(Not as dirty as it sounds!)
Sol’s cohort had a Christmas potluck and he was assigned to bring a dessert. While subbing at Buckeye he ran into Ann North, a sweet retired teacher who still visits there often to prune the roses and deliver treats, and she gave him the recipe for one of the treats she is most famous for: orange coconut balls. He came home with a recipe and an inspiration for a delicious and easy dessert.
Side note: This isn’t the first time he has traded recipes with elementary school teachers and I think it’s pretty much the cutest thing ever.
The orange coconut balls are easy, require no baking and are DELICIOUS! (Not healthy, at all, SO worth the splurge!) I enjoyed them courtesy of Ann many many times in my years at Buckeye. They can also be made with lemonade or limeade concentrate for a delicious twist. When Sol said he was making them I got really excited and spent the whole day pestering him about when he was going to make his balls and when I was going to get to taste his balls…(a la Pete Shweddy SNL routine), all while giggling like a 12-year-old, yes, I know, I hang out with middle schoolers too much.
Orange Coconut Balls
1 stick butter
1 box of powdered sugar
1 box vanilla wafer cookies
6 oz of frozen orange juice concentrate (or lemon or lime)
1 bag flake coconut
Soften butter, un-thaw orange juice
Grind cookies into crumbs. Add powdered sugar, mix together
Mix together with butter and orange juice mixture
Form into small balls and roll in coconut
Refrigerate and enjoy!