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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Ingredients

48
Original recipe yields 48 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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.

Nutrition Facts

90.1 calories; 1.3 g protein; 10.9 g carbohydrates; 10.2 mg cholesterol; 29.6 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
04/04/2011
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! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
03/13/2015
Not one person in my family liked them. Very disappointing. Two stars for no bake. Read More
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  • 5 star values: 45
  • 4 star values: 16
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
04/04/2011
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! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/10/2009
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!.. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/02/2010
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 Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/18/2010
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! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/10/2009
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. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/22/2010
These are a joy for your taste buds! I mix the coconut in with the batter. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/03/2011
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:) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/22/2010
These are a treat I remember as a child as well and have been looking for a similar recipe and this is it! I added a touch more strong liquid coffee and some coconut in the mix as well. They turned out superb I know everyone will love them as much as I do. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/24/2011
Quick easy and delicious! Perfect for the holidays! I topped them with melted chocolate chips and then sprinkled with coconut. Another idea would be to add a whole almond to the top or middle of each. Yummy!! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
03/13/2015
Not one person in my family liked them. Very disappointing. Two stars for no bake. Read More
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