Chocolate Coconut Balls

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

30 pieces


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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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

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