Coconut Macaroons - Tres Leches Recipe

by chefkeem

My Tres Leches Coconut Macaroons recipe will make you famous way beyond your social circle. Start a food business and sell them for a nice profit.

When I added coconut macaroons to my small food business offerings a few years ago, I'd never thought they would become so popular. Meanwhile, I've made and sold thousands of them through a booth at the local farmers market and wholesale in several Austin, Texas food stores.
However, times have changed and other opportunities came along. I love online marketing and web design, and I've gotten pretty good at it, too. So today I'm a full-time internet consultant helping small businesses with their online presence.

Do you like it rich? Then you will love these Tres Leches Coconut Macaroons!

This recipe might even make YOU rich to boot.

Best Ever Coconut Macaroons RecipeSince I'm not making a whole lot of my Tres Leches Coconut Macaroons anymore, I thought I pass along this highly-successful recipe to folks who might want to build their own little (or huge) specialty food business around it. Don't be shy, try these fabulous cookies yourself, and if you don't break out in ecstatic "OMG"s and "God are they good"s...well, then you'd be different from everyone I've seen tasting these heavenly morsels.

It's a fairly easy business, too. You mix 'em, bake 'em, cool 'em, dip 'em, pack 'em, deliver 'em. All in all, 4 dozens take you about 2 hours. Sell them wholesale for $1.25 and count your profit. Not bad. (Now subtract the ones you've eaten yourself. Boy, YOU are bad.)

What you need...

  • A kitchen aid mixer would be good. But a big bowl will do just fine. Mix 'em by hand and build muscle.
  • A stiff rubber spatula. Don't save on your tools - the cheap ones tend to break in no time flat.
  • A scoop. Big one.
  • Cookie sheet pans.
  • Parchment paper. A blog reader complained that his macaroons stuck to the wax paper. Nuff said.
  • Dipping chocolate. Optional. Not.

Recipe for the best Coconut Macaroons ever

Now you'll see why they're called "Tres Leches" (Three milks)

Let's make a couple dozens, shall we? If that's too much for you, simply cut the recipe in half.coconut macaroons

  • Sweetened coconut flakes (14 ozs) - get 4 bags of them.
  • Sweetened condensed milk - take 2.
  • Sour cream - quarter cup.
  • Heavy cream - three tablespoons.
  • Mexican vanilla - one tablespoon
  • Or use any other quality vanilla extract.
  • Did you notice the 3 milks?
  • Oh, yeah - try to use Mexican vanilla, ok?
  • What's next? Read on...

Mix everything together until well combined. That means, don't leave spots with too much vanilla or areas without enough moisture. Well. Combined. Excellent.

  • Scoop out and press the batter firmly together.
  • Place your cookies on the baking sheet leaving an inch or two space between them.
  • Bake for about 12 minutes in a 350-degrees oven until they're lightly brown on top.
  • Let the coconut macaroons cool before you dip them halfway in dark chocolate.
  • Place in freezer for 10 minutes to let the chocolate harden.
  • Eat. (But you knew that part already.)

How to make Tres Leches Coconut Macarooons

The recipe in pictures
Place ingredients into mixer bowl...
Place ingredients into mixer bowl...
Combine well...
Combine well...
Press into scoop...
Press into scoop...
Place on baking sheet...
Place on baking sheet...
Bake until lightly brown on top...
Bake until lightly brown on top...
Dip in dark chocolate.
Dip in dark chocolate.

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Updated: 11/19/2012, chefkeem
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DerdriuMarriner on 11/09/2018

chefkeem, Thank you for the backstory, photos and products. What do you use for dipping and what would you do for those who only like white chocolate?

Guest on 07/11/2017

I have tried making macaroons but mine never turn out right! Your macaroons sound heavenly and are very pleasing to the eye and mouth!

chefkeem on 12/21/2015

If they're wrapped up well (plastic, cellophane) they'll keep 4-6 weeks.

eula on 12/21/2015

Would like to make and put in gift basket. What are there shelf life.

CarleyClagg on 11/03/2015

Yum! These look great! I will have to mark them in my recipe book.

Sheri_Oz on 03/30/2014

With Passover coming up soon, I think I will make a batch of these to take to the Seder. Wicked! Looks wicked!

Simon on 09/19/2012

I sooo looooove coconut macaroobs!!! Please send some fresh ones to Germany!!

Mira on 09/17/2012

These sound amazing! :-)

katiem2 on 01/20/2012

Oh my I cannot wait! I very much enjoy your blog as well. Thank you so much for both this site and your delight personality, what a treasure. Coconut and chocolate two perfect ingredients. I'm not surprised your macaroons are such a hit. I love coconut's so much a add a teaspoon of virgin organic cold pressed coconut oil to my morning coffee everyday, give it a go sometime if you too like coconut... hmmm now I find myself wondering how to incorporate real chocolate to it till I create my own macaroons. :) Katie

pablina on 07/09/2011

I love coconut macaroons and this look yummy. :)

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