Orange Balls

This is an old recipe my sister Helen and I made at home when we were young. Neither of us knows the source of the recipe we used back then, but we both remembered making these as we were growing up. After we had talked about the recipe, Helen found a copy of it in a handwritten cookbook that her husband Henry's mother had made for him. We later found a copy of the same recipe in a very old cookbook called Palate Pleasers that our Aunt Lillian had given to each of us many years ago. That cookbook was not dated, but it was put together by the ladies of the Pine Tree Church of Christ in Longview, Texas.

My sister also remembered making these for one of her boyfriends in high school, who by the way, was quite impressed with her culinary skills. The punch line here is there is no actual cooking involved in this recipe.

One issue I ran into with this recipe was that I couldn't find the 6 ounce can of frozen orange juice concentrate the recipe called for at my local grocery store. I don't know if that size is available in other areas, but I had to buy a 12 ounce can and use half for this recipe.

Orange Balls
1 (12 ounce) package vanilla wafers, crushed
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
1 (16 ounce) package powdered sugar
1 (6 ounce) can frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed (or use half a 12 ounce can)
1 cup chopped pecans
3 cups coconut

Crush the vanilla wafers in a food processor. Combine crushed vanilla wafers with melted butter, powdered sugar, orange juice concentrate, and pecans; mix well. Form into small balls and roll in coconut to coat. Place on a waxed paper lined sheet pan. Chill until firm. Store in refrigerator.

This dough is stiff and easy to form into balls.

Roll each ball in a shallow bowl of coconut to coat.

Keep rolling . . .

. . . until you have about made about 4 1/2 dozen.

Make some Orange Balls, impress someone with your culinary skills.


  1. I shouldn't be laughing but I just read orange balls and I couldn't control myself- I guess it was the 12 year old boy in me escaping for the moment...

  2. I love old recipes especially ones with memories. Thanks for sharing this recipe at Cast Party Wednesday. I hope to see you again next week.

  3. Oh my gosh, I remember this recipe! I had forgotten all about it and had an instant flashback to how good they taste! Thanks for sharing and reminding!

  4. M-m-m, Anita....another great recipe! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Hi Anita! These look delicious. I'm pretty sure I've had them before actually, sometime back in my childhood! Funny how that sparks a vague memory! Can't wait to try them!

  6. BTW, thank you for having a print button! So many recipe sites do not and I have to cut and pate it into my email and then print.

  7. Anita these little Orange Balls look awesome. What a great idea for entertaining. Hope you are having a great week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  8. That sounds so yummy! Thanks for linking up to Fat Camp Friday. Hope you enjoyed your weekend, see you next time!