This Coconut Balls Recipe is dipped in dark chocolate for the best Holiday treat! A no bake recipe using only 4 ingredients and so easy to whip up. These are the perfect Christmas dessert!
These are one of my favorite Holiday treats. The coconut and sweetened condensed milk make this sweet, gooey texture and they're topped with dark chocolate and sea salt to bring in a hardened shell like topping and cut down on some of the sweetness. So much flavor in one bite!
They're also great for Holiday parties because they can be prepped ahead. I actually like the taste and texture of these even better when they sit in the fridge overnight.
Why You'll Love This Recipe:
- These Coconut Balls are delicious with so many textures and flavors
- Simple to make, but they look elegant and fancy
- A no bake recipe & only 4 ingredients
- The perfect Holiday dessert and you can prep them ahead to save time
- They're dipped in melted chocolate that hardens for the best crunch
*Sea salt optional and not pictured.
Unsweetened Shredded Coconut/ Flakes: The star of this recipe for the coconut flavors and texture. It's really important to buy unsweetened for this recipe because the condensed milk and powdered sugar bring in a lot of really sweet flavors. It will be way too much with sweet coconut too.
Sweetened Condensed Milk- Adds a lot of sweetness to the recipe and works as a binder to keep all the ingredients in a ball.
Powdered Sugar- Used to decrease the sticky texture from the condensed milk.
Dark Chocolate Chips- Melted down and the coconut balls are dipped half way into it. I love dark chocolate in this recipe because it helps to balance out the sweetness from the sweetened condensed milk.
Flaky Sea Salt- Optional, but it really creates an extra flavor component in this recipe. I highly recommend.
*Full recipe ingredients and quantities can be found in the recipe card below.
Substitutions and Variations:
If you're big on milk chocolate, feel free to substitute it for the dark chocolate, but do understand these will be very sweet with milk chocolate.
Use regular sea salt if you don't have the thick flaky kind.
Want to dunk the entire coconut ball in chocolate? I would suggest using a full package of dark chocolate melting wafers instead of chocolate chips for a thicker and harder finish. They will be similar to a truffle when using melting wafers. Use a fork to roll the coconut ball into the chocolate, then set onto a baking rack to harden.
How to Make this Coconut Balls Recipe:
Step 1: Whisk together ½ cup powdered sugar with the sweetened condensed milk until smooth.
Step 2: Pour in the shredded coconut and stir with a spoon or frosting spatula to combine. Stir in the remaining ½ cup of powdered sugar to make the mixture less sticky.
Step 3: Roll the coconut mixture into balls about a tablespoon each and place on a parchment lined cookie sheet or plate (it will need to fit in freezer). Freeze for 1 hour.
Step 4: About 5 minutes before the coconut balls come out of the freezer, melt the dark chocolate chips in the top of a double boiler (my preferred method), with about 1 cup of water in the bottom portion, or use the microwave, according to package instructions.
Step 5: Dunk the coconut ball halfway into the chocolate, then place on sheet of parchment paper with chocolate side up. Top with a sprinkle of sea salt, if desired.
Step 6: Once they are all finished, refrigerate for at least 15 minutes before serving.
Step 7: Serve and enjoy!
- Before rolling the balls, add a little butter or vegetable oil to the surface of your hands to avoid too much sticking. You may have to wash them and repeat once halfway through rolling. This mixture is pretty sticky.
- Don't skip on the refrigeration time before dunking them into the chocolate or they will not be shaped right and potentially fall apart.
I have not tested it, but I don't recommend. Look for Shredded Unsweetened Coconut in the baking isle. My bag said flakes, but these were more on the shredded side, which is what I recommend.
These Coconut Balls taste best cold. Keep in a sealed container in the fridge and eat within 4-5 days.
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