Chocolate Coconut Cookie Truffles {Yum Yum Balls}

A few weeks ago I was at my friend’s house for a girl’s night, and we were talking treats.

She and her husband are Australian, and he pretty much raved to no end about how awesome this classic Australian treat called, “Yum Yum Balls,” was.

Yum Yum Balls

Sounded interesting enough.

Yum Yum Balls

Since the name doesn’t really tell you much, besides the fact that they are yummy and in the shape of a ball, I’m calling them Chocolate Coconut Cookie Truffles.

Much more informative. Still just as delicious.

Chocolate Coconut Cookie Truffles

The truffles are super simple to make, and only require 4 ingredients.

Cocoa powder, cookie crumbs, sweetened condensed milk, and coconut.

{Just watch this video ^^ to see how easily they’re made!}

If you want to make this a classic Australian dessert, you’ll need to find “Marie Biscuits” for the cookie crumb part. They are similar to a digestive biscuit, or an arrowroot cookie (the ones for babies to chew on). You can also use graham cracker crumbs, nilla wafer crumbs, etc.

assemble yum yum balls

Combine all the ingredients into a bowl, mix together, shape into balls, roll in coconut, done.

These truffles hold up to their classic name. They truly are yummy.

So yummy, you can say it twice. 😉

Chocolate Coconut Cookie Truffles

I am putting them on my Christmas list of cookies to make and pass out to friends this year.

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Chocolate Coconut Cookie Truffles {Yum Yum Balls}

Chocolate Coconut Cookie Truffles are super simple to make, and only require 4 ingredients. Cocoa powder, cookie crumbs, sweetened condensed milk, and coconut.
Prep Time20 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 20
Calories: 143 kcal
Author: Shawn


  • 2 cups cookie crumbs, you can use Marie biscuits , digestive biscuits, graham cracker, nilla wafer, arrowroot cookies, etc.
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 14 oz sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup coconut flakes, dry, unsweetened (plus more for rolling)


  • Combine the cookie crumbs, cocoa powder, sweetened condensed milk, and 1 cup coconut in a large bowl. mix until combined and sticky.
  • Roll into 1 inch balls.
  • Coat the balls in the extra coconut.
  • Chill in fridge, or place in freezer (this is how my Australian friend enjoys them) until ready to eat. Enjoy!


Calories: 143kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 79mg | Potassium: 115mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 62IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 62mg | Iron: 1mg
Keywords: Chocolate, Coconut, condensed milk, cookie crumbs
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Shawn is the Owner and Creator of I Wash You Dry. She loves to create and share simple, family-friendly recipes. Mom to 5 adorable children and dwells in the desert of Southern Utah.
35 Responses
  1. Wendy clacher

    Do yum yum balls have to stay cold after they “set” in freezer or can they be put in sealable containers for a couple of weeks without refrigerating?

    1. Shawn

      If it’s pretty warm where you’re at, they might be a little more on the soft side and possibly lose their shape if left on the counter. I typically keep them on my counter and keep my house around 72 degrees F. and they’re fine. Hope that helps answer your question!

  2. Megs

    Noooo don’t use crumbs! Crush your cookies, but you are supposed to leave little chunks so that when you bite into them, there are little cookie pieces, that’s what makes them. Genuine Aussie here

  3. Amy

    Super easy n super yummy. I reduced the amount of sweetened condensed milk and added virgin coconut oil plus few dashes of milo powder, it turns out to be extremely great. I’m from Malaysia and its kind of reminding me to my childhood cookies. Thank you for this recipe!

  4. wendy

    so i bought the ingredients for these last night and this morning i realized that i bought fat free sweetened condensed milk has anyone tried it with this or should i go back to the store and get the good stuff??

    1. Shawn

      The fat free milk should work just the same. If you find the consistency to be too runny just add a little more crushed cookie to the mix.

  5. Sandra Black

    Every year I make chocolate ruffles and biscuits for Christmas hampers ,this will be a nice addition I will also add my own take on these by dipping them in melted chocolate and rolling in coconut . Can’t wait to try them.

  6. Miki

    I make these all the time and everyone loves them. They are so quick and easy. I didn’t know these were an Australian classic (although I am from Australia). I first saw them made on a children’s program here called Playschool (years ago) and my kids and I have called them “Playschool Balls” ever since. I quite often substitute Marie with arrowroot biscuits. In fact any other plain biscuit will work fine.

    1. Shawn

      Hi Cindy! I was already planning to make these for Christmas gifts, but I love your idea of decorating a jar to give them in! Thanks! Is it Christmas yet?!? hehe… can’t wait!! 🙂

  7. Cindy

    As an Aussie, i make these all the time. I use arnotts nice biscuits and for an adult version add, two teaspoonson baileys. They truly are yum.

  8. Maria G.

    The name is really funny that is why it caught my attention. They are so easy to cook! I think it is a perfect dessert when you are expecting guests for a tea party or they suddenly came to visit you, isn`t it?

  9. Deborah

    Why have I never heard of these???!! My brother in law is Australian and they spend a couple months over there every year. I’m going to be chastising my sister for never introducing me to this. But I’m thanking you!!

  10. Tania

    Hi I am from Australia, and we call them rum balls, add some rum and sultanas, I always have them at Christmas time. Oh course I make some without rum for the kiddies. I use milk arrowroot biscuits, these ‘rum balls’ are THE best!!!!!!

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Hi, I’m Shawn and I’m a busy mom of five; pretending to live on a budget. I love to cook, and explore new recipes, but they have to be quick and easy with as few dishes as possible.

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