Bolitas de Nuez – Sweet As A Nut

Bolitas de nuez or “nut balls”, are made with finely grated or processed Brazil nuts, ground vanilla cookies, and condensed milk, all mixed together. I recall a time when they were part of every kid´s birthday, and were always present at tea time. A few weeks ago, as I was chatting with my daughter in law, she told me how much she loved these sweets when she was growing up, and how much she enjoyed the whole preparation process. Words lead to actions, and a few minutes later she was making them. The result is a mixture between a cookie and a candy, and because they are not baked, they don´t have a long shelf life, but you can store them up to three days in a tightly sealed container, at room temperature. They are delicious and look gorgeous in nice glasses or in candy paper cups. Chances are you have the ingredients in your pantry. So, what are you waiting for?

Bolitas de Nuez
Recipe type: Sweets
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Serves: 50 candies
  • 2 cups ground Brazil nuts (about 9- ounce)
  • 2 cups ground vanilla cookies (about 7- ounce)
  • 1 can (14-ounce) sweetened condensed milk
  • ¾ cup confectioner´s sugar
  1. Mix the ground Brazil nuts and the ground vanilla cookies in a bowl.
  2. Add the sweetened condensed milk and knead with your hands until you have a dought that is not longer sticky.
  3. Put the confectioner´s sugar in a plate.
  4. Start making balls about 1 inch each.
  5. Put the balls in the plate with the confectioners sugar and roll the balls on the sugar, to cover completely, trying to make a thin white layer of sugar over the balls.
  6. After a few hours, the white layer of sugar will be dried and will form a very thin crust.
  7. There are many ways to cover these balls, some ideas are dark chocolate, white chocolate and a mixture of cinnamon and confectioner´s sugar.
  8. The balls can be stored in a can or in a dish cover with plastic film.
  9. With these recipe you will get about fifty balls


  1. So easy and delicious! Las voy hacer en casa 🙂

  2. These look so good, I wish I could try one right now. Thanks for the recipe…

  3. Yvette - Muy Bueno says:

    Oh wow these do look super simple. I will have to keep these in mind for Christmas 🙂 they look like cute little snow balls. Yummy!

  4. ay que rico. My Brazilian friend in Atlanta used to make these all the time. They’re so good. And cute. Makes for great little party favors! 🙂

  5. These look incredible and super easy! I will be making these for Christmas. I have a feeling my kids are going to want to help 😉 Beautiful!


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