Salted Caramel Coconut Macaroon Cups

Salted Caramel Coconut Macaroon Cups // @veggiebeastblog

Hi there. Me again, with another dessert. I know what you’re thinking: with a blog name like “Veggie and the Beast” shouldn’t there be some…vegetables? It’s confusing.

Only after making these cute little chocolate coconut cups did I realize that those two main ingredients were the same ingredients used in last week’s post. Chocolate and coconut forever and always.

Salted Caramel Coconut Macaroon Cups // @veggiebeastblog

Speaking of that post, in which I opened up about about my mostly-vegan diet as of late, I have an ironic update. I felt great about writing that post – I had been eating vegan for a couple weeks, and hadn’t even had a craving for dairy. “This is easy,” I thought. “Why would I ever not be vegan?” And then, as the craving gods would have it, I woke up the next morning with the most intense need for my favorite pizza place in town. That was Tuesday, and the craving persisted until Friday, when I asked Ryan to finally take me out to dinner FORTHELOVEOFPIZZA.

And you know what? If I want something I’m going to eat it. I like to keep things pretty simple like that. I realize I may lose some vegan followers, but I hope the majority of you are aware and accepting of my vegetarian diet. I like vegan meals and treats, but I also like cheesy and creamy vegetarian dishes. Sometimes I also like baking with butter, or eating the milk chocolate candy my mom gave me for Easter (those hard-shell cadbury eggs, you know?), and I don’t see that changing permanently. Can we still be friends? I hope so.

Salted Caramel Coconut Macaroon Cups // @veggiebeastblog

Despite all this “I’m not a vegan” talk, the recipe I’m bringing you today IS vegan, and gluten free, and entirely awesome. It probably sounds a little putsy, but it really goes pretty quickly, and the result is well worth it: chocolate, sweetened coconut, and rich salted caramel that will drip all over everything. You’ve been warned.

It’s like an inside-out macaroon covered with caramel. What could be better? I almost put peanut butter in there too, but that felt like just a tad too much.

Salted Caramel Coconut Macaroon Cups // @veggiebeastblog

I’ve made these twice so far, and the first time I experimented with date caramel, and it was good, but it didn’t WOW me. It also wasn’t as drippy/messy as I wanted. That being said, if you like date caramel you can definitely use that here – go for it! You be you!

The second time around I tweaked my go-to brown sugar caramel recipe, and I knew I had a winner when I bit into the candy and the thick-yet-drippy caramel fell onto my bare foot. Teia loved that part…she also eats grass, but still.

Salted Caramel Coconut Macaroon Cups // @veggiebeastblog

Now that I’ve posted two dessert recipes in a row…ahem, two chocolate and coconut dessert recipes in a row, I promise to be back with the veggie variety very shortly…maybe tomorrow? Probably tomorrow.

Salted Caramel Coconut Macaroon Cups

Dark chocolate cups filled with a sweet coconut and rich salted caramel filling! Vegan and gluten free.

Yield: 24 cups

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes


Chocolate Cups

  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips (dairy free, if needed), divided
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil

Salted Caramel Filling

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoon full fat coconut milk, divided
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil
  • ¼-1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Coconut Macaroon Filling

  • 1/2 cup full fat coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons agave nectar
  • 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut


  1. Line a mini muffin pan with 24 paper liners. Set aside.
  2. Bring a small pot of water to a simmer. Set a glass bowl on top - it should be big enough to sit on top of the pot without falling in. Add 1 cup of chocolate chips and 1/2 tablespoon coconut oil to the glass bowl, and use a rubber spatula to stir occasionally until the chips are melted.
  3. Drop 1 teaspoon of chocolate in each muffin liner, and use a silicone brush to brush the chocolate up the sides. Set in the freezer while you prepare the fillings.
  4. Whisk together the brown sugar and 2 tablespoons coconut milk in a saucepan. Once the sugar is dissolved and the mixture just starts to bubble, whisk in the coconut oil. After the coconut oil melts, pour in the remaining coconut milk and bring to a boil. Let boil, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the salt, then place in the refrigerator to chill while you get the coconut filling together.
  5. For the coconut filling, bring the 1/2 cup coconut milk to a boil. Let boil for 3 minutes, whisking constantly, then remove from the heat and stir in the agave and coconut. Place in the refrigerator to chill for 5 minutes.
  6. Once the fillings are no longer hot (you just don't want them to melt the hardened chocolate) fill each hardened chocolate liner with 2 teaspoons of caramel, and 1 teaspoon of coconut filling. Place in the freezer while you melt the remaining chocolate.
  7. Melt the remaining chocolate and coconut oil in the same way you did the first time. Remove the muffin pan from the freezer, and top each liner with 1 teaspoon melted chocolate, using the back of your teaspoon to gently spread over the top. Sprinkle on some sea salt, if desired, then pop into the freezer until set (about 10-15 minutes), or store in the refrigerator until ready to eat.
  8. Once set, these may be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for several days.

Nutrition Information: Serving Size: 1 macaroon cup, Calories: 194, Total Fat: 13g, Carbs: 19g, Protein: 2g, Sodium: 23mg, Sugar: 15g


13 Responses to “Salted Caramel Coconut Macaroon Cups”

  1. grace — April 15, 2015 @ 7:42 am (#)

    “Chocolate and coconut forever and always.”
    amen, and amen.  these are glorious!

    • Katie — April 15, 2015 @ 12:19 pm (#)

      AMEN. Thank you for your comment!

  2. Alexandra — April 15, 2015 @ 9:07 am (#)

    I’ll be stickin’ around – your recipes and photos are delightful, whether they’re vegetarian, vegan, whatever.

    Personally, I went through a pretty strict vegetarian phase and realized how difficult and crabby it made me. Ultimately, if someone makes me a meal in their own kitchen and they, unaware of what “vegetarian” really means, used chicken stock in their soup, I will eat it. If I eat a biscuit (common here in the Southern United States) that was made with lard and I don’t find out until after the fact, I’m not going to beat myself up about it. When I have the decision making ability in the kitchen or in the grocery store or the market, I try and eat nearly all vegetarian. But I don’t eat much dairy (really only eggs and occasionally cheese) and sometimes eat seafood. So because of that, I avoid trying to label myself. Difficult when blogging, I know (I used to write a food blog) when trying to find your core audience. But trust that people will stick around because they are intrigued and excited by your food + style + approach! 

    //end monologue. :) sorry about that!//

    • Katie — April 15, 2015 @ 12:25 pm (#)

      I love this comment – thank you so much! I definitely do have some people say they are disappointed or disgusted when I put up non-vegan blog posts, so it’s great to hear the other side of it. I am a strict vegetarian, but my reasons for eating vegan from time to time aren’t something that I will enforce at other’s homes or at restaurants – it’s just too exhausting to pick apart everything I buy or consume. Blogging does definitely make it harder, which is why I’m trying to be as transparent as possible about what will be on my blog – some vegan, some gluten free, some vegetarian and gluten-full :)

      Thanks again for your comment!

  3. Lauren Gaskill — April 15, 2015 @ 2:52 pm (#)

    Just, wow! What a fantastic recipe. Thanks for sharing, Katie!

  4. Adriane — April 15, 2015 @ 10:51 pm (#)

    How do I sub the coconut oil?  My skin breaks out like crazy with that stuff.

    • Katie — April 15, 2015 @ 11:01 pm (#)

      Butter or vegan butter (like earth balance) will work!

  5. Claudia — April 16, 2015 @ 1:51 am (#)

    I can completely relate to your vegan-then-not-vegan situation. I’m vegetarian and go through food phrases like crazy. For months I’ll be completely vegan and wonder why I’d ever eat dairy/eggs, and then suddenly I’ll be thinking “Give me a grilled cheese, stat!” 

    Also, these macaroon cups look delicious! Coconut and chocolate forever!

  6. Ohmydish — April 16, 2015 @ 1:57 am (#)

    Salted caramel AND coconut? I’d say! This would really go well with a nice, big cup of tea. Thank you for sharing Katie!

  7. Aquasan — April 16, 2015 @ 3:42 am (#)

    amazing delight. beautiful photos.

  8. Kate — April 20, 2015 @ 10:05 am (#)

    I tried these this past weekend! Mine were not nearly as beautiful as yours and I definitely need to work on my chocolate cup technique (mine are more layered than a filling inside a cup), but wow, is the flavor amazing!

  9. Alyssa — November 12, 2015 @ 8:50 pm (#)

    Sound amazing! Can I substitute regular sugar for the agave nectar? 

    • Katie — November 13, 2015 @ 9:34 am (#)

      I would stick with a liquid sweetener, because it’s important for the texture. Honey or maple syrup would work well!