Cocadas de Arequipe (Dulce de Leche and Coconut Bars)

by Erica Dinho on March 13, 2012

Cocadas de Arequipe

Hola everyone,

Do you love Dulce de Leche and Coconut? Then allow me to introduce you to a delicious dessert, Cocadas de Arequipe. It’s simple and easy to make and an absolutely wonderful.

The aromas in the kitchen were making me so hungry when I was cooking these cocadas, that I just could not wait to eat them. When they finally cooled, I quickly cut myself a piece and bit into it. It was a piece of heaven in my mouth!

Buen provecho!

Cocadas de arequipe con leche



(About 12 Cocadas de Aequipe)

Cocadas de coco y arequipe


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Spray an 8 by 8-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  3. In a medium bowl mix the coconut and dulce de leche until well combined.
  4. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan. Wet your fingers and lightly press the mixture evenly into the pan.
  5. Bake for about 20 to 25 minutes, until very lightly browned.
  6. Cool for at least 1 hour before cutting into squares. Serve at room temperature.
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{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Claudia March 13, 2012 at 10:16 AM

These are sensational – such a satisfying treat. I think I could eat all 12 of them.


2 Belinda @zomppa March 13, 2012 at 7:15 PM

Hol…y…are these serious questions?? Uh, YEAH??? I am soooooo going to make this.


3 Christy March 13, 2012 at 10:19 PM

Looks like the coconut cookies we have during the Lunar New Year season, as the festive goodies :)


4 Ben March 14, 2012 at 10:48 AM

We have something similar in Mexico, but I love the dulce de leche on this ones.


5 Mary March 14, 2012 at 4:20 PM

What an incredibly delicious treat – I’m sure they did smell wonderful cooking!! but tasted even better when eaten!
Mary x


6 grace March 15, 2012 at 4:06 PM

two ingredients, and they happen to be two of my favorite! awesome concoction, erica!


7 Jamie @ Cookin' with Moxie March 16, 2012 at 11:54 PM

This recipe only calls for 2 ingredients? I’m sold! Maybe that’s because those two ingredients happen to be some of my favorite sweets in the world?


8 Cristina March 18, 2012 at 11:43 PM


Would it be ok to use regular (non-sweetened) shredded coconut, since the arequipe is already super-sweet?


9 Erica March 31, 2012 at 10:30 AM

Cristina, You can use non-sweetened coconut, but cocadas are usually very sweet.


10 Erica March 31, 2012 at 10:31 AM

Thank you guys!


11 Oysterculture April 7, 2012 at 3:55 PM

Hey, I was going to make the version with condensed milk, but found the dulce de leche first. I made these and my husband was blown away. He now wants to move to Columbia.


12 Cristina September 28, 2012 at 11:02 PM

Hi Erica, I made these today and they were so good. Thanks for the recipe!


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