Coconut Sandwich Cookies

February 24, 2008 · 23 comments · Print This Post

in Baked Goods, Cookies, Desserts

Coconut Sandwich Cookies.  Hammer Not Included

Coconut made quite a few guest appearances in my childhood. In 2nd grade, my teacher brought in a coconut, a hammer, and a nail and proceeded to mercilessly beat on the poor things shell until it cracked open. Let me tell you, that was quite a lesson. By the time it was finally opened we were all slightly traumatized and quietly ate our samples of fresh coconut in silence. Then we proceeded to behave like perfect angels for the rest of the day. No one dared to break rank in case the new punishment for getting your name on the board involved carpentry tools.

We rarely baked with coconut when I was growing up, with the exception of using bags of it to cover our annual Easter Bunny Cake. I’m sure I promptly and very indiscreetly scraped the coconut off my slice of bunny, because coconut was”weird” and “gross” and looked pretty but it couldn’t compare to purple sprinkles or jelly beans so “get it away from me!”

I did eventually learn to like coconut thanks to a samples person at Shaw’s Supermarket who gave me a Dixie Cup full of Bacardi Mixers Pina Colada mix (obviously without the rum). Now that was tasty! I bugged my mother all through the frozen foods aisle until she agreed to buy some. I suppose that was my first “cocktail.” I definitely thought I was totally posh drinking what was essentilly a Pina Colada flavored sugar filled milkshake. Ahh…to be 11 again. I would have been much better off had someone just made me some of these addictive mini coconut laden treats.

Little Addictions All in a Row

One for You, Six for Me

Coconut Sandwich Cookies (Originally published in the December 2007 issue of Everyday Food: A Martha Stewart Magazine)

2 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled)
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 package (7 ounces) sweetened shredded coconut (about 2 1/4 cups)
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed light-brown sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Creamy Vanilla Filling (see below)

Preheat oven to 350, with racks set in upper and lower thirds. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt; set aside. Place 1/2 cup coconut into a small bowl; set aside. Place remaining coconut in a food processor; pulse until coarsely ground. Set aside.

Using an electric mixer, beat butter with sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. With mixer on low, gradually add flour mixture and ground coconut; mix just until combined.

Drop dough by level tablespoons onto two baking sheets, 1 to 2 inches apart. Bake until lightly golden around the edges, 10 to 12 minutes, rotating sheets halfway through. Transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.

Dividing evenly, spread filling on flat side of half the cookies; sandwich with remaining cookies. Roll edges in reserved coconut, and chill until ready to serve.

Creamy Vanilla Filling

Using an electric mixer, beat 1/2 cup (1 stick) room-temperature unsalted butter until light and fluffy. With mixer on medium, beat in 1 cup confectioners’ sugar, 1/2 cup at a time, scraping down bowl as necessary. Add 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract (Note: I also added 1 tablespoon milk); increase speed to high, and beat until filling is light and fluffy, 5 minutes. Makes about 1 cup.

{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Lys February 24, 2008 at 4:11 pm

That looks enticing… What is up with coconut lately – it was just on Paula’s Party the other night (which I will gladly admit I only watched because she promised Bobby Flay in a feather boa)


2 Cara February 24, 2008 at 7:19 pm

My brother has a similar aversion to coconut, but I love it. I hope to try to make these soon!


3 michelle @ Us vs Food February 24, 2008 at 8:20 pm

those are adorable! i love coconut; cooks illustrated has a coconut layer cake recipe that’s to. die. for.

and you can’t go wrong with a sandwich cookies!


4 Donald February 24, 2008 at 10:40 pm


Those look wonderful! Love your Silpat do ya? They are the greatest invention to man next to, oh, i dunno, football.

We used to get coconut macaroons in high school as a dessert from time to time and they proved to be great projectiles in the hallways to hit the underclassmen and take them down before their weggies. Ah…the good ole days.

Ahem…but these look like, if I were to get them on my plate, I’d be throwing the cookies instead. No doubt!


5 Melissa D. February 25, 2008 at 6:42 pm

These were delicious! Thanks for bringing them into work!!


6 The pink bowl baker February 25, 2008 at 6:45 pm

What cute cookies! Are they a little bit soft, or they crisp cookies? (hoping for soft:)


7 Erin February 25, 2008 at 6:55 pm

Lys, Cara, Michelle, and Donald – Thank you for the compliments!

Melissa – I’m just glad you don’t hate yet me from forcing so much sugar and carbs on you every week.

Pink Bowl Baker – The coconut cookies are definitely soft and chewy. I hate crunchy cookies with a fiery passion. I hope you get a chance to bake a batch. They’re really addictive.


8 The pink bowl baker February 25, 2008 at 7:10 pm

Get a chance? I’m going to make the time tomorrow, first thing! I don’t believe I’ll even try to think up an excuse! I’m with ya…hate crunchy, love soft, chewy, tender, puffy, and well, hate crunchy …..


9 Hendria February 26, 2008 at 10:07 am

these look soooo good…on my list of to trys.


10 Amy February 26, 2008 at 5:40 pm

Erin, those are so cute! They look like they’d be a tasty little two bite (well, okay, maybe one big bite) cookie…yum!

Also, I tagged you for a meme!


11 Courtney February 26, 2008 at 11:57 pm

These were delicious!


12 FlaNBoyant Eats February 27, 2008 at 1:53 am

girl, who doesn’t love coconut!?!? great post.


13 Jessica February 27, 2008 at 8:41 am

Wow those look great!


14 Kevin February 28, 2008 at 8:27 pm

These coconut sandwich cookies look really good!


15 The pink bowl baker February 29, 2008 at 7:51 pm

I finally found time to make these today! What can I say? They are wonderful! I have a big family who know when to show up on my door step…they have bake-dar. I will double the recipe next time. I did add a few drops of coconut extract to the icing. The only change I will make next time, is to make them smaller. It seems to me that these need to be petite, little dainty cookies. I measured mine in tablespoons-full, and though they look small individually, once sandwiched together, they were a bit heavy and clunky looking. (not in your photo though, did you down size them at all?)But the taste? Perfect! Soft, with a perfect amount of chew and oh so buttery and coconut-y. Thank you for putting this one out there, its going into my ‘keeper’ file!


16 brilynn March 2, 2008 at 9:48 am

Those look sooo good! I’m a sucker for sandwich cookies, they mean twice the goodness!


17 White On Rice Couple March 2, 2008 at 3:21 pm

Hello, this is my first time here and I must say, you’ve touched me already with this dish. Coconut has been a part of my life since a child, but never have I ever had anything like this. These are just brilliant and beautiful! Wow, they look delicious and a perfect springtime treat! Thanks for sharing this! 🙂


18 Crazy Daisy March 3, 2008 at 12:02 am

These sounds heavenly!


19 Ashley March 7, 2008 at 9:20 am

Mmm those cookies look so good. I remember seeing those in an Everyday Food magazine and thinking I must make them! Beautiful blog.


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