Beijinhos de Coco (Brazilian Coconut Kisses)

A few days ago I tried making Brazilian brigadeiros and have been really surprised at just how popular they are – I think they’ve had more comments than just about any other of my posts! As the weather has been rotten here, I found myself looking again at the cuisine of Brazil for some inspiration, and came across another sweet treat, very similar to brigadeiros, but made with coconut rather than cocoa. Again it is a simple matter of cooking up some condensed milk with a little butter plus your desired flavour, then cooking the lot until thick.

I’m rather impressed with how these turned out – they have a really excellent coconut flavour and a nice chewiness, rather like a firmer and chocolate-free Bounty bar. They are traditionally rolled in more coconut and finished with a whole clove. This might seem a little odd, but the hint of spice that this adds is surprisingly good (just remember to remove the cloves when you eat them!). If cloves aren’t your thing, you could try dipping them in dark chocolate for a more sophisticated treat.


As with making chocolate brigaderos, I recommend that you don’t make these too far ahead of time. They can dry out, and you want them to be smooth and chewy. It is also worth saying that the longer you cook the mixture, the firmer the final sweets, so if you want them to be softer and more creamy, cook for less time, for very firm and more toffee-like, cook a little longer.

To make Beijinhos de Coco (make 25):

• 1 tin sweetened condensed milk (400g)
• 30g desiccated coconut (unsweetened)
• 30g (2 tablespoons) butter
• extra desiccated coconut, to roll
• whole cloves

1. Very lightly butter the bottom of a dish and place to one side.

2. In a small saucepan, melt the butter. Mix in the coconut and condensed milk. Keep stirring over a gentle heat until the mixture looks thick and comes away from the sides of the pan (around 10 minutes). Pour the mixture into the buttered dish, cover with cling film, and leave to cool completely.

3. Take walnut-sized pieces of the mixture and roll into balls between your hands. Roll in more coconut, press a clove into the top of each beijinho, and put into miniature cake cases.

Worth making? If you like coconut, these are a delicious and easy sweet to make at home. Recommended!


Filed under Recipe, Sweet Things

22 responses to “Beijinhos de Coco (Brazilian Coconut Kisses)

  1. Oh my goodness, they look lovely!

  2. I’m loving this Brazilian theme. I may actually try one of these recipes. They’re so easy. I have to make sure I”m hitting the gym regularly as I have no restraint with chocolate/coconut or any combo of the two. Beautiful photos.

  3. These would be wonderful for foodie gifts.

  4. Looks amazing! You should sell these if you don’t already 🙂

  5. LondonEats, you’re driving me mental!!! Let’s open a shop in London and get it over with. I really like these ones as I’m addicted to all-things coconut. Check “cocada branca” as well. I love all these simple, yet utterly delicious, Brazilian treats.

    • Ooooh, not good to do that to people!!!!

      I do think that it would be fun to open a shop, but then, I like to keep enjoying cooking, I wonder how it would change if it was my day job? No, for the time being, I will just enjoy the simple pleasure of cracking open a tin of condensed milk and cooking it up to make something delicious in the evening 🙂

  6. Divya @ Yum'e'licious

    oh wow… these look just like the Coconut Ladoos we make here in India… Ya the only difference being we do not add the clove!! these are an all time favourite!

    • Hi Divya – thanks for the tip, I’ve never seen them before! Did a quick search and saw lots of delicious ladoos…decorated with pistachios, almonds and even some with silver. Beautiful!

  7. They are fab and look yummy!
    Well done 😉

  8. I think that these are better than the chocolate version!! When I was at high school in Brasil, the girls would sell strawberries covered with the coconut ‘branquinhas’ beijinhos and then cover the whole bombom with a sugar-toffee syrup that hardened!! SO SO amazingly good!!!! The whole school would line up to buy them at break-time and the girls would pocket some serious coin!! 😉

  9. I have all the ingredients!!making them today 🙂

  10. These look great, I think they could go well served as part of a petite four dessert at work. Thanks for sharing!!

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