Mum’s Coconut Biscuits

Margaret Beer
My mother used to make these biscuits for the church fair each year when I was a child, and they bring back a lot of memories. She lost the recipe but I think this is just about it. At least my 3 brothers assure me it is. Anyway, it has once more become the favourite with the next generation as it was with mine, and I hope you will get a lot of pleasure with it too.

*Note from Helen: due to concerns regarding the lack of flour the recipe has been retested and we were happy with the 2 tablespoons of flour that the original recipe used.  However, due to there being a few concerns we have increased it slightly without an adverse effect.
These are a popular biscuit in our house and the kids were more than happy with the recipe testing.



  • 125g butter
  • 125g sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups desiccated coconut
  • 1/4 cup (35g) flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 size 7 egg
  • 1/4 cup milk


Preheat oven to 180 C.
Beat the butter, sugar and vanilla until pale and creamy, add the egg and beat well.
Add the coconut, flour and baking powder. Add the milk and mix well.  Place teaspoon dollops on a cold greased tray (or one lined with baking paper).
Flatten a little by gently pressing with your hand or use a flour dusted fork.
Bake for approximately 15 minutes until golden.
Cool on a wire rack and then store in an airtight container.

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30 thoughts on “Mum’s Coconut Biscuits

  1. The flour ingredients was completely incorrect. Min just floated everywhere when hot and turned into a giant buiscuit. Taste was good though.
    Therefore second batch.:
    I added an extra 4 table spoons flour and made it all more of a thicker dough but not too much so it didn’t look like biscuit dough all sickness left too it. And it rose much better.
    I would leave out flattening it too as it melts and flattens itself when hot as it contains a lot of butter
    Good taste though.

    • Hi Mrs Cookie Pot, I am trying to understand what went wrong with your biscuits.
      I have just made them using the exact recipe and mine look like they do in the photo.
      It is perplexing and concerning when things don’t work for others.
      I think they could absorb another tablespoon or two of flour if people want to use it but I don’t think it is essential.
      I wonder why they floated though.

    • Yes 100% agree this recipe for “mums coconut biscuits” is so out off wack its laughable.
      – add vanilla ( not listed in the ingredients.
      – butter quantity should be cut by half/ not needed at all, hence why biscuits melt.
      – 25g less sugar can be omitted.
      – half to 1 cup flour needed.
      – no need for mixer, can be meixed all together in a bowl.

      • Hi Marie, oops yes the vanilla was missing in the ingredients and I have added it in.
        I have tested the recipe again to check on the proportions and am completely happy with the biscuits.
        They came out exactly as the image shows.
        They are very light in flour but quite a macaroon (not to be confused with macaron) in texture.

  2. I didnt read comment b4 baking Yes i agree flour seems to be way to little, Possibly egg too, I used a small egg and first batch just crumbled. Second batch added 4 more tbs flour and another egg. Much better.

  3. Yummy chewy coco-nutty biscuits!
    I only made a couple of minor adjustments using coconut milk and self raising flour, omitting the baking powder and added a tsp of vanilla essence. No extra flour was needed for me like previous comments have mentioned.

    Thanks Helen!

  4. You say in morbid beat vanilla but you do not put vanilla in your recipe also could you please put your measurements into grabs as we do not do cups in the uk.

  5. May I suggest rolling them into balls and then squishing them down a wee bit. Means the edges don’t get overly browned / burnt.

  6. Why do you use two types of measurement? Grams and cups? Would be simpler to stick with one, or give both……I’m not that smart you see and have to google how many grams in a cup as I don’t have fancy kitchen scales!

    Great recipe though ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  7. I made these this evening first batch tasted and liked luvly but spread out quite big the second batch I added 3 teaspoons extra flour & teaspoon size blobs and they came out PERFIC. So yummy can,t stop eating them.i will defo make them again.

  8. I tend to avoid recipes that give imprecise measures like “a cup…”. I foolishly chanced my luck with this one as several are in grams and there is a comment to the effect that the original had been corrected to address concerns that the mixture was too moist. The individual “dollops” all merged into one on the baking tray. Too thin to hold together when scraped off.

  9. I’m in heaven! These are absolutely fanatic! A nice crust on the out side and moist in the middle!
    I followed the exact recipe. No problem here!
    I’ve been looking for this recipe for over 50 years! When my Grandfather introduced me coconut bon bons and store bought coconut cookies. All I could ever find was macaroons.
    I must apologize for the bakers that had a problem and were so rude and took it out on you.
    I was taught to Always bake a test cookie before you ruin a whole pan. And to be kind!
    Thank you so much Helen for sharing!

  10. I was little in 70s my mum used to buy from co-op coconut biscuits I still remember the taste and crunchy texture full flavour of coconut I made them today but there are nearest maybe next time I will change a little but not bad

  11. I just made these using the exact recipe (except I didn’t have any vanilla) they turned out perfectly! No need for adjustments (although I had to cook for a bit longer to get them brown but that’s probably just my oven).
    Thank you – yummo.

  12. Hi , I tried to make these to the recipe, tasted fantastic , although slightly crispy round the edges.
    Be good to have the whole recipe in grams? I don’t get this cup method?

  13. From my mother’s old cookbook here is her recipe for coconut biscuits

    1/4 lb butter, small cup sugar, 2cups coconut, 1 cup flour, 1 teaspoon B.P, 1egg.

    Cream butter and sugar, add egg, add other ingredients.
    Oven 300 – 350 which I think translates as ? 150-180%

  14. More flour is needed to enable the biscuits to hold and not run into each other, dont think you need so much sugar. Taste fantastic though.

  15. My 5 year old daughter and I just made this coconut biscuits, we didn’t have enough coconut so added more flour to the mix. Came out lovely from the oven, we used many little cookie cutters and the shapes held very well. Thank you for this recipe! We will be making more!