Salted Caramel Coconut Macaroons

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These Salted Caramel Macaroons are the perfect combo of sweet and salty!

I will start this post off by saying a huge thank you to all those who sent positive thoughts to me the past few weeks while we lived without power.

We are officially back in business after 2 very long weeks without…

My thoughts still go out to those who are living without power and homes due to the horrible devastation that was Hurricane Sandy.  I encourage everyone to donate, even if it’s just a few dollars to the relief efforts for those who are now homeless and suffering.

 

When the power finally came back on late afternoon last Friday I had never been so excited to run a load of laundry…or wash a load of dishes.

That excitement lasted about 37 minutes.

Apparently it wasn’t DOING the laundry that I missed, it was the ABILITY to do the laundry.

 

And although I complained every minute of every day without power, or running water or internet, there are many who are far worse off than I.

I’m a bit of a princess.

Working on it…kinda-sorta.

 

So as my inaugural post-power treat I decided to get serious…Salted Caramel Coconut Macaroons.

I took the base idea for these from the Host A Cookie Party site…I contributed some fun ideas along with Jamie from My Baking Addiction on how to throw a Cookie Party.

And I’m running a fun giveaway HERE (only one day left to enter) to win all the essentials to get your cookie party started.

 

But back to these cookies.

They are sweet, salty, chewy, coconutty….

Pretty much everything a cookie should be.

I mean, if you like coconut.

If you don’t…well, can we still be friends?
PhotobucketThey go together totally fast.

Just mix some sweetened condensed milk together with some flour and caramel sauce…
PhotobucketYou’ll want to add a bit of sea salt in there too.
I used flaked sea salt, but you don’t have to…
PhotobucketThen dump in a whole lotta coconut.
PhotobucketAnd give it a sweetened condensed milk/caramel bath…
PhotobucketDrop your yummy batter on a lined baking sheet…
PhotobucketThis is how they will look after they’ve baked.
PhotobucketSO they are pretty awesome, as-is, yes?
But I mean, what would happen if we dipped them in chocolate?
PhotobucketOhhhhh….
PhotobucketThen maybe, I mean…maybe…we could add some more caramel?
I used those little chick pea looking Caramel Bits.  I just melted them up with a little water…
PhotobucketSheesh…
PhotobucketAnd then maybe I sprinkled on a little more sea salt.
Because I’m salty.
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Totally.

Salted Caramel Coconut Macaroons
 
makes approx 34 cookies
Ingredients
  • 1 (14 oz) can Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • ¾ cup caramel sauce
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 (14 oz) bag shredded sweetened coconut flakes
  • 1½- 2 tsp tsp sea salt, divided (I used flaked sea salt)
  • 1 cup milk chocolate
  • 1 cup caramel bits
  • 1 Tbsp water
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325°
  2. Line baking sheet with parchment paper and spray it lightly with cooking spray. Set aside
  3. In a large bowl combine flour, sweetened condensed milk and caramel sauce. Add in coconut and 1 tsp of sea salt. Stir until combined.
  4. Drop dough by rounded tablespoon on lined baking sheet about an inch apart.
  5. Bake for 12-15 minutes until golden.
  6. Let cool on baking sheet for 3 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack to continue cooling.
  7. Melt milk chocolate in a microwave safe bowl in 30 second increments until melted, stirring after each interval.
  8. When cookies are cooled dip the bottoms of the cookies into the melted chocolate.
  9. Melt caramel bits and water in microwave for 45 seconds, or until melted.
  10. Drizzle caramel over top of the cookies and finish by sprinkling remaining ¾ tsp sea salt on top of caramel, if desired.
  11. Let set completely before serving.
Notes
adapted from Eagle Brand

 

**I adapted this recipe since I first posted based on feedback from the comments…the recipe is updated!

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Averie @ Averie Cooks
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November 11, 2012 6:02 pm

Congrats on getting your power back on! And on being able to use your oven – I bet it has never felt.so.good.

I have those caramel bits in my cupboard (and all the other ingredients, too) – I need to make these b/c boy, they look phenomenal. Sweet, chewy, chocolaty, perfect.

vanillasugarblog
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November 11, 2012 6:17 pm

I don’t know how you did it all.
No power for that long?
I couldn’t do it.
Last summer when hurricane irene hit; half of cape cod had power (us) and
the other half lost it for 12 days.
I had a lot of friends come over to shower and do laundry.
They were so grateful, but the misery of not having power that long took
a long toll on them.
A lot of my friends now have gas generators. They are crazy expensive to install but they can run indefinitely.

Jocelyn
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November 11, 2012 6:33 pm

Yay for being able to do laundry and dishes…even if the thrill only lasted so long. It is amazing the things that we take for granted when so many others don’t have those simple little things. I love coconut and I love salted caramel…these.look.awesome!!!! And I think I have everything in my baking cupboard for them…YAY!!!

luv what you do
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November 11, 2012 6:35 pm

I have never made homemade macaroons, but they look so much better than the ones in the box. Yummy!

Andrea
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Andrea
November 11, 2012 7:09 pm

I NEED to make these! If my mom didn’t just make me a Mounds cake for my Birthday (today), I’d make them now! Instead, I’ll hold off until the cake is gone.

Glad to hear that your power has been restored. I cannot imagine!

Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust
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November 11, 2012 7:24 pm

I’m so happy that your power is back! I’ve been thinking about you and all those affected. We had a bake sale yesterday and raised $180 for the red cross. Every little bit helps!

Cookbook Queen
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November 11, 2012 8:08 pm

I need a few four dozenish of these in my life right now.

Also, you are not princessey, you are pioneer challenged, meaning that you are not good at pioneerish things. Next time I’ll send you some Little House books and it can feel like an adventure.

Melissa @ Treats With a Twist
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November 11, 2012 8:12 pm

Yes! Coconut Macaroons are one of my tip top favorite cookies (dipped in chocolate of course). Adding salted caramel makes me love them even more…makes me love YOU even more :)
Good luck with all that laundry girl!

Susan C
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Susan C
November 11, 2012 9:53 pm

Can’t wait to make these! But I’m not exactly sure what you mean by caramel sauce? Is that just more melted caramel?

Julie @ Table for Two
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November 11, 2012 10:03 pm

These look SO good. I love coconut macaroons. They’re so dangerous. I eat way too many of them. I’m glad you have power back! :) question – what nailpolish do you have on? I love the tiny sparkles in it!

Lynna
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November 11, 2012 11:38 pm

OMGAH.

First, I`m glad your power is back on.

Second, I think I`m in love with these. I`m sure it`ll be a guarantee hit if I made them.

Victoria
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Victoria
November 12, 2012 7:16 am
POWER! We are not too far from you (West Milford). We just got power Sunday night! Though I am probably more of a princess…we had a generator and transfer switch (for well, septic, furnace, and some lights, even able to put on the washing machine/dryer), it was WONDERFUL to get back to the routine of the children turning on all the lights in the house! Trees around here were snapped like toothpicks. Part of the woods (watershed) were cleared….dozens and dozens of trees fell in random spots all over town. The poor Jersey Shore…as well as Brooklyn and other parts… Read more »
Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar
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November 12, 2012 8:25 am

Mmm love this!

Sue @ Cakeballs, cookies and more
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November 12, 2012 8:49 am

that is crazy, I don’t know what we would do without power for so long, when we had a big power outage 9 years ago, it was the middle of summer and I was going crazy after 1 hour. I hope everyone is okay and these treats at least made the wait for power worth it, sort of:)

Brian @ A Thought For Food
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November 12, 2012 10:32 am

I’m completely obsessed with macaroons… and have never had one that’s salted caramel. I’m going to have to give this a try!

Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel
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November 12, 2012 10:55 am

Eeek. So glad you have power again. I agree–the ABILITY is what’s cool, not the actual doing dishes part. I mean, I could live without doing that forever. However, I could NOT live without these macaroons. Salted caramel is the bees knees.

Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies
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November 12, 2012 12:55 pm

I just want to shove 10 of these in my mouth right now. I’m so glad your power is back–I can’t imagine going 2 weeks without!

Tiffany
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November 12, 2012 1:27 pm

Um, YUM.

Carrie
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November 12, 2012 2:18 pm

so happy for you that you have power back! And what a way to come back! These sound FAB.

Pat
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November 12, 2012 3:11 pm

Congrats on having power again! I can’t imagine….you are very strong, I have to say that. I donated first thing…just wish I had more to give.

These cookies look awesome!!! Chocolate, coconut, caramel and sea salt? :) Awesome!

Oh yes, I love your nail polish too.

Pat
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November 12, 2012 3:11 pm

Congrats on having power again! I can’t imagine….you are very strong, I have to say that. I donated first thing…just wish I had more to give.

These cookies look awesome!!! Chocolate, coconut, caramel and sea salt? :) Awesome!

Oh yes, I love your nail polish too.

Cookieria by Margaret
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November 12, 2012 3:13 pm

Glad all is well with you!

Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray
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November 12, 2012 3:16 pm

I’m so glad your power has returned! Be more mature than I am and resist the desire to turn every light in your house on, just ’cause.

Cher @ Weddicted
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November 12, 2012 3:20 pm

Oh my – these look SO good. I just made chocolate macaroons the other day and I was trying to brainstorm a new flavour! Thanks!

P.S. Glad to hear things are okay for you!

Casey
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November 12, 2012 3:29 pm

yuuuuum! I LOVE macaroons!! These look aweeee-some, does it really get any better than caramel, chocolate, and coconut? No, i think not. Glad that your power is back up :) I can’t imagine what that must have been like :/

Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes
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November 12, 2012 4:45 pm

I love macaroons! So glad for you that you have your power back :)

Carlas Confections
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November 12, 2012 5:44 pm

Hooray for power being back up! These macaroons looks so fun :)

Cookie Sleuth
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November 12, 2012 6:31 pm

These look like Girl Scout cookies. Yum! I’m glad you are back in business. What a difficult couple of weeks!

cathy @ Noble Pig
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November 12, 2012 7:36 pm

It must be awesome to have power back wow! And these cookies…I would eat the whole tray…wow.

Ayla
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Ayla
November 12, 2012 8:10 pm

what brand are the carmel bits and where did you get them? i’ve never seen them before!

Nonna Bobbi
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Nonna Bobbi
November 12, 2012 8:44 pm

Where do you get the caramel bits?

Joanne
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November 12, 2012 9:15 pm

Yay for having power back!!! That’s SO awesome! I am a MAJOR fan of coconut but even if I wasn’t…I highly suspect that the chocolate and caramel would win me over!

Meg @ Sweet Twist
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November 12, 2012 9:41 pm

What a recipe to get you back into the swing of things.

So happy you have power again. I couldn’t imagine going that long, glad everything is okay now.

Jeanette
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November 12, 2012 10:10 pm

So glad to hear you got power back. We only lost power for 8 days so I can only imagine how hard it must be for all the people who are still without power and displaced from their homes. We take so much for granted – I have to say it was so nice being able to cook in a warm kitchen again in the light and to take a hot shower and do laundry.

Karen @ Sugartown Sweets
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November 13, 2012 9:36 am

Still praying for all the storm victims. So glad to hear you have your power back on! The very 1st thing I think of when I’ve lost power is laundry..and my hair! Looks like some awesome treats to help you make it through Mt. Laundry. :)

Diane (createdbydiane)
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November 13, 2012 11:52 am

Two of my favorites together, oh how I just LOVE these.
Macaroons have always been my favorite, but OOOHHHH salted caramel on top, YUM!
So glad your power returned!

Carolyn
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November 13, 2012 12:35 pm

I really thought those things WERE chickpeas. I had to go back and forth a few times before I understood you weren’t putting chickpeas in these awesome cookies! :)

Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen
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November 13, 2012 4:18 pm

Glad you got your power back! I love macaroons, but sadly have never made them! Going on my very long list…

Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen
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November 13, 2012 11:33 pm

You had me at salted caramel, I can’t get enough of that!

Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.
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November 14, 2012 9:04 am

These look fabulous!! Love this combination!

Kelly Senyei (Just a Taste)
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November 14, 2012 9:57 am

I love how sweet and straightforward these are! It’s hard to beat coconut and chocolate, but that caramel drizzle is too tempting!

Joy
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November 16, 2012 5:20 pm

Ohhhh It is like a those coconut girl scout cookies.

Ashley - Baker by Nature
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November 16, 2012 9:32 pm

whoa! these are all kinds of amazing!!

Janice
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Janice
November 20, 2012 9:03 am

Don’t know what I did wrong, but my macaroons were completely flat. After the first batch, I added more flour (about 3 tablespoons) to the remaining dough, hoping it would help them hold their shape. NO luck. I’ve read, and re-read, the recipe thinking I did something wrong, but I followed it exactly. Any thoughts?

Janice
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Janice
November 23, 2012 6:55 pm

Thanks for your response. I wouldn’t say the batter was thin. While the batter was in the bowl it looked just like your picture. It was only when I scooped them out on to a cookie sheet that there was more liquid than in your picture. Adding more coconut sounds like a good idea.

Susan C
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Susan C
November 20, 2012 8:10 pm

One more question before I dive into this recipe. Do you think unsweetened coconut would work ok? I like the idea of buying organic coconut and it doesn’t seem to come sweetened. And with the sweetened condensed milk, I’m thinking that would make the coconut plenty sweet. What do you think?

Jenny B.
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Jenny B.
November 21, 2012 2:45 pm

I had the same issue with flat cookies. I’m glad I saw your reply about putting in more coconut, it made the difference, wish I had tried it after the first pan-full as opposed to the last pan. BTW, my 3 year old got mad at me for “ruining her cookies” when I drizzled the caramel and salt on it. She didn’t want me to put the chocolate on it, either. What kind of kid am I raising??

Rhonda
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November 21, 2012 9:40 pm
WOW.. I had a picture in my mind what I wanted and I had to really get creative with google search to find THIS RECIPE.. I am so excited to make these cookies.. thank you so much for posting this recipe! I am almost exactly sure that these and the russian tea cakes ( amongst others) will be a personal favorite with the ones who will be getting cookies for christmas this year.. This year I will attempt over 150 dozen may be a little more different cookies for my christmas tins! Oh Jolly year.. cause you’re all gaining weight… Read more »
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Jocelynn
December 5, 2012 3:44 pm

I made these today and the batter looked just like your picture in the bowl but really spread out when I put them on the baking sheet. ONce baked the cookies look more like a regular cookie then a macaroon (and I only got 2 dozen). I looked at the original recipe and it says 2 14oz bags of coconut, could that be it?

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