Friday, December 31, 2010

Coconut Balls

This is my mother-in-law's coconut ball recipe.  Around the holidays she makes the most wonderful candy trays...these are my favorite part of them.  For all of her chocolate covered candies she uses a mixture of a melted 1/2 a block of semi-sweet candi-quick chocolate and a 12 oz. package of semi-sweets.  I like that combination the best as opposed to just chocolate chips melted with a bit of shortening...but, use what you want to dip them in.  -Kristin

2 c. and 2 heaping T. of powdered sugar
1/4 c. softened butter
1/2 c. sweetened condensed milk
8 oz. sweetened, flaked coconut
1/2-1 c. chopped almonds

1/2 block of semi-sweet candi-quick (name brand if you can!!!)
12 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips

Optional:  Sprinkle top with coconut or sprinkles.
  • Mix together the powdered sugar and butter.
  • Add the sweetened condensed milk.
  • Mix in the coconut and almonds.
  • Roll into balls and place on a greased cookie sheet.  Chill for 2 hours.
  • Melt the chocolates in a glass bowl in microwave.  Start with 1 minute, stir.  Then every cook and stir every 20 seconds until smooth. 
  • Using 2 forks dip the chilled balls into the chocolate.  Let the excess drop off.  Place on greased cookie sheet or on waxed paper. 
  • If desired, before the chocolate dries, sprinkle with coconut or sprinkles. 
  • Chill for at least an hour.

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