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25 Tropical Cookie Recipes That’ll Take You on Vacation

Why hop on an airplane when you can pop these tropical cookie recipes in the oven?

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Coconut Key Lime ThumbprintsTaste of Home

Coconut Key Lime Thumbprints

This is the cookie recipe I created for the Las Vegas World Food Championships 2013. It’s similar to a shortbread thumbprint cookie but with lots more personality. —Amy Freeze, Avon Park, Florida

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Macadamia-Coffee Bean CookiesTaste of Home

Macadamia-Coffee Bean Cookies

Nearly anyone who loves coffee will perk up for this java-infused cookie. What hot beverage would you pair these treats with? There’s only one answer! —Kathleen Specht, Clinton, Montana

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Pineapple Star CookiesTaste of Home

Pineapple Star Cookies

I'm grateful my neighbor gave me this special recipe. When you see the cookies' pretty shape and savor the pineapple filling and sweet frosting, you'll know they're worth the effort. —Sarah Lukaszewicz, Batavia, New York

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Mango Fudge Refrigerator Ribbon CookiesTaste of Home

Mango Fudge Refrigerator Ribbon Cookies

I’ve always thought that a ribbon cookie is especially nice. Although it’s a single cookie, it really seems like two or three different cookies because of its lovely layers of flavor. These refrigerated ribbon cookies have a rich chocolate layer balanced by a bright, orange-mango layer—a very special combination. —Jeanne Holt, Mendota Heights, Minnesota

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Roro's Pineapple CookiesTaste of Home

Roro's Pineapple Cookies

My childhood memories always include my mom’s pineapple cookies. The kids called her Roro, and we still make them every year to keep her memory alive. You can substitute your favorite flavor of preserves for the pineapple. —Donna Scarano, East Hanover, New Jersey

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Coconut Banana CookiesTaste of Home

Coconut Banana Cookies

This is a springtime variation on my grandma’s banana drop cookies with tons of coconut flavor. —Elyse Benner, Solon, Ohio

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Jeweled Coconut DropsTaste of Home

Jeweled Coconut Drops

Red raspberry preserves add a festive flair to these tender coconut cookies. Perfect for potlucks and cookie exchanges, these shaped cookies never last long when I make them for my husband and two sons. —Ellen Marie Byler Munfordville, Kentucky

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Chocolate Macadamia MacaroonsTaste of Home

Chocolate Macadamia Macaroons

This perfect macaroon has dark chocolate, chewy coconut and macadamia nuts and is dipped in chocolate—sinful and delicious! —Darlene Brenden, Salem, Oregon

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Coconut WashboardsTaste of Home

Coconut Washboards

This simple yet satisfying coconut cookie recipe has been around for generations. Pressing a fork into the top gives the look of an old-fashioned washboard. —Tommie Sue Shaw, McAlester, Oklahoma

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Pineapple Coconut TassiesTaste of Home

Pineapple Coconut Tassies

These cookies might sound and look fancy, but they’re rather easy to make. Their simplicity makes them an ideal choice for baking with children. My granddaughter enjoys helping me measure the ingredients. Children also can help shape the dough into balls, then you can finish them together. —Connie Shuff, York, Pennsylvania

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Coconut Rum BallsTaste of Home

Coconut Rum Balls

My mom has made rum balls for as long as I can remember. They look beautiful on a dessert spread and can be packaged in a decorative tin as a gift. I swapped coconut rum for the traditional rum and added shredded coconut. —Jana Walker, Macomb, Michigan

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Hawaiian Dream CookiesTaste of Home

Hawaiian Dream Cookies

These cookies are lovely as they are, but I'll sometimes use a light-colored sanding sugar for the top: First, lightly brush the top cookie with cream, then sprinkle with sanding sugar. This can be done before or after placing the cookie on top of the filling. —Lorraine Caland, Shuniah, Ontario

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Chocolate Macadamia MeltawaysTaste of Home

Chocolate Macadamia Meltaways

I came up with this recipe by accident one day when I wanted to make some cookies. I decided to use some ingredients already in my cupboard, and these were the delicious result. —Barbara Sepcich, Galt, California

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White Chocolate Macadamia CookiesTaste of Home

White Chocolate Macadamia Cookies

White baking chips and macadamia nuts are a fantastic duo in these buttery cookies. They are a nice change from the classic chocolate chip ones. —Cathy Lennon, Newport, Tennessee

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Lemony Coconut BarsTaste of Home

Lemony Coconut Bars

These lemony and chewy bars make a refreshing addition to a cookie tray. Try lime juice and zest for a zingy twist. —Nancy Zimmerman, Cape May Court House, New Jersey

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First-Place Coconut MacaroonsTaste of Home

First-Place Coconut Macaroons

These coconut macaroons are my husband's favorite and earned me a first-place ribbon at the county fair. I especially like the fact that this recipe makes a small enough batch for the two of us to nibble on without lots left over. —Penny Ann Habeck, Shawano, Wisconsin

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Coconut, Lime and Pistachio CookiesTaste of Home

Coconut, Lime and Pistachio Cookies

Perfect for freezing, these cookies look like winter but taste like summer. —Barbara Crusan, Pass Christian, Mississippi

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Coconut Chocolate SlicesTaste of Home

Coconut Chocolate Slices

These crispy cookies with a chewy coconut center travel really well. When my son was in the Army, I often sent boxes to him, and he told me they always arrived in perfect condition. —Cheri Booth, Gering, Nebraska

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Toni's Tropical BiscottiTaste of Home

Toni's Tropical Biscotti

My second mom had a hankering for biscotti with pistachios and dried papaya. Since she's a fabulous cook, I gave it a whirl. The result was sensational!—Bonnie Hauschild, Wellington, Florida

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Cranberry Lime MacaroonsTaste of Home

Cranberry Lime Macaroons

It wouldn’t be a special occasion for my family and friends if I didn’t make these chewy lime-flavored macaroons. —Alisa Costa, Chatham, New York

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Coconut Lemon CrispsTaste of Home

Coconut Lemon Crisps

We had these cookies at our wedding reception, where they brought smiles and compliments. They've become one of our anniversary dinner trademarks. —Segarie Moodley, Longwood, Florida

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Lime & Gin Coconut MacaroonsTaste of Home

Lime & Gin Coconut Macaroons

I took these lime and coconut macaroons to our annual cookie exchange, where we name a queen. I won the crown! —Milissa Kirkpatrick, Angel Fire, New Mexico

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Coconut-Macadamia BiscottiTaste of Home

Coconut-Macadamia Biscotti

I came up with this recipe after my husband and I returned from our first trip to Hawaii. Dipping these tropical treats in a good cup of coffee brings us right back to the wonderful memories we made there. —Shannon Koene, Blacksburg, Virginia

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Lemony Coconut MacaroonsTaste of Home

Lemony Coconut Macaroons

These chewy gems have refreshing lemon flavor. They freeze well and thaw easily in the fridge, so you can cure a craving anytime. —Karla Johnson, East Helena, Montana

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Glazed Candied Fruit CookiesTaste of Home

Glazed Candied Fruit Cookies

Even if your family doesn’t care for fruitcake, they’ll love these cookies studded with candied fruit and pecans. A caramel glaze adds a delectable touch on top. —Susan Hein, Burlington, Wisconsin

Annamarie Higley
Annamarie Higley is an Associate Print Editor for Taste of Home magazine, as well as the brand's special issue publications. A midwestern transplant originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, she enjoys hiking, trivia-ing, and—you guessed it!—all things cooking and baking.

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