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Coconut Cookies with Passion-Fruit Curd

Coconut and passion fruit are a match made in paradise: Crisp, delicate coconut cookies surround a creamy, sweet-tart fruit filling.

  • Yield: Makes about 3 dozen sandwiches
Coconut Cookies with Passion-Fruit Curd

Source: Martha Stewart Living, February 2006


For the Cookies

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour, plus more for work surface
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 1/2 ounces unsweetened medium-flake coconut (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • Confectioners' sugar, for dusting

For the Curd

  • 1/2 cup store-bought passion-fruit puree
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 large egg yolks, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut in small pieces


  1. Make the curd: Bring passion-fruit puree, lemon juice, sugar, salt, and cornstarch to a simmer in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Slowly whisk in egg yolks. Cook, whisking constantly, until thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. Remove from heat. Add butter; whisk until melted. Pour through a fine sieve into a medium bowl. Place plastic wrap directly on surface of curd. Refrigerate until set, about 2 hours.

  2. Make the cookies: Whisk flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl. Put butter and granulated sugar into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on medium-high speed until pale and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Mix in the egg and vanilla. Reduce speed to low. Gradually mix in flour mixture. Stir in coconut. Shape dough into 2 disks; wrap each in plastic. Refrigerate until cold, about 30 minutes.

  3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Turn out 1 disc of dough onto a lightly floured work surface; roll to a scant 1/4 inch thick. Using a 1 1/4-inch cookie cutter, cut rounds of dough; place on parchment-lined baking sheets. Repeat with remaining dough. Freeze until firm, about 15 minutes.

  4. Bake until edges of cookies just turn golden, 8 to 10 minutes. Let cool completely on sheets on wire racks.

  5. Transfer curd to a pastry bag fitted with a medium round tip (such as Ateco No. 12). Pipe curd onto flat side of a cookie; sandwich with another cookie. Repeat with remaining curd and cookies. Dust with confectioners' sugar before serving.

Reviews (15)

  • Amethyste 30 Sep, 2010

    Lilikoi! My very favorite fruit flavor. @Mokihana: I've occasionally found passion fruit juice or concentrates at grocery stores on the mainland, but it tends to depend on the store. Sometimes they're stocked in the natural section, distributed by less mainstream brands. I'm so excited to try these!

  • willie92130 15 Sep, 2010

    BevMo carries Passion Fruit Puree. (Don't confuse it w/ Passion Fruit Syrup!)
    If the store doesn't have it on the shelf, order it on their website and request it delivered to the store nearest you. They had it to my store the following day!

  • 2newfies 10 Feb, 2010

    The Spanish section of my supermaret carries Dafruta Passion Fruit Concentrate - and I use the concentrate as a straight replacement for the lemon juice in lemon curd recipes. Makes a delicious filling for a coconut cake.

  • Mokihana 10 Feb, 2010

    If I were still in Hawai'i I could get passion fruit anything (we call it lilikoi back home) but I haven't found any of it here on the mainland.

  • darkroombandit 10 Aug, 2009

    Does anyone know a good recipe for Passion Fruit Curd? I have tried all of my local supermarkets and have come up empty handed.

  • fairycake 7 Feb, 2009

    Passionfruit recipes always welcomed! I have an abundance of passionfruit and never enough uses! This must be the biscuit enjoyed in heaven as it is delectable ! thank you kindly !

  • fairycake 7 Feb, 2009

    Passionfruit recipes always welcomed! I have an abundance of passionfruit and never enough uses! This must be the biscuit enjoyed in heaven as it is delectable ! thank you kindly !

  • alfabrava 5 Feb, 2009

    I don't mind some recycled recipes. I might like or want a recipe now that I passed up a year ago. I've just recently started reading the comments and I truely appreciate everyone who took the time to leave a comment after trying a receipe.

  • mykele 5 Feb, 2009

    2007? I am fairly new to using this site, actually just about 3 months
    and now am noticing that comments are dating back more lthan
    a year. I want current ideas and suppliers that are still in business.

  • vivisailor 5 Feb, 2009

    on the east coast try the frozen section. In every supermarket i've been to they all have tropical fruit purees, maybe not the same ones but they are there. Goya carries the most I've seen.

  • joao_dasilva 5 Feb, 2009

    I ended up finding frozen passionfruit puree in Giant right around the corner from me. They even had frozen papaya and tamarind too. :)

  • yourfoodisevil 20 May, 2008

    These cookies sound great but I'm going to make them with lemon or lime curd instead since passionfruit is apparently so hard to find. Why not make the curd with passionfruit juice if you must have passionfruit?

  • Valdemontc 22 Feb, 2008

    Passion fruit is a tropical fruit, you can find the fruit pure at the gourmet supermarkets or in a normal supermarket under the ethnic food as is very typical in Latinamerica (Colombia, Venezuela etc.) in it's natural form, it's a sour sweet delicious fruit with a characteristic taste. I just found the canned pure in USA never found the fruit itself. Look in the freezer were you find the concentrated juices. As well I found places where you can ordered trough internet.

  • joao_dasilva 20 Feb, 2008

    If anybody's found passion fruit puree I'd love to know where I ought to look (I'm on the east coast)? No luck so far either in mainstream or organic/gourmet grocery stores. Thanks for any/all suggestions!

  • alina_purcelea 8 Dec, 2007

    delicious!!! or maybe too delicious..

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