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Coconut Biscuits

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These biscuits are a Jamaican specialty and they're crispest the day they're made.

  • Yield: Makes 40

Source: Martha Stewart Living, July 2005

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Sanding sugar, for sprinkling

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Toast coconut on a rimmed baking sheet in oven, stirring often, until golden brown, about 10 minutes. Let cool completely.

  2. Stir together flour, granulated sugar, coconut, nutmeg, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl. Stir in water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until mixture forms a stiff dough (about 5 tablespoons water total). Form the dough into a rectangle. Wrap dough in plastic, and refrigerate until firm, about 15 minutes.

  3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Roll out dough to 1/8 inch thick on a lightly floured piece of parchment paper. Transfer dough on parchment to a baking sheet. Refrigerate until firm, about 15 minutes.

  4. Cut dough into 40 small rectangles (about 1 1/4-by-2 1/2 inches each) using a sharp knife. Transfer biscuits to parchment-lined baking sheets using a thin spatula. Lightly brush tops with water. Sprinkle with sanding sugar. Bake until biscuits just turn golden brown, about 11 minutes. Let cool on sheets on wire racks.

Cook's Notes

Biscuits can be stored in an airtight container, up to 1 day.

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  • Baking SZ
    2 APR, 2014
    I thought these actually turned out pretty good! Love that these cookies are (unintentionally?) vegan with no eggs or dairy. My husband loved them too and didn't know they weren't "regular" cookies. ;) My tips: reduce sugar to 3/4 Cup. Second, measure out the 5 TBS water, and slowly add only enough to blend the dough. (just like the instructions say, btw). I kinda "kneaded" it with my hands until it came together. I used a large shot glass to cut out small circles and they turned out great!
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  • MS12171593
    4 MAR, 2012
    Next time I'm going to try almond flavoring. I did bake about 2 min longer and they are perfectly crisp.
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  • lolapants
    11 SEP, 2010
    glad i'm not the only one who had such a horrible time with this recipe! it's nothing like i expected and was relatively tasteless while still being too sweet.
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  • Ceege
    6 SEP, 2010
    Go to step 2 for water directions (approx. 5 tablespoons)
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  • Ceege
    6 SEP, 2010
    Don't know why this is not working. As I tried to say in previous comment - Beaulie
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  • Ceege
    6 SEP, 2010
    Beaulei
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  • Beaulei
    6 SEP, 2010
    How much water is needed in this recipe? it's not listed in the ingredients
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  • Tchr4vr
    30 AUG, 2010
    There is no liquid listed in the ingredients. ??
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  • Tchr4vr
    30 AUG, 2010
    No water amount in the ingredient list.
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  • marthalike
    24 JUN, 2009
    Cppokies in the picture are round but instructions say cut into rectangles. Possible to sccop and flatten instead of rolling?
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