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Coconut Cookies (Eggless)

coconut cookies

This must be the easiest cookie recipe ever. I wanted to bake a large number of cookies to give as “Thank You” gifts to all guests that attended Ishaan’s birthday. Initial plan was to make Nankatayis – I actually stole this idea from my friend Deepa who did this for her son’s birthday. But making nankatayi in such a big batch would take a long time and lot of effort, as it is I was finding it hard to spend so much time in kitchen with a 12 month old baby. So I made up this recipe. I baked atleast 4 different batches of coconut cookies, every time changing something to finally arrive at the easiest recipe. I even gave it to my friends at work to get their feedback.

The dough here is very simple to make. Because of the consistency of the dough, it is very easy to shape them into cookies. Few days before the party, I bought some paper take out boxes, some thank you hanging things, some stickers. I baked some cookies on the previous day. Because of my miscalculations, I found that I did not have enough cookies to fill up all boxes. So on the big day, I woke up at 4AM and made remaining cookies. I was really satisfied with the way they turned out.

4 cups all purpose flour (I used unbleached all purpose flour)
1 and 1/2 cups desiccated coconut
2 cups sugar
1 tea spn baking soda
2 cups butter
1 tea spn cardamom powder
Few raisins

Preheat the oven at 275F for 10mins.
Melt the butter. Add it to all other ingredients(except raisins) and mix.
Line the cookie sheet with silver foil (for easy clean up). Make small balls of the dough and keep it on the sheet. Leave around 2 inches space between two cookies.
Keep a raisin on top of each ball and slightly push it in the dough.
Bake for about 20mins or till done.

Makes about 80 cookies


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  • Laxmi May 14, 2011, 6:01 am

    Looks very easy.. Wl definetly give a try..

    • sushma May 16, 2011, 10:18 am

      hi ……. its looks very easy…….. but should put all the iteams in right measurementssssssss
      all purpose flour is madia……….plz do replyyyyy
      i need to try it

  • norma May 14, 2011, 7:36 am

    Love them..so easy, but you always make things look easy.

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  • sudha May 14, 2011, 7:54 am

    Nice click…..easy recipe with few ingredients…….thanks for sharing…will try and let you know….

  • Abha Varma May 14, 2011, 10:52 am

    What are the proportions for a smaller batch? Thanks!

    • Shilpa May 14, 2011, 10:56 am

      It is a very forgiving recipe. So you can proportionately reduce all the ingredients

  • Michelle May 14, 2011, 11:36 am

    Interesting recipe. I want to try it out for sure and have bookmarked it.
    Can you tell me if you measure the butter after melting or before melting it?

    • Shilpa May 14, 2011, 1:06 pm

      Before melting.

  • Deepa May 14, 2011, 6:19 pm

    Looks very Yummy…will try it soon. Thanks again for another easy recipe.

  • Amruta May 14, 2011, 6:39 pm

    I make nankatais all the time and do the exact same way as you do. Adding coconut is a wonderful idea. I am sure these cookies were delicious! I am gonna add coconut the next time I make these.

    I just have one quick question. Does adding coconut make the dough dry or does is incorporate very well in the butter? I am asking this because if the dough is too dry, forming balls becomes difficult. Thanks!

    • Shilpa May 14, 2011, 10:34 pm

      The amount of butter used in this, makes it very easy to bind.

  • kanika May 15, 2011, 7:53 am

    hey wonder lady… u did it again, posting something so tempting that i m forced to wear my cooking gloves. thnx

  • Bindu May 16, 2011, 12:11 am

    hi shilpa, coconut cookies are my favourite and your recipe is definitely worth trying… can u pls tell me if these could be baked in a Microwave oven?? and if so whats the cooking time… i have a MW with convection… thanks.

    • Shilpa May 16, 2011, 11:29 am

      Sorry Bindu. Haven’t tried in microwave. You have to do some trial and error

  • sushma May 16, 2011, 10:24 am

    i need to try it very soon it looks very easy n yummy, so ll u tell all purpose flour is madia…………

  • Chaitra May 17, 2011, 5:58 am

    I do not have a large oven. If I make the dough for all the cookies together but cannot bake them all at the same time, what do I do? Should I put the remaining dough in the fridge or leave it out till I bake the next batch? I face the same problem while baking cakes. Sometimes the dough is too much to bake at once and am not sure if the second batch with come out as well as the first.

    • Shilpa May 17, 2011, 11:26 am

      You can keep it out if you are baking it soon after the other batch. If you want to bake it next day, then refrigerate it

    • Chaitra May 18, 2011, 9:39 am

      Will the baking powder still be ??good/active for the next day, have you ever tried baking a batch the next day?

    • Shilpa May 18, 2011, 12:15 pm


  • H May 17, 2011, 2:14 pm

    happy birthday to Ishaan and mother’s day to you (albeit late)! :) I would like to see a post where you write down everything you did for Ishaan’s party. It’s not quite often I hear moms who do almost everything to make the party special -from baking the cake to the goody bags, will be interesting to read as well as helpful to future moms like us, to know how you went about planning and executing things for the D-day. Congrats on being such a great mom!

    • Shilpa May 18, 2011, 1:55 pm

      Thanks for kind words H. I wrote most of it in the cake post. I will try to do a post (haven’t been able to find much time these days as Ishaan needs a lot of attention.)

  • Madhavi May 18, 2011, 12:45 am

    Can I use store-bought frozen coconut?

    • Shilpa May 18, 2011, 1:52 pm

      Frozen coconut may not be suitable as it will add more moisture to cookies.

  • Lijna May 18, 2011, 11:22 am

    Shilpa..I tried this out..and it came out very well…
    I did it in a microwave convection oven only..Dint get the smoothness of the cookies in your pictures, but they were tasty & crispy..more like coconut burfi..
    This s the first cookie I ever tried…..tnx a loot for the recipe…
    I will post my pics & recipe as soon as I post them..

    • Bindu May 19, 2011, 11:19 pm

      hi lijna,

      even i want to bake these cookies in the microwave oven. could u pls tell me what is the mode u used (micr+conv or just conv) and how long did u bake it for? thanks.. bindu

  • sanjana May 19, 2011, 4:19 am

    HI shilpa ihve tried most of your receipes and it make out very well.i m no a good cook but after trying your receipes even i becme a better cook.And the most surprising thing is i am also from your place kodkani.SO your receipes work out very well in our home

  • viji May 22, 2011, 3:26 am

    shilpa, the cookies turnout great in taste, but didnt get the texture of yours.

    should i use powdered sugar or normal sugar???


  • vanita singh May 27, 2011, 8:20 am

    I amde it for My son (he suffers from egg allergy).Thanks a lot for posting this.

  • Sanjeevi June 1, 2011, 4:17 pm

    Hi Shilpa,

    I tried this recipe. It tasted yummy but came out a bit hard. I took one cup of melted butter. The dough too was dry and since it was not binding very well, I pressed it hard. The cookies came out a bit hard. Can you please tell me what I did wrong?

    • Shilpa June 1, 2011, 6:37 pm

      If you reduce the butter, they will come out hard. Thats the reason I had included so much butter. There is no other liquid in this recipe

  • payal gupta June 5, 2011, 4:49 pm


    Wonderful receipe..Where would i get dessicated coconut? IS it the same thing as coconut milk powder found in indian stores?



    • Shilpa June 5, 2011, 7:10 pm

      It is called dessicated coconut, comes in packets in Indian store.

  • Dhanashri June 13, 2011, 6:10 am

    Thanks for the recipe … and they come out well but not like the ones shown in ur pic… mine were more like the coconut burfi.. and the texture was different. I dont know what went wrong .. but they were tasty and my kids enjoyed it …

  • Rehana July 11, 2011, 10:14 am

    Hi Shilpa,
    I baked these cookies and they came out very well. Thanks for posting this wonderful and easy recipe. – Reh

  • SHRAVANTHI August 15, 2011, 8:45 am


  • Shalini Gangwar October 14, 2011, 4:39 am

    I tried it. The cookies were very very tasty and delicious!

  • veena December 21, 2011, 9:33 am
  • Sneha February 16, 2012, 7:03 am

    Hi Shilpa,

    Nice Recipe and turned out to be yummy.. My son is having half term holidays and we experimented this . I was happy to try out this with him as it was without egg, so my kitchen will be less messy when assisted by him.. It turned out to be really yummy..


  • Deepa April 1, 2012, 11:27 pm

    Hi Shilpa,
    Going to try out this cookies for tonite as a trial round. Want to make it for Amogh’s b’day for Thank you box.

  • anusha April 21, 2012, 2:51 pm

    hai Shilpa..I want to try this.Actually am afraid of baking now anyway i want to give a try.Can i use oil instead of butter?Can i reduce the quantity of butter/oil?

  • anusha April 22, 2012, 4:16 pm

    Thank u for your wonderful receipe.I’ve tried.Comes out perfect.My first successful experience.

  • vijayalakshmi April 23, 2012, 2:22 am

    Hi Shilpa,

    Thanks so much for the gr8 recipe for the perfect cookies. I tried out your recipe (for the first time I used my OTG) and the cookies came out superbly. Everyone at home liked it.

    Thanks for the recipe, regards

  • Tara August 11, 2012, 3:02 am

    Looks yummy……may be I am late to visit this site….never mind…I am going to try this today

  • Joy August 29, 2012, 4:40 am

    Thank you for this wonderful website. This is the first I come on here and I love it!!
    I found this recipe very easy to put together . I halved the recipe and used less sugar , just 1/2 cup.
    I have a gas oven and according to online conversion guide 275F is gas mark 1.
    20 minutes later the cookies had spread so much, oil from butter separated and is leaking out. I used 230g butter.
    The cookies didn’t turn out like yours, all nice and round with height. I used 1 tsp baking powder.
    Many times the biscuit I make turn out like that..pancake flat instead of retaining some shape.
    I appreciate your advice.

  • sarayu May 7, 2013, 6:43 pm

    Hey shilpa… i tried this out today… came out really nice… gonna give this to my kids school for teachers day presentation.

  • Rashmi Sharma May 26, 2013, 7:01 am

    Hi shilpa,
    Only one question – can I use pure ghee instead of butter ?
    Otherwise very simple recipie. Pls keep telling such easy n simple recipes .

    • Shilpa May 26, 2013, 1:30 pm

      Yes, i think it should work with same amount of ghee

  • Pradnya July 18, 2013, 4:20 am

    Hi, roughly how many times you had to bake the cookies to finish the dough for 80 cookies, meaning how many could you bake in one sheet? I have just one sheet, so was wondering if I should get another or how many batches it would take! If I put two sheets at a time it would still take 20 mts or so or more? Please let me know. Thanks.

    • Shilpa July 18, 2013, 9:12 am

      I think I used two sheets – one cookie sheet and one big pyrex pan. It must have taken about 4 times.

  • Pradnya July 31, 2013, 5:03 pm

    Hi Shilpa

    How many days in advance can this be done? If they are done a couple of days before and kept in ziploc outside, would they need be okay?


    • Shilpa August 1, 2013, 9:04 am

      I think they will remain good in ziploc for 4-5 days (may be more).

  • Minakshi February 17, 2014, 4:20 am

    Hi would be great if you could incorporate in your site the option of increasing/decreasing the portion size of the cookies.

    • Shilpa February 17, 2014, 11:20 am

      That is a good suggestion Minakshi. Will try to do it in future.

  • sandhya March 19, 2014, 9:29 am

    shilpa i tried the simple cake today and it came out fab (excellent) It was over in just a few mins. Could u pls tell me that instead of dessicated coconut can i use raw coconut or cobri (dry coconut ) as it is called in bangalore

    • Shilpa March 20, 2014, 6:27 pm

      Yes you can use kobri.

  • Sujata September 10, 2014, 5:59 pm

    Dear shilpa,
    I am going to try making cookies for the first time and I don’t have experience with baking in the oven. Could please tell me which type of oven is needed to be used for baking the cookies.
    Cookies are the easiest and the healthiest of snacks which we can munch any time. So I am going to give it a go.
    I don’t know have much knowledge about the oven cooking/baking.
    I have one which we call Cooking Range- which works on gas and is just connected with Gas Stove. It comes with “Gas Burner (on top)+ Oven at the bottom. Here is the image: https://www.google.ae/search?q=cooking+range&espv=2&tbm=isch&imgil=w2NYpxQzsZE_ZM%253A%253Bhttps%253A%252F%252Fencrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com%252Fimages%253Fq%253Dtbn%253AANd9GcTGCauzBKYsp6jVGvFi__toJ3N9P4q-mHuasgrTFO0vJTmLoSfz%253B400%253B464%253Bc0tTY4jgj2YmrM%253Bhttp%25253A%25252F%25252Fsinamontales.wordpress.com%25252F2011%25252F07%25252F05%25252Fbaking-basics-part-1-the-right-oven%25252F&source=iu&usg=__8pM9AAprkHeDNHUEx7lFl78qo7I%3D&sa=X&ei=nGmcU63UAeiw0QWo3IDoCw&ved=0CBwQ9QEwAA&biw=1280&bih=685#facrc=_&imgdii=_&imgrc=Rb937-iclD5P8M%253A%3Bbb4rSx6_7RO0WM%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fdreamkitchenandinteriors.com%252Fcp%252Fpages%252Fuploads%252FKaff-Cooking-Range.jpg%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fdreamkitchenandinteriors.com%252Fproduct_category.php%253Ffilter%253Dcooking%252520ranges%3B325%3B360

    This Cooking Range is not having a temperature setting. But we can keep the time there…like 10 mins/30 mins. So I don’t know how would I bake anything in that.
    I would appreciate if you put an image of what type of oven you are using or what type of oven is needed for baking anything.
    I would like to make use of my existing Cooking Range, but would like to get some help with that…how much time to bake there if I can’t set the temperature setting there like you said “preheat the oven for 275F for 10mins”. Can I bake cookies in this type of cooking range (above image)? Please reply back, thanks.

    • Shilpa September 11, 2014, 9:50 am

      Replied to your email

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