Coconut Biscuits - Easy Peasy Recipe (2024)

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Super crunchy, buttery, coconut biscuits. An easy melt and mix recipe for old school coconut cookies. Simply measure, mix, roll, squish, and bake, that's it!

What's in this post
  • Ingredients
  • Equipment List
  • Easy Recipe Walk Through
  • The Super Crunchy Cookie
  • Printable Recipe
  • More Biscuit / Cookie Recipes
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Ingredients

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  1. Desiccated Coconut: dried finely shredded coconut, can be substituted with dried shredded or flaked coconut, but the biscuit texture will be different.
  2. Egg: medium size eggs, roughly 60grams each
  3. Butter: If you use unsalted butter add a small pinch of salt to the coconut biscuit mixture. You can use margarine if preferred.
  4. Baking Powder: If using self-raising flour omit
  5. Plain Flour: Plain baking flour, do not use 00 flour or bread flour. You can use self-raising flour and omit the baking powder.
  6. Raw Caster Sugar: Also known as golden caster sugar (superfine sugar). Normal white caster sugar can be used instead, but the raw caster sugar adds to the toastiness of the coconut.

Equipment List

The great thing about these cookies is that you don't need any elaborate equipment to make them. You should have everything already in your kitchen.

  • Small saucepan or microwaveable container: to melt butter
  • Mixing Bowl: medium size.
  • Large Spoon: for mixing, either wooden or metal, your preference. I personally don't like wooden spoons due to hygiene reasons.
  • Baking Tray/Cookie Sheet: for baking your coconut biscuits.
  • Baking Paper: to line your baking tray/cookie sheet with. You could also use a re-useable Silpat silicone baking mat if you would prefer.
  • Oven: yes, a captain obvious!
  • Wide Spatula: to remove cookies from the tray once baked.
  • Cooling Rack: to cool your biscuits on.
  • Airtight Container: for storing cookies.
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In regard to cooling racks, I have stackable ones. They are perfect if you are short on kitchen bench space.

Simply stack them on top of each other, with cookies on each level. They are such a space saver and the legs fold for easy storage.

These are a set of 3 Swift Cooling Racks available on special at Catch.

Easy Recipe Walk Through

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Pre-heat oven 180°C/360°F and line a baking tray with baking paper.

Gather your ingredients and equipment from the above lists.

Melt butter in a small saucepan on the stove or a covered microwaveable container in the microwave. Once melted leave to cool slightly.

Place all ingredients into a mixing bowl.

Mix ingredients until completely combined.

I wasn't kidding when I said this recipe was an easy one!!

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Roll coconut biscuit dough into roughly 2cm (¾ inch) round balls and place on a baking tray. Leaving room in between for the cookies to spread when baking.

Squish balls down with a fork or slightly damp fingers.

Place in oven and cook for 12 - 15 minutes until coconut biscuits are golden brown.

Once cooked remove from tray and cool on a rack.

The Super Crunchy Cookie

It is the ratio of sugar, butter, flour and coconut that make these coconut cookies super crunchy.

You may be tempted to reduce the amount of sugar or butter (or both) used in this recipe. My suggestion is to go for it, but make a batch as per the original recipe first. Once you know how the cookies are intended to taste and their texture, only then experiment with reducing the sugar or butter.

Why? Because reducing the sugar and butter in this recipe will change the recipe and your coconut biscuits will not turn out as I have intended them to. The texture and taste will both change.

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As you can see from the above photo the biscuits end up being thin and crunchy. Plus super delicious. They have an amazing toasted coconut flavour to them once baked.

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These coconut biscuits are perfect with a cup of tea. I am sure I said that about the pandan cake the other day too? Must be something about the time of day I am writing.

In any case you can't fault these crunchy, buttery, coconut packed cookies. I hope you love them as much as I do.

Sara xxx

Printable Recipe

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Coconut Biscuits

Recipe Author: Sara McCleary

Super crunchy, buttery, coconut biscuits. An easy melt and mix recipe for old school coconut cookies. Simply measure, mix, roll, squish, and bake, that's it!

5 from 17 votes

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Prep Time 5 minutes mins

Cook Time 12 minutes mins

Total Time 17 minutes mins

Course Biscuits, Cookies

Cuisine Australian

Servings 24 cookies

Calories 129 kcal

Special Equipment

Ingredients

  • 125 grams (½ cup) butter
  • 150 grams (1 cup) plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 120 grams desiccated coconut
  • 200 grams (1 cup) raw (golden) caster sugar
  • 1 egg

Instructions

  • Pre-heat oven to 180°C (360°F) and line a baking tray with baking paper/parchment paper.

  • Melt butter in a small saucepan on the stove or in a microwaveable container in the microwave. Set aside to cool slightly.

  • Place all ingredients in a medium size mixing bowl. Mix until completely combined.

  • Roll coconut biscuit dough into roughly 2cm (¾ inch) round balls and place on a baking tray. Leaving room in between for the cookies to spread when baking.

  • Squish balls down with a fork or slightly damp fingers.

  • Place in oven and cook for 12 – 15 minutes until coconut biscuits are golden brown.

  • Once cooked remove from tray and cool on a rack.

Oven Temperatures

All oven temperatures are fan forced.

Measurement Notes

All measurements are Australian metric standard. All measures are level, and cups are lightly packed unless specified. 1 teaspoon = 5ml / 1 tablespoon = 20mls / 1 cup = 250ml /4 teaspoons = 1 tablespoon.

Recipe Notes

Raw Caster Sugar

You can also use normal caster sugar (superfine) sugar if you prefer. The raw sugar pairs well with the toasty flavour of the coconut.

Can I use self-raising flour?

Yes you can. Simply omit the baking powder from the recipe.

Cooks Notes

All oven temperatures are for a conventional oven, if using fan forced lower the temperature by 20 Deg C (70 Deg F).

All measurements are Australian tablespoons and cups. All measures are level, and cups are lightly packed unless specified;

  • 1 teaspoon equals 5ml
  • 1 tablespoon equals 20 ml (Nth America, NZ & UK use 15ml tablespoons)
  • 1 cup equals 250ml (Nth America use 237ml)
  • 4 teaspoons equals 1 tablespoon
  • I use the below unless specified in my recipes;

Herbs are fresh |Vegetables are of a medium size |Eggs are roughly 60 grams in weight (large)

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION

The recipe's nutritional information is an approximation based on an online calculator. It is meant solely for reference purposes. If you're looking for precise details, be sure to double-check with your own research.

Calories: 129kcalCarbohydrates: 14gProtein: 1gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 18mgSodium: 42mgPotassium: 56mgFiber: 1gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 140IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 13mgIron: 1mg

Keyword desiccated coconut, easy biscuit recipe, melt and mix cookies

Did You Make This Recipe?I do a happy dance when people share how they went. Tag me on Instagram or Twitter @bellyrumbles & #bellyrumbles

More Biscuit / Cookie Recipes

Coconut Macaroons - another old school coconut cookie recipe
Peanut Butter Shortbread - melt in your mouth buttery cookies
Violet Crumble Cookies - Aussie fave in cookie form
Brown Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies - melt and mix yum!

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  1. Trisha Alsua

    Hi! How long do these cookies stay crunchy for? 🙂

    Reply

    • Sara McCleary

      Hi Trisha
      This isn't an easy question to answer. I know when I make them they stay crunchy until the last one is eaten. Saying that my family devours them pretty quickly.
      I will say they will stay crunchy for at least a week. That will also depend on the container you are storing them in, some aren't as air-tight as others. Is it humid where you are right now? That is always a crunch deflator.
      If you feel you won't be eating the biscuits within the week, you could always freeze half the dough and make another batch later.
      Cheers, Sara

  2. Sandra

    Coconut Biscuits - Easy Peasy Recipe (13)
    I made them today, and they are perfect. I wonder if one could use less sugar. I like them sweet but I think that some people would find them too sweet.

    Reply

  3. Dawn Robson

    Coconut Biscuits - Easy Peasy Recipe (14)
    These were really delicious. Dipped them half in melted chocolate and they were extra yummy.
    Only thing was that 2cm was way too small for the balls, made second batch much larger.
    Thanks so much

    Reply

    • Sara McCleary

      Hi Dawn
      Glad to see that they were a hit. Good idea on making the balls larger for bigger cookies, plus the chocolate! Yum 🙂
      Cheers, Sara

  4. Maya

    Coconut Biscuits - Easy Peasy Recipe (15)
    I tried this biscuits twice. It was very yummy! Thank you ?

    Reply

    • Sara McCleary

      Hi Maya
      Glad they were a hit and that you are enjoying the cookies. Always love hearing the positive 🙂
      Cheers, Sara

  5. Sarah

    Coconut Biscuits - Easy Peasy Recipe (16)
    These biscuits are delicious and so easy to make. Great recipe!

    Reply

    • Sara McCleary

      Hi Sarah, So glad to hear that you enjoyed them 🙂

  6. Indira

    Coconut Biscuits - Easy Peasy Recipe (17)
    Awesome recipe ! …quick n easy ..
    These are a hot favourite in the family. Thanx ?

    Reply

    • Sara McCleary

      Hi Indira
      Big happy smile from me knowing they are a hit with you and your family. So glad you are enjoying this recipe.
      Cheers, Sara

  7. Nicky Johnson

    Coconut Biscuits - Easy Peasy Recipe (18)
    Wow! These are fantastic and super easy... and nearly all gone! Thanks

    Reply

    • Sara McCleary

      Glad to hear that you enjoyed them Nicky!

  8. Stephanie

    Coconut Biscuits - Easy Peasy Recipe (19)
    I absolutely love this recipe it was amazing im only 12 but it was very easy to do my whole family enjoyed?

    Reply

    • Sara McCleary

      Hi Stephanie
      So happy to hear that you liked the recipe and that your family also enjoyed your baking. I started baking at an early age too, it's fantastic to hear that you are too! These biscuits are a favourite of mine as well.
      Cheers, Sara

  9. Sue R

    Coconut Biscuits - Easy Peasy Recipe (20)
    I made these with my 3 year old grandson. So very easy and tasty too.

    Reply

    • Sara McCleary

      Fantastic to hear Sue, so glad that they were a hit!

  10. Ann

    Coconut Biscuits - Easy Peasy Recipe (21)
    Just as you say, light and crunchy, very easy to make. Made 36 biscuits.
    I used 1/3 coconut sugar,
    1/3 dark brown sugar and
    1/3 white castor sugar mix. As I didn’t have raw caster sugar.
    Will definitely make these again.
    Thanks for the tried and true recipe.

    Reply

    • Sara McCleary

      Hi Ann
      I love the mix of sugars you used, glad they turned out and you were happy with them.
      Cheers, Sara

  11. Tania| My Kitchen Stories

    These look really crunchy and delicious. I think they'd be so good with chocolate

    Reply

    • Sara McCleary

      Hi Tania! I totally agree with you. I'll be doing this next time I bake them 🙂

    • Sonia

      Coconut Biscuits - Easy Peasy Recipe (22)
      Just made these with my neice ? Absolutely delicious ? ? Thank you xx

    • Sara McCleary

      Hi Sonia
      So happy they were a hit.
      Cheers, sara

    • Julie

      Coconut Biscuits - Easy Peasy Recipe (23)
      These were the easiest biscuits I have ever made and they were so delicious. Both crunchy and coconutty. I had been looking for something to make a change from the endless shortbread biscuits one sees everywhere (not that I don't love shortbread) and this recipe really hit the mark. I plan to make it again very soon but will try adding grated lime zest this time. Thank you for the recipe

  12. Harve

    Coconut Biscuits - Easy Peasy Recipe (24)
    I played around with your recipe a little bit. I added a handful of chocolate chips. OMG they were so good!!!

    Reply

    • Sara McCleary

      Hi Harve, now that is the kind of playing around with a recipe I like! Such a great idea, I will have to give it a try.

  13. Ann

    Do you think that these would work if I was to dip part of the cookie in dark chocolate?

    Reply

    • Sara McCleary

      Hi Ann, I think they would work really well being dipped in some chocolate. They are quite a crunchy biscuit and would hold up to the chocolate love.

  14. Jay

    Coconut Biscuits - Easy Peasy Recipe (25)
    These were perfect. I made them for an afternoon tea. I did make them smaller, more bite size, they worked out really well.

    Reply

    • Sara McCleary

      Hi Jay, I like how you made them bite size. That is a great idea. I will have to do that with my next batch.

  15. Illy

    Coconut Biscuits - Easy Peasy Recipe (26)
    I baked these on the weekend. As per your recipe, they were a big hit with the family. I know this, as there are none left today!!!

    Reply

    • Sara McCleary

      Hi Illy, funny enough that is how I know a recipe is a success or not too! Glad the family enjoyed them.

  16. Karen

    Coconut Biscuits - Easy Peasy Recipe (27)
    They look so golden and crunchy. I can imagine how wonderful they smelt when they were baking.

    Reply

    • Sara McCleary

      Hi Karen, they smelt so glorious baking, tasted a treat too 🙂

    • Marisa

      Coconut Biscuits - Easy Peasy Recipe (28)
      So easy to make and absolutely delicious. Golden and crispy.

    • Sara McCleary

      Hi Marisa
      Very happy that you enjoyed them. You are right, they are very golden and crispy.
      Cheers, Sara

    • Julie

      Coconut Biscuits - Easy Peasy Recipe (29)
      These are the easiest biscuits I have ever made. And they are so delicious. Nice and crunchy. Not too sweet and a welcome change from the endless variations of shortbread one sees everywhere (not that I don't love shortbread but it's nice to have something different) I will definitely make these again and I plan to grate some orange or lime zeT in next time

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