Saturday, December 18, 2010
Chocolate Covered Coconut Balls
1-3/4 cup powdered sugar
2 cups flaked coconut
1 cup finely chopped walnuts or pecans
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/3 cup sweetened condensed milk
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
1 T. vegetable oil
In a large bowl, combine powdered sugar, coconut, and walnuts. Mix well. In a small bowl, stir together melted butter, vanilla, and sweetened condensed milk until well blended. Stir into coconut mixture, blending well (I start with a spoon and then use my hands) until mixed.
Form mixture into about 35 (1-inch) balls. Place on a wax paper-lined cookie sheet and refrigerate until firm, 1 to 2 hours.
In a double boiler, combine chocolate and oil. Heat and stir until chocolate is melted, then pour into a small bowl.
With tongs, dip chilled balls, one at a time, into melted chocolate. Let excess drip off, then place back onto wax paper-lined cookie sheet. Chill until set, then place in container and store in refrigerator.
*Note: If you want a nice shiny look, you can do what my mother-in-law does and add a small bit of parafin wax to your chocolate.