Coconetes (Rustic Coconut Cookies)

Coconetes (rustic coconut cookies)Coconetes (rustic coconut cookies) are very popular in the Dominican Republic. You can walk to any colmado (corner store) and you will in all likelihood find them.

The reason I have called them rustic coconut cookies is because they have a rustic texture, a little bit on the dry side. That doesn’t mean that they aren’t full of flavor, after all with all that coconut it’s impossible not to be delicious.

Coconetes (rustic coconut cookies)

These are best served with a cup of coffee, or alongside a drink, unless you have some training performing the Heimlich maneuver. Another, not so nice, name for these are añugaperros, or dog-chokers.

Yeah, I know, that is a bizarre name.

Coconetes (rustic coconut cookies)

This recipe yields a decent batch of cookies, so they are perfect to bring along to a potluck or school bake sale. They’ll be a sure-bet with kids.

And you’ll be selling more drinks.

Buen provecho!

Aunt Clara

Coconetes (Coconut Cookies)
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Serves: 18 biscuits (aprox)
  • Butter for buttering baking tray
  • ½ teaspoon of baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon of cinnamon powder
  • ¼ teaspoon of salt
  • 1½ cup of all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup of brown cane sugar
  • ⅓ cup of butter at room temperature (1/2 stick)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1¼ cup of coarsely grated coconut
  1. Butter a baking tray. Pre-heat oven to 300 °F (145 ºC).
  2. Sift baking soda, cinnamon, salt and flour together, reserve.
  3. Mix sugar and butter and beat at low speed until the butter acquires a light color.
  4. Add eggs, one by one, while beating continuously. Remove from the mixer.
  5. Fold in the coconut with a spatula, followed by flour.
  6. Two spoonfuls at a time, make little mounds of the dough on the baking tray. Bake until they turn golden brown (check at the 15 min mark).
  7. Cool to room temperature before serving.
If yours turn out flatter, don't fret, that's exactly how the store-bought ones look.


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  • Johanna September 10, 2014, 9:25 PM

    I just made these and let me say that it was amazing!!! Thank you so much Tia Clara! The only thing was I only had organic shredded coconut on hand but they were still very yummy. My mom who fully dominican, approved of them. Says they taste a lot like the ones her abuelita made! Again thank you so much!

  • Adrienne Nunez May 9, 2014, 12:18 AM

    I used the parchment paper. They weren’t dry at all. They were soft, moist, and brown. My husband loves them. Thanks Clara.

  • Adrienne Nunez April 29, 2014, 5:04 PM

    Can you use parchment paper instead of butter to put on the tray? Butter always burns so easily.

    • Aunt Clara May 1, 2014, 11:02 PM

      Yes, probably. I haven’t tried it, so I can’t tell you for sure.

  • irmina November 5, 2013, 7:43 AM

    Unas cookies deliciosas.
    Un beso.

  • Sandra Paez October 15, 2013, 2:50 PM

    Tia clara, I made this recipe last year and let me tell you, it was hit. Thanks for you sharing your delicious recipes 😉

  • Dina October 12, 2013, 10:20 AM

    they look yummy!

  • Dina April 23, 2013, 12:16 PM

    i’d like to try these!

  • dylan March 14, 2013, 7:57 AM

    i have to present this for class but cant find the history of it, where it came from, who invented it?

    • Aunt Clara March 14, 2013, 8:20 PM

      Those are interesting questions. Unfortunately I don’t know the answer. Good luck!

  • Samantha May 21, 2012, 3:35 PM

    If I was serving a party of 21, how much do I need? Just asking.

  • Savannah April 17, 2012, 12:47 PM

    Hope it works out for my project in a couple of weeks!!!

  • Kristian Noel Payne December 7, 2011, 3:30 PM

    I was doing a project in spanish class last year on the Dominican Republic and their foods when came across this recipe, and everyone that tried the Coconetes LOOVVED IT! they were such a hit I use them for every food project I have, like the one i have this Friday!!


    All the recipies ive tried came out amazing and delicious!!! LOVE THEM!

  • lauren September 20, 2011, 3:09 PM

    I have to bring in a recipe for my class do you think they will like this? and do you have any other suggestions?

    • Aunt Clara September 20, 2011, 7:39 PM

      We get that question several times every year, we always recommend and get raves about this recipe: Morir soñando

  • LUISA June 7, 2011, 8:15 AM

    me gusataria esta receta en español

  • Bre May 28, 2011, 2:03 PM

    We did was put the batter in a muffin pan and they turn out perfect. You just have to check up on them every so often because the baking time varies. I made them for a school project and everyone loved them. Hopefully this helped. Good luck.

  • Rosemary April 22, 2011, 12:34 PM

    Is there a way to substitute the eggs for something else? I absolutely love these but I don't eat eggs! Please help!

    • Aunt Clara April 23, 2011, 8:09 PM

      I doubt it.

      • Helen November 29, 2014, 5:19 PM

        Rosemary, yes there is, you can use Greek Yogurt, Applesauce, Banana, Pumpkin Puree, I use any of these but keep in mind that if you use fruit, it will taste like the fruit that you use and the texture might change slightly. This is why I use Greek Yogurt in place of the Egg and just add more vanilla extract to offset the yogurt bitterness.