Biskut Kelapa Cina

December 13, 2017

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

Coconut cookies recipe

A little Tale to Tell about Coconut Cookies?

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

Recipe For Coconut Cookies / Biskut Kelapa Cina

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 out and started to bake!

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.

These coconut cookies with coconut is the best coconut cookies as it comes with sweet memories as one of its main ingredients! :D

dinner rolls biscuits

How To Bake Coconut Cookies | Biskut Kelapa Cina?

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....

Biskut Kelapa cina is one of Malaysian favourite cookies

Easy Coconut Cookies | Biskut Kelapa Cina

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 

How to store these Coconut Cookies / Biskut Kelapa Cina?

Store them in an air-tight container.

These Coconut Cookies / Biskut Kelapa Cina should be kept no longer than 2 months.

Can I refrigerate them?

Of course not!

Keep then in a dark dry place but not in the freezer or refrigerator. It might get soggy though!

Biskut kelapa cina for Chinese New Year celebration

Other Delicious Malaysian Cookies That You might wish to Try

Coconut cookies/ biskut kelapa cina are made of over baked dinner rolls and desiccated coconut.  These cookies are addictively delicious. One of my favourite childhood school snack.


  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.

    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

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

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

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

  5. Hi, can i omit the bread crumbs and use 100% coconut?

    1. Hiya,
      My main concern is the coconut, may not hold its shape without breadcrumbs.


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