Dulce de Leche Cocadas Recipe

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Happy World Dulce de Leche Day!! We are celebrating with a simple sweet treat. Cocadas are a type of coconut confection found throughout Latin America. Mounds of soft and chewy coconut held together with sweetened condensed milk are pretty good, but adding some dulce de leche takes these treats to the next level. These are super simple to make; essentially it’s mix, stir and bake. Easy as a boxed cake mix.   For an added touch, dip the cocadas in a little bit of melted chocolate. Make a dozen, or make 12 dozen, these little guys are even better when shared with your loved ones. 

Cocadas (Coconut Macaroons)

  • 4 cups shredded sweetened dried coconut
  • ½ cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/3 cup dulce de leche
  • 1 tbsp. corn starch
  • 2 egg whites (from extra-large eggs)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • Non-stick spray
  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine all the ingredients until fully incorporated. Chill in your refrigerator for about 30 minutes. Meanwhile preheat your oven to 350°F.
  2. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and spray lightly with non-stick spray. Roll your coconut mixture into small balls. Stick with 1-2 oz balls. Place them on the prepared cookie sheet, evenly spaced. They don’t spread. If it gets too sticky you can lightly wet your fingertips.
  3. Bake for 30-35 minutes, rotating half-way through baking. Allow to cool completely. Store in an air tight container.
In the mood for more Dulce de Leche recipes? Try some of these from our favorite food bloggers.

Pan Dulce French Toast with Dulce de Leche from Presley’s Pantry

Soft Dulce de Leche Empanadas from La Piña en la Cocina

Dulce de Leche Apple Cake from Nibbles and Feasts

Dulce De Leche Chocolate Pretzel Cookie Recipe from Cooking on the Weekends




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  1. How many does this make, approximately?

    • Stephen Chavez

      Depending on the size of the ball you make, this should make between 12 to 24 cocadas.

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