Brazilian Coconut Kisses (Beijinhos de Coco)


 Ah, beijinhos de coco… I mean, Brazilian Coconut Kisses… They taste like childhood — so sweet!!! Make these five-ingredient, quick coconut fudge balls — especially if you have children or grandchildren who are fans of the movie FROZEN.

Brazilian coconut kisses (beijinhos de coco — also known simply as beijinhos or branquinhos) are traditionally made from a mixture of sweetened condensed milk, coconut flakes, and butter (sometimes egg yolks). After briefly cooking, they are rolled into balls, dredged in coconut flakes or sugar, and decorated with a single clove on top.

Does this sound familiar?  The process of making them is similar to the ever popular BRIGADEIROS!!! 

Coconut kisses (beijinhos) are great to snack on, to serve at birthday parties and other events, and to give away as Christmas gifts. If your child is crazy for FROZEN, you gotta make these…

Brazilian Coconut Kisses (Beijinhos de Coco)

My daughter Hannah will be turning eight a few days from now.  Although I was secretly rooting for her to choose RIO as the theme for her upcoming birthday party, she winded up choosing FROZEN… like many children do nowadays. 🙂 I think that these coconut kisses would be a great treat to serve at a FROZEN themed party.  Don’t you agree that they look like SNOWBALLS?

I hope you enjoy these edible SNOWBALLS… I mean, BRAZILIAN COCONUT KISSES… and other FROZEN theme treats that I intend to share with you soon. You are invited to take a peek at my daughter’s party next week!

Enjoy your rest of summer… serving and eating these coconut kisses!

Brazilian Coconut Kisses (Beijinhos de Coco)

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These Brazilian Coconut Kisses require only five-ingredients and are quick to make. They are a must-have for parties and also for garnishing cakes!!! I served them as "snow balls" at a FROZEN theme party.
Recipe type: Sweets
Cuisine: Brazilian
Serves: 28
  • 1 (14-ounce or 396 g) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup sweetened coconut flakes, plus more for dredging
  • 1 Tablespoon unsalted butter, softened (plus more for greasing a plate and your hands)
  • 1 Tablespoon pure vanilla extract (optional)
  • Cloves for garnishing (optional)
  • NOTE: You can use unsweetened coconut flakes instead, if desired -- especially for dredging the coconut kisses. Actually, I personally prefer small, unsweetened coconut flakes for dredging coconut kisses, for a more refined touch.
  1. Mix the condensed milk, coconut flakes, and butter together.
  2. Cook in a medium non-stick saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture starts to show the bottom of the pan when you scrape it with your wood spoon (about 7 minutes). The coconut kisses mixture should be thick enough to reveal the bottom of the pan for a couple of seconds before the mixture levels out again.
  3. When coconut kisses 'dough' is ready, remove from the heat, mix in the vanilla extract, and spread mixture onto a greased plate.
  4. Let cool to room temperature before starting to roll them into balls with greased hands. Use a ½ Tablespoon as measurement. Then, dredge gently in the coconut flakes until totally covered.
  5. Place into paper bonbon cups. Stick a clove atop (center) of each coconut kiss if desired. NOTE: The clove is only for decoration and must be removed right before eating!!!
Store coconut kisses into a clean airtight container for up to 2 days at room temperature or in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

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52 Responses to Brazilian Coconut Kisses (Beijinhos de Coco)

  1. Lail | With A Spin 11 August, 2014 at 4:02 pm #

    These delicate kisses look and sound a lot like Bangladeshi coconut laddu/naru that I absolutely love. Seriously, what is not to love about creamy smooth condensed milk and coconut. Scrumptious, my friend, totally scrumptious.

    • Denise Browning 11 August, 2014 at 6:01 pm #

      Thank you, Lail! I would love to try your laddu/naru.

    • Denise Browning 12 August, 2014 at 7:38 am #

      We use also a pitted, opened prune under some of these and call them Mother-in-law eyes. Hehe!
      Coconut kisses are only made from coconut. If you mix other flavors with it, you gotta call them something else. 🙂

  2. SallyBR 12 August, 2014 at 7:18 am #

    Mais uma donw memory lane…..

    sweet memories! I am going to make these for our department soon, it’s kind of sad that one of our grad students hates coconut, so she won’t touch these. It is interesting because she is from India, and hates coconut – can you imagine that???? 😉

    • Denise Browning 12 August, 2014 at 7:36 am #

      I cannot imagine an Indian hates coconut. Like us, they have many dishes made from it. But well, what to say?
      I hope everyone enjoy these. I ate almost them all by myself. I also butterflied and placed a prune under some of them to have them like olho de sogra, remember?

  3. health tips for women 12 August, 2014 at 8:17 am #

    Mouth watering recipe.I love it!!

  4. Deb 12 August, 2014 at 11:17 am #

    Just the name “Coconut Kisses” brings a smile! What a joyful treat, bursting with sweet tempting flavor!

    • Denise Browning 13 August, 2014 at 9:25 am #

      Deb: For me, they are even sweeter because they remind me of my childhood.

  5. Raymund 12 August, 2014 at 2:58 pm #

    Wow they looks sinfully sweet and delicious!
    I know I will love this and definitely will keep this recipe

    • Denise Browning 13 August, 2014 at 9:23 am #

      Hi, Raymund! The good thing about these sweets is they are not only delicious but also guilt-free.

  6. Chris @ The Café Sucré Farine 12 August, 2014 at 4:12 pm #

    Such a simple but delicious looking treat Denise! I know your daughter will love these for her party.

    • Denise Browning 13 August, 2014 at 9:22 am #

      Thanks, Chris! They want pretty much anything that reminds them of FROZEN. 🙂

  7. Juliana 12 August, 2014 at 4:42 pm #

    Oh Denise…beijinhos de coco…they look so good, creamy and rich…I would love to have a couple of them now…beautiful pictures too!
    Have a great week dear 😀

  8. Sugar et al. 12 August, 2014 at 5:43 pm #

    There is something similar in our cuisine I have always loved and grown up eating. Your version has condensed milk…Oh my! I want to try these pretty little treats soon.

    • Denise Browning 13 August, 2014 at 9:21 am #

      I hope you have the chance to make these, Sonali! They are a real treat!

  9. Mi Vida en un Dulce 12 August, 2014 at 9:00 pm #

    Wonderul recipe Denise. I love coconut and the kisses you made look incredible.

    • Denise Browning 13 August, 2014 at 6:18 pm #

      She will have her party this Saturday. I am serving homemade cupcakes…Her fave!

    • Denise Browning 13 August, 2014 at 6:19 pm #

      Thanks, John! Anything made from sweetened condensed milk is awesome.

  10. Francesca 14 August, 2014 at 12:34 am #

    Bet your little one will love these at her birthday. The problem with these is.. you cant eat 1 !!

  11. Rekha Vengalil 15 August, 2014 at 3:12 am #

    Denise yes Frozen seems to be crazy now. My girl had her birthday too with the Frozen theme 🙂
    The coconut kisses looks divine.

    Here’s wishing your daughter a very happy birthday and God bless her with the best of life 🙂

    • Rekha Vengalil 15 August, 2014 at 3:13 am #

      Sorry meant to say craze but accidentally typed crazy 😉

    • Denise Browning 15 August, 2014 at 9:02 am #

      Thank you, Rekha!!!! Yes, it is crazy how every single girl picks Frozen as the theme of their parties.
      Thanks for the birthday wishes. I do appreciate them.

  12. Immaculate 17 August, 2014 at 7:18 am #

    Anything coconut – am in! These are familiar with one of the special treats we grew up eating. Would definitely be trying this soon.

    • Denise Browning 17 August, 2014 at 7:55 am #

      Hi, Immaculate! Coconut is one of my fave ingredients as well. I hope you enjoy these as much as the ones that you grew up eating. Wishing you a great week!

  13. Little Cooking Tips 25 August, 2014 at 1:35 am #

    Fantastic idea and also very easy to make, like the Brigadeiros. Mirella plans to offer your Brigadeiros at work on her birthday later on September. They’re the perfect treat:)
    Have a wonderful week Denise!

    • Denise Browning 25 August, 2014 at 8:12 am #

      My birthday is also in September — on the 6th! How about Mirella’s? I hope her co-workers and she enjoy brigadeiros which is the most popular bonbon in Brazil. Wishing you both a wonderful week! Thanks so much for stopping by.

      • Little Cooking Tips 25 August, 2014 at 11:55 pm #

        Hi Denise,
        her birthday is on the 22th, you have the same sign she says:) The brigadeiros will be definitely a hit. We tested them before on our ourselves:)

        • Denise Browning 26 August, 2014 at 2:05 pm #

          Thanks, Panos! Enjoy the brigadeiros, a fave of my eldest daughter… 🙂

  14. Kate @ ¡Hola! Jalapeño 30 August, 2014 at 10:31 am #

    Wow these sound amazing! My mom used to make something similar but with orange. I haven’t thought about these in so long—yum!

    • Denise Browning 30 August, 2014 at 4:24 pm #

      Thank you, Kate…I wish I could try your Mother’s orange version…

  15. Denise McCarty 21 December, 2015 at 11:22 am #


    I am looking for a recipe that is VERY similar to this recipe but it has a crunchy candy shell (yellowish color)on the outside of the coconut ball. Do you have a recipe for that?

    A co-worker’s mother lives in Brazil and makes them and ships them to my co-worker who shares them with me but I’d love to have the recipe to try to make them. The co-worker’s mother prefers not to share the recipe so I’m trying to find it elsewhere.

    Any assistance would be appreciated greatly!

    Thank you.

    • Denise Browning 21 December, 2015 at 11:35 am #

      Hi, Denise! Yes, I have the recipe that you are talking about. It is called Bala Bahiana or Glass Bonbons. It has a beijinho de coco or coconut kisses inside and a hard shell outside. Here is its recipe link: http://www.frombraziltoyou.org/glass-bonbons/
      Enjoy and have a very Merry Christmas!

      • Denise 21 December, 2015 at 12:15 pm #

        Hello Denise!

        YES, these are exactly what I’ve been looking for! THANK YOU SO much! you have no idea how happy I am right now! (insert happy dance here!).

        I can’t wait to make these this week for Christmas!

        Thank you so much.

        HUGS and Cheers!

        Denise M.

  16. Dessa 15 April, 2016 at 10:39 pm #

    thank you so much for sharing this recipe. We loved it but will add about half the amount of vanilla next time. These are awesome thank you!

    • Denise Browning 16 April, 2016 at 8:49 am #

      Glad that you enjoyed these coconut fudge balls, Dessa!!! Feel free to adapt the recipe as desired. Have an awesome weekend!


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