Perfect for freezing and taking to holiday cookie exchanges, these Orange Juice Balls are a simple (and delicious) no bake cookie recipe!
I have a small recipe book that’s filled hand-written recipes from the Dark Ages. You know, before the internet. And WAY before Pinterest. 🙂 It’s filled with recipes like my mother-in-law’s banana pudding, our family favorite Earthquake Cake, and these Orange Juice Balls from my Grandma Rench. I consider this recipe “vintage.” These no bake cookies have been seen at church picnics, cookie exchanges and potlucks for years. I plan on making several more of these vintage recipes to share on the blog. I love the memories that they bring!
When I was little, we would travel to Tucson every year for Thanksgiving. My Grandma Rench lived there, along with all of my dad’s brothers and sisters. With all the cousins, it made Thanksgiving a BIG family affair. We would stay at my Grandma’s house, and she would make these cookies. I have vivid memories of helping her fill the bowl and rolling them into little balls. It fascinated me that you could make cookies without ever turning on the oven. 🙂 When I was older, I made sure to get the recipe from my mom, who got it from her. I only ever make them for the holiday season between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Every time I do, I remember my sweet Grandma Rench. <3
- 1 (12 oz) box vanilla wafer cookies, crushed
- ¾ cup powdered sugar
- ½ cup walnut pieces (or any other chopped nut)
- ¾ cup shredded coconut
- ½ cup orange juice concentrate
- Combine ingredients, mixing well until evenly coated.
- Roll into 1" balls with your hands and place on a wax paper lined baking sheet. Refrigerate for at least an hour.
- Store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated
- Freezes well!
The “batter” will seem very dry and crumbly, but just keep working it back and forth in your hands, pressing them together while rolling the balls. It only takes a minute to get perfect little cookie balls!