ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Grandma's Christmas Confections

Updated on December 21, 2017

Granma's Christmas Recipe

One of the Christmas traditions that I have taken with me from Denmark to Spain is the pleasure of once a year to prepare my Grandma's Christmas Confections.

My grandparents had a dairy, so there was never a shortage of butter, cheese, cream and other dairy products, in my childhood. My grandmother was a magician in the kitchen, and Christmas was the peak of the year.


All of us kids could hardly wait for the Christmas goodies to be put on the table after finishing the Christmas dinner. There were platters of orange carrots with tiny green stalks made of marzipan and food coloring. Best of all, however, was grandma's oatmeal balls rolled in coconut flakes ...
I have decided to share my grandmother's recipe with you ... It is simply too delicious to keep to myself. My grandmother was a very loving person, and I am sure that she would not mind sharing.

But let us first have a look at which kitchen tools we need.

Grandma's Oatmeal Balls Recipe

Ingredient
Ounces
Grams
Oatmeal Flakes
18
500
Icing Sugar
18
500
Cocoa Powder
3 1/2
100
Unsaltet Butter
8
220
Coconut Flakes
8
500
3 - 4 Egg Whites
 
 
Cream or Cold Coffee
 
 

Grandma's Oatmeal Balls

In my grandma's days the food processor wasn't invented, so she had to run 500 gram or half a kilo of oatmeal flakes through a parsley chopper to get it pulverized. Actually she probably did three times as much, as we often were quite a lot of people for Christmas. Luckily we don't have to go through that hassle because the food processor has been invented.

Let's get down to business!

  1. Put 500 gram / 18 ounces of oatmeal in the food processor and chop them until they are powdered.
  2. Mix the powdered oatmeal with cocoa powder and icing sugar in a mixing bowl. Distribute the mixture into 3 different mixing bowls.
  3. Divide the unsalted butter into 3 slices and put one in each of the mixing bowls.
  4. Now you are ready to use the food processor again. You have divided the mixture into 3 portions because the food processor can't handle the whole portion in one go. Use the knives and see how the nougat colored powder mixed with butter, and a little twit of cream or cold coffee, turns into a chocolate colored spongy mass.
  5. When you have done all 3 portions put them together in one mixing bowl and leave the mass in the fridge for 3 - 4 hours.
  6. If the mass is still sticky when you take it out knead a little more icing sugar into the mass.
  7. Now you roll small oatmeal balls with your hands. ( Yes it is sticky...it is finger licking sticky - so enjoy it!)
  8. Leave the balls on a tray or on some plates to dry for en hour or two.
  9. Prepare 2 deep plates: one with egg whites and the other with coconut flakes. Roll the balls - first in egg white and then in coconut flakes.
  10. Leave the balls covered in coconut flakes to dry without touching each other for a couple of hours.
  11. How many oatmeal balls you get depends off cause of the size you make them. I make them rather small because they get bigger when rolled in coconut flakes. I normally get approximately 200 out of this recipe.

Presentation and Storage

Don't make them too long before Christmas. First of all you need to keep them in the fridge until about an hour before you serve them, and secondly they taste too good to be hanging around.

They are very "morish". You take one just to see how they taste, and then you take another to verify that it was really that delicious, and all of a sudden - they're gone!

A week or two before Christmas is fine.

Besides from being a delight for you and the ones you spend your Christmas with - they are also a very appreciated Christmas gift or greeting for most people.

It all comes down to presentation! You can make or buy a decorative candy box to present your homemade oatmeal balls.

Besides from sending my grand mother a loving thought there is nothing left to say but Merry Christmas - or in Danish: Glædelig jul!



Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • A Dane in Spain profile imageAUTHOR

      Dorte Holm Jensen 

      4 years ago from Torrox, Malaga. Spain

      Hi Judy Soles

      To my knowledge icing sugar is just powdered sugar made by grinding white sugar into a fine powder. You can read more about it, here

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Powdered_sugar

    • profile image

      Judy Soles 

      4 years ago

      What is icing sugar?

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)