May 20th, 2009

Coconut Cookies

Coconut Cookies

I have never been a cookie person and I have never enjoyed making them or eating them until recently. Having made a batch of coconut cookies yesterday, I have just discovered a newfound passion and I have visions of making a variety of cookies to be relished by those close to me. I particularly look forward to the day when my infant son will taste his first cookies.

Making these coconut cookies was really easy and they were ready in a dash. I try my hands at only such recipes these days, considering the erratic schedules of my infant son. The days when I used to make elaborate, exquisite cakes and other intricate recipes seems like a past life. Since we all know that change is the only constant in life, I know for sure that this phase of my life will change too. And while this phase lasts, I want to enjoy and savour every moment spent with my baby and watch him grow.

The next time I make a batch of these cookies, I’m going to substitute the plain flour with whole wheat flour and try and intensify the coconut flavour by substituting the butter with coconut oil for a much healthier and vegan version of the recipe given below.

Coconut Cookie Recipe

For a healthier version, substitute plain flour with whole wheat flour. The butter can be replaced with coconut oil for a variation.


100 gm plain flour
50 gm butter
50 gm fine sugar (icing or confectioners sugar)
50 gm grated fresh coconut
ΒΌ tsp baking powder
1 tbsp milk

1/2 tsp vanilla extract


Preheat the oven at 175 degree centigrade. Mix the baking powder with the flour and sieve once to make the mixture uniform. Beat the butter and the sugar until soft and creamy with the help of a spoon or a wire whisk. Put in the flour, grated coconut, vanilla essence and milk and form into a dough. Roll the dough into a cylinder. Cut into equal pieces and place them on a baking tray lined with baking parchment/paper. Lightly press the pieces with a fork. Bake at 175 degree centigrade for 15 minutes.

Makes about 24 bite sized cookies or 12 large ones

Filed Under: Baking Powder, Birthday, Butter, Cakes & Cookies, Christmas/Easter, Coconut (fresh or frozen), Coconut Oil, Eggless Baking, Flour (plain), Janmashtami, Milk, Picnic, Potluck Party, Quick Cooking, Snacks & Small Meals, Sugar (Icing/confectioners sugar), Vanilla Extract, Vegan Friendly Recipes, World · Tags: , ,

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  1. Simi says:

    Wow! Considering that we’re poles apart, am the cookie person πŸ™‚ and this is a super delight!!! Now that you’ve resolved to venture into this delicacy, I my unrest and search for recipes of this kind are over. I’ll get it right here, in the one recipe bank, I blindly follow πŸ™‚

  2. Simi says:

    Am making this right away πŸ™‚

  3. Vegetation says:

    Mmmm I definitely love cookies! These look sooo good!

  4. Ashok says:

    I don’t have an Large Oven, I have a LG small Oven @ home. How long to keep in that to be good.

  5. Anushruti says:

    Ashok: The baking time remains the same, irrespective of the size of the oven.

  6. Simi says:


  7. RedChillies says:

    The coconut cookies, remind me of the khobbari biscuit we used to get in Bangalore bakeries. The picture looks beautiful.
    Enjoy your time with the little prince. They grow up so fast and each day spent with them is precious.

  8. Soma says:

    I am not too fond of cookies either, but i would really relish the coconut & ginger cookies in India. Yours look good, & stunning pictures as always.

    Congrats on the little one & enjoy!

  9. meme says:

    Too bad it wasn’t measured in cups,looks good,but I’m on the go and have to find a recipe quick without conversion charts.

  10. Chiku says:

    i tried this and came out really well! thanks very much!

  11. Anushruti says:

    Chiku: Thank you for reporting your success. Glad you like it. πŸ™‚

  12. Ksenia says:

    Hello! Thank you very much for your wonderful recipes! I was wondering if it is ok to substitute fresh coconut with coconut flakes?

  13. Anushruti says:

    Ksenia: You are most welcome. πŸ™‚ Yes you can substitute fresh coconut with coconut flakes oe dried coconut.

  14. Bavi says:

    Thanks for the wonderful recipe, it came out well. My dough and cookies were a bit pale in color compare to yours. Any reasons?

  15. Anushruti says:

    Bavi: Try baking it for a couple of minutes more to get the colour.

  16. Vanita says:

    It is wonderful Anushruti. My cookies turned out wonderful too. I cut the cookies using heart-shape cookie cutter and ….yes, it was a treat. Thank you for sharing the recipe

  17. Anushruti says:

    Vanita: I’m imagining how wonderful your cute heart shaped cookies would have looked! So glad you liked it!

  18. Anusha says:


    Could you please give the measurement in cups or tablespoons ? Would love to make these.


  19. Mayuri says:

    Tried out the coconut cookie recipe and they turned out really great. In fact now I get requests from friends to bake some fro them. Thanks Anushruti. I used normal sugar the second time round and they turned out the same.

  20. Anushruti says:

    Mayuri: So glad you enjoyed the cookies Mayuri. Thanks for reporting your success!

  21. Gayathri says:

    Hi Anu,

    Tried these today and became a hit with my hubby who normally doesn’t like coconut cookies…. Thanks to you. Have a small doubt though… it was crisp when fresh out of the oven but became softer in a couple of hours. It was also lighter than ur pictures. Will baking for another 5 mins help?

  22. Anushruti says:

    Gayathri: Glad your hubby liked it. Each oven is different, so you could try baking it for 5 minutes more to get the desired results.

  23. Anu says:

    I have a doubt.. is there a reason why no salt is added at all?

  24. Neha says:

    Hi Anushruti,
    Tried these cookies today using wheat flour, turned out really delicious… thanks Anushruti for sharing such a lovely recipe : ) Though I have a question, I made these cookies using normal sugar, but would the taste of the cookies differ if I use icing sugar as it has cornstarch?
    Thanks again!

  25. Anushruti says:

    Neha: Using icing sugar would make the cookies lighter in texture.

  26. devyani says:

    i tried these cookies today,n they turned out to b of the same texture as in shown in yours pictures, i just wanted to know ,whether the cookies are soft or crunchy. mine was of a crunchy texture,so are they good,or it is suppose to be soft or anything near it?????? plzz help :((

  27. Anushruti says:

    They are meant to be a little crunchy but if you want softer cookies bake them for a little less time.

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  29. Motibaby says:

    These look so good-do you have the conversion in cups and spoons?

  30. Garima says:

    Lovely post as usual…just one request. It would really help if u put cup conversions here. I don’t have a weighing scale so i rely heavily on the conversions that you give. Other recipes with cup conversions have been successfully baked in my oven from those awesome chocolate brownies (baked 4-5 times)to the vanilla cake with chocolate frosting (my b’day cake!)to foccacia bread to baby food.
    I’m an avid follower of your recipes. This time i’ve taken up the task of baking cookies and coconut is a win-win flavour. I need help..:P

  31. Pratibha says:

    Can i use cane brown sugar rather than confectionary sugar

  32. Anushruti says:

    Pratibha: Yes you can.

  33. Maithreyi says:

    Hi Anushruti….made these cookies for the first time yday..and they came out splendid!!!!and my husband has already finished off half of them! thanks a lot for the recipe!i converted your measurements into cups by using the same 2:1 ratio i.e. 1 cup of flour for 1/2 butter,sugar and coconut!

  34. Anushruti says:

    Maithreyi: Nice to know that! Happy to know that you and your husband liked it.

  35. pakhee says:

    Baked these cooking using wheat flour . Came out great even in microwave oven .
    This is my first hit cookies or I should say biscotti as I baked them for more time.

  36. Anupama says:

    Hi!Anushruthi,I happened to see ur blog while searching for healthy,veg recipes, to satify the growing appettites of my two sons.I tried the above coconut cookie’s recipe and also made second batch substituting all purpose flour with whole wheat flour and butter with coconut oil.Both turned out equally good.Thank you for sharing your recipes.Hope to see more.

  37. Anushruti says:

    Anupama: Thank you for the feedback. These cookies turn out great with whole wheat flour, I agree!

  38. akshita says:

    Can i use desiccated coconut powder in the same measurement instead of fresh coconut?

  39. Anushruti says:

    Akshita: Yes you can!

  40. Divya says:

    M a big fan of your recipes
    Just a quick question about the cookies
    Since we are not using eggs here which ingredient actually substitutes egg here?
    Is it as good as the ones made using eggs

  41. Anushruti says:

    Divya- I have not used any egg substitute here. This is an inherently eggless recipe.

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  43. Priya says:

    Hi, i tried the coconut cookies and have no words to explain how delightful they turned out to be!! Thanks Anushruthi for the recipe!! Will bake more of them again!

  44. Anushruti says:

    Priya- So happy to know that! Happy baking!

  45. Sonnal Buraan says:

    hii anushruti……i luv ur recipes…& presentation as well. ur coconut rice is a big hit in my fam & my elder son soham (10yrs) is a pure veg from birth he luves ur recipes…………….plsss post more videos as i can make more yummy food for him……….thx a tonn……..sonal

  46. Bensatt says:

    Hello. Pls is the milk liquid form or dry? Tnx.

  47. Anushruti says:

    Bensatt- If milk is in dried form, then it would be milk powder. It is regular milk here.

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