These coconut cookies are soft, and chewy, and need just 3 ingredients to make. No baking is required, these cookies take less than five minutes to make.
When it comes to simple cookies, our favorite recipes to make include no bake oatmeal cookies, chocolate peanut butter cookies, and these coconut cookies.
Why this recipe works
- Just 3 ingredients. All you need is coconut, condensed milk, and powdered sugar.
- No baking is required. This recipe takes less than 5 minutes to make because there is no need to turn on the oven.
- Easily made dairy free. Swap out the condensed milk for a dairy-free alternative.
Now, these aren’t hard or crispy cookies. The texture is thick, soft, and pleasantly chewy. The cookies are sweet and full of coconut flavor, without being overpowering.
You’ll love the simple ingredient list to make this recipe. If you’ve made any of our healthy desserts before, you probably already have everything on hand. Here is what you’ll need:
- Shredded unsweetened coconut. Try to use finely shredded coconut, as they make the cookies easier to hold their shape. The best kind is macaron-style coconut, also known as desiccated coconut.
- Condensed milk. Binds the cookies together and gives them that gorgeous chewy texture.
- Powdered sugar. Adds extra sweetness to the cookies while also making them slightly gooey in the middle.
How to make them
This recipe is one of the most simple and quickest desserts you will ever make! Ready to whip up these cookies?
Step 1- make the dough
Start by adding all your ingredients into the mixing bowl and mixing until a thick and sticky dough remains.
Step 2- shape into cookies
Next, lightly wet your hands and roll portions of the dough into balls. Place them on a lined plate or tray and press down on each one into a cookie shape.
Step 3- Chill
Place the plate into the refrigerator for at least 20 minutes to firm up.
Tips to make the best recipe
- If you have a cookie scoop, you can use that instead of your hands to form the cookies.
- I always use my hands, but lightly wet them beforehand- it makes working with the cookie dough so much easier.
- If you’d like to enjoy the cookies sooner, let them firm up in the freezer.
Dietary swaps and substitutions
The beauty of these cookies is just how easy they are to adapt to various diets out there. Here is what I’ve tried:
- Cut the carbs. Swap out the condensed milk and powdered sugar with low carb subs, like sugar free condensed milk and a powdered sugar substitute.
- Make them vegan. Replace the condensed milk with coconut condensed milk.
- Add mix-ins. Fold through chocolate chips, walnuts, or even some raisins.
- To store: Coconut cookies must always be stored in the refrigerator, covered. They will keep well for up to 2 weeks.
- To freeze: Place leftover cookies in a ziplock bag and store them in the freezer for up to 6 months.
Frequently asked questions
These cookies are suitable for those who are celiac.
Coconut cookies are lower in carbs and higher in fat, keeping you satisfied for longer. These are also great if you have a nut allergy.
Coconut Cookies | 3 Ingredients And 5 Minutes
- 3 cups shredded coconut
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 2/3 cup condensed milk
- Line a large plate or baking tray with parchment paper and set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, add all your ingredients and mix well, until a sticky dough remains.
- Using your hands or a cookie scoop, form small balls of dough and place them on the lined plate or tray. Press each ball into a cookie shape. Refrigerate until they firm up.
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What a clever idea! Great option for those with food allergies.
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These cookies look so amazing! I never tried a Mound bar, but I bet it tasted lovely–ALMOST as lovely as these cookies would taste!
Such an easy recipe! And healthy!
Good looking cookie that’s good for your health!!
Gimme dat!! Love these!
I like this recipe a lot. If I could make a suggestion, toasting the coconut flakes before using them in the cookie will add a lot of flavor. Yes, it’s an extra step and maybe 7-10 minutes, but it gives the cookies a deeper, richer taste.
That sounds fabulous, Miles!
I love that they are no bake! This is an awesome recipe!
WHOA! Mind blown. These look incredible!
I definitely want to make these, they look great! However, I want to caution you about advertising them as sugar free. Since they have maple syrup in them they are not sugar free. “Sugar” does not just refer to cane sugar, but any carb based sweetener. Thus, maple syrup, cane sugar, honey, corn syrup and agave nectar are all “sugars.” A lot of people avoid cane sugar because they mistakenly think that’s what is meant by eating low sugar. While processed cane sugar is definitely to be avoided, unprocessed whole cane sugar like Sucanat is an acceptable natural sweetener with about the same carbs per volume as honey and maple syrup.
Liz, with all due respect, these are 100% sugar free. As mentioned in the recipe card and within the post, it states that I used monk fruit maple syrup, which has no sugar. Maple syrup/honey are mere suggestions for those who can tolerate those. Enjoy.
Oh my gosh! My Dad LOVES coconut, but can’t have a lot of sugar in his diet for health reasons. Can’t wait to make these for him during the holidays. Thanks for sharing this recipe!!
You are SO welcome, Olivia!
Wow, $10 for a bottle of syrup! Is there a budget-friendly substitution you can think of? I know you say you can only use 1/4 cup but that bottle isn’t even a full pint.
Hi there! you can use traditional maple syrup or honey!
Do you think pure liquid stevia could be used, or does it need he other sweetener to hold together/ texture? My daughter is only alowed to have pure stevia.
Hi Grace! I don’t think it would form with that.
No way these cookies will hold together! Used 1/4 5th up maple syrup. Pure crumbs, any ideas? I’m about to throw some almond flour in with them.
Joanne, these have been made by hundreds successfully- You need to wet your hands lightly before forming into cookie shapes and refrigerating immediately.
Same thing. They wouldn’t hold together. Might work better if coconut oil wasn’t fully melted. There is no way I could shape these anything close to the picture. They smell delicious and will likely be delicious but they do not hold their shape. Or any shape.
If you freezeit, it should be fine!