Beijinho de Coco (Coconut Kisses)

Beijinho de Coco (Coconut Kisses)

Try Beijinhos!.

These sweet little candies are a traditional treat for birthdays and celebrations in Brazil.

The traditional decoration is a clove, but since they’re  not edible and not to everyone’s taste, you may want to substitute for another decoration.

 

Beijinho de Coco (Coconut Kisses)

You will need:

  • 1 can (397g/14oz) Sweetened condensed milk
  • 150g Sweetened/flaked coconut
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Petit four cases
  • Extra coconut/sugar to decorate
  • A little vegetable oil

Steps…

  1. Heat the milk, coconut, butter and vanilla extract in a heavy pan over a low heat for 15 – 20 mins. Stir very regularly and continuously near the end until the mixture comes away from the sides of the pan.
  2. Spread out on a baking sheet or a plate and leave for 5 mins or until cool enough to handle.
  3. Grease hands with vegetable oil and roll mixture into truffle sized balls. I made 32 out of this mixture.
  4. Roll in sugar or coconut and place each ball in a petit four case.
  5. Decorate with the traditional clove or anything else which takes your fancy. We used pink balls since that was what was in the cupboard :)
  6.  Store in the refrigerator.  See steps in photos

Tips…

  • The mixture gets a little stiff near the end of the cooking time and will stick easily so it may be a good time for an adult to take over. Kids will probably have had enough of stirring by then anyway!
  • This mixture will catch on the bottom of the pan very easily so keep a close eye on it. If you do burn the bottom, take off the heat and transfer the mixture which isn’t burnt to another pan before carrying on cooking.
  • You’ll need to re-grease your hands about 4 times when making the balls.  Re-grease when the mixture starts sticking to palms.
  • Roll each ball in the sugar/coconut as soon as you’ve rolled it so the coconut/sugar will stick better.

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