Coconut Cookies with Vanilla Icing


coconut cookiesI've always been a fan of Coconut Macaroons or Coconut Cookies, and it was finally time to start the oven and bake some cookies over the weekend. Starting with the simpler of the two, I opted for Coconut Cookies, which are similar to the macaroons, except that they are a lot more easier to make! Just to add some glamour, I decided to add a simple vanilla icing on the top. The cookies came out great; and with the perfect balance of sweetness and taste of coconut, these cookies did not survive in the jar as long as I had imagined they would! They came out chewy, yet not too much, and have a wonderful texture due to the toasted coconut adding a wonderful aroma as well as the texture. To kick things up a notch, just use some vanilla or flavored icing and drizzle it onto the cookies to transform these simple coconut cookies into something more suited to a festive occasion.

Ingredients
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tspn baking soda
1/4 tspn salt
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg
1/2 tspn vanilla extract
1 cup flaked coconut
1/2 tsp coconut essence (optional, but recommended)
ready-made icing - as required

Method
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C.) Combine the flour, baking soda, and salt and set aside.

Take 1 tbsp butter, melt it a little, then add the shredded coconut to it. Saute lightly to get a golden, toasted look and aroma. Divide into 2 parts and keep aside.

In a medium bowl, cream the butter and brown sugar until smooth. Beat in the egg and vanilla and coconut essence until light and fluffy. Gradually blend in the flour mixture, then mix in half of the toasted coconut to it.

Cover with a plastic wrap and freeze the dough for 10-12 mins.

Take a little dough at a time, grease your palms with oil and roughly shape the dough into a cookie. I like the corrugated edges in my cookies so I use this method. You can even use a long fork to make some marks on the cookies for a fancier effect. Instead, you could even drop dough by spoonfuls onto an ungreased cookie sheet.

Roll each cookie dough in the remaining shredded coconut, or simply sprinkle a little on the top. Place the cookies about 3 inches apart on the baking sheet.

Bake for 5-8 minutes in the preheated oven, or until lightly toasted. Then turn the cookie sheet around by 180 degrees and bake for another 5 mins until lightly browned on the top. Cool on wire rack till completely cool.

For the icing, take the ready-made icing and add 1 tsp of vanilla essence. You could even use lemon zest or orange zest for a delicate flavor. Use a piping bag with a thin hole (about 2mm) then gently pipe the icing on the cooled cookies in any pattern you want.

You can store the coconut cookies in an airtight container (without icing) for about 20 days. As the cookies themselves are not very sweet, the icing adds a nice touch though.

These coconut cookies are on their way to Suganya who's hosting AFAM-Coconut this month!

These Coconut Cookies with Icing are a wonderful treat any time of the day. Without the icing, they taste like coconut macaroons, albeit a bit less sweet; with the icing, they are fancy enough to be served to guests at a tea-party, and I think I'm going to try orange icing next time!

Similar Recipes:
Chewy Chocolate-Chip Cookies
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Eggless Almond Cookies (Nankhatai)


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40 comments :

Rachel said...

I did a similar version in the form of cupcakes. I like the irregular shapes..it isn't surprising why the ookies didn't survive long enough.

Manggy said...

Yum! You know, here macaroons are made with condensed milk and eggs with the coconut... Absolutely sinful! This is much healthier, haha :)

Asha said...

I love Coconut Macaroons! First time I made it, was from a recipe out of a Australian magazine in India!:D
Looks yummy Mansi. Now you have got to make Dabeli to go with it!:))

Kate / Kajal said...

i'm yet to venture into the world of cookies. these looks so gr8, and as you describe them, i'm tempted to put one right into my mouth :p

Aparna said...

I do like the moistness of the coconut in these. I'd love them better with chocolate drizzle.:D

Anamika:The Sugarcrafter said...

dear mansi
it has been while since we exchanged thoughts ! Loved your post on coconut cookies..all time favourite and with innovation, it adds to wonders of taste.i have added a little surprise at my blog..do check it ! happy belated birthday !

Happy cook said...

Those coconut macrron with the icing looks delicious.

Mansi Desai said...

yeah, these are so much simpler to bake than the macaroons, and taste almost the same:)

Aparna - I love the choc drizzle idea..will try that next time as I'm sure i'l be baking more of these:)

Anamika - thx for the b'day wishes gal:)

HC/Rachel - thanx for your kind words

Kate - cookies are for amateurs like us while you make the most attractive masterpieces!:)

Asha - dabeli sure is on my updated to-cook list:)

Sangeeth said...

you really make me realise baking is fun and easy..lovely recipe mansi....yummy pics...

Vanamala said...

hmm tempting cookies mansi.

Rosie said...

Those coconut macrron are so scrummy Mansi!!

Rosie x

bhags said...

the cookies look nice.....love the icing idea

Kalai said...

I love coconut in just about anything and these cookies have got a serious drool factor! Out of curiosity, did you use bagged coconut or fresh grated and was it unsweetened? Will be making these for sure! :)

Uma said...

yummy cookies, Mansi! Love coconut in any form. delicious.

anjali said...

these look divine! and sound simple enough to make, so I'm gonna give it a try:)

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

Those look great! My mom just made something similar with chocolate drizzle and almonds on top! I have them sitting on my counter and I did a double take at yours! LOL!

Shri said...

great recipe.love this cookies

Mansi Desai said...

Kalai - I used the bagged sweetened one, hence only the 1/2 cup sugar..sorry for not being too clear:)

but they taste great, not too sweet, which is why they are pretty versatile:) let me know how it goes:)

Anitha said...

Yummy looking cookies :-)

Ketki Gadre said...

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Dee said...

Love the coconut and vanilla combo mansi, I make sure my granola has those and my house is filled with such sweet smell after the baking!!! Great combo and the cookies look so cute!!

Swati Raman Garg said...

love coconut in any form .. waiting for d day i can bake...

Maheswari said...

Looks perfect mansi..i too love macaroons...

SASHREE said...

i lov coconut cookies n on the top itzz with icing...yummy

Simran said...

I've been looking for an easy recipe for coconut cookies, and yours looks perfect. Love the icing; it makes them look glamrous.

JZ @ Tasty treats said...

coconut cookies sound sweet and flaky and angelic!! :-)i have sooo many recipes to try out from your blog!! :-)

Mansi Desai said...

I'm glad so many of you found this easy and delicious! and yes, the icing does give it a glamorous look, plus there's so many variations you can try like chocolate, lemon, orange with the icing!:)

Sunshinemom said...

I'm not surprised that they did not last...good things don't! Nice one. Do look up my blog for the meme I tagged you for, and do it at leisure if it interests you:)

Kevin said...

Those coconut cookies sound good!

Sunshinemom said...

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Grace said...

i've had (more than) my share of coconut macaroons, but i've never had a coconut-flavored cookie quite like this. i'm 110% sure i'd love it--thanks for the recipe!

Hetal said...

Lovely coconut cookies...can I make it without egg??

Mansi Desai said...

Hi Hetal - yes, you can make it without eggs, just use 3 tbsp milk and 1 more tbsp butter instead of the egg in the recipe. Try it out and let me know how it comes out:)

Coffee said...

I can just pop a couple of them in my mouth now!! :) Love the coconut flavour

bee said...

hey mansi, suganya announced afam coconut yesterday. you could this for that event.

Laavanya said...

Coconut cookie sounds great and the icing make it even more irresistible.

Jim said...

Yum ~ Coconut Cookies with Vanilla Icing sound great. I have made Macaroons but your cookies sound good.

Sharona May

Sandhya said...

These sounds easy and look delicious! I was wondering if we can use white sugar as I want to bake them now but out of brown sugar!!:-(
Thanks!

Mansi Desai said...

hi sandhya - yes, white sugar would work fine too; I just prefer brown sugar for its less sweet taste, grainy texture, and the darker color it gives to the cookies:) but white should be great too!:)

Sandhya said...

Thanks mansi,

I tried these today with brown sugar, they came very well. Thanks.
You can read about it here
http://sandhyas.blogspot.com