They are creamy, they are gooey, almost addicted. They are pure sweetness. Do yourself a favor and make these Coconut Candies, known in Brazil as Beijinho, or Little Kiss.
These decadent coconut candies are a surprisingly easy-to-make treat, it's love at first bite.
The process of making these Coconut Candies is similar to the ever popular Brigadeiro, they all start with a can of sweetened condensed milk, but instead of chocolate, to make Beijinho we use coconut.
Originally, these candies are rolled in sugar, but you know me, I really love coconut.
As Halloween is around the corner, I tried to make them look fancier and halloweeny (is this a real word ?!), like these orange pumpkins I made last year.
My idea was to make them look like white pumpkins, so I coated a few with pearl glitter crystals, and placed a clove upside down to resemble stem.
Although they did not ended up with the look I expected, I had fun making them, and that counts too, right?
Coconut Candies - Beijinho
Makes about 35 candies
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 tbsp butter - keep some room temperature butter handy to grease a plate and your palm hands later
4 tbsp shredded coconut
flaked coconut - for decorating
whole cloves - to embellish
Bring sweetened condensed milk and butter to a simmer over medium-low heat, add the shredded coconut.
Stir constantly, this is important, until the mixture becomes thick and shiny, and starts to pull away from the bottom and sides of the pan.
Remove from heat, and immediately pour the mixture into a plate greased with butter. The mixture needs to be cooled off completely before being rolled into small balls.
Place coconut flakes in a shallow bowl. Lightly rub some softened butter on your palm hands, and using a teaspoon scoop out the mixture and roll it into small balls between your palms.
Coat each ball with coconut flakes, place them in small paper candy cups, and stick a clove into each one of the candies just to embellish them.