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Coconut Truffles Recipe

  • Author: Emma
  • Prep Time: 45 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 35 truffles 1x


This easy Christmas candy is creamy and full of tropical coconut flavors!  This simple recipe shows you how to make this dark chocolate and coconut candy with condensed milk.


  • 3 cups sweetened coconut flakes (300g)
  • 2/3 cup sweetened condensed milk (9 oz or 255g)
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar (60g)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon coconut extract (optional)
  • 1 cup sweetened coconut flakes, for garnish (100g)
  • 12 ounces dark chocolate chips, 60% cacao or higher (340g)


  1. Sift the powdered sugar into a bowl, then mix in the coconut, vanilla extract, and coconut extract.
  2. Gradually stir in the sweetened condensed milk.  The mixture should be tacky enough to roll into moist balls, but not gooey or extremely wet.  Cover and chill for 15 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, prepare the toasted coconut garnish.  Spread 1 cup of coconut flakes on a 9x13-inch cookie sheet and bake at 325 F for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown, stirring halfway through.  Be sure to watch it closely, as it can toast very quickly.
  4. Pour a couple inches of water into a 2-quart saucepan and pour the chocolate chips into a heatproof bowl.  Set the bowl on top of the saucepan to make sure that the bottom of the bowl doesn't touch the water.
  5. Bring the water to a gentle simmer, set the bowl on top of the saucepan, and stir with a silicone spatula until the chocolate has melted.  Remove the bowl from the pan, making sure not to get any water or steam inside.
  6. Roll the chilled mixture into 2 teaspoon-sized balls.  Space them in rows on an 11x17-inch cookie sheet that has been lined with wax paper or parchment paper.
  7. Use a fork to dip each ball into the melted chocolate, scraping the fork along the edge of the bowl to remove the excess chocolate.  If you're using the garnish, quickly sprinkle it on top of the truffles before they set.
  8. Chill the truffles for 15 minutes, or until they are fully set.  Store the truffles well covered in the fridge.


  • Not using the coconut extract? Replace it with another 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract.  (I would recommend using good-quality coconut extract if you can, as it improves the flavor without tasting artificial.)
  • Is the mixture sticking to your hands?  Chill it for 10 minutes.
  • For a smoother appearance, roll the balls, chill for 10 minutes, then roll them a second time before dipping.
  • I recommend using dark chocolate for the best flavor.  The slight bitterness of dark chocolate provides a welcome contrast to the sweet filling.
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Refrigerator
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: dark chocolate, condensed milk, recipe