No Bake Salted Caramel Coconut Macaroons

These Salted Caramel Coconut Macaroons are no bake and so easy to make! The perfect mix of coconut, caramel and chocolate! I’m in love!

No Bake Salted Caramel Coconut Macaroons

Salted Caramel Coconut Macaroons recipe

So we are only about 3 weeks away from Christmas. Can you believe it?! It’s going to come SO fast! Normally at this point I like to have all of our decorations up, but this year I’ve had a few dilemmas.

One is the traveling. We were out of town for Thanksgiving and then my parents were in town visiting this weekend. Not to mention we’ve had a ton of rain, which makes it hard to go get a tree outside. I’m pretty sure it has been raining like this the last 3 years when we’ve gotten our tree. Crazy coincidence?

And this year we have some of the hubs’ family visiting from South Africa for Christmas. Normally I put our tree up so early that by the time the actual day of Christmas rolls around, it’s getting a little droopy. We don’t want that to happen this year because we don’t ever have his family here from South Africa and we both want it to be nice.

On top of that, the sun totally changes as winter rolls in and daylight savings changes. I’m finally getting the hang of the change in sunlight for photo taking purposes. Right now, the best light in our house is right where we put our Christmas tree. 🙂 I mean, HELLO DILEMMA! What ever will I do once we put up the tree? I’m considering rearranging furniture to help fix this problem. #foodbloggerproblems

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Something else I rearranged is this cookie. It’s sort of a modification of these Caramel Clusters my family has made most Christmas’ since I was a kid. We are big caramel lovers and these super easy cookies were always a hit!

I decided to change them up and turn it into a Salted Caramel Coconut Macaroon and it was a fabulous idea! These cookies are to die for – and possibly even better than the original. The caramels are melted on the stove, then the coconut is stirred into the mixture. I used a cookie scoop to form them and place them on parchment paper to cool and firm.

Once cooled, they are dipped in some melted chocolate, then a little more chocolate is drizzled on top. I used almond bark, since it melts so nice and smooth, but there are several melting chocolate options at most stores – especially this time of year. They are sprinkled with a little bit of sea salt on top, but you could leave that off if you prefer.

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Knowing that my dad in particular is a lover of caramel like myself, I took him some of these over Thanksgiving. I was totally right – he loved them! These Salted Caramel Coconut Macaroons actually remind me a lot of a samoa. They have the soft caramel and coconut texture and flavor, with the chocolate. They are just without the vanilla cookie.

When I saw my dad again this weekend, he had high hopes that I might still have some of these cookies lying around. Sadly I did not, but he’s put in a formal request for more. I think it’s safe to say we’ve found a new favorite. 🙂

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Recipe

No Bake Salted Caramel Coconut Macaroons

  • Author: Life, Love and Sugar
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 24 Cookies
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: No Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Description

These Salted Caramel Coconut Macaroons are no bake and so easy to make! The perfect mix of coconut, caramel and chocolate! I’m in love!


Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp (45ml) milk
  • 6 tbsp (84g) salted butter
  • 11 oz bag Kraft caramels*, wrappers removed
  • 45 cups (288g-360g) shredded sweetened coconut
  • 4 oz melting chocolate, such as almond bark
  • Sea salt

Instructions

1. Add the milk, butter and caramels to a large pot set over medium heat. Allow everything to melt, stirring often so that the mixture doesn’t boil.
2. When the caramel is melted and smooth, add the coconut, starting with 4 cups. Mix together until the coconut is well coated with caramel. Add additional coconut as needed so that the coconut is all well covered, but not too “wet” or the final cookies will end up gooey.
3. Scoop out spoonfuls of about 1 1/2 tablespoons of the mixture onto parchment paper, or another nonstick paper.
4. Allow to cool completely.
5. In a small bowl, melt the chocolate according to the package directions.
6. Dip the bottoms of each macaroon into the chocolate, then set back onto the parchment paper to dry. Drizzle with some additional chocolate and sprinkle with sea salt.
7. Allow cookies to firm completely, then serve. Store at room temperature in an airtight container.

* Should be 40 caramels.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 Cookie
  • Calories: 99
  • Sugar: 10.4 g
  • Sodium: 261 mg
  • Fat: 5.5 g
  • Carbohydrates: 11.8 g
  • Protein: 1 g
  • Cholesterol: 7.9 mg

Keywords: coconut macaroons recipe, coconut cookies, coconut dessert, caramel dessert, caramel cookies

Enjoy!

No Bake Salted Caramel Coconut Macaroons! So easy to make!

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134 Comments
    1. Lindsay

      You could try popping in the freezer until they firm up to remove them from the parchment paper. Sounds like a measurement may have been off. If there’s too much moisture and they’re too sticky, you can always try adding some additional shredded coconut.

      1. Lisa P.

        I’m about to do the chocolate step though the coconut part seems gooey still. Now that it’s all cooled, can I put it all back into a bowl to add more coconut or will a little gooey still work out?

      2. Lindsay

        If it’s just a little gooey it should be fine. The chocolate on the bottom will help make it easier to handle and not stick.

  1. Griffith Joanne

    Making the Coconut Macaroons can I substitute the chocolate (for the bottom and drizzle) to chocolate chips. If so do I have to add anything with that and amount of an additional ingredient?

    1. Lindsay

      You can try chocolate chips, but it doesn’t make as smooth of a coating and drizzle and tends to not work quite as well.

  2. Dawn

    I had a big mess with the Caramel Coconut Macaroons. They did not form a ball as shown and stayed runny. Disappointing.

  3. Lisa Paquette

    Hello, I have been making these cookies for a few years now and my family LOVES them!! I am wondering if they can be frozen? I have a cookie exchange party this weekend and wanted to bring these. Do you think freezing them is OK?

  4. Elyssia Browning

    I absolutely love this recipe! I had trouble having enough to dip in chocolate because my husband kept eating them. First time I made it, I made it with Kraft caramel nibs. It’s the same thing as unwrapped Kraft caramels and the same weight. It turned out beautifully! The second time I made this recipe I didn’t have caramels so I made my own caramel from scratch (omitted the milk, butter and Kraft caramels), well technically in the microwave, it’s so easy and it still worked beautifully.

    ▢ ¼ cup unsalted butter
    ▢ ½ cup white sugar
    ▢ ½ cup brown sugar
    ▢ ½ cup corn syrup (Karo Syrup)
    ▢ ¼ teaspoon salt
    ▢ ½ cup sweetened condensed milk

    Microwave for 7 minutes in a large bowl, stirring every 90 seconds. Then add to coconut (I like mine toasted) and continue with directions.

    Love love love! Thank you

    1. Elyssia Browning

      I totally meant to say Kraft caramel bits 🤣 **update: I found that when I made the homemade caramel, I probably should have treated it like the Kraft caramels and added the other ingredients because once they completely solidified a day later, they were like candy—hard.

  5. Jaime Allen

    I love this recipe! (Now i just need to stop making them with only 2hrs sleep… The difference between 6oz and 6tbsp is either truffles or macaroons)

  6. Jen

    Could you make these with lightly toasted coconut? Some of my family has issues with the texture of raw coconut.
    Are there adjustments I need to make to the recipe if the coconut is lightly toasted?

    1. Lindsay

      I haven’t tried them so I’m not sure. They are the same brand, so I’d think it’d be ok. But I’m not sure.

  7. Jo-Ann

    Just made these, no idea how anyone can have problems, mine are perfect, held together just fine! Will be making again! Thx for the recipe

  8. Shannon

    I’ve been making your macaroons for two years at Christmastime and they are so easy and delicious…the recipe is forgiving too! This time I didn’t have sweetened coconut and it worked fine; the macaroons didn’t need any extra sweetener to compensate. I also used chocolate chips with a little Crisco in place of the chocolate bark. Thanks for the recipe!

  9. Christine C Rosa

    Found this recipe for my daughter, who is gluten free. This cookie doesn’t miss on flavor and is so easy to make. The sea salt is a must! Will definitely add to my annual Christmas Cookie must have list!

  10. Eileen

    Outstanding recipes! These are definitely going to be a permanent cookie/candy on the holiday cookie platter!  I too found the mixture too gooey initially, but I just kept adding coconut until it was perfect!  I am going to freeze them right away so that they do not disappear before Christmas!

  11. Andrea

    I made this for the first time yesterday for a Christmas party and they were amazing all gone before I could take a pic!! Love all your recipes. Thank you!

  12. Jami

    I have the kraft caramel bits on hand. Do you think it would still be 11oz?
    Making these for my birthday party! Yum

  13. Dee

    Yummy!  These are fabulous!  Only change I made was to toast the coconut a wee bit before I added it.  These are definitely going to be on the cookie list from now on, fab results and so easy to make!  Thank you for sharing!

  14. Carolyn

    These are so good. Thanks for the recipe. Mine. Aren’t nearly as pretty as yours but that didn’t hurt the taste. 

  15. jom

    Hello! I really love to try this recipe. Just worried about the shelf life. I live in a tropical country and the weather is hot. How long will this last outside the fridge? Thank you!

    1. Lindsay

      It would be best to use the ones in the recipe. I can’t guarantee results will work with other ones. The cookies could end up too soft or too hard with others.

  16. Ashley Barrientes

    I have made over 10 of theses recipes, and we LOVE it!!!! We add crushed pecans when adding the coconut, and we like our balls a little smaller so they are more bite size- I get about 70 per recipe. I have also experimented with white chocolate and dark chocolate. They are amazing!!! Even people that don’t like coconut have 2 or 3! Thank you so much for the recipe!!!!!

  17. Diane

    These were wonderful. Other than using the whole bag of coconut I followed the recipe exactly. Definitely a keeper. 

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