Delicious and Easy Beijinhos De Coco Recipe

As soon as I discovered the Beijinhos De Coco recipe, I knew I had to share it with you! The name of this Brazilian treat translates to “little coconut kisses,” and they are truly irresistible. Made with only four ingredients, these little sweets pack a punch of flavor in every bite. This recipe utilizes shredded coconut flakes, sweetened condensed milk, butter and some love to produce delicious candy balls that melt in your mouth. As a chef specializing in Brazilian cuisine, let me tell you, this is the perfect recipe for those with a sweet tooth or just craving something different.

In Brazil, these treats are commonly made for special occasions such as birthdays, baby showers or weddings. However, they can simply be enjoyed at home as a snack with friends and family. They’re not just easy to make but you can also choose from different variations to suit your taste preference. Whether you’re introducing it to your loved ones or wanting something exotic for yourself, Beijinhos de Coco will take you on a savory journey far away from home. So put on an apron and gear up because it’s time to make some magic happen!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

{Beijinhos De Coco} Brazilian Coconut Treats
{Beijinhos De Coco} Brazilian Coconut Treats

There are many reasons why you’ll love this Brazilian coconut treat recipe, also known as Beijinhos de Coco. I could talk about the sweet and creamy flavor that will make your mouth water, or how easy it is to prepare with only 4 ingredients. But let me give you three other reasons why you should consider making this recipe right now.

Firstly, these coconut balls represent a little piece of Brazilian culture in your very own kitchen. Brazil is known for its food diversity and unique culinary traditions, and Beijinhos de Coco are a classic example of that. By making these treats, you’ll be able to transport yourself to the tropical country and experience some of its most delicious sweets.

Secondly, this recipe is perfect for any occasion. Whether you’re looking to entertain guests or just need a quick snack to satisfy your sweet tooth, Beijinhos de Coco will not disappoint. They are easy to make and can be decorated with whole cloves for a fancy touch.

Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, this recipe is versatile and allows for several substitutions and variations. You can add cocoa powder to turn them into “Coco Brigadeiros,” Brazil’s most iconic candy balls made from sweetened condensed milk and chocolate. You can also roll them in shredded coconut flakes for an extra texture, or decorate them with candy eyes for Halloween.

In conclusion, there are plenty of reasons why you should try making these Brazilian Coconut Kisses (Beijinhos de Coco) at home. They are tasty, easy to make, versatile, and represent a little piece of Brazil’s culinary culture. So why not gather your ingredients and give it a try? You won’t regret it!

Ingredient List

 Sweet, bite-sized delights: Beijinhos De Coco!
Sweet, bite-sized delights: Beijinhos De Coco!

Ingredients for Beijinhos De Coco Brazilian Coconut Treats Recipe
Main Ingredients:

  • 1 can (14oz) sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter, plus extra for rolling
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup sweetened flaked coconut, plus extra for rolling

Optional Ingredients for decoration:

  • Whole cloves

All the ingredients reserved for this recipe can be found at any grocery store near your home. The ingredients are simple and you need no more than 5 to create these delicious sweets. The combination of condensed milk, shredded coconut and butter are already a guarantee of a dessert full of flavor! Combine with extra coconut flakes on the inside and outside of the sweets to intensify the crunchiness and taste of each bite. Additionally, whole cloves can be used as decoration when serving to make them even more appetizing.

The Recipe How-To

 Satisfy your sweet tooth with these creamy, coconut treats.
Satisfy your sweet tooth with these creamy, coconut treats.

Now, it’s time to dive into the recipe process for Beijinhos De Coco – sweet and creamy Brazilian Coconut Treats. These treats are guaranteed to make your taste buds sing with their delicious and unique flavors. Get ready to learn how to make these treats step by step.


First things first, let’s gather up all the 4 ingredients we need:

  • 1 can of 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • Coconut flakes: 1 cup
  • Decorative whole cloves: 24 pieces

The Steps

  1. Begin by prepping a sheet tray with parchment paper or silicone mat to place the beijinhos once they are formed.

  2. Next, in a large, non-stick skillet or pot, add sweetened condensed milk, butter and coconut flakes together.

  3. Cook over low heat while continuously stirring until mixture comes together and begins to pull away from the pan. This should take approximately 15 minutes. Make sure that the mixture is not boiling and turn off heat once there is no more liquid in the pan.

Note: Be careful not to burn the mixture.

  1. Once the mixture has cooled enough to handle (but not cold), start forming small candy balls with your hands (it helps if you lightly grease your hands with butter). Each ball should be less than one inch wide: about the size of a little kiss. It will be sticky at first, but keep rolling until smooth.

  2. Insert a clove into each coconut ball for decoration – this will also help if you have trouble forming steady balls.

  3. Prepare an extra dish of coconut flakes for rolling – this will leave them with a delightful texture!

  4. Roll cute little beijinhos de coco in flaked coconut and place them onto your prepared sheet tray.

  5. After forming all of the coconut balls, refrigerate airtight for up to five days or freeze in an airtight container for longer.

Recipe Notes

  • To create variations of this recipe, try substituting shredded coconut or flaked coconut with coconut milk or making Coconut Brigadeiros by adding cocoa powder to the mixture before forming balls.

  • These Brazilian Coconut Treats can be served chilled or at room temperature. They make for a great-party treat, party favor, or just as little sweets.

  • Don’t hesitate to top your Beijinhos de Coco with additional flaked coconut, sprinkles or even drizzle them with chocolate ganache.

Now that you have learned how easy and fun it is to make these sweet Beijinhos de Coco, go ahead and impress all your friends and family. These little treats are perfect for bringing some Brazilian culture into any event!

Substitutions and Variations

 These little balls pack a big punch of flavor.
These little balls pack a big punch of flavor.

Now, if you’re feeling adventurous or want to mix up the flavor a bit, there are a few substitutions and variations you can try for this Brazilian Coconut Treat recipe.

Instead of shredded coconut flakes, you could use sweetened flaked coconut or even coconut milk. The coconut milk will give a creamier texture than the flakes, but both are equally delicious. If you’d like to add some fruity flavor to your Beijinhos de Coco, try blending in some fresh strawberries or raspberries.

If you’re looking for a slightly different texture, consider rolling the candy balls in cocoa powder or chopped nuts rather than shredded coconut. This will give an added crunch and depth of flavor.

For a more decadent version, try making Coconut Brigadeiros. This is essentially the same recipe as Beijinhos de Coco but with the addition of chocolate! Just add 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder to the mixture before cooking and roll the balls in sprinkles or chocolate shavings for an extra special treat.

If you’re looking for a healthier option, replace condensed milk with almond milk or coconut milk and use sugar-free or low-calorie sweeteners instead of sugar.

Whether you stick to the classic recipe or venture out with one of these substitutions and variations, your Brazilian Coconut Treats will surely be a hit!

Serving and Pairing

 Easy to make, even easier to love.
Easy to make, even easier to love.

When it comes to serving Brazilian Coconut Treats, or Beijinhos De Coco as they’re known in Portuguese, there are a few different ways to go about it. One classic option is to simply present them on a platter, artfully arranged so that their snowy white exteriors and little cloves decorating the tops are visible.

Another approach is to roll each little candy ball in some extra coconut flakes and coat them in powdered sugar, giving them a festive appearance and a more pronounced coconut flavor. You can even get creative and decorate them with whole cloves or other decorative elements to make them look like mini Christmas ornaments or party favors.

As for pairing, these sweet treats are perfect for serving with tea or coffee after dinner or at a small gathering. Their mild coconut flavor and creamy texture make them an ideal companion to strong coffee or herbal tea.

But don’t let their small size fool you – these little sweets pack quite the decadent punch. If you’re planning a larger gathering or want to serve more substantial desserts alongside your Beijinhos De Coco, try pairing them with richer desserts like chocolate cake, chocolate mousse or caramel flan.

No matter how you choose to serve or pair them, Brazilian Coconut Treats are sure to be a crowd-pleaser. They’re easy to make, fun to decorate and make the perfect sweet ending to any meal.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Coconut lovers, this one's for you!
Coconut lovers, this one’s for you!

In order to make your life easier, the Beijinhos de Coco can be easily made in advance to accommodate your schedule. These little sweets hold well in the fridge for up to two weeks when stored properly in an airtight container. If you want to freeze them after rolling, they can be kept for even longer, up to two months.

To store them efficiently, line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place the rolled candy balls on it before putting it in your fridge or freezer until they are set. Once firm, transfer them into an airtight container and store in the fridge or freezer.

When reheating them, let them come up to room temperature before serving. Letting them sit out of the fridge for about an hour before serving allows for them to soften up and regain some of their ‘freshly-prepared’ quality.

Do yourself a favor and give this recipe a try, and try making as many as you can so that you have plenty of leftovers to store and share with friends or family throughout the month!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Perfect for parties or as a special treat for yourself.
Perfect for parties or as a special treat for yourself.

To guarantee the success of your Beijinhos de Coco, follow these tips that will make your Brazilian Coconut Treats perfect every time.

First, it is important to pay careful attention when cooking with sweetened condensed milk as it can easily burn or stick to the pot. Stirring constantly and using a non-stick pan will prevent this from happening.

Secondly, when shaping the balls, use a tablespoon or small scoop to ensure consistent size. This will also help the treats cook evenly.

Thirdly, be sure to let the candy balls cool before rolling them in coconut flakes. This will prevent the flakes from melting and smudging the surface of the treat.

It is also crucial to use high-quality coconut flakes for the best flavor and texture. Unsweetened coconut flakes are preferred since they allow you to control the amount of sweetness in the recipe.

Lastly, if you want to add an extra touch of elegance, consider decorating each candy ball with a whole clove on top. It adds not only visual appeal but also a subtle hint of spice that compliments the sweetness of the treats.

Follow these tips and your Beijinhos de Coco will come out perfect every time!

Bottom Line

There you have it, my fellow food enthusiasts, the recipe for the delectable Brazilian coconut treats, Beijinhos De Coco. This recipe is perfect for anyone with a sweet tooth and a love for coconut. It’s easy to make, requires only a few ingredients, and can be easily customized to suit your preferences.

Whether you’re looking to impress your friends and family with some homemade little sweets or simply satisfy your craving for something sweet and chewy, this recipe has got you covered. In just a few easy steps, you can whip up a batch of these heavenly coconut kisses that are sure to become an instant favorite.

So what are you waiting for? Put on your apron and get ready to experience the rich flavors of Brazil with this amazing Beijinhos De Coco recipe. I guarantee that once you take a bite of these little candy balls, you won’t be able to resist the urge to make them again and again.

With its perfect balance of sweetened shredded coconut, condensed milk, and butter, this irresistible Brazilian treat is sure to leave your taste buds singing with joy. So go ahead and give it a try; I promise you won’t be disappointed.

Thank you for following along with me on this culinary journey. I hope this recipe has given you a taste of the vibrant and flavorful cuisine that Brazil has to offer. Happy cooking!

{Beijinhos De Coco} Brazilian Coconut Treats

{Beijinhos De Coco} Brazilian Coconut Treats Recipe

These little coconut treats are called Beijinhos – beijinhos literally mean “little kisses” in Portuguese. They are the coconut equivalent of Brigadeiros which are made exactly the same but with chocolate and very popular for kids parties in Brazil. I also like to make it as a little treat every so often!
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Brazilian
Servings 16 Beijinhos
Calories 229.1 kcal


  • 1 (397 g) can condensed milk
  • 100 g coconut flakes, plus extra for rolling
  • 1 tablespoon butter, plus extra for rolling
  • 16 cloves, for decorating


  • In a pan add the condensed milk, 100g of coconut flakes and the butter. Now the fun begins! Over medium heat start stirring. And keep stirring until the mixture thickens and you can see the bottom of the pan for a good few seconds before the mixture levels out again. This is really important. This process should take at least 6-7 min, don’t rush it or it won’t be the right consistency to roll into balls.
  • Leave it to cool, about 15min or enough so that it is cool to handle and it has hardened up a little.
  • Grab the flakes you had reserved for rolling. You can do 2 things here: 1) Use them as they are to roll or 2) Blitz them so that they are super fine. I blitzed them as I like the outside texture to be soft. But it is totally up to you if you decide to do this.
  • Coat your hands in a little butter (just so that the mixture doesn’t stick) and start making your balls. I like mine the size of a little smaller than a measuring tablespoon. Once all rolled out put one clove in the midle for decoration. This is traditional and for decoration. Remove it before eating and it does leave a nice taste.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 63gCalories: 229.1kcalCarbohydrates: 33.5gProtein: 4.3gFat: 9.3gSaturated Fat: 6.9gCholesterol: 20.7mgSodium: 111.4mgFiber: 1.2gSugar: 31.6g
Keyword < 30 Mins, Birthday, Brazilian, Easy, Egg-free, Free Of..., Potluck, South American, Sweet
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Dora is a chef well-versed in Brazilian and American cuisine. After a hard day's work in the kitchen of her restaurant, she finds the time to jot down recipes for her food blog. Her recipes are sure to delight foodies everywhere, as she strives to make each one unique and enjoyable to read.