College can be a tough time. At some point, everything seems so endless and tiring: classes, homework, social life, activities, clubs, internships — there is a lot of stuff going on.

One day, I was feeling gloomy and homesick so I called my mom to ask her for a recipe for a sweet snack I used to eat during my childhood — I was feeling very nostalgic. She gave me the recipe to make a Brazilian coconut treat called beijinhos de coco.

Now, I've never been a master in the kitchen, but the outcome was so unbelievably good. Anyone looking to try a new tasty treat should make this recipe. A good way to relax and jazz up your college routine is to cook. Beijinhos de coco are really simple, quick, and cheap sweet pleasures.

Beijinhos de Coco

  • Prep Time:10 mins
  • Cook Time:35 mins
  • Total Time:45 mins
  • Servings:40
  • Easy


  • Medium saucepan preferably a non-stick one
  • Wooden spoon
  • Small paper ramekins
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 can condensed milk
  • 150g shredded coconut
  • Butter
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  • Step 1

    Take the saucepan and put the whole can of condensed milk, shredded coconut and the egg yolk in. Mix all of them together to make the dough for the “beijinhos.”

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  • Step 2

    Put the saucepan with the mixture on the burner. Light the burner on low power and stir the mixture with a wooden spoon. Don't stop until it becomes hard and compact.

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  • Step 3

    Once hardened, switch off the burner. Take the saucepan off and let the dough cool for about 15-20 minutes. You can store it in a fridge if that helps.

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  • Step 4

    With butter-greased fingers, take out the cooked-harden dough and start dividing it into little pieces to make small balls.

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  • Step 5

    When you are done making the balls of dough, place them on a tray, or on a table, and put each of them inside the ramekins.

    If you happen to not have the ramekins or any other cup-cake paper type, don't worry: just make sure to store them in a safe, fresh and clean place.

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If you want to add a scent to the beijinhos you can place a small clove on top of each of them. If you are a coconut lover, feel free to roll the beijinhos into some shredded coconut. Use butter to help the coconut pieces stick on the balls.

Try other sweets ideas from 3 Ridiculously Easy Sweets You Can Make in Your Dorm Room. They will definitely pump up your college routine. Bon appetit!