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Coconut Balls

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Inspired by Mexican wedding cakes and Russian tea cakes, these rich, crumbly cookies get a hint of tropical flavor from flaked coconut.

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  • Servings: 36

Source: Everyday Food, November 2003

Ingredients

  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup confectioner's sugar, plus more for dusting
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups sweetened flaked coconut

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream butter with 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar until fluffy. Mix in flour and salt until they're just combined. Stir in coconut.

  2. Roll dough into 1-inch balls; place 2 inches apart on a baking sheet. Bake until just starting to brown, 15 to 20 minutes. Roll the warm cookies in confectioners' sugar; let cool completely.

Cook's Notes

Store in an airtight container at room temperature up to 1 week.

Reviews Add a comment

  • bm2lhroadruner
    20 DEC, 2015
    I was very disappointed in these their a flop just like other person said it said 350% 15 to 20 mins ,so I set over 10 mins instead they turn brown real fast and melted flat duh
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  • youngbakes
    24 MAR, 2013
    I skipped the sugar-coating part but,it still turned out alright. But what scared me after adding the coconut was that the dough was crumbly to work with and my electric-mixer couldn't reach the bottom of the bowl so I took out the bowl and I had to work with my hands. Still, the dough was falling apart on the baking sheet, but it turned out okay. An alright recipe
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  • youngbakes
    24 MAR, 2013
    This recipe was alright, I didn't roll it in sugar but it was still fine. the dough was crumbly to work with so, I didn't Know whether or not it was suppose to be like that so, I just pulled it out and used my hands for the rest of the recipe.
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  • Melissa A
    3 JUL, 2012
    As i read the review's and almost changed my mind and not make them. I opted to make this an experiment and im glad i did! Keeping in mind what the other reader's had said.Made 1 half original recipe and the other half added 1 teas of vanilla (for extra flavor)Was going to make 3rd batch with brown suger but when i taste these little sweet buttery bon bon's they were perfect, posted the picture of finished product before we ate them up! will omit the vanilla only becouse it made no taste dif
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  • HappyKidlets
    28 JUN, 2012
    I made this recipe twice in 2 days. These are simply amazing. So simple and yet complex tasting at the same time. I love how the coconut flavor is so delicate. Hubby doesnt like coconut and he loved the cookies. I followed the recipe. Only comment is instead of making the balls as large as stated (like I did the 1st time), I made them half the size which are perfectly bite-sizable and make them less messy to eat! Great for when one needs to watch out for nut allergies!
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  • HappyKidlets
    28 JUN, 2012
    I made this recipe twice in 2 days. These are simply amazing. So simple and yet complex tasting at the same time. I love how the coconut flavor is so delicate. Hubby doesnt like coconut and he loved the cookies. I followed the recipe. Only comment is instead of making the balls as large as stated (like I did the 1st time), I made them half the size which are perfectly bite-sizable and make them less messy to eat! Great for when one needs to watch out for nut allergies!
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  • bwhoward25
    26 JAN, 2011
    this recipe is a flop, not much taste
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  • bwhoward25
    26 JAN, 2011
    this recipe is a flop
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  • jacquelinehp
    23 JAN, 2011
    I added almond and vanilla extracts and the cookies were tasty. For the second pan, I wrapped dough around small amount of almond paste, which made for a surprise when you bite in and added some moisture and flavor. YUM ! Saw a similar recipe (for Almond Crescents), minus the coconut, which included 2 tablespoons of cream cheese. Will try that with the coconut and almond paste in the center. Love to experiment.
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  • jacquelinehp
    23 JAN, 2011
    I took the advice of another lady
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