Beijinho (Brazilian Coconut Balls)

One of Brazil’s popular party treats, Beijinhos are creamy, coconut-y and easy to make! Little bites of coconut bliss that are sure to transport you to tropical paradise with each delectable nibble.

What is Beijinho?

Beijinho is a popular Brazilian treat, loved by both children and adults. It is a delightful coconut brigadeiro made with just a few simple ingredients, such as sweetened condensed milk, butter, and coconut.

The name “beijinho” translates to “little kiss” in Portuguese, which captures perfectly its bite-sized charm.

The roots of this treat can be traced to Portugal, where it was known as “beijo de freira” (nun’s kiss) – because it was made in convents – and made with almonds and a sugar syrup. When the Portuguese colonized Brazil, they brought this treat (along with many other Portuguese recipes), which was eventually adapted to include a popular Brazilian ingredient: coconut. Its name was then changed to “beijo de coco”.

Fast forward to the 20th century, when sweetened condensed milk was invented, and the recipe was adapted once more. It was only then that cloves were added as a decorative element and the name “beijinho” became widely used.

In Brazil, beijinhos are often served at parties, celebrations, and other special occasions. Whether it’s at a birthday party, a wedding, or any festive event, the sweet indulgent flavor of beijinho brings most Brazilians – this one included – a sense of nostalgia, making it a beloved treat in our culture.

A photo of all the ingredients needed to make this beijinho recipe.


To make Beijinhos, you will need:

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