My dad came over this weekend and yes, he was looking for more apple pie. I have to have one in the freezer ready for him to go. His eyes lit up when I pulled these out of the refrigerator. He said his mom in Sicily used to make these. I noticed his eyes get a little misty and he said, “Your nonna. Ah! Your nonna was such an amazing baker.”
The shredded coconut reminds me of pretty snow flakes. I sampled a few before this step. 😉
These Kokosbollar are not too sweet. There is the subtle crunch from the crushed oats and the delicate flavor of the shredded coconut. I think next time for the adults, I will add a little run.
source: Saveur Issue 125
16 tbsp. unsalted butter, softened
1⁄2 cup superfine sugar
1⁄2 tsp. kosher salt
2 oz. bittersweet chocolate, melted
6 tbsp. unsweetened natural cocoa powder
2 tbsp. brewed espresso or dark coffee, at room temperature
2 tsp. vanilla extract
2 1⁄2 cups rolled oats
1 cup unsweetened finely shredded dried coconut
Combine the butter, sugar, and salt in a large bowl and use a handheld mixer set to medium speed to beat the mixture until pale and fluffy, 1–2 minutes. Add the chocolate, cocoa powder, espresso, and vanilla and continue beating until combined, about 1 minute more.
Place the oats in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until roughly chopped, about 5 pulses. Add the oats to the chocolate–butter mixture and mix until combined; refrigerate until chilled, 1 hour.
Divide the chilled chocolate mixture into 36 portions using a tablespoon-size measuring spoon; roll each portion into a 1" ball. Place coconut in a shallow dish and roll each ball thoroughly in coconut; transfer balls to a baking sheet. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving.
Lindsay @Eat, Knit, Grow says
Yum! Those looks so delicious!
Oh the rum added to these would be wonderful, or Amaretto, or Baileys or....LOL. Honestly, the original recipe sounds wonderful and they look delicious. How nice that you had these in the fridge for your Dad when he came to visit and then to find out that his Mom used to make them.
Kiri W. says
ooooh, kokosbollar! I am your drooling slave!
These look fabulous, my eyes would light up to if someone made them.
Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. says
Oh they look phenomenal!
Boulder Locavore says
These are nothing less than charming and magical Lora! They look so completely perfect and the flavors I'm sure are something difficult to resist! Love your new header too; also magical and fabulous like you!
Sabrina Modelle says
These look so lovely. A perfect Christmas treat. My husband is of Swedish descent, and I think I might have to attempt these. Even though I HATE making truffles- but he really loves eating them, and he loves anything Swedish. So... thanks for the inspiration.
These look so pretty and delicious! Perfect for the holidays.
Chef Dennis says
isn't it great the emotions that come up especially where food is concerned when our Grandmothers and mothers come into play. what a wonderful extra special treat those are, and I'm sure your father appreciated them more than the pie!
Thanks for a wonderful entry in our swap!
It is indeed time to dig out those sweet recipes you've always wanted to make! These cookies sound perfect! I love all the ingredients and I'm not sure I could stop myself from popping one little ball after another in my mouth!
I'm glad these were an acceptable substitute for apple pie for your dad. You wouldn't want him to get bored of his favorite pie!
Szuper finom lehet!!!Szép karácsonyi desszert!!:):)
Barbara | Creative Culinary says
Oh my gosh I love these. I don't pull this out of my adjective hat too often so it keeps the 'specialness' for which it is meant but it's coming to you my friend.
Yummalummadingdong. Yep. These are that. 🙂
Your truffles look so lovely and festive! Great for the holidays, and for the recipe swap.
Holy moly...espresso, chocolate and coconut? I am sold!
These are fantastic truffles!!!
How cool! I did not know your nonna was Sicilian! 🙂
I think I'm making these for my birthday party. We're having a cookie-exchange 🙂 Thank you for sharing yet another soul-satisfying recipe. I'm just about to pull out a loaf of banana bread and sit down to a cup of tea. I hope you are having a lovely evening too!
Baking Serendipity says
I'm fairly certain that the only way to make these better would be to add rum 🙂 My holiday baking list is long already...but I'm ready to add these too it!
Savoring Italy says
ciao Manu:)anche mio babbo e' della Sicilia;) xx
These looks so great - I just pinned them!
Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. says
These truffles are just so pretty and I bet they are so yummy too!
Yum! I wish someone would make these for me as well 🙂
Coconut and chocolate together are one of the best combinations! I would also be tempted to add some rum - it just makes holiday sweets that much more enjoyable:)
Your truffles look just perfect and oatmeal is an interesting addition.
Have fun with your family:)
I just love all your enthusiasm with all the Christmas baking! These chocolate truffles are just calling my name!
Tickled Red says
Oh these look fantastic! My step mom is a coconut "nut" so i will be making these for her this weekend 😀
A Thought For Food says
Between you and Barb, I'm just so hungry looking at these desserts!
I always thought I was pretty savvy when it came to holiday sweets... and this post just proves how very wrong I was! Never heard of these and now wonder where they have been all my life!!
I don't know which I want more - these, or the Ginger Sugar cookies. I'm so glad you live at the opposite end of the coast - right now, and I mean that in the vey best way. You'd never get rid of me!
Priscilla - She's Cookin' says
I love your creative take on the traditional Toll House cookie! You had me at coconut and I never thought of coconut resembling snowflakes - but they do 🙂
Camilla ~ Caffay Way says
Oh my goodness my heart skipped a beat when I saw the title of your post - I grew up making and eating these! Its the perfect "no-cook" treat for little kids to make, and I thing this was one of the firts thing I ever made with my grandma back in Sweden. Absolutely lovely!
Angie's Recipes says
Who doesn't love truffles! Those coconut balls look amazing!
Mission accomplished, I've veen tantalized!
The Cozy Herbivore says
These are so beautiful! What a great idea-- they would make lovely homemade Christmas presents!
Mmm these sound and look scrumptious, Lora. Every time I visit your blog (and skype with you) I do so wish I lived back in Florida. But only for you and your baking! These are so pretty and will be so pretty on a holiday table or as a gift!
Mmmmmmm...what marvelous truffles! I think the oats make these a health food, right???? xo
Kim Bee says
Omg I was jumping up and down when I saw this. Super yummy. And coconut is my fave. Perfection!
What a way to eat your oats! Yes I am tempted.
Being a swede i make this all the time. This is a huge kids dessert since it is all no bake!