These beijinhos de coco are a Brazilian sweet treat made with only 5 easily-available ingredients. These moreish little sweets are great to whip up quickly for sharing during a movie – especially if your children or grandchildren are fans of the movie Frozen, because they look like tiny snowballs!
These sweets are traditionally made using sweetened, condensed milk, coconut flakes, and butter. After a quick cook on the stove top, they are rolled into balls and dredged in coconut flakes or sugar, and decorated with a single clove on top.
Grease a large, flat plate with butter. Mix the condensed milk, coconut flakes and butter together:
Cook in a non-stick saucepan over a medium heat, stirring constantly until the mixture is thick enough to leave a clear channel on the bottom of the pan for a couple of seconds when scraped with a wooden spoon:
When the dough is ready after around 7 minutes, remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla extract. Spread the mixture out on the greased plate, and leave to cool to room temperature.
Roll the mixture into individual balls with greased hands. Use a dessert spoon as a measurement for the amount to use per ball. Dredge the balls in the coconut flakes until totally covered.
Place into paper bonbon cups and stick a clove into the center of each coconut kiss, but the cloves are for decoration only, and MUST be removed before eating!
If it’s hot weather, try putting the cooked mixture in the refrigerator for a while to help it cool down, as the mixture will not stay in a ball shape if it’s warm.