Brazilian Coconut Kisses (Beijinhos)

The name of these very sweet coconut candies means “little kisses.” The candies are rolled in dried coconut and decorated with a clove or small piece of candy.

Serves: 20Hands-on: 45 minutesTotal: 1 hourDifficulty: Easy


Serves: 20

Ingredients

  • 1 can (14 oz.) sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 cups shredded unsweetened dried coconut, divided
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • ½ tsp. coconut flavoring
  • 20 whole cloves

Directions

  • Place the condensed milk, 1½ cups of the coconut, and salt in a heavy saucepan. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly. Mixture should not boil. Cook until mixture thickens, turns shiny, and starts to come together and pull away from the sides of the pan (about 10–15 minutes).
  • Remove from heat and stir in the butter and coconut flavoring. Set mixture aside until cool enough to handle.
  • With buttered hands, take some of the coconut mixture and roll it between the palms of your hands to form a 1" ball. Repeat with remaining coconut mixture.
  • Roll each candy in the remaining coconut to coat. Place beijinhos in individual fluted paper cups and top with a clove before serving. Store candies in an airtight container for up to 1 week.