Entries Tagged as 'coconut'

Almond Joy Truffles

Joy to the World!  The truffles are done!  OMG if you like Almond Joy candy bars, you simply HAVE to try these.  Seriously, they’re like a little explosion of joy in your mouth.  Truffles are one of those things that sound hard to make, and yet, they’re just not.  They are so easy, and the results are almost always stunning.  I thought I’d be smart and try to use a melon baller this time to try to make perfect little round balls without getting my hands too dirty.  Well, that was a bust. LOL  Truffles do need to be rolled by hand it seems.  Or I was doing something wrong.  Could be…wouldn’t be the first time. lmao  Once the truffles are formed, rolling in coconut is a snap…I just sort of shook them around a bit in a bowl of coconut, and that little trick *did* work. (yay me! lol)  I am so excited to share this recipe with all of you….I think I may have just created a new favorite. :)

almond joy truffles


6 ounces (150 grams) dark chocolate
2 egg yolks
2 tablespoons milk
1 tablespoon espresso
3 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup finely chopped almonds
1 cup grated coconut


Melt chocolate in a medium sized glass bowl in the microwave (check and stir frequently, time will depend on your microwave).
Allow to cool a bit, then beat in egg yolks.
Add milk and coffee and beat until combined.
Add butter and continue to beat.
Beat in almonds.
Refrigerate truffle mixture for a minimum of 2 hours.
Form smaller sized balls and roll in coconut.

Grandma’s Old Fashioned Date Balls

This is a recipe my grandma used to make every Christmas…They are SO good.  The whole while I was making them, I was reliving Christmases past…we always used to spend Christmas Eve at her house, lots of food, and tons of homemade cookies, candies and treats….us kids were always so excited to open our gifts, and after the frenzy of flying wrapping paper, bows and ribbons, “thank you!’s” being yelled across the room (we were a LOT of people, and it got noisy!), and the cleanup of the aftermath of the gifts…we’d go into the kitchen, sit around the table and play board games.  We’d have the best time ever…it is one of my favorite memories of growing up.  I miss my grandma, especially at this time of the year.  I honor her memory every Christmas with her recipes.

date balls


4 tablespoons butter
10 ounces pitted dates, chopped
3/4 cup sugar
2 cups Rice Krispies cereal
4 ounces coconut, plus more for rolling


Melt butter over medium low heat in a larger sauce pan.
Add sugar and dates, stirring constantly until well combined, and sugar is dissolved.
Remove from heat and add cereal and coconut, and stir to thoroughly combine.
Allow to cool just enough so that the mixture doesn’t burn your fingers when forming balls.
The mixture is very sticky, so I like to butter my hands first, then roll each ball, immediately rolling in coconut, and place on plate.
This recipe makes about 2-3 dozen balls, depending on the size you roll them.


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