Moving on from my previous medenjači recipe, here’s another Croatian sweet that’s perfect for the festive season. Sweet little balls coated in shredded coconut with a surprise in the centre. Well, not too much of a surprise, unless roasted hazelnuts get your juices flowing.
These truffle-like sweets won’t last too long if they’re left unrefrigerated, especially during summer temperatures like we get here in Sydney during the Christmas season.
There is a way around this, however, as I discovered when I decided to bake the coconut balls straight from the fridge. A quick 10 minute blast in the oven renders them to a golden and chewy cookie, very much like a macaroon.
I’ve got to say, I much prefer the kuglice baked, and there’s no concern of them softening too much once out of the fridge. Just store them in a sealed container in the cupboard and you’re all set.
Another thing I’ve done to the recipe – sourced from here – is add a little cardamom for a touch more aroma. I do love my spices, so I couldn’t help but add some to these tasty little treats from the Balkans.