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Cocadas de Celaya

Cocadas de Celaya

Cocadas de Celaya are a traditional Mexican sweet treat, specifically associated with the city of Celaya in the state of Guanajuato. Cocadas are coconut-based sweets, and Cocadas de Celaya are a specific regional variation.

These sweets are made primarily from shredded coconut, sugar, and sometimes condensed milk. The mixture is often formed into small rounds or patties and baked until they develop a golden brown color on the outside while remaining moist and chewy on the inside.

Cocadas de Celaya can vary in texture, taste, and appearance based on the specific recipe or method of preparation used by different cooks or establishments. They’re known for their deliciously sweet and coconutty flavor, making them a popular and nostalgic treat in the region of Celaya and beyond.

Recipe Background

Hailing from the town of Celaya in Guanajuato, Mexico, Cocadas are a coconut lover’s dream. This delicacy is traditional yet utterly modern in its appeal.

Quick Facts:

  • Origin: Celaya, Guanajuato
  • Main Ingredient: Coconut
  • Course: Dessert

Why Make this Recipe?

  • Delicious: Sweet, nutty, and slightly chewy
  • Versatile: Serve as a snack or dessert
  • Easy: Minimal ingredients and steps

What Does Cocadas de Celaya Taste Like?

Expect a combination of toasted coconut, caramel-like sweetness, and a hint of vanilla.

Taste Profile:

  • Sweet: High
  • Nutty: Medium
  • Chewiness: Low to Medium

What is in Cocadas de Celaya?

  • Shredded Coconut
  • Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • Vanilla Extract

Equipment Required for this Recipe

  • Mixing Bowl
  • Baking Sheet
  • Parchment Paper
  • Measuring Cups and Spoons


  • 3 cups shredded coconut
  • 1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. In a bowl, mix the shredded coconut, sweetened condensed milk, and vanilla extract.
  4. Using your hands, shape into small mounds.
  5. Place on the baking sheet.
  6. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.
  7. Allow to cool before serving.

How to Serve Cocadas de Celaya

  • Enjoy them warm or at room temperature.

Serving Ideas:

  • With a sprinkle of cinnamon
  • Drizzled with chocolate
  • Paired with coffee or hot chocolate

What to Serve Cocadas de Celaya With

  • Coffee
  • Hot Chocolate
  • Mexican fruit salad

My Recommendations and Tips

  • Use unsweetened coconut for less sugar.
  • Keep an eye during baking to avoid burning.
  • Experiment with portion sizes for different occasions.

Cocadas de Celaya Storage Ideas

  • Room Temp: Up to 3 days in an airtight container.
  • Fridge: Up to a week.

Potential Ingredients Substitutes

Sweetened Condensed MilkCoconut Milk + Sugar
Vanilla ExtractAlmond Extract

Nutritional Information

  • Calories: Approx 200 per serving
  • Sugar: 18g
  • Protein: 2g

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can I use fresh coconut?
    • Yes, but ensure it is finely shredded.
  • Is this recipe gluten-free?
    • Yes, it naturally is.


Cocadas de Celaya is a testament to the beauty of simple ingredients coming together to create something extraordinary. Perfect for any occasion, these coconut treats are as delicious as they are easy to make. Enjoy your journey into the world of Mexican desserts with Cocadas de Celaya!