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Hungarian Coconut Balls Recipe
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Hungarian Coconut Balls

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"I live here in Budapest as a missionary and these coconut balls are so good they are in almost every little cake store in the city. If you'd rather, you can substitute rum for the rum extract."

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Original recipe makes 2 dozen Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins

    10 mins


  1. Put raisins together with rum extract and lemon juice to soak up the flavor.
  2. In a medium bowl, stir together the mashed potatoes, confectioners sugar, and cocoa. Stir in 1 1/4 cup coconut, the raisin mixture and lemon zest.
  3. Roll dough into walnut sized balls. Roll the balls in remaining coconut. Refrigerate for two days. ENJOY!
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Oct 02, 2006

I made this recipe a couple of times and we are very satisfied with the result. The balls really tastes like the coconut balls in Hungary (we are from Budapest, so we know) and it is easy and quick to make. In Hungary they make these balls from crashed biscuit and sour cherry, but the mashed potatoes and the lemon soaked raisins taste exactly the same. Unbelievable! I used vanilla extract instead of rum, so my 1 year old boy could also enjoy. The other alteration I made to this recipe (to fit our taste better) is that I soaked the raisins longer in lemon+vanilla (2 hours) and drained them before adding to the potato mix. Thus I left lemon juice out of the mixture (added 1/3 less sugar at the same time) which helped to keep a more solid consistency and resulted in a more coherent sweet taste. (The original recipe yields a bit "piquant" coconut balls as they are a bit sour.)

Most Helpful Critical Review
Dec 21, 2005

Came out very wet, not a dough but can form them and roll them in dry coconut or cocoa and refrigerate them. Seems like this needs way more confectioners sugar or some other dry ingredient or very dry mash potatoes. Taste very good. Used real rum called Cocoribe.


8 Ratings

Jan 05, 2004

I have prepared these a couple of times according to this recipe for my Hungarian boyfriend. He loves them and says that they taste just like the ones he ate at home!

Dec 17, 2009

I have made a very similar candy. If you are having trouble with the consistancy of the candy you must use "plain" mashed potatoes. Try to use a baked potato from the microwave and mash it until lump free. Do not add any moisture to the potato.

Mar 01, 2011

I am hungarian and we made this ball with a special biscuit called Háztartási Keksz. It needed to grind first, or you can buy grinded biscuits.

Aug 30, 2005

I tried this recipe, followed it exactly, but had bad results. The mixture turned out very thin and I wasn't able to form them into balls. I really would like to try this again, but I fear I will have the same results.

Jun 07, 2010

I found this too wet as written. No where near able to make balls

May 08, 2012

I think the previous reviewer was right. Soak the raisins for a while (I did mine overnight) then scoop them into the mix and toss the rest of the liquid. I didn't strain them, just scooped them in. I reserved the remaining liquid in case I needed it, but the consistancy seemed right without the couple spoon fulls of liquid that I didn't use. They were fantastic when done, just like I had in Hungary when I went to visit my family. Kosonom!


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  • Calories
  • 71 kcal
  • 4%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 13.3 g
  • 4%
  • Cholesterol
  • < 1 mg
  • < 1%
  • Fat
  • 1.8 g
  • 3%
  • Fiber
  • 1 g
  • 4%
  • Protein
  • 0.6 g
  • 1%
  • Sodium
  • 45 mg
  • 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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