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Rhubarb Cookies Recipe

Rhubarb Cookies Recipe

We have two prolific rhubarb plants, so I’m always looking for new ways to use the harvest. The recipe for these soft, delicious cookies, flavored with coconut, was given to me by a friend. —Shauna Schneyder, Idaho Falls, Idaho
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling YIELD:48 servings


  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1-1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 cups diced fresh or frozen rhubarb
  • 3/4 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 3 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 tablespoon butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract


  • 1. In a large bowl, cream shortening and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Fold in rhubarb and coconut.
  • 2. Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto greased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 10-14 minutes or until golden brown. Cool for 1 minute before removing to wire racks to cool completely.
  • 3. For frosting, in a small bowl, beat cream cheese and butter until fluffy. Beat in the confectioners' sugar and vanilla. Spread over cookies. Yield: 4 dozen.
Editor's Note: If using frozen rhubarb, measure rhubarb while still frozen, then thaw completely. Drain in a colander, but do not press liquid out.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 126 calories, 6g fat (2g saturated fat), 11mg cholesterol, 68mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.

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Auntieninny User ID: 4870843 138927
Reviewed Jul. 14, 2014

"I made these cookies and they are so moist. But the one thing extra I did for a little more flavor was to sprinkle a little cinnamon sugar on top before I baked them. I did not frost them at all with the cinnamon sugar used instead."

MidMoBaker User ID: 7416556 157482
Reviewed Sep. 22, 2013

"Followed the recipe exactly. I expected more from this well-rated recipe. I ended up with dry, tasteless "cookies". If I try this again, I would reduce the amount of flour first. The flavor of the fresh rhubarb and coconut was just not there. Threw the whole batch out."

Jessica2783 User ID: 5112860 153998
Reviewed Jun. 17, 2013

"These are VERY good. not great for a hot day though because the icing melts, difficult to pack and bring with you"

jeanemed User ID: 1512060 76679
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2013 Edited Jun. 8, 2015

"Perfect. I added a half cup chopped walnuts--personal preference. No frosting needed. Very moist."

Foreverdixie User ID: 6641314 157480
Reviewed May. 14, 2012

"Made these delicious cookies with a bit of hesitation - didn't know if they would turn out because I had never tried rhubarb, but they turned out great and tasted so yummy. I recommend cutting the rhubarb small to make more even cookies. Very good; everyone enjoyed these."

parksville User ID: 1598935 136519
Reviewed Jul. 4, 2010

"Rhubarb lovers will love these cookies! The rhubarb/coconut combo is terrific. I chose not to frost them, but instead left some plain and some lightly sprinkled with icing sugar. Addictive!"

plumcrazy__Alta User ID: 766527 138925
Reviewed May. 10, 2010


FACSteacher User ID: 759865 136518
Reviewed May. 4, 2010

"WOW! What a great combination with the coconut and rhubarb! Love the little sweet and little sour of the rhubarb and the slightly crunchy texture of the cookie. I didn't even frost them and they tasted great! This is a keeper!"

kayvie User ID: 3210972 161967
Reviewed Jan. 7, 2010

"Lots of compliments and surprize at what you can do with rhubarb."

jgeiger1 User ID: 2233264 161966
Reviewed Aug. 21, 2009

"Perfect cookie! Even better when stored in the freezer."

fayecox User ID: 3481684 138923
Reviewed Apr. 14, 2009

"If you use frozen Rhubarb, do you thaw it out, or use it frozen. I know alot of recipes tell you to not thaw some fruits?"

pinkpoppy User ID: 727624 87833
Reviewed Oct. 29, 2008

"These cookies are amazing!! I was at a Farmers' Market with a friend and I bought rhubarb to make these cookies. She thought I was crazy but soon changed her mind when she tasted them. Her brother also liked them very much, in fact, he ate pretty well a whole batch by himself. If you have a rhubarb plant and don't know what to use it all in, make these cookies. You will not be disappointed!!"

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