It’s a cookie-baking weekend! I’ve suddenly been asked to make 6 dozen cookies for a bake sale so I’m considering all the options. This recipe for Crispy Salted Coconut Cookies is high on my list. Why? It’s quick and easy and these cookies have always been the first to disappear from the cookie tray. They’re perfect for those on a gluten-free diet, too.
These thin salted coconut cookies are crispy on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside, just like prize-winning cookies should be. They also take top honors because they have that tiny hint of salt that cookie-lovers crave. Not only that, they’re gluten-free, making them definite winners in my books. Bake ahead and freeze.
4.5 from 8 votes
Crispy Salted Coconut Cookies
These gluten-free Crispy Salted Coconut Cookies are topped with a light dusting of sea salt. They're the first ones to disappear from the cookie tray! Make ahead and freeze for unexpected company.
1 - 1 1/2tspflaky sea salt like Fleur de Selfor garnish
Heat oven to 350°F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
Melt butter in a medium saucepan. Remove from heat and add the coconut. Mix well by hand until the coconut is well coated with the butter.
Beat the eggs with a mixer on medium speed just until blended. Add the sugar and beat on medium-high until the mixture is light-colored and fluffy. Combine the butter-covered coconut gently with the egg mixture and mix well.
Drop the batter by small spoonfuls about 1 1/2 inches apart onto the parchment-covered baking sheets and press down evenly to flatten.. Bake for 7-10 minutes until golden. Watch carefully as they will burn quickly.
Remove from the oven and immediately sprinkle the tops of each cookie with a pinch of flaky sea salt so that it will stick. Slide the entire sheet of parchment with the cookies intact onto a wire cooling rack so that the heat from the baking sheet won't continue to brown the bottom of the cookies.
As soon as they are cool, place in an air-tight container to maintain their crispness. These cookies freeze well.
Be sure to use shredded/dessicated coconut. Desiccated coconut has been dried so it contains much less moisture than flaked coconut. It will absorb more moisture than flaked coconut. Using flaked coconut in this recipe will not produce a crisp cookie.