to their classic name. They truly are yummy.

So yummy, you can say it twice. 😉

Chocolate Coconut Cookie Truffles

I am putting them on my Christmas list of cookies to make and pass out to friends this year.

Chocolate Coconut Cookie Truffles {Yum Yum Balls}
Serves: makes about 24 balls
  • 2 cups crushed cookie crumbs (you can use Marie biscuits , digestive biscuits, graham cracker, nilla wafer, arrowroot cookies, etc.)
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 (14oz) can Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 1 cup, dry, unsweetened coconut flakes
  • extra coconut for rolling
  1. Combine the cookie crumbs, cocoa powder, sweetened condensed milk, and 1 cup coconut in a large bowl. mix until combined and sticky.
  2. Roll into 1 inch balls.
  3. Coat the balls in the extra coconut.
  4. Chill in fridge, or place in freezer (this is how my Australian friend enjoys them) until ready to eat. Enjoy!


  1. They definitely sound pretty yum, yum to me 😉 I love anything and everything coconut though!

  2. Hi I am from Australia, and we call them rum balls, add some rum and sultanas, I always have them at Christmas time. Oh course I make some without rum for the kiddies. I use milk arrowroot biscuits, these ‘rum balls’ are THE best!!!!!!

  3. Why have I never heard of these???!! My brother in law is Australian and they spend a couple months over there every year. I’m going to be chastising my sister for never introducing me to this. But I’m thanking you!!

  4. I use this same recipe, but roll it around a marshmallow, then coconut on outside. We call them ‘snowballs’. Delicious!

  5. The name is really funny that is why it caught my attention. They are so easy to cook! I think it is a perfect dessert when you are expecting guests for a tea party or they suddenly came to visit you, isn`t it?

  6. These look Heavenly! I love anything with sweetened condensed milk in it.

  7. As an Aussie, i make these all the time. I use arnotts nice biscuits and for an adult version add, two teaspoonson baileys. They truly are yum.

  8. Also, they are great for christmas gifts. Decorate a jar or bowl and add these as a cute inexpensive but homemade gift.

    • Hi Cindy! I was already planning to make these for Christmas gifts, but I love your idea of decorating a jar to give them in! Thanks! Is it Christmas yet?!? hehe… can’t wait!! :)

  9. I make these all the time and everyone loves them. They are so quick and easy. I didn’t know these were an Australian classic (although I am from Australia). I first saw them made on a children’s program here called Playschool (years ago) and my kids and I have called them “Playschool Balls” ever since. I quite often substitute Marie with arrowroot biscuits. In fact any other plain biscuit will work fine.

  10. i do mine with coconut oil and also i add some coconut in a balls. Its delicious :)

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