Cook with Compassion: Beijinho de Coco (Coconut Kisses)

beijinho de coco The second I read the title of this dessert, I was in — coconut kisses. Mmm!

I also liked it because it used so few ingredients, things that I often have on hand in the pantry—butter, coconut flakes and sweetened condensed milk.

So, despite my tumultuous history with candy-making — I have cried over many a pan of ruined fudge — I decided to give these little Brazilian kisses a try.

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First, I put the butter and condensed milk into a small saucepan and brought it to a simmer over medium low heat.

It took maybe 10 minutes to reach a simmer, and once it was there, it moved directly on to a rolling boil. I was worried about burning it, so I turned it down to low and stirred it constantly.

It took about 15 minutes until it had reduced by half and was at, what we call in the biz, the “soft ball” stage.

I took it off the stove and buttered a glass bowl. Then once the mixture had cooled a bit, I poured it in the bowl and stuck it in the fridge to cool for two hours.

Next up — buttering the hands! Do you know how hard it is to take a picture with buttered hands? But I did it anyway, for you.

I rubbed that pat of butter all over my hands until I was ready to go … but the second after I took this picture, my baby woke from her nap. And the candy went back in the fridge for an entire day, until I had some more uninterrupted time. I don’t think this hurt the recipe at all.

So, re-greased the next day, I started making little balls with the candy.

The recipe says to make them tablespoon sized, but after making a couple, I started making them smaller and smaller — they are rich little kisses, so a little goes a long way.

Then I rolled them in coconut, and voila!

These were easy to make and didn’t end in me crying over the stove. I think they’d be a great recipe to make with kids, as it involves lots of stirring and lots of getting your hands messy.

They are very sweet and simple, but still tasty and a nice way to make a treat that someone in Brazil might enjoy!

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  1. Mary Ricciuto July 25, 2012

    Received this great recipe off my Facebook page! I think others enjoy them and it generates an in interest in Compassion International and hopefully will provide more sponsors. We should have a tab on the website that says “Menus from our Kids”! Great Job!

  2. Kelly Willie May 16, 2012

    I am babysitting my two granddaughters this weekend and I think we are going to make this recipe. I sponsor a little girl in the Philippines and they are always asking questions about her. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Joan May 15, 2012

    Will do.

    By the way, Thank you to Compassion Canada for giving me the opportunity to sponsor a young girl in Haiti years ago. I hear from Sara regularly and praise God that she loves the Lord. My husband and I pray every day for Sara and her family.

    1. Jacquie Parella May 16, 2012

      Love hearing that Joan!! 🙂

  4. Joan May 15, 2012

    The recipe calls for 1/4 cup of coconut to be added to the mixture before cooling. Did you add it? Would it taste better with the coconut added as well as covering the candy?

    1. Jacquie Parella May 15, 2012

      Amber did add it Joan, I just didn’t include the photo of her putting the coconut into the mixture. If you try this recipe you’ll have to let us know how it turns out!

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