Beijinho de coco – coconut “little kiss” candies

February 14, 2012

Beijinho de coco - Coconut

Beijinho de coco is another classic candy served at birthday parties in Brazil. Beijinho means “little kiss” (beijo=kiss and coco, well… coconut :). Very appropriate for the Valentine’s Day right? Sweet smooches :*.

This candy is very easy to prepare (easier than the brigadeiro), reason why I always volunteered to stir the batter for my mother when I was a kid (and lick the pan when doing dishes! HA!).

I know there are different ways to make the beijinho and some recipes include egg yolks in the batter. The following is how my mother taught me to make it and the recipe comes from her notebook. (Oi manhê! )

Oh, I almost forgot! Traditionally, a clove is stuck on top of each beijinho but I usually don’t add it. Anyways, they are decorations only and nobody really eat them ^_^.

Beijinho de coco - Coconut

Beijinho de coco – Coconut “little kiss”

yields about 35 small ones

  • 1 can (397g) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 100 g unsweetened desiccated shredded coconut
  • granulated sugar or coconut flakes (about 1 cup)
  • cloves (I didn´t use)
  • small paper cups (optional)

Prepare a heat-proof deep plate, greasing with a bit of unsalted butter.

In a heavy-bottomed saucepan mix the condensed milk, butter and desiccated shredded coconut. Bring to a simmer over medium-low heat, stirring constantly with a wooden/silicone spatula.

After approximately 15-20 minutes the mixture should get thicker. It starts to get done when you can see the bottom of the pan. For a rough comparison, the batter looks like cold porridge. You will also find it difficult to stir more as you get a defined ball inside your pan.

Remove from heat and lay the mixture into the prepared plate and let cool to room temperature. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let rest in the fridge (so it gets easier to mold the candies).

Using a teaspoon, scoop the mixture and using your hands, roll little balls (about ∅2cm). Repeat with the remaining coconut mixture.

Put the granulated sugar (or coconut flakes) in a bowl. Roll the beijinhos in, covering their surface and place them in the paper cups. Stick one clove into each beijinho for decoration.

The candy keeps well in an airtight plastic container for up to 2 days at room temperature or for 1 week in the refrigerator.

Homemade assortment of candies. Brigadeiros and beijinhos

I made a little heart-shaped box with beijinhos and brigadeiros to celebrate the Valentine’s Day and the Finnish Friend’s Day ^_^.

Hyvää Ystävänpäivää!!

Sweet little pandas ❤

Ok… I couldn’t resist… having two colors of candy dough, dark and white… I had to make panda shaped candies straightaway…

Need to love pandas right… but hey! Don’t you want to have a bite? ;)

This post was written by karaimame exclusively for Acquiring Taste. All writing, images and other materials in this blog remain the property of Acquiring Taste and cannot be used without permission.


16 Responses to “Beijinho de coco – coconut “little kiss” candies”

  1. Laura Sato Says:

    Hmmmm, eu quero…

  2. Chantale Says:

    Lil, you are so incredible. You should be on foodspotting. These are so beautiful, covetable, wonderful.. Happy Valentine’s sweet friend.

  3. Ohayo Bento Says:

    Oh wow, I just love them all! The pandas are precious :) I wish we could trade sweets!! I want to try these so bad!

  4. karaimame Says:

    Faz rapidinho aí no microondas! Ahaha, tipo, vigarista XD. Lembra? Beijooo Lau!

  5. karaimame Says:

    Aw Chantale amiga, thank you! Happy Valentine´s Day to you too… deliver an extra sweet smooch to Kiki!

  6. karaimame Says:

    Hope you won’t get any dreams with these then ;)! Oooh… my lil daughter was so happy to eat the pandas.. “first the ears, then the eye…” *gulp*
    Thank you Heather!

  7. Akemi Says:

    Lily-chan, os pandinhas ficaram muito kawaii assim como a forminha que vc fez de origami! Lindos! Entre brigadeiro e beijinho não sei qual gosto mais, dois patrimônios brasileiros sem dúvida!

  8. Darling, traditional and beautiful! A nostalgiac poem of a post, Lily!

  9. Natakiya Says:

    So beautiful! Mmmmmm…I want some of the coconut ones! Happy Valentine’s Day :-)

  10. sherimiya Says:

    Omy goodness! I love the cute little coconut kisses!
    And they look so dainty and magical in your presentation.
    Like you, black and white dough (or whatever food!) screams panda!! I love the pandaballs!!
    Valentine hugs and kisses to the lil sweetie pies!!

  11. Lia Chen Says:

    This my first time hear and know about Beijinho, already fall in love with it. Gosh … this is a perfect gift for Valentine’s Day! Those pandas are so cute, who can resist? And I love your beautiful presentation with pink origami. Happy Valentine’s Day Lilian! May your days always filled with lots of love (^.^)

  12. karaimame Says:

    Oi Akemi! Ai sabe, eu também… nao sei qual eu gosto mais… o pessoal aqui prefere o brigadeiro, porque nao estao tao acostumados com docinhos com coco (pode??) ^_^.
    Obrigada pela visita e pelo comentário carinhoso! Beijo!!

  13. karaimame Says:

    Aw Jenn, thank you! Such beautiful words :)

  14. karaimame Says:

    :) If I could I´d surely send you some! Thank you Natakiya!

  15. karaimame Says:

    Yeah Pandaballs for everyone! ;)
    Thank you Sheri! I hope you had a super sweet Valentine´s Day too ^^

  16. karaimame Says:

    Lia, you are so kind with your words! I still struggle to take decent photographs for my blog… I am always learning and I just get so inspired by your compositions!
    Thank you for all the support, always :)
    Oh! And I hope you had a great Valentine´s Day too, hugs!

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