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Coconut Washboards Recipe

Coconut Washboards Recipe

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
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch YIELD:54 servings


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut


  • 1. In a large bowl, cream butter, shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs. Gradually add water and vanilla; mix well. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; add to the creamed mixture and mix well. Fold in coconut. Cover and refrigerate for 2-4 hours.
  • 2. Shape into 1-in. balls. Place 2 in. apart on greased baking
  • 3. sheets; flatten with fingers into 2-1/2-in. x 1-in. rectangles. Press lengthwise with a floured fork. Bake at 400° for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool 2 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely. Yield: 9 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

2 each: 107 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 12mg cholesterol, 61mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.

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debpetersen User ID: 452182 258369
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2016

"I love the fact that these aren't overly sweet but still delicious!"

dcscake_OH User ID: 228890 257589
Reviewed Dec. 3, 2016

"My Grandmother always made these, I love them, and the fact that they are not real sweet. A family favorite."

JMartinelli13 User ID: 92779 257588
Reviewed Dec. 3, 2016

"I loved how simple the ingredients were, things that almost every baker would have in their pantry. I know I always seem to have a half a bag of coconut waiting to be made into something.

I'm not a big fan of handling food, so while I made a few of these in the traditional washboard shape, I scooped the rest with a cookie scoop and then pressed them with a floured glass before making the marks with the fork. Like many old fashioned cookies, these aren't overly sweet. My son thought they needed a "little something", so I dipped them in melted chocolate and then sprinkled them with nonpareils."

rschu92733 User ID: 792775 237911
Reviewed Nov. 22, 2015

"Very good flavor. Had trouble with the shape. Overall it is a great cookie."

jeanemed User ID: 1512060 231691
Reviewed Aug. 24, 2015

"This is a very old recipe-- from a time when cookies weren't very sweet. The name should let you know that it's an old cookie. My mom used to make these in the Depression. I think her mom made them too. My dad always liked them, but I always found them too dry unless I dunked them in milk. My mom's recipe is exactly the same. . Mom always had to watch them so they wouldn't burn. I'm going t try making them today, but I think they need more liquid. The pineapple juice or orange juice concentrate might be a good addition."

LHaase User ID: 7845978 14768
Reviewed Jun. 12, 2014

"I was able to make my cookies look like the picture. Rolled dough like a tootsie.roll. Not too thick and then mashed slightly before scoring with a fork. I liked the texture. These are not a sweet cookie. They are more of a dunk in your milk cookie. I did roll mine in sugar before baking. If I had not then I do not think I would like them. Going to make again but use the suggestions from other comments about different extract and either pineapple juice or coconut water."

howeavenue User ID: 6211932 7735
Reviewed Feb. 22, 2014

"The batter didn't need to be refrigerated. 1"balls made for tiny cookies hard to shape into a rectangle. So I used twice as much and got a better size. They baked up nicely but had NO coconut flavor. I would suggest coconut flavoring. I actually threw away the whole batch:("

dflack628 User ID: 6932371 8938
Reviewed Mar. 11, 2013

"I made these exactly as directed except for one thing. I had some coconut flavoring here from another recipe, so I used half vanilla and half coconut flavoring and the cookies turned out so delicious. This is definitely a keeper. I make about 40 - 50 dozen cookies each Christmas for gifts and entertaining. I've already earmarked this one for next Christmas."

SummersMommy User ID: 1502655 6806
Reviewed Jan. 30, 2013

"This is by far the worst cookie recipe I have ever made in over 40 years of extensively baking. I thought the batter looked dry so rechecked to make sure I had everything right and I did. Put the cookies on the lightly greased sheets and in less than 6 minutes they were burned on the bottom! Threw that batch away! Washed the cookie sheets and this time just lightly sprayed them with baking spray. This batch was in 5 minutes, took them out and they looked ok but again the bottoms were burned! Gave a few to the dog and tasted one and it has NO flavor! Tossed them and the recipe! My cookie sheets are darn near ruined and they are pretty new. My oven is brand new this past October so its not the oven. Everything else I haved cooked or baked in it has come out fine. Can't believe Taste of Home has put their name on such an inferior recipe!"

Kimsw User ID: 4151135 8502
Reviewed Oct. 28, 2010

"They really didn't have much of a coconut flavor to them. I am going to try and use coconut extract or even coconut milk in place of the water. Mine didn't come out looking like the picture. How do you get them too look like that? I did try the fork but, no where near to that. They looked like peanut butter cookies. They were good though. I am going to make them again and will be back to let everyone know how the nesxt batch was! Happy cooking everyone!"

mjspidahl User ID: 4333732 9258
Reviewed Aug. 9, 2009

"I like to experiment with recipes if I don't have certain ingredients. I didn't have butter so I used 1 cup of Butter Flavor Crisco. I used pineapple juice in place of the water and coconut extract in place of the vanilla. Oh my goodness, that made the cookies so much more delicious. I will make these a lot."

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