Strawberry Beijinhos {Brazilian Coconut Truffle}

By Chiara Turilli
August 8, 2016
31 Comments


Author Notes: Beijinho, translated from Portuguese, means "Little Kiss." These little coconut truffles have a hidden centre of fresh strawberry chunks! Chiara Turilli

Food52 Review: WHO: Chiara Turilli is brand-new to the Food52 community! Welcome!
WHAT: Coconutty Brazilian truffles with chunks of strawberries hidden inside!
HOW: Make a simple truffle base from sweetened condensed milk, coconut, butter, and vanilla. Shape it into balls, tuck pieces of fresh strawberries inside, roll in coconut, and chill until ready to eat.
WHY WE LOVE IT: For lovers of coconut, folks with a sweet tooth, and those in need of a speedy dessert: You're just five ingredients and a little more than an hour away from a slew of very adorable, creamy-fudgy, coconut-coated truffles.
The Editors

Makes: 24

Ingredients

  • 1 cup condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon butter, softened
  • 3 cups desiccated coconut
  • 1/2 cup strawberries, chopped

Directions

  1. In a small pot, place the condensed milk, vanilla, butter, and 2 cups of the coconut. Mix until combined before putting it on the stove.
  2. On a low heat, cook the coconut mixture for about 5 minutes - stirring constantly.
  3. Take a teaspoon of mixture and roll it into a small ball, using both your palms.
  4. Push a piece of chopped strawberry in the centre of the truffle and roll again until it is hidden for the delicious surprise later.
  5. Lay the rest of the coconut on a flat surface and roll each truffle in the coconut. Gently place each truffle into a mini cupcake paper.
  6. Place the bejinhos in the fridge for 1 hour to set. Make sure to allow them to come to room temperature before serving!

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Reviews (31) Questions (0)

31 Comments

Rob K. August 15, 2018
Had the same problems as what other people said. Extremely difficult to roll even after refrigerating. Had one before throwing it out and it tasted decent and that's why I gave two stars.
 
ER November 22, 2017
I found it really difficult to roll these, it was just so sticky even after cooling the mixture. I did find that if I rolled them and then pressed the strawberry in later it worked just fine. They are delicious!<br />
 
FS November 22, 2017
Did you use fresh strawberries? I'm wondering if dried strawberry pieces might not work better ...
 
FS August 6, 2017
These look super-good, and I want to try them. Just to make sure I understand - this recipe uses regular unsweetened condensed milk?
 
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Chiara T. August 13, 2017
It uses sweetened condensed milk but feel free to use unsweetened if you wish :)
 
Caroline September 4, 2016
Is there a way to spike this with rum?
 
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Chiara T. September 4, 2016
I have made them with 2 tablespoons of Cachaça and they were so tasty! I'm sure you can use Rum :)
 
Caroline September 4, 2016
Oooh! Thanks for the suggestion of cachaca! Will totally try that.
 
Danielle D. September 4, 2016
I've followed the recipe to the letter, but there's no way I could roll these into little balls right now. They are way too soft to be able to hold a shape. What's happening? They are not too hot to handle. Just too soft.
 
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Chiara T. September 4, 2016
You can place them in the fridge, then they will become more 'rollable'.
 
Nan September 1, 2016
Could you use peaches, it's peach season<br />
 
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Chiara T. September 2, 2016
Yes yum that would be amazing!
 
Maggie September 4, 2016
You could use any fruit
 
sexyLAMBCHOPx August 31, 2016
This was easy & delicious! FWIW, I used unsalted butter. I had some desiccated coconut in the house so it was a no-brainer to try with rave reviews. Although similar to Brigadeiros, this candy is different in texture and taste and an awesome sweet bite to have on hand. Congrats on the win.
 
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Chiara T. September 1, 2016
This makes me so happy, thank you for letting me know how the recipe turned out!
 
Rebekah August 31, 2016
Should I use salted or unsalted butter?
 
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Chiara T. September 1, 2016
I use salted because I think it brings out the flavour more!
 
Rebekah September 1, 2016
Will do. Thank you!
 
Alessandra August 30, 2016
Voted xxx
 
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Chiara T. September 1, 2016
You the best thank you BG x
 
txchick57 August 29, 2016
Voted for this. It looks good and that green goop above looks disgusting.
 
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Chiara T. August 29, 2016
I appreciate the vote :)
 
Susi V. August 28, 2016
Best ever!!!
 
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Chiara T. August 29, 2016
You are amazing, thank you for the interest in my recipe!
 
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Chiara T. August 28, 2016
Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay this made my day! I'm so excited to be part of this amazing food community x
 
Smaug August 27, 2016
These seem similar to Brigadeiros, though a somewhat friendlier name, but the cooking time given is radically less; do these really set up that fast, or do they remain soft and sticky?
 
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Chiara T. August 28, 2016
The beijinho takes a little longer because of the coconut that acts as a binding agent! Give them a try + let me know what you think YAY x<br />
 
Smaug August 28, 2016
I presume you mean a little less long, but we're talking the difference between 5 minutes and maybe 40 or so. Maybe I'll try it if I find some good strawberries; my plants aren't producing much of anything right now. And if you assure me that you mean unsweetened coconut.
 
Rob K. August 15, 2018
Yes. UNSWEETENED! I used sweetened unfortunately
 
Laura B. August 26, 2016
OMG yeeeeeess! Chilhood! *cries* haha
 
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Chiara T. August 28, 2016
Ebbbbbbbbaaaaaaaa! I love these more than anything x