Ever since I first had one of these at a Swedish coffee shop in my neighborhood a few months ago, I have been unable to get them out of my mind. The dense, rich chocolatey center, mixed with wholesome oats, rolled in decadent coconut ... I think I need one right now. They're the perfect afternoon snack with that pick-me-up coffee, and they're ridiculously good. I even swung by the coffee shop on my way to vote so that I'd have a snack to nibble while I was standing in line.
These coconut-covered chocolate balls are a classic Swedish treat, and one that all children there learn how to make when they're young, so they'd be perfect to mix up with your kids. They can get their little hands dirty rolling the balls up in the coconut. Yum!
Swedish Chocolate Balls (or Coconut Balls) from Allrecipes.com.
- 4 cups regular rolled oats
- 1 1/4 cups white sugar
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 cup butter or margarine, softened
- 2 tablespoons strong coffee
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 (1 ounce) squares unsweetened baking chocolate, melted
- 1/3 cup coconut flakes
1. Mix the oats, sugar, and cocoa together in a bowl. Add the butter, and use your hands to mix the ingredients together to make a thick dough. Mix in the coffee, vanilla, and chocolate until thoroughly blended.
2. Place the coconut flakes in a small bowl. Pinch off small amounts of dough and roll between your hands to make small balls, about 1-1/2 inches in diameter. Roll the balls in the coconut flakes. Balls are ready to eat, or may be refrigerated 2 hours to become firmer.
These can also be flavored with Swedish "Punsch" liqueur or arrak extract, which is why they're sometimes called "Arrak Balls." They can also be rolled in chocolate sprinkles or chopped toasted almonds.
What's your favorite recipe to make with the kids?
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