Coconut Thin Cookies

Coconut Thin Cookies are, as the name suggests, crisp, thin and lightly coconutty. This lovely little cookie is the perfect tea-time or snack-time treat.

These cookies are a variation of my wildly popular Lemon Thin Cookies. If you’re interested in the science of baking I recommend that you read through the Lemon Thin post to learn how I tweaked the ingredients to create a perfectly thin and crisp cookie.

Since I’d already done the work to perfect the original recipe, adapting it to make a coconut thin was fairly simple. I had to adjust the flavoring, switching out the lemon zest and extract for cream of coconut and vanilla.

I didn’t reduce the flour in the recipe even though I added more protein with the shredded coconut. More protein could potentially make the batter too thick. A thicker batter would not spread enough to make “thin and crisp” cookies.

Luckily, the shredded coconut contains both protein and fat. The fat in the coconut keeps the batter soft enough to spread nicely in the oven.

Scroll through the process photos to see how to make thin and crispy Coconut Cookies:

1. Coconut flakes in a food processor. 2. Ground coconut flakes in a food processor. 3. Ground coconut and all purpose flour in a food processor.
1. Place the unsweetened coconut flakes in a food processor 2. Pulse the coconut to grind to a rough powder. 3 Add the flour and pulse to combine.
a spoonful of coconut cream skimmed from a bowl of coconut milk.
Use coconut cream or skim the cream from a can of coconut milk.
a bowl of coconut cookie batter.
The dough will be quite soft, almost like a batter. Use a cookie scoop or tablespoon to form the cookies.
a coolie rack with rows of coconut cookies.
Bake the cookies until they’re brown around the edges. Cool the cookies on a rack then store in an airtight container.

For all you coconut lovers (I’m one!) here are some more recipes for you to try: Coconut Pound Cake, Coconut Shortbread Cookies, Snow White Coconut Cake, Coconut Passionfruit Cake, Coconut Macaroons, Pina Colada Pie and German Chocolate Cake.

If you love this recipe as much as I do, I’d really appreciate a 5-star review.

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5 from 10 reviews

Coconut Thins

A simple and perfect little cookie. Thin, crisp and coconutty.
Prep Time15 minutes
Bake Time9 minutes
Total Time24 minutes
28 cookies
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  • 5 oz unsweetened coconut flakes (1 cup after grinding)
  • 5 oz all purpose flour (1 cup, see note)
  • 5 oz unsalted butter (room temperature, see note*)
  • 6 oz confectioner's sugar (1 1/2 cups)
  • 1 tablespoon cream of coconut (see note **)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg (room temperature)
  • 1/4 tsp table salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda


  • Preheat the oven to 350F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper (see note).
  • Pulse the unsweetened coconut in a food processor until it becomes a rough powder. Add the all purpose flour and pulse a few times to combine. Set the flour mixture aside.
    5 oz unsweetened coconut flakes, 5 oz all purpose flour
  • Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Scrape the bowl. Add the cream of coconut and vanilla extract mix until well combined. Add the egg and mix until well combined. Scrape the bowl. Add the salt, baking soda and coconut/flour and mix until incorporated.
    5 oz unsalted butter, 6 oz confectioner's sugar, 1 tablespoon cream of coconut, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1 large egg, 1/4 tsp table salt, 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • Use a .75 oz scoop or a tablespoon to scoop the cookies onto the prepared baking sheets, leaving 2" between the cookies. They will spread as they bake so make sure to leave enough room.
  • Bake until the edges are golden brown and the middle of the cookies are set, 8-10 minutes.
  • Transfer the cookies to a cooling rack and allow to cool completely.
  • Store at room temperature in an airtight container.

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If measuring the flour by volume use the “dip & sweep” method. That is, dip the measuring cup into the flour bin, overfill it, then sweep away the excess.
*The butter should be pliable and slightly cool, not soft and melty.
**Use canned cream of coconut or skim the cream from a can of coconut milk.
Parchment paper is the best surface for these cookies to have just the right thickness and texture.


Serving: 2cookies | Calories: 109kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 42mg | Potassium: 43mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 157IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. 5 stars
    My wife needed some cookies for a midmorning ladies’ gathering at our home, so I went to your site since everything I’ve found here has been very good and easy to do with your thorough directions and photos. I thought the Coconut Thins would be great. My wife agreed, but thought the Lemon Thins would be good too, so I made both.
    They were both delicious and I’m not sure which ones I like better.
    Thanks for the great recipes I’ve been able to use, all 5 star, and I look forward to trying more.
    I plan to place this review on the Lemon Thins recipe also.

  2. Hello
    A bit confused with the coconut and flour. The ingredients.

    5 oz unsweetened coconut flakes (1 cup after grinding)
    5 oz all purpose flour (1 cup, see note)

    So is 5oz of the coconut and when you pulse it in the food processor it will equal 1 cup?

    5oz of the flour (1 cup)?

    My apologies I just want to make sure I have the correct measurements.



    1. If you are using a scale to weigh your ingredients there’s no reason to worry about the cup measurements. Those are provided for folks who don’t have a kitchen scale. That being said, after grinding 5 oz of coconut it will measure about 1 cup. 1 cup of flour weighs 5oz. Again, no reason to worry about cup measurements if you have a scale. Weighing ingredients is always the most accurate.

  3. I never buy cream of coconut or coconut milk. I’d hate to buy it to use a tablespoon. Is there anything that can be substituted, such as regular heavy cream or sour cream? I have a new coconut emulsion I bought that I’m dying to try!

  4. 5 stars
    The lemon thin recipe is one of my favorites. Love serving them with fruit. Just tried this coconut version. It is all I can do not to eat a dozen of them. So good! Thank you.