April 25, 2016

Orange-Coconut Balls

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Orange lovers ~ Coconut-Orange Balls are for you!  Because these little bite-sized beauties pack a huge orange punch.

Orange-Coconut Balls ~ Orange lovers, these are for you!  Because these little bite-sized beauties pack a huge orange punch.   www.thekitchenismyplayground.com


This one's pretty simple, folks ... If you like orange, you'll love these Orange-Coconut Balls.  Not a fan of orange? ~ Then these aren't for you.  It's as simple as that.  Because these little babies? ... They pack a huge orange punch!

This recipe comes to me by way of my mother-in-law.  Back before The Kitchen is My Playground was even a thought, I put together a family cookbook compiling all our families' favorite recipes ~ from fancy to plain-Jane, celebration food to every-day dinners that grace our tables probably more frequently than they should.

In all, the cookbook is a collection of 534 family favorite recipes.  And I'm slowly-but-surely working my way through cooking each and every one.

When I first created the cookbook in 2010, I had personally made 282 of the recipes.  And now as of April 2016?  I've made 356 of them ... for an increase of 74 made over the past 6 years.  Hmmmm ... at this rate, it's going to take me about 15 more years to finish making them all!

I better pick up the pace.

Anyway, these Orange-Coconut Balls are one of the recipes that grace the pages of our family cookbook.

Orange-Coconut Balls ~ Orange lovers, these are for you!  Because these little bite-sized beauties pack a huge orange punch.   www.thekitchenismyplayground.com

Orange-Coconut Balls get their sunny orange flavor from frozen orange juice concentrate.  In similar fashion to how I make my Rum Balls with Spiced Rum (another family favorite!), the orange juice concentrate is combined with a mixture of vanilla wafer crumbs, confectioners' sugar, and finely chopped nuts ... which all then gets rolled into little bite-sized balls of orange deliciousness.

Which are then coated in the sweet yumminess of coconut.

Orange-Coconut Balls ~ Orange lovers, these are for you!  Because these little bite-sized beauties pack a huge orange punch.   www.thekitchenismyplayground.com

Mmmm, the orange and coconut are such a wonderful flavor combination.  It's like a burst of Florida and the tropics, all in one bite!

And orange lovers, what could be better than that?

Orange-Coconut Balls ~ Orange lovers, these are for you!  Because these little bite-sized beauties pack a huge orange punch.   www.thekitchenismyplayground.com
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Orange-Coconut Balls
(Printable recipe)
Ingredients
  • 3 c. vanilla wafer crumbs {a 12 oz. box, crushed ... a food processor makes quick work of the crushing!}
  • 1 1/2 c. finely chopped pecans or walnuts
  • 3/4 c. (6 oz.) frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed
  • 4 c. confectioners sugar {1 lb.}
  • 2 T. butter, melted
  • red & yellow food coloring {optional}
  • Approximately 2 c. shredded coconut
Directions
  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine vanilla wafer crumbs, nuts, confectioners sugar, orange juice concentrate, and melted butter. Mix until well combined.*
  2. Roll into small balls, approximately 1-inch in diameter.  Immediately roll each ball in coconut. Place in an airtight container and chill.
*NOTE:  If using food coloring, add about 3 drops red food coloring and 5 drops yellow food coloring to the mixture ... or, the amount needed to reach your desired color of orange.  I typically don't add food coloring, but did for the batch pictured in the photos for this post.

Enjoy!




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4 comments:

  1. Them orange coconut balls look Fantastic.
    Roughly, about how many does this recipe make?
    Thank you

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  2. Oh, I am so going to make these! I love orange-flavored desserts (see my recently posted orange tart here: http://gingerwroot.com/gluten-free-orange-tart/) Pinned and can't wait to try it--thanks to you and your mom-in-law!
    --G
    http://gingerwroot.com

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  3. These look so unique, and yummy! Thanks.

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  4. I've made plenty of rum balls in my time but these look like a delightful change of pace, especially with the warm months upon us. I'll give these a try. Thanks. I saw your post at Cindy's Amaze Me Monday party.

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