Sunday, December 22

Brazilian Beijinho de Coco (Coconut little kiss or Coconut candies)

These fantastic Brazilian candy look like a bonbon but, their taste is so much more. A classic confection in Brazil the "Brigadeiros" is elevated to another level with this recipe. The velvet texture coated in flaky coconut are a huge crowd pleaser, making this the perfect Holiday or New Years treat!

Full time 3 hours, includes 2 hour refrigeration set time.
Makes 24 bonbons

You will need:

14oz sweetened condensed milk
1 tbsp butter, plus 1 tsp
1/4 cup finely shredded sweetened coconut  

1 cup finely shredded sweetened coconut

Let us begin:

In a heat resistant bowl smear 1 tsp butter to completely grease inside of bowl. Set aside for the moment.

In a small sauce pot combine condensed milk and butter.

Heat pot over medium-low heat stirring gently and often for approximately 20 minutes or until mixture has reduced by half and thickened nicely.

Remove from heat and add in shredded coconut.

Allow to cool in pot 5-8 minutes.

Pour mixture into buttered bowl and cover loosely with plastic wrap.

Chill in refrigerator for 2 hours or until fully set.

Once set completely line a baking sheet with wax paper and pour shredded coconut onto a rimmed plate.

Scoop out 1-1 1/2 tsp size balls and gently roll. This will be slightly sticky and the more you handle the stickier it will get. (I like to butter my palms) 

Place ball into coconut and roll around to completely coat.

Set on baking sheet and continue to all mixture is rolled.

Return to refrigerator for 20 minutes or until serving.

Plate or box up, these keep nicely for a week in a refrigerator. Cheers!