Deck the Balls: Ode to All Things Round and Christmassy

Kelli Wilson

From cheese balls to ball ornaments, Christmas is all about balls. Like it or not, you can’t escape this Christmas shape. So let’s embrace the balls, shall we? Let us cleave them unto our bosoms and delight in their roundness. Make balls! Serve balls! Decorate with balls! Be not ashamed of these delightful orbs. Let’s face it, balls can bring so much pleasure to your holiday season.

I personally have a huge sweet tooth, so my favorite holiday ball is absolutely the dessert ball. Today I want to share with you two old family recipes that I make with my kids every year. They are two different flavor profiles of the same ball. These balls are luscious; your mouth will thank you, and your friends and family will NOT be able to keep their hands off of these balls.  

French  Bon-Bons


32oz. powdered sugar

1 stick of margarine, melted

1 can sweetened condensed milk

7oz. can of coconut

2c. walnuts

12oz semisweet chocolate chips

4oz edible paraffin wax


Peanut Butter Bon Bons


2 sticks butter, melted

1c. peanut butter

16oz. powdered sugar

2c. graham cracker crumbs

1c. coconut

1c. nuts

12oz semisweet chocolate chips

4oz edible paraffin wax

Instructions (both):

Mix all but the last two ingredients, and roll into balls. Chill for 2 hours. Then melt semi-sweet chocolate chips with paraffin wax in a saucepan. Dip the chilled balls into chocolate mixture (I use a toothpick to hold the balls with while dipping), then set on waxed paper to harden. This makes enough for one batch of bon bons. Double if making both flavors.

Now, if you’re not ready for edible balls, here’s a ball-centric project the whole family can do. My dear sweet aunt introduced this craft to me years ago with some of my nieces. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

Decorative Christmas Balls

Purchase clear plastic or glass ball ornaments and a variety of bottled craft paints at your favorite craft store. Take the hook and capper off of an ornament, and squirt whichever colors you like in a random pattern into the ball.  Leaving them open, prop them upside down onto a small paper or Styrofoam cup, letting the excess paint drip out into the cup. As the paint runs down the inner sides of the ornaments, it will create unique and beautiful designs. Let them dry overnight, then recap them and hang them on your tree or give as gifts!