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These coconut biscuits are simple – with just 3 ingredients and 4 steps – but oh-so-delicious.
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Looking for the ultimate Coconut Biscuits Recipe? 

I’ve tried countless recipes over the years, some quite fiddly, searching for the perfect coconut biscuit (or coconut macaroon as they are sometimes called).

However, I’ve never quite been satisfied with my coconut creations.

Until now.

I’ve been trying too hard, it seems! 

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Easy Coconut Biscuits: 3 ingredients, 4 steps

This Coconut Biscuits recipe is easy peasy, with just three ingredients and four simple steps.

I have to admit my expectations weren’t high when I first found this recipe in Nana Ling’s handwritten cookbook. It just seemed too simple. Way too easy.

But my curiosity levels were high.

The ingredients you’ll need are:

  • desiccated coconut 
  •  caster sugar
  • eggs.

The measurements can be found in the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

How to make Coconut Biscuits

The method is simple.

Beat the eggs lightly and then add to the. other ingredients. You should have a dough-like consistency and be able to easily roll the mixture into small balls.

Spoon out mixture using a dessert spoon and shape into small balls, a little smaller than a golf ball. You should have about 18 in total.

Place apart on a well-greased baking tray, leaving room for each biscuit to spread.

Then into the oven they go.

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There’s only one word to describe what came out of the oven: wow.

This recipe produces a sweet biscuit with a crunchy shell, chewy centre and plenty of coconut goodness.

So.

So.

Good.

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The best Coconut Biscuits Recipe ever

This is absolutely my go-to recipe for Coconut Biscuits.

It’s quick, easy and the results are excellent.

It reminded me of a principle one of my first bosses used to remind me of regularly, the KISS (“Keep it simple, stupid”) principle.

It’s something I’m often reminded of in my work, in life and here in the kitchen.

It really does pay to cut out unnecessary complexity and do it the simple way.

As for the coconut biscuits, well they disappeared very quickly. But this recipe is definitely a keeper!

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If you’re a fan of coconut biscuits, it’s definitely worth investing 20 minutes of your day to create a batch of Nana Ling’s old fashioned coconut biscuits.

This recipe stands the test of time.

And if you love the recipe as much as I do, please leave a rating or comment below.

Love the serving platter I’ve used here?

This is the highly-collectible Old Country Roses pattern by Royal Albert.

serving platter old country roses design by royal albert

Nana Ling’s Coconut Biscuits Recipe

Keep scrolling for the tested and tweaked version.

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Coconut Biscuits

These coconut biscuits are simple – with just 3 ingredients and 4 steps – but oh-so-delicious.
4.78 from 49 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Australian
Keyword: coconut biscuits
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 18 pieces
Calories: 101kcal

Ingredients

  • 125 grams desiccated coconut (1 1/2 cups)
  • 225 grams caster sugar (1 cup)
  • 2 medium-sized eggs (100 ml whisked egg)

Instructions

  • Put coconut and sugar into a bowl. Mix to combine.
  • Beat eggs lightly and add to the mixture. Mix well to form a dough-like consistency.
  • Spoon out mixture using a dessert spoon and shape into small balls. You should have about 18 in total. Place apart on a well-greased baking tray, leaving room for each biscuit to spread.
    coconut biscuits on tray
  • Cook for 15 minutes at 180 degrees celsius (fan-forced).
  • Allow to cool completely before serving.

Notes

  1. Use   
  2. If mixture seems too runny to form balls, add a little extra coconut.

Nutrition

Calories: 101kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 10mg | Potassium: 44mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 26IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 1mg
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Meryl

Monday 25th of April 2022

Was about to make this recipe when I realised the ingredient amounts are listed wrong and the grams listed is NOT the same as the cups quantity listed … ie the recipe states: 125 grams desiccated coconut (1 1/2 cups) 225 grams caster sugar (1 cup)

Is this really meant to be 1.5 cups of coconut and 1 cup of sugar (ie more coconut that sugar)?? As if you follow the grams quantities you are putting in way more sugar (at 225g) than coconut (at 125). It has to be one way or the other … can’t be both.

I think that is why some people love this recipe (as they are correctly making it using the cup measurements) whilst others are weighing with scales and have the coconut and sugar grams amounts mixed up!

Libby Hakim

Tuesday 26th of April 2022

Hi Meryl. I've just checked and the amounts for both are correct. The sugar is less in cups but more in grams because it's a lot heavier than coconut. Thanks for the feedback, however it's a bit unfair to give me two stars when you clearly state you haven't even attempted the recipe! If you do try it, let me know whether the rating changes :) Thanks!

Maria

Tuesday 29th of March 2022

I could not get this recipe to hold the biscuits to gether and they seemed to not stay together to be able to shape them to put them on the baking tray to bake them can I ask u if these recipes have been tested and definitely will hold to shape them and bake them is they some better way to be abltmevto get them shaped with them been crumbly and break up before baking them please reply back thanks

Libby Hakim

Wednesday 30th of March 2022

Hi Maria. Thanks for this feedback. This recipe has been tested - several times by me and others (including a radio host) with success, however I have had a few people provide similar feedback to yourself. I have looked over the recipe and clarified that it's desiccated coconut required (not shredded) and I even provided the measurement for the eggs to take account of any differences in the size of the egg. I will test it again as this is a mystery what's happening for some and it works so well for me. My only suggestion is to add some more coconut. But rest assured I'll try to get to the bottom of this!

Loulou

Sunday 31st of January 2021

Thought I’d try this recipe for a change but sadly Far to sweet like eating sugar biscuits won’t make again

Libby

Monday 1st of February 2021

Sorry you didn't like the recipe!

Mari

Thursday 29th of October 2020

I absolutely cannot make this recipe work. Following the recipe, I end up with what looks like a sunny-side-up egg. I tried halving the sugar and ended up with a mound. The more sugar I add, the larger the thin puddle around the mound, but the mound hardly spreads. I tried putting it in the fridge/freezer for various lengths of time and found that it only makes the mound more prominent on top of the puddle. I've tried adding more eggs/egg whites to no real effect. The inside of the mounds are light and airy, and it tastes delicious. I'm disappointed this didn't work for me.

Libby

Monday 2nd of November 2020

Hi Mari. Gosh, I'm disappointed too as it works so well for me and is so simple. I've had a couple of other people have issues too, though, and have added as much information as possible to the recipe to help. I think egg size was an issue for some people so i've added the quantity in mls. Is the mixture fairly firm when you roll into balls? It should easily shape into a ball. If not, add more coconut until it can easily be shaped. If the biscuit is looking like a sunny side up egg, it sounds like the biscuits are spreading too quickly, too, which may mean your oven temperature is too high. Perhaps try dropping the temperature by 10 degrees. Let me know if you try this again and find success. Good luck!

Franz

Saturday 26th of September 2020

The best i ever had! Thanks for sharing!

Libby

Monday 12th of October 2020

You're welcome. Enjoy :)

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