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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Ingredients

24
Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Put raisins together with rum extract and lemon juice to soak up the flavor.

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  • 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.

  • Roll dough into walnut sized balls. Roll the balls in remaining coconut. Refrigerate for two days. ENJOY!

Nutrition Facts

70.7 calories; 0.6 g protein; 13.3 g carbohydrates; 0.2 mg cholesterol; 44.9 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (10)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
10/02/2006
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.) Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
12/22/2005
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. Read More
(3)
10 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 5
  • 4 star values: 0
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
10/02/2006
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.) Read More
(23)
Rating: 5 stars
10/02/2006
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.) Read More
(23)
Rating: 5 stars
01/05/2004
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! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/17/2009
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. Read More
(9)
Rating: 5 stars
03/01/2011
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. Read More
(7)
Rating: 2 stars
12/21/2005
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. Read More
(3)
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Rating: 1 stars
08/30/2005
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. Read More
(3)
Rating: 5 stars
05/08/2012
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! Read More
(1)
Rating: 1 stars
06/07/2010
I found this too wet as written. No where near able to make balls Read More
(1)
Rating: 3 stars
01/27/2016
I'm a potato lover so I tried but wasn't a fan. Walmart Animal Crackers are the closest to the cookies we use in Hungary. You have to grind them will look like breadcrumbs. No lemons are needed. (Grinder is hard to find I got mine on Ebay) Read More