Three Ingredient Coconut Balls with Chocolate Kisses

No joke - you need just three ingredients and, miraculously, you have sweet, chewy coconut balls with a chocolate surprise in the middle! No bake, gluten-free and ready in minutes, meet your new favorite treat.

Even I'm impressed with the amount of flavor and texture in these gems! With just three ingredients: flaked coconut, sweetened milk and chocolate kisses. Truth is, you can stuff anything into the center of the coconut balls; M&M's, hazelnuts and almonds would be fabulous too.

About the coconut: Use flaked, UNSWEETENED coconut here. It's sold right next to the sweetened variety. Why? Because the balls are sweet enough from the sweetened condensed milk, AND, the unsweetened coconut is less sticky, so you're able to shape the balls with ease. When you're shaping the balls, if the mixture seems too sticky (as in, sticking to your hands more than shaping into balla), add another tablespoon or two of coconut to the mixture. You can also use water-moistened hands. I didn't find the need to wet my hands, but I DID add 2 more tablespoons of dried coconut to the batch.

Three Ingredient Coconut Balls with Chocolate Kisses 

4 cups flaked unsweetened coconut, divided, plus a little more if needed
14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
20 chocolate kisses

In a large bowl, combine 3 cups of the coconut and sweetened condensed milk. Use a spatula to mix until blended. Using your hands, grab about 1 heaping tablespoon of the coconut mixture and press 1 chocolate kiss into the center. Work the coconut around the chocolate and then roll into a ball. If the mixture seems too sticky, add a little more coconut to the bowl, 1-2 tablespoons at a time. Transfer the balls to a parchment or foil-lined baking sheet.
Process the remaining cup of coconut in a food processor until finely ground (this is actually optional and it's just for reducing the size of the coconut flakes).
Roll the balls in the dry coconut and return them to the baking sheet. Chill for 15 minutes, until firm. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
Makes 20 balls