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A festive favourite, this is a classic White Christmas Recipe.
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White Christmas is a sweet and festive slice recipe.

So let’s turn up the festive tunes, and dive into this White Christmas Recipe – and make your Christmas extra special.

white christmas recipe

White Christmas Recipe

In Australia, our Christmas time is anything but white.

In fact, it’s often sweltering.

So we decided to come up with our own version of a White Christmas.

Yes, this is the only type of White Christmas we get to experience in Australia. The type you can eat!

I’m dreaming of a White Christmas…

You can probably hear the next part in your head. It’s the famous line from one of our all-time favourite Christmas tunes, first released back in 1942.

We only dream of a real White Christmas in Australia.

This recipe is similar to the ones that have been shared around for years.

Just follow it to find out everything you need to add a little White Christmas magic to your Christmas table – wherever in the world you are.

The ingredients for White Christmas (no snow required)

The ingredients you’ll need are:

Yes, this recipe is for the old-fashioned style White Christmas that uses copha rather than white chocolate.

The precise quantities for each ingredient can be found in the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

white christmas recipe method

Making up this White Christmas Slice

You’ll need a standard slice tin (approx 28 x 18cm) to make up this recipe and a heatproof bowl for mixing the ingredients.

Prepare the tin by greasing and lining with baking paper, leaving paper overhanging at sides to assist with removal of slice later.

Mix the dry ingredients together (apart from 1/4 cup of the coconut that is sprinkled in the slice tray and then on top of the slice) and sprinkle the vanilla extract over these ingredients.

Melt the copha in a saucepan over low heat and then pour the melted copha over the rest of the ingredients.

SAFETY TIP: Remember, copha is an oil and will be extremely hot once it’s melted. Heat gently and take care when pouring it into the heatproof bowl.

Once you press the mixture into the slice tray, and sprinkle over the rest of the coconut, it’s into the fridge to set before you cut it into small squares using a sharp knife.

slicing up White Christmas

Variation ideas

This recipes uses mixed fruit and glace cherries, as per tradition.

However, you could substitute one or both of these ingredients with:

  • cranberries
  • pistachios, macadamias, slivered almonds or other nuts
  • sultanas or currants
  • dried apricots or mango, chopped.

Make White Christmas a tradition

Christmas is all about tradition.

And every year, this little White Christmas Recipe is relied on by home cooks to bring some extra Christmas joy.

It’s perfectly simple to make up and looks so festive piled up on your prettiest Christmas plate.

And it also makes a great dessert which can be made up a few days in advance.

Tips to enjoy your White Christmas

Use good quality ingredients when making this treat – it’ll make all the difference!

Store White Christmas in an airtight container in the fridge for up to one week.

If you’d like to enjoy a new take on this lovely Slice, check out my Caramilk Christmas Slice recipe.

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White Christmas Recipe

A festive favourite, this is a classic White Christmas Recipe.
5 from 3 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Australian
Keyword: white christmas recipe
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Setting time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 24 pieces
Calories: 157kcal


  • 250 grams copha
  • 1 cup powdered milk
  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • 3/4 cup mixed fruit
  • 1/4 cup glace cherries, halved
  • 1 cup rice bubbles
  • 1 cup desiccated coconut
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Lightly grease a slice tin (approx 28 x 18cm) and line with baking paper, leaving paper overhanging at sides to assist with removal of slice later.
  • Add powdered milk, mixed fruit, glace cherries, icing sugar, rice bubbles and 3/4 cup of the coconut (retaining remaining 1/4 cup) to a mixing bowl and stir to combine. Sprinkle vanilla extract over the mixture.
  • Melt copha over low heat until completely melted. Pour over dry ingredients and stir until combined.
  • Press mixture into slice tin and sprinkle top with remaining coconut. Place into fridge to set for at least one hour.
  • Remove from fridge and cut into squares with a sharp knife.
  • Store in the fridge.


Calories: 157kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 28mg | Potassium: 98mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 150IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 1mg
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Saturday 17th of December 2022

I used to make this many years ago but for some reason stopped doing so. This coming Monday has been set aside for some good old fashioned but, tried and true recipes I will post a comment to let you know how it turns out for me. :) .

Libby Hakim

Saturday 17th of December 2022

Lovely - enjoy your cooking day, Susan, and I'll look forward to hearing from you again :) x

angela robinson

Sunday 5th of December 2021

hi this recipe in the method says to icing sugar in it but recipe has nothing there what are the measurements for the icing sugar please

Libby Hakim

Monday 6th of December 2021

Thanks Angela - it's 1 cup and i'll fix that now, thanks again for asking :)

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