Ferrero Raffaello Coconut Candy Balls

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Homemade version of Ferrero Raffaello’s famous Coconut Candy Balls.

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I made these Ferrero Raffaello Coconut Candy Balls for my friend because she is one special lady.

Homemade Raffaello Candy Balls

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WW Freestyle: 6
Prep Time10 mins
Refrigeration Time1 hr
Homemade version of Ferrero Raffaello's famous Coconut Candy Balls.
Course: Dessert / Holidays, Dessert/Cookies, Desserts
Cuisine: American, Italian
Servings: 20 yields
Calories: 156


  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup dry milk powder
  • 3/4 cup dried shredded coconut
  • 1 cup crushed vanilla wafers, (Use those long sugar wafers with cream in the middle, not the round thin cookies and not Nilla wafers. I have also used crushed graham crackers.)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup roasted hazelnuts
  • 1/2 cup dried shredded coconut, for dusting


  • Set stand mixer on medium speed and cream together butter and sugar for 2 minutes.
  • Reduce speed to low and add milk powder, dried shredded coconut, vanilla wafers, and vanilla; beat until thoroughly combined.
  • Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  • Using a cookie scoop, measure out dough balls, insert a hazelnut into the center of each dough ball and shape into balls.
  • Roll each ball in coconut and set on a serving plate.
  • Serve right away or store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for 4 to 5 days.
Nutrition Facts
Homemade Raffaello Candy Balls
Amount Per Serving
Calories 156 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 5g25%
Cholesterol 14mg5%
Sodium 112mg5%
Potassium 159mg5%
Carbohydrates 16g5%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 13g14%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 281IU6%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 86mg9%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

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43 Responses
  1. Food Frenzy

    Congratulations! We wanted to inform you that this post has been selected as a Featured Archive Post on our site for the last two weeks of December 2012.

  2. Emily @ Life on Food

    I am hopping right over now. I love these little balls and I want the recipe. I had the first time last year – marvelous!

  3. Mina @ Angellove's Cooking

    These candy balls look awesome!! And I am now running to read the recipe at Dixie Chik Cooks! πŸ™‚

  4. Meagan @ Scarletta Bakes

    What a lovely thing to do for your friend!!

    And these look absolutely gorgeous! Excellent job!!

  5. Nami @ Just One Cookbook

    Hi Kate! Ohhhh I love coconut and you made such a perfect treat for me… LOL. I’m going to her site now!

  6. Marmande in the Kitchen

    I love ferrero candies – it seems dangerous to have a whole batch of them around the house! Looks great

  7. Culinarication

    Those ferrero candies are crazy addictive, I’m sure these are great (and much simpler to make than a ‘dupe’ recipe).

  8. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen

    Those Ferrero coconut balls are one of my husband’s favorites. I’m going to go check out the recipe.

  9. Baking Serendipity

    These look fantastic! Heading over to check out the guest post now and wishing you a wonderful long weekend πŸ™‚

  10. Lora @cakeduchess

    My favorite chocolates! Love this recipe you made and need to check it out on your friend’s blog. Have a wonderful weekend sweet pea:)

  11. The Harried Cook

    Looks great! I have never had one of the original before, but these do sound great! Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚ Will head over to your guest post now…

  12. Kristy

    Another great guest blog. I think I’ll have to visit Dixie Chik more often too. Looks like some good stuff. These desserts look delicious (and look like the kind of dessert that I could pop like crazy!)! πŸ™‚

  13. Lyndsey @ Vanilla Clouds and Lemon Drops

    Wow! These look and sound delicious – better than the real ones! I definitely want to try these : )

  14. Irena

    Oh….love this little treats…..they were among the first candies imported to east Europe 20 years ago….They look lovely, nice job:)

    1. Kate@Diethood

      Irena, it’s my mom’s recipe and I recall how crazy everyone in Macedonia was for the recipe… my mom had to write it down for soooo many people.

  15. Celia

    Just checked out the recipe at Shea’s – but I wanted to tell you here that these are beeeautiful! They remind me of a coconutty version of bourbon balls – love this kind of easy sweet…

  16. Mary

    These look delicious and I’m sure your friend enjoyed them. This is one of those confections that everyone loves. It is nice to have a recipe for it. Have a wonderful day. Blessings…Mary

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I'm Katerina, a cookie-maker & picture-taker! For me, eating is a moment to share, an enjoyment, a passion. I hope you enjoy my recipes!

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