Coconut Cookies / Biskut Kelapa Cina

These Biskut Kelapa Cina or literally translated to Chinese Coconut Cookies,  are deliciously addictive.

Coconut cookies recipe

Commonly known in Malaysia, as Biskut Kelapa Cina, however I shall loosely translate it as Coconut Cookies, so it will not be too mouthful to pronounce :P

Anyone born in the sixties and went to school in the seventies, the sight of these Coconut cookies / biskut kelapa cina, would bring back sweet memories of our younger days, back when we were in primary school or even secondary school.

These addictive Coconut cookies / biskut kelapa cina were in much bigger in size, sold in the school canteen, for a mere 5 cents a piece!

As a matter of fact, I had long forgotten about Coconut cookies / biskut kelapa cina, until 2 years ago, when one of my close friends gave me a packet.

One bite, and the taste of coconut cookies/ biskut kelapa cina took me back to my primary school canteen!

That familiar aroma, familiar taste... sweet memories :D

But I just could not figure out its ingredients.

All I could think was... these gorgeous Coconut cookies / biskut kelapa cina were made of roasted coconut, perhaps some meringue to bind!

I was way out... in guessing its ingredients!!! Definitely will get an F (for FAIL) in food tasting and guessing game!!!

coconut cookies/ biskut kelapa cina is very easy to make and its addictive

My sister and I, we had one thing in common, obsession in FOOD! Confession: I must say, she more than me :P.

My last visit to Malaysia, she gave me a new recipe and this mould to make Coconut cookies / biskut kelapa cina.
We tried... using the mould and baking ...

Everything seems easy, ingredients easily available in MALAYSIA!!!

Including this star ingredient, other than desiccated coconut, was this 'hard like biscuits' dinner rolls.
My dad used to buy these hard, over baked rolls, and we would eat it for our afternoon tea, dunked the rolls in sweetened Malaysian coffee.


dinner rolls biscuits

I have yet to find these hard rolls, in Asian grocer (you can forget about your local grocers).

In my desperation to bake Coconut cookies / biskut kelapa cina again in Perth, I tried with crusty dinner rolls bought from Woollies.

The rolls were over baked on the outside but still not as dry as I hope they would be on the inside. I halved the rolls, that seemed to do the trick!

My first attempt was ... I would say 75% there!

The 2 feedback I received...
1) Coconut cookies / biskut kelapa cina were not sweet enough...
2) Not enough coconut....


Delicious, addictive coconut cookies

I think the kids and their dad were happy that the first attempt was not 100% to the taste and texture!
More attempts, more for them to eat.... and I did mention that these are addictive, didn't I 😛.

Made some improvements here and there...
and voila !!!

I am happy with my second attempt, hence I am able to share with everyone here :D.

I made some notes below the recipe for those who wish to try these addictive Coconut cookies / biskut kelapa cina, (if you are living outside Malaysia).

Notes on how to make these hard biscuit like dinner rolls, and DIY mould.

And I hope the video helps too..

Happy baking 😁


Biskut kelapa cina for Chinese New Year celebration







Yield: 80 pieces

Coconut Cookies / Biskut Kelapa Cina

Coconut cookies or known as Biskut Kelapa Cina are easy to bake and very addictive.

ingredients:

150g hard bread rolls (see note 1)
100g castor sugar
100g desiccated coconut
50 ml water (plus 15ml) (see note 2)
2 pinches of salt

instructions:

Hard bread rolls
  1. Pre-heat oven to 130C (fan-forced)
  2. Place the store-bought dinner rolls on baking tray
  3. Baked for 1 hour 
  4. Leave the rolls in the oven overnight (while oven is cooling down)
Coconut Cookies
  1. Mix 50ml hot water to desiccated coconut. Set aside for 10 minutes.
  2. Crush and process the bread rolls into fine crumbs
  3. Pour into mixing bowl
  4. Add caster sugar, salt and desiccated coconut.
  5. Mix thoroughly.
  6. Cover with cling wrap and set aside for 30 minutes. 
  7. Pre heat oven to 160C
  8. Using the mould, fill, compact and extrude onto baking tray
  9. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until darker golden in colour
  10. Leave to completely cool on the wire rack before storing them in an air tight container.

notes

1. Bread rolls
I used Woolworth bread rolls.
Prepare these rolls at least 2 days prior to baking. 
Dinner rolls will turned brown and very dry.
Keep in an air tight container.
Note that the fresh rolls weight aren't the same as dried rolls. So bake extra.

2. mixture too dry?
Add 50 ml water if the mixture is too dry and unable to hold.

3.Mould 
Mould is made of 2 components, one is hollow cylindrical and the other is solid cylindrical. 
If you are not able to find something similar, for the hollow cylindrical, you may try using the canoli mould and get a rolling pin or stick that can fit into canoli mould.
Or look into kids' toys, building blocks... you may find something there :D
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Coconut cookies reminder of childhood favourite school snack.

6 comments:

  1. I love the idea of these. They sound delicious, with the perfect amount of sweetness. I'll have to see if I can hunt down those hard rolls. We've usually got a pretty good selection of ingredients at the Asian grocery stores in SoCal.

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    1. Thank you Danielle.
      You could try with breadcrumbs, if you can't find the hard rolls or baked any dinner rolls at lower temperature for longer :D

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  2. Damn, these cookies look so delicious!! Thanks for sharing the recipe, I'll definitely give it a try!

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  3. Thanks for sharing the recipe. May I know where did you get the mould from?
    JC

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  4. This cookies looks pretty good to me!!Thanks for sharing.
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