They need to chill for 6 hours so do have to be made ahead and should be stored in the refrigerator because of the cream cheese. I would be sure to use regular cream cheese and a good brand of pineapple as these are really the only ingredients used. Using fat free or low fat cream cheese could cause these not to set up firm enough to roll into balls.
They were the perfect thing to set off all the chocolate candy we made the same day.
I will certainly make these again and not just for Christmas. We were all pleased with the ease of preparation and the flavor of the finished product.
Pineapple Coconut Snowballs
1 8 ounce package of regular fat cream cheese
1 8 ounce can of crushed pineapple, well drained
2 cups flaked coconut (If you want to roll some in crushed nuts, you will not need this amount of coconut.)
*These must be refrigerated to set up enough to use as balls of candy. If they just will not set up enough you could stir in a small amount of powdered sugar, but keep in mind that this will make them sweeter.