Coconut Cubes

4 cups confectioners sugar
2 cups unsweetened (dessicated) coconut
14 oz sweetened condensed milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
food coloring

Line a 8×8 inch baking pan with parchment paper or lightly spray with cooking spray. Using a mixer, mix all ingredients except the food coloring together until the coconut is evenly distributed. The mixture will be very thick. Divide the mixture in half, press one half into the bottom of the pan. Add food coloring to the remaining coconut and stir to evenly distribute. Press firmly on top of the uncolored coconut in the pan. Refrigerate about 2 hours or until firm before cutting into one inch squares.

My thoughts:

Despite the amount of sugar in the cubes, they don’t taste quite as sweet as you would think, the coconut keeps it from being too over the top. They are sort of a cross between a coconut cream candy and fudge-dense but chewy. A perfect candy for Easter or Passover.

Two tips:
First, please do not use sweetened coconut in this recipe. Secondly, do not reduce the amount of sugar or they will not set up properly.


  1. yum yum yum! I love the purple color, so Eastery!
    have a great weekend.

  2. All I can think of when I see these pretty morsels is a line from the Spongebob Squarepants movie: “I love being purple!” Now I understand! πŸ™‚

  3. Those are adorable! I love the color on them. Purple and coconut are both mad awesome. πŸ™‚

  4. Oh, my, Gosh, I want one now! Love anything with coconut!

  5. Such a great idea for Easter! Love the combination of colors.

  6. This is very much like irish potatoes – the recipe i use calls for powdered sugar, coconut, and s/c milk as well. You roll them into balls, and coat with cinnamon. Delicious!

  7. I think this is a really old recipe! I've seen this type of candy before, although in pink & white. I will have to make this after I check my cupboards for dessicated coconut! It looks lovely.

  8. Brittany-
    My mom just was talking about “sweet potatoes” which sound just like what you are describing. I’ve never had them but they sound great!

    I think so too, I remember eating something similar when I was little but never seen an actual recipe for it-maybe I don’t know what it is really called?

  9. These look so festive for Easter and seem so easy to make. And they are made with my favorite ingredient – Coconut. Great job.

  10. Well this will work for the big cooking session we are having today. Something for the little girls in the family to work on? thanks. s

  11. Ari (Baking and Books)

    Love the colors in this. I’m intrigued by your notes about sweetness too – in fact, this confection is just begging to be nibbled on in my home.

  12. aww these look so festive for easter πŸ™‚

  13. I used sweetened coconut (sorry!) because I had a ton leftover from a cake, but put in 1 1/2 small limes worth of lime juice to cut the sweetness. Fragrant and tasty, i can’t stop licking my fingers. They seem to be setting up ok despite the extra liquid.

  14. mmmm although I do have the urge to coat them in chocolate.

  15. They look so pretty. Love the shade of purple.

  16. I just made these cause I'm a coconut-aholic and now, I'm in heaven! πŸ™‚ They are absolutely TDF…little niblets of coconut bliss. They do remind me of the pink & white coconut candy from back in the day, but they are oh-so much better. Thanks for sharing the recipe.