Peanut Butter Coconut Balls

You all probably didn’t realize I was famous.


Well, I’m famous.

Okay, not really.  But I did get my Grandma’s stolen no-bake cookie recipe published in the Farmhouse Kitchen Gooseberry Patch cookbook.

They are a favorite in our family.

I remember making these cookies with my Mom when I was VERY little.  So little that I had to stand on a stool.  Even with the stool, it was a challenge to reach the bowl.

The cookies came into the family over a “Party Line” that my Grandma had to share with the neighbors.  Since they lived so far from town they didn’t yet have their own dedicated phone line, thus the party line.

My Grandma was a little nosy inquisitive and heard the line ding the right number of times to signal a call for the neighbor’s house.  She picked up the receiver and eavesdropped on the call.

** By the way, up until a year ago, I believed the story as it was published in the cookbook – that it was an accident.  Turns out I was wrong and the eavesdropping was intentional.  Naughty Grandma!  I love you regardless.

Anyway, there was also a plunger on their phone, (which she conveniently left down so they couldn’t hear her breathing – sneaky).  The story is that the call was to one of the neighbor ladies (who was a great cook) and she was giving a recipe out to someone on the other line.  My grandma caught the ingredients and instructions but not the name of the recipe.

So for over 50 years these have been called Telephone Cookies by our family.  What is funny to me is that we totally could have come up with Peanut Butter Coconut Balls.  Like really, how hard would that have been?  My sister has been annoyed with the name Telephone Cookies for years but it just seems like we shouldn’t call them anything else after so long.  For the sake of the internet, I’ve renamed them.  They will forever be Telephone Cookies in our family though.

They are scrumdiddlyumptious and best right out of the freezer.  Please at least chill them – they are so different at room temp and not as good.

I like them rolled in the powdered sugar frosting, coated with flaked or chipped coconut, and drizzled with chocolate.  The added chocolate was something I just started doing this year. They are also great without any frosting at all or coated in chocolate completely.

Peanut Butter Coconut Balls


  • 2 cups powdered sugar (divided)
  • 2 tablespoons butter (softened)
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 1/2 cup rice krispies
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 cup coconut (chipped or flaked)
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips


Step 1
Combine 1 cup of powdered sugar, butter, peanut butter, & rice kris pies in a large bowl. Mix with your hands and form into walnut-size balls. Place balls in a plastic freezer container; freeze.
Step 2
To make frosting, combine remaining powdered sugar and milk until smooth. Dip frozen cookies into frosting and roll in coconut. Drizzle with melted chocolate. Keep stored in freezer. Makes 2 dozen cookies


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  1. I love the name telephone cookies! Also, that caption style is really nifty, with that teal ribbon. Happy eating.

  2. Yummy!!! Thanks for sharing! 🙂


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