Sno Ball Brownies

An easy recipe for fudgy brownies, marshmallow buttercream and coconut just like the classic Hostess Sno Ball snack cakes! (You can also use green dye and jelly beans or M&Ms for Easter Egg Brownies!)


My love for coconut knows no end. So when I saw an idea on Pinterest for Sno Ball Brownies, it claimed a prominent position in my brain.

It was that one kid that always sits in the front row of the bus and stares at the bus driver. Always in his peripheral.

It was my dog staring at me when I'm having a snack. I try to ignore it but can't.

Sno Ball Brownies! An easy recipe for fudgy brownies, marshmallow buttercream and coconut just like the classic Hostess Sno Ball snack cakes!

But I hadn't quite worked out how I wanted to go about making my own version yet. So I just kept thinking on it here and there.

For those of you who aren't familiar with them, Sno Balls were (are?) these Hostess snack cakes made from chocolate cake, stuffed with white icing, dipped in this marshmallow stuff and coated in hot pink coconut.

Why hot pink? I have no idea.

Sno Ball Brownies! An easy recipe for fudgy brownies, marshmallow buttercream and coconut just like the classic Hostess Sno Ball snack cakes!

Ever since I made the Cookie Sandwiches with Marshmallow Buttercream last weekend, it’s been jumping around in my head trying to get my attention and I finally figured out why. It’s what I needed for the Sno Ball brownies! It’s the marshmallow layer and the icing filling all rolled up into one. 


I didn't make a homemade marshmallow cream frosting this time, I just used a can of prepared frosting and mixed it with the marshmallow cream and it was totally perfect.

Sno Ball Brownies! An easy recipe for fudgy brownies, marshmallow buttercream and coconut just like the classic Hostess Sno Ball snack cakes!

I love how when you cut these, the squares mound and sort of take the rounded shape of the Sno Ball snack cakes.

Ahhh. Junk food at its finest.

These would be perfect at Easter with green coconut and pastel peanut M&Ms or jelly beans. Mama always made cupcakes like that when I was a kids. Like little Easter eggs in grass. OK, I'm so doing that this Easter.

Sno Ball Brownies! An easy recipe for fudgy brownies, marshmallow buttercream and coconut just like the classic Hostess Sno Ball snack cakes!


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Recipe for Sno Ball Brownies

Sno Ball Brownies

Sno Ball Brownies
Yield: 20 Brownies
Author: Mandy Rivers | South Your Mouth
Prep time: 15 MinCook time: 30 MinTotal time: 45 Min
A throwback recipe with fudgy brownies topped with an easy marshmallow buttercream and pink coconut just like the classic Hostess Sno Ball snack cakes!


  • 1 family-size brownie mix (for 13x9 pan)
  • Egg, oil and water for brownie mix
  • 1 16-oz. can vanilla cake frosting
  • 1 7-oz. jar marshmallow cream (or “fluff”)
  • 3 cups sweetened flaked coconut
  • 4-8 drops hot pink food coloring


  1. Bake brownies in a 13x9 pan and cool completely. Line pan with foil or parchment paper for easy removal.
  2. Combine frosting and marshmallow cream in a bowl, mix well then spread over brownies.
  3. Add coconut to a bowl and squeeze in 2 drops of food coloring. Use a fork to “tumble” the coconut around in the bowl until the color is evenly distributed. Add more food coloring, 2 drops at a time, until coconut it bright pink.
  4. Sprinkle coconut over frosting then cut and serve. Store brownies at room temperature or refrigerator (per preference) in an airtight container.


  • To easily spoon the marshmallow cream from the jar, first remove the lid and seal then microwave for 20-25 seconds.
  • Different manufacturers make different concentrations of food color. Start with two drops and work your way up.
  • I used McCormick’s Neon Food Color and Egg Dye (pink).
  • I like these at room temperature and Husband likes them better in the fridge. It’s totally a matter of preference.
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  1. These sno ball brownies look just wonderful. I like the idea of the frosting, coconut on a rich brownie. Thanks so much Mandy for another great recipe. Karen

  2. These sound wonderful. I'm thinking of dyeing coconut green & putting candy Easter eggs on top for a fun Easter dessert.

  3. So awesome. My son would totally dig these, and I love the idea of doing it up for Easter.

  4. This would make a pretty and yummy trifle don't you think? Crumble the brownie then layer brownie icing coconut and repeat! That would look and taste amazing!

  5. Can you grind the coconut really fine like the Sno balls? My mom loves Sno balls but cant eat the flaked coconut

    1. I think you could pulse it a few times in the food processor! That might even be what Cookbook Queen did if I'm remembering correctly.

  6. The Hostess ones came in pink or white, so I'm guessing the hot pink ones are just more "authentic."

    Thirty years ago the daughter of a friend made a batch of "her" brownies. Raspberry jam spread on warm from the oven brownies, then coconut flakes sprinkled over the top. Also very good.

    1. That sounds like a raspberry zinger almost. Mmmmmm.

  7. Saw these in the sidebar & had to pop over - now what a cool idea that I have apparently missed seeing until now!

  8. I had leftover whipped "buttercream" frosting (not the heavy stuff, the light fluffy stuff; purchased from my grocery store bakery) in the deep freeze, and used a few thwacks of that (maybe 2 1/2 to 3 cups) in place of the canned frosting. Used the paddle on my KA mixer, and whipped the heck out of it and the marshmallow creme. Sweet Mother Mary and Joseph; there are no words to describe this heavenly cloud of mmm, mmm, MMM! I also used red food coloring on my coconut, and it turned out perfectly pink. Thanks for the great recipe!

  9. These are too adorable! I need to try making them for my father's retirement party!

  10. I can use my recipe for flourless chocolate cake for the brownie and make this gluten free for myself!

  11. Can these snowballs be frozen ?

  12. Can you use sweetened condensed milk instead of marshmallow fluff??

  13. I made this for our church covered dinner. It was a BIG hit. Only thing I did differently was I used a red devil food cake instead of the brownie mix. Everyone lived the idea of the red cake with the hot pink coconut


Hi there! While I’m not able to respond to every comment, I try hard to answer any questions that haven’t been addressed in the post, recipe or in other comments.

I can tell you now 1) I have no idea if you can substitute Minute Rice or brown rice in my recipes because I’ve never used them and 2) If I know how to convert a recipe to a Crock Pot version, I will make a note about it (otherwise, I don’t know).

And though I may not respond to them all, I do read each and every comment and I LOVE to hear from you guys! Thanks, y’all! - Mandy