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Coconut Slice & Bake Cookies

Tinting flaky white coconut reminds me of snowflakes falling under holiday lights. The reds and greens add colorful Christmas wonder. — Lee Roberts, Racine, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 15 min./batch
  • Makes
    about 4-1/2 dozen


  • 3 cups sweetened shredded coconut, divided
  • 15 drops red food coloring
  • 10 drops green food coloring
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour


  • To tint coconut, place 1 cup coconut in each of 2 large bowls. Add red food coloring to 1 bowl; cover and shake or toss to coat. Repeat with remaining coconut and green food coloring.
  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy; gradually beat in flour. Stir in remaining coconut. Divide dough in half.
  • Shape 1 portion of dough into a 7-in.-long log; roll in red coconut, pressing firmly to help adhere. Wrap securely. Repeat with remaining dough and green coconut. Refrigerate 1-2 hours or until firm.
  • Preheat oven to 325°. Unwrap and cut dough crosswise into 1/4-in. slices. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake 12-14 minutes or until bottoms are light brown. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool.
Nutrition Facts
1 cookie: 84 calories, 5g fat (4g saturated fat), 9mg cholesterol, 41mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
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  • t-macka
    Dec 27, 2014

    I suggest you freeze the logs and let them thaw out a bit before slicing. Don't try to slice them while they are frozen or they will crumble...let them thaw but not completely thawed. Makes it easier. This recipe freezes well. Make the logs, freeze them, then bake whenever you want a batch for giving away or for yourself.

  • Betty47
    Dec 24, 2014

    If the coconut won't stick, how about brushing the rolled dough with egg white. This would help with the coconut sticking.

  • cookies4four
    Dec 24, 2014

    These are delicious! We make these, but after slicing, we use a fork to press lines into each cookie. They can also be rolled in powdered sugar after baking. Not as colorful as the colored coconut, but an alternative to the problem of coconut that won't stick to the outside. Hard to eat just one!

  • dgkingan
    Dec 23, 2014

    I baked these last week. Easy enough to make. Great flavor-delicate, buttery, coconut goodness. Pretty for Christmas giving. These have been added to our "Christmas cookie must bake" list. Excellent!

  • asnunez
    Dec 23, 2014

    These were so good! Excellent flavor. To get the "bright color", I had to use bakers coloring gel instead of using the usual kind you find at Easter time.

  • shawnba
    Sep 22, 2013

    These seem like they should be fairly simple, but in reality they weren't . The coconut didn't stick and the logs crumbled when I tried to slice them. Probably won't attempt these again

  • map820
    Apr 21, 2013

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  • dimeoa
    Dec 9, 2012

    Flavor was good- a delicate coconut taste with a classic butter cookie. However I had a lot of difficulty getting the coconut to stick to each log- even after 2 hours of refridgeration. Also, the coconut, when dyed, wasn't vibrant as vibrant as the picture. They are very addicting though!

  • sm5sheehan
    Nov 25, 2012

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  • tica13
    Nov 14, 2012

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