I went to bed last night craving this recipe so when I woke up this morning I had to make it! These are originally from Brazil, where they are typically served at birthday parties. This is a very easy and simple recipe that is a guaranteed success! In Portuguese they are called Beijinhos, which translates to “little kisses.”
Tray: a medium pan
* 1 can – condensed milk (I prefer Nestle)
* 1 tablespoon – butter or margarine
* 3/4 to 1 cup – finely grated coconut
* whole cloves
* sugar (optional)
Preparation: Add condensed milk and butter/margarine to a medium pan and cook on low to medium heat for 4-5 minutes after the mixture begins to boil. It is important to continuously mix as it’s cooking so it doesn’t clump. When it’s done, it will be thick and will unstick from the bottom of the pan as your run the spoon through it.
Remove from stove and blend in grated coconut. Pour mixture into a buttered plate and let it completely cool. I sometimes refrigerate the mixture to speed up cooling process.
Assembly: While cooling, add grated coconut to a bowl. Once the mixture is cool, roll mixture into small balls, and coat the ball with coconut flakes so it completely covers it. This process can also be done using sugar. Place it in a mini cupcake cups and add a clove to the top for garnish.
A few tips and tricks:
– When you are rolling the mixture into little balls, it helps to rub a dab of butter/margarine on your hands (as you would with hand lotion), as this prevents the mixture from sticking to your hands.
– Once the Beijinhos are assembled, I refrigerate half of the batch and leave half out. This is delicious both cold or room temperature. It will also last longer if you refrigerate it.
– I had a really hard time finding the mini cupcake cups but ended up finding them at Michaels. The ones in Brazil are even smaller than the ones I found, but these will do! Here is what the mini cupcake cups look like in comparison to standard cupcake cups:
– The finely grated coconut has to be very very very finely grated, so it looks like this:
-This is the brand I used, which I found at a local specialty Brazilian supermarket.
– Do not eat the clove! It’s just garnish so it looks adorable. You can also add other decorations in lieu of the clove, like little sugar flowers.