Coconut Walnut Fudge with Chocolate Chips



  • 1 lb walnuts, divided
  • 3/4 c. plus 1 tsp. butter
  • 1 14-oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 6 c. powdered sugar
  • 20 oz flaked sweetened coconut
  • 2 c. chocolate chips


  1. Chop half the walnuts and finely grind the other half.
  2. Coat a 13×9-inch glass baking dish with 1 teaspoon butter.
  3. Melt remaining butter in a medium-sized sauce pan and add sweetened condensed milk, vanilla and salt until blended.
  4. Transfer to a mixing bowl and add powdered sugar. Beat until any lumps are gone. Add coconut and ground walnuts and incorporate ingredients. Transfer half the mixture to the prepared pan.
  5. Sprinkle with half the chocolate chips and walnuts. Top with remaining coconut mixture. Top with remaining chocolate chips and walnuts and then pat down. Let cool. Cut into one-inch squares and refrigerate.

This is an Amish recipe Grandma Mo clipped from the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. I made this recipe because I had all the ingredients on hand and I thought it was going to be something completely different. I only glanced at the directions. If I’d scrutinized them I would have realized I was making fudge. (I was hoping for a coconut bar dessert.)

This “candy” as the recipe describes, is sickly sweet. I doubt I’d make it again. Though I believe I only loosely followed the directions. It’s possible I may have accidentally slipped an extra cup of powdered sugar in and there may be more or less coconut than what was called for. I didn’t measure. I just dumped all the coconut I had in the house into the mixing bowl.

Mom says it tastes good when frozen (or chilled).

Recipe rating: 

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