A decorative tiered stand full of cokies. A red and green sign says "coconut cookies".

Coconut Cookies

Sugar cookies meet macaroons in these crowd pleasing Coconut Cookies! There’s a little crunch of sweetened coconut that gives way to a tender sugar cookie filled with more coconut.

A decorative tiered stand full of cokies. A red and green sign says "coconut cookies".
Coconut Cookies

Sugar cookies meet macaroons in these crowd pleasing Coconut Cookies! There’s a little crunch of sweetened coconut that gives way to a tender sugar cookie filled with more coconut.

A decorative tiered stand full of cokies. A red and green sign says "coconut cookies".

When I moved to California, I was rather bewildered by the cookie swap. How is it that in all my years growing up in New York, I had never encountered such a thing? Was it a regional phenomenon? I was curious: why create extra work by baking in such large quantities? Why were all the kitchens in my neighborhood churning out cookies like miniature factories? I couldn’t understand the purpose, other than to have an excuse to eat cookies.

It took me a while, but I’ve decided that if the sole purpose was simply to eat cookies, then it was fine by me. And I realize now it is much more than that.

I have yet to host a cookie swap but have been invited to a handful this season, and as I prepare for one tomorrow, I thought it would be the perfect time to use some free printables that were created by the talented folks at Catch My Party. I was looking for just the right way to decorate my bags of cookies, and the festive designs in the collection were just the thing!

A brown paper bag with decorative red and white snowflake sticker. The bag is stuffed with red and green tissue paper, with a recipe card tucked inside, and a To/From tag attached to the handle.

What’s inside these adorable bags? To be honest, I wasn’t sure what to make for the gathering this week, organized by Patty of Patty’s Food. It took me several days to ponder over what to make, when finally, slightly exasperated, I turned to my daughter and asked, “If I could make you any cookie right now, what kind would you like?” She didn’t hesitate: “Coconut Cookies!”

Well, then. So it was done. And that is what I will bring.

A decorative tiered stand full of cokies. A red and green sign says "coconut cookies".

These coconut cookies are like a sugar cookie meets macaroons. You have a little crunch of sweetened coconut that gives way to a tender sugar cookie laced with more coconut. Let’s just say my coconut-lovin’ daughter was coco-nuts about them. (I was, too).

As I went through the other holiday printables, I couldn’t resist but use some of them to surprise my children with a hot cocoa bar when they came home from school. Now that I have it all ready, I just have to host a swap of my own!

A green striped sign that says "HOT COCOA BAR add your fixings".
A make your own hot cocoa bar set up with labeled dishes full of marshmallows, chocolate chips, and white chocolate chips. There are jars of candy canes, a stand of coconut cookies, and gift bags.
White dishes of marshmallos and chocolate chips.

So how about you? Are cookies and cocoa in your future? If so, click here to print the adorable Holiday Printables I used – there’s so much more to the collection: invitations, banner swags, even water bottle labels!

All you need now are some Coconut Cookies!

This holiday season, let loved ones know how much you care. Use your favorite photos to create something personalized and unique for everyone on your list. Make it memorable, make it meaningful. Make it matter. Go to printables.hp.com for inspiration and ideas.

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by HP via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of HP.

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Coconut Cookies

Sugar cookies meet macaroons in this easy to make crowd pleaser!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 17 minutes
Total Time 47 minutes
Servings 36
Calories 65kcal


  • 1 14-ounce package sweetened shredded coconut divided
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter cut into small pieces and chilled
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Farhenheit.
  • Place 2 cups of the coconut on a plate and set aside.
  • In the bowl of a food processor, process the remaining coconut with the sugar, salt and baking powder until it is finely ground.
  • Add the butter and pulse until it is a loose crumb.
  • Add the egg and vanilla extract and process until smooth.
  • Add the flour and pulse until the dough starts to come together into a crumbly ball, making sure you scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  • Using a small ice cream scoop or spoons, scoop a tablespoon ball of dough and drop it into the reserved coconut. Form the dough into balls pressing some of the coconut evenly around and gently into the dough.
  • Repeat and work in small batches. Place on lined cookie sheets, about 2 inches apart.
  • If your dough has softened significantly, allow the cookie dough to chill in the refrigerator.
  • Bake for about 15-18 minutes, until the coconut has turned a golden brown. Cool on wire racks.


From Coconut Cookies, Everyday Food, December 2004, via Martha Stewart.


Calories: 65kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 35mg | Potassium: 11mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 85IU | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 0.3mg
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  1. Gina

    Your daughter is wise for picking those yummy cookies. We all enjoyed them over here, thanks for bringing them. It was a great lunch and let’s not wait so long for the next one. Maybe we should just make up another excuse to eat cookies. Hope you and your family enjoy the holidays.

  2. Priscilla | ShesCookin

    You had me at coconut! I could have used a cute printable to adorn my cookies at the Food Bloggers Los Angeles cookie swap I went to last weekend – it’s interesting that cookie swaps seem to be a regional thing… Patty’s cookie party is bound to include many scrumptious treats considering the group that will be in attendance :)

  3. Sandra's Easy Cooking

    What a great idea…never had cookie swap but sounds fantastic! Those cookies sure look amazing and delicious, especially since they have coconuts. Beautiful images as always!

  4. Durey shevar

    These coconut cookies look so delicious. Coconut is such a wonderful ingredient. I was just now experimenting with a coconut jam recipe .

  5. Rose from Magpies Recipes

    Yesterday was the best! Had such a great time. These cookies are delish and so tender. I feel the same that deciding what to make is the most difficult thing- your daughter helped you make a great choice! And how lucky are your kids that they get their own cocoa bar?! So sweet!

  6. Lisa {AuthenticSuburbanGourmet}

    It was so great to see you yesterday along with the rest of these wonderful ladies! Your cookies were supreme! I am with Patty, I am going to have one for breakfast this morning with my coffee. Lovely post!!!!

  7. Patty

    Liren, You are so sweet!!!
    I just had 2 of your coconut cookies for breakfast with my coffee and I’m edging towards enjoying a third;-) Who knew coconut cookies could be soooo good for breakfast! It was so good catching up with you-looking forward to seeing you soon and thanks for mentioning me in your post with the sweetest holiday printables,love them;-)

  8. Lawyer Loves Lunch

    It’s clear your daughter has your foodie genes because these cookies sound fabulous! I cannot wait to get my very own bag of them (which I may or may not share with the hubster). Looking forward to seeing y’all tomorrow :)

  9. Jean

    I have never hosted a cookie swap either but I’m so looking forward to tomorrow’s lunch–thanks to Patty for organizing! I can’t wait to receive my very own bag of these coconut cookies, yum!

    The printables are a great idea, too. Thanks so much for the link, Liren!

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