Beijinho means little kiss in Portuguese. They are also called branquinho meaning little white one. Traditionally a single clove is stuck in the top of the candy.
makes about 20
2 tablespoons butter, plus a enough to butter bowl
2, 14 ounce cans sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup sweetened flaked coconut
sweetened flaked coconut or coarse sugar crystals for decorating
whole cloves for decorating
Butter a bowl. Set aside.
Bring milk and the tablespoon of butter to a simmer over medium-low heat.
Cook, stirring often, until the milk has reduced by half and thickened, about 20 minutes.
Remove from heat and stir in the coconut.
Allow to cool slightly, then pour into buttered bowl.
Refrigerate until cold, about 2 hours.
With buttered hands, form mixture into tablespoon-sized balls, and then roll in coconut flakes or sugar.
Stick one clove into the top of each ball.
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