25 Spectacular Shredded Coconut Recipes

meyer lemon coconut cake
Johnny Miller

Sweetened or unsweetened, there's no denying that shredded coconut is a fabulous ingredient that can instantly elevate both sweet and savory recipes. Here, we're sharing recipes that showcase its sweeter side. For starters, see how it transforms the delicate Meyer-Lemon and Coconut Layer Cake that's pictured here. There's coconut oil in the batter, which adds moistness and flavor, but the real magic happens in the frosting and decoration. The buttercream is made from sugar, whipped egg whites, coconut oil, and lots of butter. The frosting is spread over the top and sides of the cake, then it's coated with toasted shredded coconut and candied lemon for a delightful spring dessert.

Shredded coconut is also a stellar ingredient in cake batter, such as a Hummingbird Cake, a southern twist on carrot cake that also includes canned pineapple and a rich cream cheese frosting. Or mix it into chocolate chip cookies for a bite that's full of texture and a boost of sweetness. It's not just for sweet treats, though. Shredded coconut is also a staple in some of our favorite savory recipes, most notably, coconut-crusted shrimp. Coat everyone's favorite shellfish in a combination of panko breadcrumbs and shredded coconut, then pan-fry them until they're golden brown and crispy. It will instantly transport you to a warm, tropical location no matter where you're dining. Or sprinkle toasted shredded coconut over grilled vegetables before serving, which adds extra crunch to a delicious seasonal appetizer or side dish.

Fruit-based trifles, donuts, ice cream, and chocolate pies galore—ahead, we're sharing 25 of our favorite sweet recipes that feature shredded coconut.

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Chocolate-Chip Oat-Coconut Skillet Cookie

chocolate chip skillet cookie served with ice cream
The Ingalls

Who wouldn't want to dig into this family-friendly skillet cookie? When served warm, the chocolate is ooey-gooey, the center is soft and chewy, but the edges are crisp to perfection.

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Crisp Coconut and Chocolate Pie

Crisp Coconut and Chocolate Pie
Johnny Miller

No one would ever guess that this gluten-free stunning dessert is made with just four ingredients—unsalted butter, sweetened shredded coconut, semisweet chocolate, and heavy cream.

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Coconut-Chocolate Macaroons

Johnny Miller

It wouldn't be a proper coconut recipe roundup without including coconut macaroon cookies dipped in melted chocolate. They're a staple!

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German Chocolate Bundt Cake

german chocolate bundt cake recipe
Marcus Nilsson

Pecans and shredded coconut distinguish German chocolate cake from any other rich, fudgy chocolate cake. They bring texture and unique nuttiness that no one will be able to pass up.

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Hummingbird Carrot Cake

Hummingbird Carrot Cake Recipe
Chris Simpson

Everyone knows and loves regular carrot cake, but this version takes it to the next level by adding canned pineapple and shredded coconut to the batter.

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Tropical-Fruit Salad with Coconut Crunch

Tropical-Fruit Salad With Coconut Crunch
Petrina Tinslay

This is no ordinary fruit salad—upgrade juicy fruit like mangoes, papaya, strawberries, and pineapple with a crunchy, crumbly topping made from unsweetened shredded coconut, poppy seeds, Meyer lemon zest, and honey.

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Almond-Coconut Chewy Chocolate Cookies

almond coconut chewy chocolate cookies
Chris Simpson

Gluten-free and jam-packed with delicious, decadent ingredients like bittersweet chocolate, roasted almonds, and shredded coconut, these cookies are a guaranteed hit.

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Granola Bark

Granola Bark
Lennart Weibull

This sweet snack is loaded with nuts and seeds, oats, shredded coconut, and just a touch of maple syrup.

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Giant Cowboy Cookies

cowboy cookies martha bakes
Mike Krautter

These chewy, nutty cookies feature a spectacularly sweet combination of bittersweet chocolate, chopped pecan halves, and unsweetened shredded coconut.

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Pomegranate-Coconut Trifle

pomegranate coconut trifle with whipped cream
Ryan Liebe

Here's a stunning dessert that is perfect for your holiday table. Ladyfingers are layered with homemade pomegranate gelatin, vanilla pudding, and coconut gelatin. The whole thing is topped with whipped cream and shredded toasted coconut.

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Double-Coconut Cream Pie

double-coconut cream pie on gold table cloth
Johnny Miller

There's shredded coconut in the crust, the filling, and topping for this sweet-as-can-be pie. It gets even more flavor from the coconut milk in the custard filling.

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Coconut Eclairs

coconut eclairs pate a choux martha bakes blue background
Mike Krautter

Just the thing for a coconut lover, this take on the eclair has a custard filling made with shredded coconut and coconut milk as well as the usual eggs, dairy, and sugar. Coconut cream is used for the glaze on top, along with a garnish of toasted shredded coconut.

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Gluten-Free Baked Coconut Donuts

rows of doughnuts on green countertop
Will Anderson

These baked donuts have a triple dose of coconut: sweetened shredded coconut, coconut oil, and coconut milk are all mixed into the batter.

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Snowball Truffles

snowball truffles
Louise Hagger

You don't need much to make these simple but elegant treats for the holiday season—just roasted cashews, unsweetened shredded coconut, white chocolate, and heavy cream.

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Cherry-and-Cream-Cheese Hand Pies

cherry and cream-cheese hand pies
Kate Mathis

When sour cherries are at their peak in summer, make these adorable puff pastry hand pies that are filled with cream cheese, the cherries, and sweetened shredded coconut.

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German Chocolate Pie

german chocolate pie
Joanna Garcia

A twist on the traditional German Chocolate Cake, this shredded coconut recipe is served in the form of a super sweet pie.

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Powdered-Sugar Coconut Layer Cake

Will Anderson

The perfect pairing of unsweetened coconut milk and sweetened shredded coconut amps up the coconut flavor in this dessert recipe. Although we decorated this cake with buttercream-piped Christmas trees, you can easily serve it any time of year.

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Heart-Shaped Coconut Cake

Bryan Gardner

Show off your love with this coconut-studded dessert that features sweetened, shredded coconut in the cake batter.

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Coconut-Chocolate Sundaes

Marcus Nilsson

Make these toppings for the ultimate ice cream sundae party—our Vanilla-Bourbon Butterscotch Sauce and Chocolate, Almond, and Coconut Clusters—then follow this recipe to build one epic frozen treat.

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Coconut Meringue Cakes

Johnny Miller

Take dessert to the next level by sprinkling meringue discs with finely shredded coconut before baking. Then create individual layered treats by topping a meringue disc with coconut sorbet, then another meringue, more sorbet, and finishing with a coconut-coated meringue.

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Coconut Ice Cream

Mike Krautter

The duo of shredded sweetened coconut and toasted unsweetened coconut flakes star in this homemade ice cream.

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Coconut Cake with Meringue Frosting

Bryan Gardner

This super-coconutty recipe for an angelic cake is made with unsweetened coconut milk and sweetened shredded coconut in the cake batter, plus fresh coconut curls on top for a garnish.

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Chocolate-Coconut Sheet Cake

Chris Court

Crowd-friendly and easy to make, this sheet cake is a surefire win. Bonus points for the chocolate-coconut topping that is spread over the top of the rich, fudgy cake.

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Lane Cake

Yossy Arefi

In between the many layers of the lightest, airiest yellow cake you've ever tasted is a fantastic combination of bourbon, shredded coconut, raisins, pecans, and candied kumquats.

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