my childhood chocolate coconut drops

Actually, growing up, we called these macaroons.  Mom would make them and we would devour a pan of them in an afternoon.  I purposefully did not “health” these up.  I made them, ate some and sent all of the rest to work with my husband.  If you have a sugar addiction problem like me, I suggest you do the same.  :)


2 cups white sugar

1/2 cup butter

1/2 cup almond milk (regular milk will do)

1 tsp. vanilla ( I have an outrageously delicious Mexican vanilla)

3 cups wheat free rolled oats

1/2 cup cocoa powder (plus a bit more if you LOVE chocolate)

1 cup shredded coconut (I use organic unsulphured coconut)

(pinch of salt)


1. In a large mixing bowl, combine rolled oats, shredded coconut, and cocoa powder (and a pinch of salt) .  Stir to mix and set aside.

2. In a medium sauce pan, combine butter, sugar, milk and vanilla.  Bring to a boil on medium/high heat,  stirring frequently, reduce heat to med. and stir until sugar has smoothed. Remove from heat and pour into bowl with oats and coconut.  Stir until everything is well combined.

3. Drop onto cookie sheets lined with wax paper with a spoon.  However large you like.  If you make them big, you will just eat more big ones.  Refrigerate until fully cooled.  Make sure to eat a spoonful to “test”.  Then test a couple of the cookies in about 1 hour.  You will need to test them again in the morning.  Then give them away.


  1. I grew up on these too…
    Sugar heaven!

  2. This was my mom’s quick and easy favorite too. yum!

  3. You know your Vanilla girl ;) , also, making a bunch of these tonight, thanks a lot!, i’ll flickr the results :D

  4. Did you save a couple for me (since they were busy refrigerating last night)? ;-)

    • the 10 cent designer
      April 8, 2011 at 12:06 pm

      nope, sent them with Ken. I cannot have them within a 2 mile radius for self control reasons :)

  5. OMG– I had totally forgot about these. Must buy ingredients this weekend.

  6. I grew up with a very similar recipe, without coconut. I am excited to try your version b/c I LOVE coconut!

  7. the 10 cent designer
    April 8, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    I can honestly say- 3 or 4 of these cookies can easily fuel a 20k run. Because they did! :)

  8. Mexican vanilla is amaz-zing!

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  11. Vivienne - Cape Town
    June 20, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    wow loved these, when I was a kid it was a weekly treat…we called it chocolate coconut kisses. Time to make treats again lol. deee leee shus

  12. Loved these as a kid too and raised my own on them. I’ve discovered a way to reduce the sugar by half although they stay a little sticky and don’t dry out so much this way. I replace the 2 cups of sugar with only one cup of sugar and 1 tsp of raw stevia powder. The green form I have in my cupboards at the moment disappears easily in all that chocolate. Although you could use the white kind. Now that most of my kids are gone there’s more left on the plate for me these days. Darn! ;)

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