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Mom's No-Bake Chocolate Sugar Balls

Updated on December 6, 2014
No-Bake Chocolate Sugar Balls
No-Bake Chocolate Sugar Balls | Source
Tang Tang Orange Powdered Drink Mix - 6 qt
Tang Tang Orange Powdered Drink Mix - 6 qt

This is the secret ingredient that gives these cookies their unique tangy flavor. Shh...don't tell anyone! Of course, you can use regular orange juice, but trust me, it just does not taste the same.


My mom's side of the family came to Canada from Romania in the early 1900s and this recipe for Sugar Balls has been handed down from mother to daughter for the past century over the span of five generations. This was the holiday cookie I looked forward to the most all year long.

This year, I passed on the tradition to my almost teen daughter and we had a lot of fun making these super easy no-bake cookies (and popping a few in our mouths) and packaging them up for gifts to give to our friends when we visited their houses during the holidays.

These chocolate sugar balls have a subtle tangy orange flavor that is delicious and highly addictive. Once you start eating these, it is hard to stop! They require no oven to make which is great for letting your kids help out, even the very little ones. Ever since I was a wee toddler, I had the job of rolling the balls in the sugar.

Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 1 hour
Ready in: 1 hour 30 min
Yields: Makes 3 dozen


  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup Tang orange juice (prepared)
  • 1/2 cup icing sugar
  • 2 1/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/4 white granulated sugar

Use A Small Scoop To Make The Job Of Rolling The Balls So Much Easier

Norpro Stainless Steel Meatballer / Scoop, 35MM
Norpro Stainless Steel Meatballer / Scoop, 35MM

Just scoop and roll! And they all come out the same size.



  1. Simmer a small amount of water in the bottom of a double boiler and gradually melt the chocolate chips.
  2. Remove from the heat and add the tang orange juice and stir until combined.
  3. Add the icing sugar and graham cracker crumbs and stir until thoroughly mixed.
  4. Let sit at room temperature for 30 minutes to allow the mixture to harden a bit. It makes the mixture easier to work with.
  5. Pour the granulated sugar in a small bowl.
  6. Scoop out a tablespoon of dough at a time and roll into a little balls. I find it helpful to coat my hands with a little bit of butter before I begin rolling the balls. It keeps the mixture from sticking to your hands.
  7. Roll the balls in the sugar until completely coated and place on a cookie sheet lined with a piece of waxed paper.
  8. Place in the fridge for 30 minutes to completely set.
  9. Place in airtight decorative tins or containers.
  10. They can be kept on the counter, in the fridge or the freezer.
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© 2013 Corrinna Johnson

What Is Your Favorite Holiday Cookie Recipe That Has Been Passed Down In Your Family?

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      Corrinna Johnson 3 years ago from BC, Canada

      Thank you Margaret :) I have a friend who makes a cookie very similar to yours for the holidays. They are very yummy!

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      This sounds quick and easy enough to make with kids. Baking holiday cookies with the kids makes good memories to last a lifetime! My favorite holiday cookie recipe that was passed down through the generations is My Grandmother's Amazing Rugelach Cookies, which I've shared here on HubPages. I've also pinned your recipe to my Very Special Christmas and Holiday Cookies board. :)

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from Perth UK

      I have just pinned this recipe to a vegan board with over 35,000 followers so lots of people will be making these delicious Christmas goodies this year :) Yummy!

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      Charito Maranan-Montecillo 4 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Nothing, really, but your chocolate sugar balls sure look yummy!

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      marsha32 4 years ago

      looks like something to add to my pinterest "recipes I want to try" board for sure!

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      this sounds really good and very easy, I'll have to remember this one (pinning it to my food board) :)

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      My kids and I began making my recipe for Painted Christmas Cookies when they were just little, and now they've passed it on to their kids and grandkids. I have to just guess where the recipe came from, and I'm thinking from my Aunt Lelia, because she was always the cookie maker in our family. I really don't remember when I first began making them, except back in the young years of my marriage. My kids got a great creative, fun kick out of using new artists brushes to paint the cookies before baking. I like your cookie recipe, and will definitely try it. I like things that are easy to make and this definitely qualifies. Thanks for sharing.