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Cherry Coconut Cookies

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

If you have a sweet tooth, you should enjoy this cookie recipe of mine, containing coconut and chopped cherries. I just used a basic cookie dough for this and gave it some of my favourite flavourings. I have given the rough equivalent measurements for ingredients in cups, as well as grams, to make it easier for everyone.  I suppose they are quite similar to coconut macaroons, but those biscuits contain egg-white, whereas these are, of course, vegan. Easy to make and delicious with a cup of tea or coffee, and coconut is very nutritious, so they are quite healthy really!! (Well,I like to tell myself that!!)

Ingredients (Makes 24 cookies)

225g (around 1 cup) vegan margarine, softened (I use Vitalite or Pure spread, the soya or sunflower oil variety)

150g (around 2/3 cup) caster sugar (the golden kind is best)

1 tsp vanilla extract (or essence)

100g(½ cup) desiccated/shredded coconut

Around ¼ 400g can (or ½ cup) coconut milk

Around 50g (1 fifth of a cup) glacé cherries, finely chopped + 24 whole glacé cherries to top

Pinch of salt


1)Preheat oven to 190 degrees C/Fan 170 deg C/gas mark 5. Grease and line 2 large baking trays with baking parchment.

2)Beat butter, sugar and vanilla extract together in a large bowl until mixture is pale and fluffy.

3)Beat in flour, coconut, chopped cherries and coconut milk until the ingredients are well combined and come together to form a stiff dough.

4)Roll the dough by hand into 24 small balls and place 12 on each baking tray, making sure you leave space in between.

5) Flatten the doughballs and decorate with a whole cherry on each, make lines with a fork, etc.

6)Bake one tray at a time for around 25 minutes until the cookies are a pale golden-brown colour. Leave to cool in the tray for a few minutes, then transfer to a wire rack. They will crisp up as they cool.

Enjoy! Hope you like this recipe, your votes and comments are always appreciated.


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  1. Theophile
    This sounds very good. Not such a fan on cherries. Wonder how fresh coconut would taste in this. Voted. Thank you
    1. Theophile
      These are great cookies happy to see this as TP
  2. Terry McGee
    This looks great also wonder how fresh coconut will taste. Voted. Thanks for sharing
  3. No Name
    Yummm looks good. But like my sister in law and nephew I too wonder how fresh coconut would work in this one. Also not much of a fan of cherries unless they are fresh off the tree. Then I can eat a lot. But here in Tahiti it is hard to get them and when we do they are soooooooo expensive. Thank you for sharing I will try this. Voted
    1. Veganara
      Thank you very much all! I think they might be even better with fresh coconut, do try it and let me know! I don't know about fresh cherries though - I think the glace ones bake better. Fresh ones will have quite a lot more juice in them and may make the cookies soggy. It's always fun to experiment though, isn't it?
      1. No Name
        I would like to report back on this one. Veganara guess what my sister in law just finished making these. My nephew graded some fresh coconut and make some fresh coconut milk and she made a batch of these cookie. But here we can not find your cherries so she added some fresh mango to this one. Wow were they ever good. Before you knew it they were all gone. Thank you for sharing this.
  4. Pierre
    A must try - voted
    1. Veganara
      Thank you so much for the positive feedback everyone! I am glad they came out well for your sister-in-law Naya. I presume in Tahiti you can get fresh coconut cheaply and easily? Here it is not always possible to get fresh ones, so we use dried or coconut milk! Mango sounds like a great alternative to cherries, in fact next time I bake them I think I will use mango myself! It's great to get some new ideas.
      1. No Name
        When I read buy fresh coconut here in Tahiti this makes me laugh. I am so sorry to laugh but it just seemed so funny for me to read this. We do not buy coconut or even coconut milk. Here we have tons of coconut trees and go and gather up the coconuts. My Nephew takes off the husk of the coconut and takes out the nut in the middle. He then uses a knife to crack open the coconut and drinks the water inside or we save the water inside. Then we have a rasp that we shread all our own coconut on. From there we took how much coconut we needed for the milk and squeed the fresh coconut with a cloth to make our milk. Then we used the rest of the coconut to put inside this recipe. That is what we did here. It is a nice thought to think to buy this but we do not have to buy our coconut here on the islands.
        1. Veganara
          Lucky you! That's what I meant actually - I wondered if you actually had to buy them! We do get whole ones in the supermarkets here but they are quite expensive, and it is difficult to cut them open without a very sharp knife anyway, I don't really have anything suitable. But obviously you do, because you eat fresh ones all the time!
          1. No Name
            When you open a coconut you do not cut it. You can take a rock and hold it where the eye is up and the butt is down and hit the middle and turn and hit again in the middle. This will break the coconut in the middle. Or you can use the back of a Chinese knife and hit it the same way makeing sure to turn it as you hit it this cracks the outter shell to open it up.
            1. SnakeWitch
              Or just use the good ol' Colombian way - use a machete. Works like a charm! (For those who are good at it, anyways. But then again, I've seen some of these guys here build an entire tomato plant greenhouse, complete with roof, in just a couple of hours, using only their machete and good bamboo wood and a transparent plastic cover...)
              1. No Name
                Yes my husband use to open the coconuts with his machete. I do miss watching him do this one. He use to make copra and we used this in our home and for cooking. It is amazing what a machete can do. Now my nephew arrives here to help me out to make the copra for my home.
  5. Veggie
    Oh boy, these look sooo good! I am saving this recipe for sure!
  6. kristo
    voted! this sounds like an amazing combo!
  7. Bernice
    Very nice. Will have to follow your instructions. We do not have fresh coconuts here. Thank you voted.
  8. SnakeWitch
    They look great! I want to try these. Believe it or not, fresh cherries are very hard to come by here. No choice but to buy glazed or canned (like pie mix) if I want them in my cookies. Voted!
  9. pftsusan
    Tasty. Voted.
  10. No Name
    Congrats on your top post today. You might like to read my new recipe on Creamy Chilled Cheesecake. I hope you will try this one. I have given instructions on how to make your own graham craker crust, homemade cream cheese and also homemade whipping cream to use inside this cheesecake recipe. Thank you and hope you will enjoy reading this.


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