Chocolate Coconut Balls

Total Time:
1 hr 15 min
10 min
1 hr
5 min

30 pieces

  • 1 cup toasted chopped Macadamia nuts
  • 1 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons almond extract
  • 8 ounces sweetened shredded coconut
  • One 12-ounce bag semisweet chocolate morsels, melted
  • 1 tablespoon shortening
Watch how to make this recipe.
  • In a bowl mix together the nuts, condensed milk, almond extract and coconut. Using your fingers, press the mixture into balls about 3/4-inch round. Place onto sheet trays and let rest at room temperature for 4 hours or in the refrigerator for 1 hour.

  • After the balls have set up, melt the chocolate and shortening until smooth. Dip into the chocolate to coat evenly and lightly. Place onto a parchment or foil lined sheet pan to dry.

From Food Network Kitchens: After further testing and to ensure the best results, this recipe has been altered from what was in the actual episode.

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These were unbelievably messy and time-consuming! A level of "easy" is absolutely ridiculous!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I read the reviews (good and bad) and made my own modifications based on what people said. I used a full bag of coconut instead of 8oz (I think it was a 14oz bag?). I used the same amount of condensed milk and then I added just a touch of flour. I rolled the balls in the palm of my hand (it's ok to get messy) and really made sure they were compact. They held up just fine in the fridge and when I was dipping them in chocolate. They didn't make that much of a mess for me, yeah I guess my hands were sticky but that's about it. I used two bags of chocolate for dipping and my only issue with the chocolate is it got pretty hard and it was a thick coating. I think I might just take a spoon and drizzle/coat them next time. Overall, people LOVED them and I'll be making them again.  item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made the chocolate covered coconut balls last year everyone loved them :) item not reviewed by moderator and published
FABULOUS! My husband wanted me to make these & I don't even like coconut but I guess now I like toasted coconut. I have made these twice & both times they turned out & were NOT a gooey mess. I think what people are doing is using a can of sweetened condensed milk when the directions only call for 1 cup- there are 14 ounces in a can not 8 oz. Helpful hints: 1) Use a cookie scoop to drop them on the wax paper lined cookie sheet. 2) Chill for 1 to 1.5 hours 3) Melt the chocolate 4) Take sheet out of fridge then roll them into perfect little balls. 5) Dip into chocolate with a fork allowing excess to drop off back into the bowl. Place back on the wax paper lined cookie sheet & refrigerate again. I live in Florida, so I leave the sheet in the fridge & take one out whenever I want one. I am allergic to nuts so I doubled the coconut. My dad is driving down from Ohio today & he will have a nice treat when he arrives since his favorite candy is the dark chocolate national brand w/o the nuts. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is an excellent cookie! Tastes just like a Mounds bar. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I was a little worried about this recipe based off of the negative reviews, but I thought it turned out great! It's a nice coconut treat with a good flavor and texture. I didn't have the almond extract, so I used 1 tsp of vanilla and 2 tsps of Rum instead, but it tasted great. For those who have trouble forming the balls, Alton Brown mentions in the video to pack it together-this is an important step and seems to really help. I did freeze mine overnight prior to dipping in chocolate because I knew I would be in a hurry the next morning after they had time to set up. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Sorry, but I thought these were overly sweet, and I found it difficult to make them into balls like the photo, item not reviewed by moderator and published
What a goopy mess! There was no way to roll these into a ball. It was a blob. I set the blobs in the fridge for an hour and after that I was able to shape them a little better using a cookie scoop. I haven't attempted to coat them with the chocolate yet. The recipe needs to be tweeked. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Recipe was a disaster. Followed exactly and the mixture was a gooky mess. Would not roll up, way too wet. We added more coconut to try to salvage ingredients, which helped quite a bit. Rinsing hands in between every three balls or so also helped. We haven't tried the chocolate covering yet, hoping for a holiday miracle! There is definitely something off with the ingredients, the amounts or something. Needs an update. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was the worst recipe ever!!!!!!WASTED MONEY found on other site and there is ingredients missing wont ever trust this site again...!!!!!!!how could you let this happen to so many people There is not enough MINUS stars to rate this item not reviewed by moderator and published
OMG - a great lesson about reading reviews before you make a recipe. This was a nightmare and added tremendously to my holiday stress level. Balls were a gooey mess and chocolate seized immediately. Into the trash. Alton - was this a cruel joke? Blah! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I totally agree with most on this site. Tried to make these and they will NOT set up. Something is not right about this recipe. Money wasted and macadamia nuts aren't cheap. will not be doing this again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
If I'm going to have a labor intensive recipe, then the results should be amazing. These results are not. While these balls taste fine, there is WAY too much work involved. Also, this recipe still needs a lot of tweaking. The balls do not set up no matter how long you refrigerate them and the chocolate sauce is way too thick to work properly. Also, if you dip the cold balls into the warm chocolate, the balls melt into a goopy mess in the chocolate. Until this recipe gets another glance-over by the Food Network, I will not be making these. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Taste good, but like many other reviewers the coconut mixture wouldn't set up and the chocolate was goopy and difficult to work with. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made these last year MANY times. They were a huge hit. I've already had request for them this year. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made these twice... perfect each time... I did substitute 2 tsp of amaretto for the almond extract. I used the microwave to melt the chocolate with a bit of oil because when I use a double boiler I always mess that up. item not reviewed by moderator and published
All in all a good recipe. The chocolate mixture is difficult to work with. We switched to almond bark after coating half of them. It sets up much more quickly, is smoother and much easier to work with. Ends up looking nicer too. We will refrigerate the coconut mixture for a couple of hours next time before making into balls. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I think the recipe is wrong, tried to roll up ball and very wet. Did not set up item not reviewed by moderator and published
this recipe needs work. I followed it exactly and they never set up way to wet. more of a candy than a cookie item not reviewed by moderator and published
i got this recipe from the cooking channel site that had no reviews. i made it as written w/ the exception of the nuts-i used roasted salted almonds, and the ganache-i didn't have any shortening so i used a scant 1/4 c heavy cream and then thinned it out a little w/ whole milk. it was still pretty thick but i had no problems covering the balls and they were pretty to look at too. now having made them and reading other reviews these are the changes i will make next time(and i will be making again and again next time i will use only 3/4 tsp almond extract. i love almond but it did overpower the coconut, which i also love. i will also refrigerate the mixture before even attempting forming into balls. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was fabulous, I doubled the recipe and they came out great. I do not like using gloves, so i sprayed my hands with PAM and washed them after 2 or 3 and it worked great. I used 2 forks to dip into chocolate, and let access drip off, if you have patience this recipe is worth it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Best coconut recipe ever. Used pecans once and walnuts another, both were good substitutes. And easy on the almond extract. These have become a staple and not just at the holidays. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Just amazingly wonderful! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Big hit. Easy to make. Moist. I substituted Pecans. Worked great item not reviewed by moderator and published
These were a huge hit...but so ugly. My brother used my small cookie scope to get the amount correct, then I rolled the mixture using plastic disposable gloves on my hands. I stored them over night in the refrigerator, then coated them. The chocolate coating was very thick even though I kept the double boiler going the whole time. I used toothpicks to dip the balls - but never got the whole balls coated - not pretty - but a chocolate covered cherry! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Excellent! I got rave reviews on them. I read most of the reviews before I started to make sure mine were successful. 1. 1/2 the amount of almond extract and the other 1/2 coconut extract. 2. So they did not swim in liquid, I added 1 TBSP of coconut flour (a very "thirsty" flour. 3. To form them, I used a cookie scoop. They were sticky on my hands so every 3 or 4, I rinsed and dried my hands and then dipped them onto a paper plate that had 2 tbsp of almond oil on them. 4. I baked them at 300 degrees for 10 minutes and let them cool. I had no problems dipping them at all. I'll be making them again in about an hour. P.S. I used toasted pecans instead of macadamias. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Wonderful! tried these for the 1st time this year & they are a keeper, a huge hit! The only thing i changed was the nut...instead of macadamias, i used almonds (much less $$and they turned out like the best almond joys i ever tasted. I used a pampered chef mini scoop to make the portions, then froze for about 1 hr which allowed me to then roll them and make them smoother for dipping. I keep them in the freezer or fridge until using...but everyone keeps eating them before i can give them away!!! Give them a try, you wont be disappointed. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is SO worth the time and effort! I used vinyl disposable gloves when rolling the coconut mixture into balls and then allowed them to dry for over 12 hours before I dipped them in the chocolate. It also helps to refrigerate them overnight after dipping in chocolate. I gave these out as part of my Christmas goodie basket and got nothing but raves from everyone that tried them. If you allow enough time to prepare it you can't go wrong. DE-lish! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Putting the ingredients together was the easy party; forming the balls and dipping them in choc was a bit more challenging. It was a bit more labor-intensive than I initially thought. They did not come together in a ball as easily and I would have hoped. I thought the choc. dipping mixture was a bit thick and made it difficult to coat them. I melted the choc. using a double boiler and kept it there the whole time I was dipping. I had a candy dipper that I used to roll each ball around in the chocolate; some came out a bit more "coated" than others. They are definitely a candy in my book; my husband loved them but I'm not sure I'd make them again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I loved these! I did not have too much of a problem shaping the balls. I packed a small amount into the palm of my left hand instead of trying to do it with just my fingers. It seems that once I resigned myself to the fact that my hands were going to get messy it was much easier. Also I found that rinsing my hands half way through forming the balls made less of a mess and allowed me to work the mixture better. I also used slivered almonds instead : item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a great recipe! I used a scooper to scoop the mixture out in semi-balls, refrigerated for an hour, sprayed Pam on my hands and formed the balls. Worked really well. I did have problems with the chocolate. I melted in the microwave (I was in a hurry with butter and then added boiling water a little at a time until I got the consistency I was looking for. I dipped the balls in the chocolate with a fork but very small tongs would work better if you have them. I took these to my office Christmas party and they were a hit! Several people wanted the recipe. They weren't pretty but very tasty! item not reviewed by moderator and published
More of a candy than a cookie! I was saying naughty words trying to get these to stick together. I resorted to freezing the mixture for two hours. They were still impossible to dip so I had to spread the chocolate with a basting brush! I wish I had decreased the almond extract - I could hardly taste the coconut! item not reviewed by moderator and published
A little Pam on the fingers does wonders while making the balls. My only problem was getting the chocolate smooth enough to spread nicely. Any advise? item not reviewed by moderator and published
Really bummed about this recipe. I followed recipe to the tee, except to use toasted almonds instead of macadamia nuts. bottom line: way too many nuts. way too much almond extract, and after refrigerating and attempting to roll in the chocolate mixture, the balls fell apart and look awful. they may taste decent, but i planned to present these to guests at my annual cookie exchange party and I am not pleased with the outcome. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very good recipe but I changed the shortening to coconut oil. Just remember to make them small. I didn't, at first, and they are very sweet & rich, smaller is better but they are awesome!!! Thanks for the recipe!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I used to get a little upset when people review and recipe but then say how they changed it...but I did it to this recipe and wanted to share. The coconut balls are wonderful. I had some left over sweetened condensed milk which I had caramelized and decided to use it in place of the milk. It was awesome, There is nothing better than caramel and coconut! I also subbed pecans as I had them on hand. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Super yummy - just like an almond joy candy bar. I did add a little more coconut because the mix seemed a bit wet. As previously posted taste great with toasted almonds which are not as sweet as macadamias. Also, I do alot of cookie dough ball rolling around the holidays and invested in a small box of plastic gloves (smart & final. Made the sticky rolling problem a non-issue! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious BUT....refrigerate the mix for about an hour before trying to form into the balls. SO MUCH EASIER and cleaner. Use water on your hands and rinse every so often to keep from getting sticky. Squeeze the balls slightly to get a firmer ball. Reduce the extract to 3/4-1 tsp unless you REALLY like the flavor of almond extract. I added chopped almonds so as to mimic the Almond Joy. Yum! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I found this recipe spot on- unlike most of the other reviews. I did reduce almond extract to 3/4 tsp- too much leaves a very strong flavor. I had no problem rolling these- just need to persist and roll between both of your palms. I doubled recipe and used only one batch of chocolate for coating. I think there may have been a misunderstanding between recipe on show and the one I followed at website. Website recipe worked well for me. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is delicious. I found the easiest way to roll them after mixing all the ingredients was to separate the mixture onto two plates. Spread out the mixture on each and put in the refrigerator for about 30 min then they roll with hardly any problem. I use the original recipe and love them. Great job as usual Mr Brown. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love coconut & chocolate, but it was missing something so I added peanut butter. It helped, but not enought to make them again. Betty item not reviewed by moderator and published
I hate to be so negative, but this was an unmitigated disaster! Alton, I think your fans would be better served if in your video you offered more tips on how to avoid the pitfalls inherent in this recipe (as expressed in many of the reviews. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious but very messy! I followed the recipe exactly except I substituted walnuts for macadamia nuts. They are yummy but every step of the process makes a mess. I will probably make these again because I usually have the few ingredients on hand. Would be great with almonds! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is delicious and easy. If you like Almond Joy bars, you will love these! Alway's a hit and also makes a great gift. Everyone has their favorite recipes they pull out for special times and people...this is one of mine. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is easy, yet FABULOUS! I felt I needed to write because the older negative reviews are based on measurements which - as Food Network indicated on the recipe - have since been updated, therefore skewing the 'overall rating'. With the 'new' measurement (only half a cup of sweetened condensed milk these were PERFECT! I had no problem rolling these into really nice balls. As someone had suggested, I wet my hands every 4 or 5 balls and had no problems with it sticking. I do want to note that the almond extract (and I love almond flavoring! was a wee bit strong at just 1 tsp., so I definitely wouldn't recommend using the full 1.5. I myself will reduce it to .75 tsp or so possibly next time. I also made these with toasted, blanched almond slivers (yum! and then topped each coconut ball with one sliver for presentation - beautiful! I am really excited to add this to my holiday cookie platter repertoire this year! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Sounds super -- but be careful about the chocolate bits -- I just bought some, and the nice people have reduced the package size from 12 oz. to 10 oz. Which will make a BIG difference in the way the coating sets up. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made these with my 7 year old aspiring chef. The first taste about an hour after we made them they were a little rich and a little to sweet. The next day after the condensed milk and almond extract had a chance to soak into the coconut better they tasted twice as good. This was a great starter recipe for my daughter and she enjoyed it very much and is on her way to being an iron chef. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great recipe, thank you!! Be sure to follow all directions very carefully, i almost put a whole can of condensed milk instead of 1 cup. Instead of dipping the entire ball in chocolate i did drizzles (for design reasons and they look awesome. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These turned out to be very rich, which is no surprise after reading the ingredients. They were lots of fun to make after I decided the sticky goo was not going to beat me. This is a great alternative to turning on the oven in the summer months here in the south. item not reviewed by moderator and published
haven't finished it just yet (they're drying but the sample I took tastes great. I did have trouble working with the mixture and added a bit more coconut (luckily I had some from the macaroons I'm planning to make to make it more stiff. I also used a 1 TBSP disher and pushed it real hard against the bowl to pack it down. So far everything seems to be working well. next time I will probably use less condensed milk though. item not reviewed by moderator and published
THE BESTS. item not reviewed by moderator and published
First, watch the video. Use UNSWEETENED coconut. If I had the nuts, I'd roll the balls in nuts after dipping instead. Use twice as much coconut. Or half as much milk. Mix and let set for 2 hours. Use a mini ice cream scoop-the kind you squeeze and it pops out the dough. So you don't have to handle it as much. NOW! This is important !!! Use LATEX gloves. I started by squirting some PAM on them, but they stayed free of sticky residue so I don't think it's necessary. Quickly roll into balls. Here's where I shaped them into Mounds type nuggets. Put in freezer about an hour. Keeps them from falling apart while dipping. BTW: If you ever come across an electric fondue pot, these are great for dipping. I bought one a garage sale for .25 .It's great for melting chocolate. Give it a try and don't be scared. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Like many other reviews, I found the dough difficult to mold into shape. Then I thought, "hmmm. What makes sticky stuff easier to manipulate?" The answer, of course, is a lubricant, like water! If you dip your fingers in ice water and then handle the dough, it shapes much better. Because the water adds moisture to the mixture, stick the shaped dough in a 250 degree oven for 10 minutes and then pop in the frige for an hour. Much easier! And super yummy after dipped in chocolate!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
These were a mess. I wish I would have read the reviews first. They were too watery, so I put in twice the amount of coconut to compensate, but they never cooperated. Since I am just engaged, this is the first time I have made Christmas cookies, and I wanted to show off. Too bad I wasted all that money for ingredients when I have just lost my job. I wonder if food network ever reads reviews, as well. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was awful. I was so excited to make my very own version of an almond joy but much to my surprise it was a disaster. I am an excellent cook and can follow just about any recipe. I listened to other reviews and I cut the almond extract and condenced milk but I couled not get rolled balls to form. I tried to refridgerate the mixture, squeeze the excess liquid out, semi-balls were formed carefully putting them on a pan. I tried to freeze them to harden them before attempting the disasterous chocolate coating. DO NOT BOTHER WITH THESE, GO BUY ALMOND JOYS!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I'd like to try these again, but maybe with only half a cup of condensed milk instead. Or possibly 3/4 cup (?) Also, the almond extract was too strong even for me (I love almond extract!) So next time, I think 1/2 or even 1/4 tsp. of almond extract, and/or maybe 1/4 tsp. of coconut extract might be better. Plus, I didn't add nuts this time due to a co-worker's allergies. But I imagine the chopped macademia nuts make them taste awesome (or how about chopped almonds, making it taste sort of like an almond joy?) I'll also try freezing them slightly prior to dipping in the chocolate, to help keep the coconut from falling off and getting into the chocolate. (my freezer was too full or I would have done it that way today.) Lastly, make sure you seal the balls entirely in the chocolate; otherwise, the condensed milk tends to leak out of any openings it can find. I think with a few modifications, this could be an awesome candy recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I almost screwed these up by using the whole can of condensed milk with a bag of coconut, but then I realized my mistake and added more coconut to make up for the extra milk. I also had some problems initially rolling these into balls-pressing into balls as described in the instructions didn't work for me. I needed them to be tightly rolled for them to stay together in the chocolate. After trial and error I found a way to make it work. The problem was that the condensed milk would stick to my hands, making the coconut stick to my hands, and this got progressively worse until the stuff stuck to my hands instead of itself. However, I found that if I rinsed my hands with warm water between every 3 or so balls (I just put a big bowl of water beside the balls), and left my hands just slightly wet after getting off the excess SC milk, they rolled out very easily and tightly. Then I left the balls in the fridge on Saran Wrap a few hours and dipped in melted chocolate chips using a couple of spoons. Really easy and everyone that tried them LOVED them. I also tried this with sliced almonds-this is even better, like almond joy. Also, using a teaspoon of almond extract with a larger batch of these was enough almond flavor for me. Definitely worth a little experimenting in the kitchen to make it work. item not reviewed by moderator and published
couldn't turn the mix into balls it was too goopy. tried to improvise put them in the fridge they never got hard. dropped chocolate on them put them back in the fridge. they kinda set up but when i ate one they were disgusting. the almond was overpowering. i ended up throwing them out. will not use this recipe ever again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Like most other reviews I read, I had trouble with them falling apart. I used pecans instead of macadamia nuts and they were great. But very frustrating. I think next time I will refrigerate them over night before trying to dip them in chocolate. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I too, had the problem of balls of goo and coconut! I got so frustrated with the mess that I almost threw it all out. They kept falling apart and I had the puddles of goo. Couldn't roll them in the chocolate without having them fall apart so I just dipped the tops in. Once they finally dried out they were really good and ended up being a great hit with everyone. I know that I measured everything exactly and used the right kind of milk (condensed). I will try them one more time. Alton needs to give us some tips to make it less frustrating. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I had the same issue as several of the other comments, they were a bit messy - but still delicious. But since I live in Florida and it was humid when I made them, I just refrigerated them for a couple of hours and they set up fine. I found that you have to dip them while they are still cold, so maybe do them in two batches and keep the second batch refrigerated. If they are still too sticky, I rolled them in some additional coconut flakes and refrigerated again. I used dark chocolate, and almonds instead of macadamia nuts. YUM! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I was disappointed. Like others, mine did not really hold together. I ended up drizzling the chocolate over them. Also, even with only 1 t of almond, the flavor was overpowering. We took one bite and tossed the entire batch into the garbage. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Maybe Andrew and Benjamin used evaporated milk instead of condensed. They can be confusing for beginners. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made these today. I think what might have happened to the gentleman also from TN ... was it humid the day you made it? Today it was raining, so my consistency was a little mushy, but I popped them into the refrigerator before rolling. They did fine - and I am taking them to a Girls Night Out tonight. These are wonderful! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Didn't have problems with the condensed milk at all, measured everything exactly... Set up perfectly and had delicious flavor. The almond flavor was very strong though, would maybe only use a teaspoon of it next time... I also liked the suggestion of using almonds instead of macadamia nuts... then could maybe add some coconut extract. Great Recipe! Love Alton Brown! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made these for the holidays and everyone loves them! My husband loves them so much that he almost ate all the balls before I had a chance to package it for people! Thank you for sharing your recipes. All the recipes that my husband and I tried from you have never failed us! Love your show by the way! Science and cooking definitely goes hand in hand!! : The people who did not like this recipe does not know how to mix well... : Like everything else, keep on trying and you will succeed! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Recipe was great! Thanks for sharing and you'll hear no sarcasm from us if it doesn't work out on a recipe. Not everyone can be perfect.... item not reviewed by moderator and published
I had the same problem as "Andrew from Martin." The sweetened condensed milk puddled up under neath the balls of shredded coconut. I even let them sit in the fridge over night, and they were still puddly. I ended up melting the chocolate and pouring it over the mostly set balls of goo and coconut. The flavor ended up being pretty nice, although messy delivery. item not reviewed by moderator and published
You know, if they had actually set up in the hour suggested, but instead, there were small puddles of condensed milk just under the balls. I waited 2 1/2 hours, they never set up. I even tried the freezer, but once the warm chocolate was on top, they started melting. Thanks for a huge mess, Alton. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Everyone asks for these at parties. SO popular and make great gifts! item not reviewed by moderator and published
these are wonderful. will use this recipe again and again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I used whole almonds here, rather than macedamia nuts. Turned out heavenly! Plus, they were completely easy to make. These are going to have a place on my future cookie/candy trays for sure! item not reviewed by moderator and published
These are delicious and I love them! Two thumbs up! item not reviewed by moderator and published

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