Cocadas de Lechera (Sweet Condensed Milk and Coconut Bars)

by Erica Dinho on April 6, 2012

I don’t like staying in the kitchen for hours after cooking the main course making dessert, so I prefer simple desserts for entertaining. These Sweet Condensed Milk Bars or Cocadas de Lechera are the perfect dessert for entertaining.

I wish you all a happy Pascua (Easter) with your families and friends. Hope you enjoy the warm, spring days a head. Have fun with the egg hunts!

Buen provecho!



(About 12 cocadas)

  • Cooking spray, to prepare the pan
  • 1 can (14 oz ) condensed milk
  • 5 cups sweet shredded coconut


  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 sweet condensed milk 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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{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Belinda @zomppa April 6, 2012 at 8:18 AM

Oh wow! This is SOOOOOO simple – I’m totally on it – perfect for this weekend, and you know how much I LOVE condensed milk. Happy Easter!


2 Jeannie April 6, 2012 at 9:09 AM

I love simple recipes like this….looks so delicious too! Happy Easter!


3 Lauren de Recetas Americanas April 6, 2012 at 10:40 AM

Qué pinta! These look so good and so easy! I’ll be trying asap! Feliz pascua!


4 Sue/the view from great island April 6, 2012 at 11:36 AM

Gorgeous! I just made a similar dessert but topped it with a layer of almonds and chocolate. So easy and so delicious!


5 Claudia April 6, 2012 at 6:37 PM

When you’re making a holiday meal – something must be simplified! This is packed with goodness and flavor and makes life easy. Happy Easter!


6 ruth April 7, 2012 at 6:36 AM

Wow. It looks and sounds amazing!


7 Oysterculture April 7, 2012 at 8:56 AM

It sounds delicious and I was shocked that there were so few ingredients. I’ll look brilliant when I take this over for brunch tomorrow.


8 Joanne April 9, 2012 at 7:51 AM

bar desserts are definitely my favorite way to go when entertaining a crowd. With coconut these sound just perfect for spring!


9 Kim April 9, 2012 at 8:48 AM

Wow – it really doesn’t get much easier than this and the bars looks so delicious!


10 Faith April 9, 2012 at 9:24 AM

I love coconut so I’d be all over these bars! Mmm, I bet they’re perfect with a cup of tea or coffee. Hope you had a wonderful Easter!


11 grace April 9, 2012 at 3:13 PM

simple, straightforward, sweet, and satisfying!


12 Diana April 17, 2012 at 8:36 PM

I made those for Easter and my family loved them …I didn’t have a chance to eat one. I am making them again. We love your site, all your recipes are simple and they are delicious, Thanks


13 Erica April 17, 2012 at 10:41 PM

Thank you guys!


14 Cindy April 27, 2012 at 10:03 PM

I made this recipe last night, so quick and easy, but so delicious. My Columbian friend said this recipe is better than his mothers.


15 Dinie November 11, 2012 at 9:22 AM

I was looking for a coconut sweet that was slightly different to the Jamaican sweets, Coconut Drops! I think that I’ll try these some time.. Latinos and Caribbeans have a lot in common foodwise!!


16 Erika January 24, 2013 at 4:57 AM

These were SO easy to make and came out perfectly baked in a mini muffin pan! They also freeze well. Great recipe!!


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