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Cooking Croatia: Christmas Coconut Balls

Cooking Croatia: Christmas Coconut Balls

These Coconut Balls are a deliciously traditional Croatian Christmas treat.
By Tamara Novacoviç

This is a holiday treat made traditionally in Croatia for Christmas holidays. If you like coconut, you will surely like these. They look very appropriate, like tiny snowballs. They are slightly unusual: made with powdered milk, which gives them unique flavor. They were my childhood favorite and remind me of mom’s cooking.

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Coconut balls

Lovely festive winter treat.

  • Author: Tamara Novacovic


  • 7 oz (200 g) powdered milk
  • 7/8 cup (200 g) sugar
  • 2 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 0.4 cups (100 ml) water
  • 7 oz (200 g) coconut flour
  • 4.4 oz (125 g) butter
  • 3.5 oz (100 g) hazelnuts, toasted and skinned


  1. Cook water with butter and sugar. When it comes to a boil, cook for another 5 minutes and set aside to cool slightly. Add vanilla, powdered milk and half of coconut flour. Let cool in fridge.
  2. Roll into balls. Put 1 toasted and skinned hazelnut in the center of each coconut ball. Roll balls into the rest of coconut flour.

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