Festive chocolate covered coconut ballswith a whole almond pressed decoratively into their tops.
Recipe: Coconut Almond Balls
26 whole blanched or unblanchedalmonds*4 cups (8 1/2-ounces) sweetened shreddedcoconut
Line two large baking sheets with waxedpaper. Set wire racks over waxed paper; set aside.
Spread almonds onto another baking sheetand toast in oven at 350°F (175°C) for 8 to 10 minutes,stirring nuts occasionally, or until lightly browned. Let cool.
Place coconut in large bowl; set aside.
Place corn syrup in a 1-cup glass measure.Microwave on HIGH (100%) 1 minute or until syrup boils. Immediatelypour over coconut. Work warm syrup into coconut using the backof a wooden spoon until coconut is thoroughly coated, mixturewill be stiff as you work.
Using 1 level measuring tablespoon ofcoconut for each, shape coconut mixture around 1 toasted almondto make a ball. Place the balls 2-inches apart on wire racks.Let dry for 10 minutes and then re-roll for more uniform balls.
Place milk chocolate and shortening ina 4 cup glass measure or microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on HIGH1 to 2 minutes or until
1/4 cup light corn syrup
1 (12-ounce) package milk chocolate chips
1 tablespoon vegetable shortening
mixture can be stirred smooth. Be careful not to heat too longor chocolate will burn.
Working quickly, spoon 1 level measuringtablespoon of the chocolate over each coconut ball, coating welland letting excess chocolate drip down onto waxed paper.
While chocolate coating is still soft,lightly press whole almond on top of each. Let stand at roomtemperature to set. Store in a single layer in airtight container.
Makes 26 candies.
*Cook’s Tip: For best flavor and a crispercrunch, toast the almonds. To toast in the oven: Place in a shallowbaking pan. Bake at 350°F (175°C) for 10 to 15 minutesor until nuts are lightly browned, stirring often (watch closely,nuts will burn quickly once their hot). To toast in a skillet:Place in skillet over medium heat and toast almonds, stirringconstantly, until golden in color. Be careful not to burn thenuts. Cool completely before using.
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