Coconut-Ricotta Balls Recipe

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A common sweet in India, these coconut laddus are a simple no-bake cookie that require only a handful of ingredients. My guests always appreciate when I serve these tasty treats.—Nidhi Pathak, Noida, India
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:10 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 10 servings


  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 2 cups unsweetened finely shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cashews
  • 4 teaspoons chopped almonds
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 10 unblanched almonds


  1. In a large nonstick skillet, heat ricotta cheese over medium-low heat; cook 20-25 minutes or until reduced by almost half, stirring occasionally. Transfer to a small bowl; cool 5 minutes.
  2. Stir in coconut, sugar, cashews, chopped almonds and cardamom. Shape mixture into 1-1/2-in. balls; press one whole almond into each ball. Store between layers of waxed paper in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Yield: 10 balls.
Originally published as Coconut-Ricotta Balls in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2014

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