Cocadas - Coconut Macaroons With Dulce de Leche and Chocolate
Cocadas are sweet coconut cookies - a South American version of a coconut macaroon. Cocadas are typically molded into a dome shape and vary from bite size to quite large. They are crisp on the outside, and soft and chewy on the inside. You can use sweetened or unsweetened dried coconut to make these cookies, depending on your preference.
These chocolate-dipped cocada cookies have dulce de leche in the mix, giving them an extra rich butterscotch-caramel flavor. If you would rather make them without the dulce de leche, simply leave it out and add some extra condensed milk until the coconut mixture sticks together well enough to mold into the desired shape.
Cocadas are easy and fun to make - children will enjoy helping to shape them. Store cookies in an airtight container for up to a week. Freeze cookies for up to 1 month.
- 1/2 cup condensed milk
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 2 egg whites
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 4 cups shredded sweetened dried coconut
- 1/3 cup dulce de leche, homemade or purchased
- 1 cup chopped chocolate or chocolate chips
- 1 tablespoon vegetable shortening