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Coconut Clouds Recipe

Coconut Clouds Recipe

Coconut lovers will have extra reason to celebrate when they taste these cake-like drop cookies. The generous frosting and coconut topping make them a hit at holiday cookie swaps. —Donna Scofield, Yakima, Washington
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling YIELD:66 servings


  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon coconut extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
  • 2-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut, toasted
  • 1/3 cup butter, cubed
  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 3 tablespoons evaporated milk
  • 1 teaspoon coconut extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups sweetened shredded coconut, toasted


  • 1. Preheat oven to 375°. Cream butter, shortening and sugars until light and fluffy; beat in eggs and extracts. Stir in sour cream. In another bowl, whisk together flour, salt and baking soda; gradually beat into creamed mixture. Stir in coconut.
  • 2. Drop dough by tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto lightly greased baking sheets. Bake until set, 8-10 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.
  • 3. In a small heavy saucepan, heat butter over medium heat until golden brown, 5-7 minutes, stirring constantly. Transfer to a small bowl; gradually beat in confectioners’ sugar, milk and extracts. Spread over cookies. Dip in coconut; let stand until set. Store in an airtight container. Yield: about 5-1/2 dozen.
Editor's Note: To toast coconut, bake in a shallow pan in a 350° oven for 5-10 minutes or cook in a skillet over low heat until golden brown, stirring occasionally.

Nutritional Facts

1 cookie: 110 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 13mg cholesterol, 72mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.

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Ivyscaped User ID: 2463182 253363
Reviewed Aug. 29, 2016

"Excellent! Have made them several times and always get rave reviews! Freeze nicely also! Thanks for the great recipe!"

Kathrynkrs User ID: 1149164 252669
Reviewed Aug. 14, 2016

"This recipe was not good,but not too bad. The flour is way off , I had to add about 1/2 cup more. It was very wet. The flavor was very blah. I will not make these again

The cooky was soft. The sour cream is too much and not enough flour.
Question the amount of fat. more butter and l ess sourcream may h ave solved the consistency of this dough."

keely27 User ID: 4249986 240444
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2015

"A cookie tray regular"

bakertina User ID: 8002932 238683
Reviewed Dec. 3, 2015

"This was a winner with everyone who ate them. Already getting requests to make them again from co-workers and family!"

MissArlene User ID: 7057140 238622
Reviewed Dec. 2, 2015

"I was slightly disappointed as the previous reviews were so great. They were "good, " but am wondering if they would be "wonderful" if using all butter & no shortening. They turned out well & I made them with no changes. Hubby seems to like them!"

235gbt User ID: 8485749 237310
Reviewed Nov. 13, 2015

"the coc0nut in the batter is... TOASTED!!!"

cindiak User ID: 221828 217567
Reviewed Jan. 11, 2015

"Delicious! I love coconut and these were fantastic!"

jkgasser User ID: 5059389 140061
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2013

"Is the coconut in the batter toasted?"

scottnjo User ID: 7000968 157418
Reviewed Dec. 16, 2012

"Sister and I have made for the last 4-5 years."

vanillaluv User ID: 5350586 155522
Reviewed Jan. 18, 2012

"I made these for Christmas 2011 and they were a hit. I will definitely make these again."

Margielou_wa User ID: 56764 99587
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2011

"Wonderful! A real keeper."

awheaton05 User ID: 4638305 170299
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2011

"I tried these for the first time this year and they are amazing. The cookie has a soft cakie texture that is really nice and the coconut extract flavor is there, but not overpowering. Will make them again and again!"

calypso71 User ID: 3920341 81487
Reviewed Oct. 18, 2011

"these are incredibly good. Make sure you brown the butter for the frosting for the 5-7 minutes. the flavor is heavenly"

oreo123 User ID: 1384559 99586
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2010

"These are delicious! I've made them several times and they don't last long."

prmom User ID: 5638367 140060
Reviewed Dec. 9, 2010

"I baked this for a friend's cookie exchange party, and everybody loved them. I also baked some for my kids, and they were gone in 2 days!"

tues6694 User ID: 1172874 140024
Reviewed Dec. 16, 2009

"These are so good, if any one likes coconut cream pie or alot of coconut then these are for you.I crave these, but i do not make them very often because i can not stay out of them.So when i make them half the cookies go to my moms place and into the freezer.I do not rave about a cookie like this but these are fantastic.They are soft and stay soft for several days.Four days is the most they have ever lasted around here."

stephjamie2008 User ID: 4483299 84445
Reviewed Nov. 2, 2009

"So yummy . My husband and his friends loved this one"

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