Saturday, December 11, 2010

Chocolate Coconut Cookies

A break from Xmas decorations, and on to cookies... although even these could be a nice homemade present...


100 g dark chocolate

50 g butter

50 g sugar

1 egg

80 g self-rising flour

80 g shredded coconut, plus more to dust

Makes 20 biscuits

Preheat the oven at 160°C. Melt the chocolate with the butter. Add the sugar, egg, flour and shredded coconut. You will get a very oily cookie dough.

With a teaspoon shape 20 small balls, which should be each about the size of a walnut. Roll the balls shredded coconut and then place them onto an oven tray lined with baking paper, making sure that you leave some space in between, as the cookies will flatten during baking.

Bake for 20 minutes. Let the cookies cool completely on the baking tray before lifting them.

Photos and Recipes by Alessandra Zecchini ©


  1. So yummy, we make something similar but it's a more dry mixture and we call them coconut roughs. I'm very keen to try your recipe for a variation.

  2. The cookies look delicious! Do you know if they can be made without the egg? Thanks.
    Peace :)

  3. Che golosi questi biscotti!!! Ne mangerei subito qualcuno per colazione! baci

  4. Chandra, you could probably omit the egg and add just a little bit more butter, or coconut butter. Baking without eggs is something I am learning slowly to do these days, especially from Indian Vegetarian blogs :-)

  5. arrghhh!! se c'è una cosa che adoro è il cioccolato unito al cocco!
    questi li faccio, te la rubo la ricetta, Ale!
    un bacio dal freddo!

  6. Ciao Alessandra, per il mio contest sulla nocciola posta pure in inglese, al limite, poi quando faro' il pdf metto io la traduzione, a presto ;-)

  7. oh this is wonderful home made i made rum fruit cakes as x'ms gifts...i still have to make more .....sure to make urs~ :)

  8. In ritardo...grazie per la ricetta!!! Questa ricettuola che hai appena postata...sublime!
    Ciao ciao

  9. Dear Alessandra
    Very nice recipe. But I am off baking for many years. Have a good mind to start again.
    Regarding your query on onion and garlic use, at my blog...
    Some people in many parts of India do not eat onion or garlic and they are always vegetarians. The reason may be religious or by tradition.
    All temple dishes which are offered to God, are always devoid of garlic onion. In Jain religion it is always vege and no onion, garlic.
    Buddhism doesn't have any restriction on food, vege or non vege. As you know, Buddhism is not a religion, it doesn't talk about God but talks on way of life that people should lead.
    This is just to give a brief idea on a vast and very diverse food habits of Indian sub-continent.
    If you want to know any thing about India , do let me know.
    Have a nice week ahead.

  10. Thank you Ushnish. I know that some old traditional Japanese Buddhist dishes also did not include allum (onion, garlic, leeks, shallot, chives).

    I had a young Indian couple for dinner last night, they are visiting NZ on their honeymoon. I did vegetarian, but with no eggs (just to be sure) but they told me that actually eat everything :-)

  11. Dear Alessandra
    Actually most Indian vegetarians eat onion, some vegetarians eat egg too. You will rarely come across an Indian who is absolute vegetarian (no onion, fish, meat, egg etc). Normally if we call absolute veges for food , they will always tell us in advance about what they don't eat.
    You are right , during my long stay in Korea , I used to go to Buddhist temples and the food is devoid of non-vege, onion and garlic.
    You get absolute vege Kimchi in temples.
    Have nice week


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