Salted Caramel Coconut Macaroons

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.ย  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?
PhotobucketThen maybe, I mean…maybe…we could add some more caramel?
I used those little chick pea looking Caramel Bits.ย  I just melted them up with a little water…
PhotobucketAnd then maybe I sprinkled on a little more sea salt.
Because I’m salty.


Salted Caramel Coconut Macaroons


makes approx 34 cookies


  • 1 (14 oz) can Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 3/4 cup caramel sauce
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 (14 oz) bag shredded sweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 1/2- 2 tsp tsp sea salt, divided (I used flaked sea salt)
  • 1 cup milk chocolate
  • 1 cup caramel bits
  • 1 Tbsp water


  1. Preheat oven to 325ยฐ
  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 3/4 tsp sea salt on top of caramel, if desired.
  11. Let set completely before serving.


adapted from Eagle Brand


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

73 Responses

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

    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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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!!!

  4. Andrea

    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!

  5. 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.

  6. Victoria

    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 of NY.
    Welcome back to the real world! These little treats look like a great way to celebrate!

  7. 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:)

  8. 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? ๐Ÿ™‚ Awesome!

    Oh yes, I love your nail polish too.

  9. 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? ๐Ÿ™‚ Awesome!

    Oh yes, I love your nail polish too.

  10. 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 ๐Ÿ™‚ I can’t imagine what that must have been like :/

  11. 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!

  12. 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.

  13. 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. ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. 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! ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Janice

    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?

    1. shelly

      How weird! After researching a lot of recipes for macaroons I saw a lot of people who added double the amount of coconut that I did…so my suggestion would be add more coconut.
      However, I made them exactly as I wrote the recipe and the results are what was photographed. I have made then a few times when I was developing the recipe and came out with the same results every time…but with baking there are so many variables, oven temp, stirring method…so I would suggest add more coconut!
      Was your batter thin?

    2. Janice

      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.

  16. Susan C

    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?

  17. Jenny B.

    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??

  18. 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 right along with me! baaaahahaha lol

  19. Jocelynn

    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?

    1. shelly

      It certainly could be. I played around with this recipe a lot before I posted them, and the 2 bags was too much for me, but I think I might amend the recipe that I posted because so many seem to be having the same result as you did!!

      1. Jocelynn

        OK, I will remember, 1 bag is not enough and 2 is too much. I will be making these again real soon because even though my first batch didn’t look picture perfect, they taste AMAZING. A little guilty pleasure, for sure.

  20. These sound marvelous! A small bit of confusion, tho…..the recipe says “bag” of coconut but I just realized there is a “2” out front, so I guess it’s 2 bags? I was just thrown by your instructions which say “empty the whole bag” of coconut in, which again is singular. So, one bag or two? ๐Ÿ˜€

    1. Sorry, I didn’t see Jocelynn’s comment above until after I posted my question! ๐Ÿ™‚ I am making these right now & trying just one bag PLUS one cup more coconut. We’ll see!

      1. shelly

        yes, there was a little controversy around the amount of coconut…Mine turned out great with one bag, but for others, theirs seemed to spread more, so I upped the coconut in the recipe to the 2 bags. Let me know how yours turn out! I am going to do them again this week and try adding more coconut. BUt like I said, mine with the one bag turned out exactly as you see in the pictures ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. The ingredients call for two bags of coconut. But when you’re making the receipe you say add ‘a whole bag’ just wondering how many bags you actually need? Thanks!

  22. Woww that was odd. I just wrote aan extremely long comment but after I clicked submit my comment didn’t show
    up. Grrrr… well I’m not writing all that over again.

    Anyhow, just wanted to say fantastic blog!

  23. Cher

    Is there any reason you left out egg whites? I looked up some similar recipes, including the eagle brand one, and decided to add it. I folded it into the condensed milk (some recipes said a beaten egg white, but I skipped that part), forgot to add the caramel sauce on accident, and didnt use any flour. The new coconut amount was right on point, I even thought more could be nice but didnt want them to get dry. I think the lack of egg whites could be why some are getting flat cookies, perhaps?

  24. Marie

    I just made these for a party and they turned out awesome! Everyone raved over them and not one was left on the plate. Great recipe… Whatever moderations you made to the recipe definitely work! Super easy to make. This is a keeper!

  25. Kelly

    Just made these and sadly they completely ‘melted’ in the oven – flat like pancakes ๐Ÿ™ I am re-reading the recipe and trying to decipher the other comments regarding amount of coconut. I used 2 bags of coconut, each 7oz in weight, to total 14oz. Do you mean 2 bags each 14oz totaling 28oz? So sad the whole recipe is going in the garbage.

  26. Melanie

    These are sooo good! Recipe is perfect! I used chocolate chips for dipping as I didn’t have milk chocolate and it was awesome!

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