Swedish Chocolate Balls (or Coconut Balls) Recipe - Allrecipes.com
Swedish Chocolate Balls (or Coconut Balls) Recipe

Swedish Chocolate Balls (or Coconut Balls)

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"This is a classic Swedish recipe, beloved by every Swede. It is one of the first things children learn to make, and it's enjoyed greatly by all ages. The balls can either be bite-sized or giant, whichever seems more appealing. Or make one big ball, and many small ones. Additional cocoa powder or chocolate can be added to intensify the flavor."

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Original recipe makes 48 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins

    2 hrs 20 mins


  1. Mix the oats, sugar, and cocoa together in a bowl. Add the butter, and use your hands to mix the ingredients together to make a thick dough. Mix in the coffee, vanilla, and chocolate until thoroughly blended.
  2. Place the coconut flakes in a small bowl. Pinch off small amounts of dough and roll between your hands to make small balls, about 1-1/2 inches in diameter. Roll the balls in the coconut flakes. Balls are ready to eat, or may be refrigerated 2 hours to become firmer.
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  • Editor's Note
  • These chocolate balls are also often flavored with Swedish 'Punsch' liqueur or arrak extract, which gives them their name as 'Arrak Balls.' They can also be rolled in chocolate sprinkles or chopped toasted almonds. Place the balls in small paper candy cups for serving at holiday parties.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Aug 10, 2009

Great!.. 5 stars for no-bake, tasty, chewy and for making me eat oatmeal!.. I wasn't sure if I'd like oatmeal raw!. I was worried they'd be hard to chew but they wern't; tomorrow they may soften up a bit more but I like them as is!.. I rolled about half in the coconut and then some in chocolate sprinkles and some in powder sugar; I also used "Lindt 85% Cocoa Bar" (melted) instead of baking chocolate because I had some. I added about 1T of rum in the last half of the batch for the grownups; the rum/powder sugar ones were my favorites! Thanks I'll make these during the holidays!..

Most Helpful Critical Review
Mar 13, 2015

Not one person in my family liked them. Very disappointing. Two stars for no bake.


55 Ratings

Apr 04, 2011

I live in Sweden,but I am from the States and yes this is a staple in every house. The recipe for chocolate balls is on every package of oatmeal here. The only difference between this recipe and the original is the melted chocolate. These are just as good without the melted chocolate, it is an extra step that you can skip....Or not... Var så god!

Mar 02, 2010

love love love these so easy so tasty. i dusted half with unsweetened cocoa and half with powdered sugar (instead of coconut) great presentation great bitter chocolate/sweet chocolate dichotomy

Feb 18, 2010

OMG, Angelica! Change your name to Angel! I'd give this 100*s if I could! This is exactly what my Norwegian Grandmother fed me when I was sick as a little kid! I had forgotten! They're so quick, so easy, and oh so freakin' GOOD! Yes, please! More Swedish recipes! YUMMMMMM!

Dec 10, 2009

My husband, who is from Sweden, loved these chocolate balls. He said it reminded him of home and was so excited when he tried them because they tasted exactly how he remembered them.

Dec 22, 2010

These are a joy for your taste buds! I mix the coconut in with the batter.

Jan 03, 2011

I gave these out as part of my Christmas cookie platter to family, friends and neighbors; and it was everyone's favorite. Best once they sit and meld flavors for a day. Yummy :)


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  • Calories
  • 90 kcal
  • 5%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 10.9 g
  • 4%
  • Cholesterol
  • 10 mg
  • 3%
  • Fat
  • 5.2 g
  • 8%
  • Fiber
  • 1.2 g
  • 5%
  • Protein
  • 1.3 g
  • 3%
  • Sodium
  • 30 mg
  • 1%

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

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