Dous Kokoye (coconut flavored sweets)

My grandmother used to prepare this dessert once in a while. Maybe x2 a year. It was never more.  And whenever she did, she made sure there was plenty for family and friends. It was so sumptuous!!!!

I’m not sure if this is exactly the recipe she used but it comes close to it.

Dous derives from the French word douce; literally meaning “soft“.
Haitians use that term to describe anything that is full of pleasure or sweet.

  • 2 coconuts (or 2 cups of coconut milk)
  • 1 can of evaporated milk (12 oz)
  • 1 can of condensed milk (16 oz)
  • sugar to taste
  • 1 tbsp of vanilla essence
  • cinnamon, lime zest, 1 pinch of salt


  1. Crack the coconuts open, remove the flesh (white part).
  2. Grate the coconuts. Use a cotton kitchen towel to squeeze out the milk.  (skip steps 1 and 2 if you have the cups of coconut milk)
  3. At this point, it’s up to you if you want to save the grated coconut to use at the end.
  4. Mix coconut milk with 2 tbsps of water, evaporated and condensed milk.
  5. Add spices (zest, cinnamon, salt, sugar).
  6. Place in a deep pot. Stir/Beat with a wooden spoon until it thickens. Be very patient for this part as it can take a while before it thickens. Don’t lose hope.
  7. Lower the fire, add vanilla essence and beat at will.
  8. Add the grated coconut (optional).
  9. Spread on a flat surface lined with parchment paper. Leave to cool. Cut into pieces.

And that’s that !!!

Makes for a good holidays or valentine’s dessert

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