Coconut Gift Ideas for the Coconut Lover

Coconut recipes

Looking for a gift for the coconut lover in your life? Consider trying one of these delicious coconut recipes.

Coconut Balls - Bokayong Niog

Coconut recipes

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 3 cups flaked coconut

Boil the sugar and water until a thread is formed when the fork is dipped in and raised. Stir in the coconut; cook over low heat, stirring frequently until a soft ball is formed when the mixture is dropped into cold water.

Drop by tablespoon onto a greased surface.

If you are making these to put into holiday gift baskets, make sure they have ample time to cool before they are packaged.

Coconut Cheesecake

Coconut cheesecake recipes
Photo courtesy of gourmetkoshercooking.com

Who doesn't love a delicious slice of gourmet cheesecake? Well mix that with coconut and you've got a delicious treat for family and friends.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup fine-grated coconut
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2/3 cup heavy cream
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1 tablespoon cognac
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 9-inch pastry or coconut shell

Preheat oven to 325°F.

Beat the cream cheese until smooth, and then beat in ½ cup sugar gradually. Add 1 egg yolk at a time, beating after each addition. Stir in the flour, salt, and coconut, then the cream and cognac.

Beat the egg whites until stiff; gradually beat in the remaining ¼ cup sugar. Fold into the cheese mixture. Pour into the lined pie plate. Bake 45 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Open the door and let the cake cool in the oven for 1 hour. Remove from oven to finish cooling.

 Coconut Cream Pudding - Serigja

Coconut cream pudding recipe
Photo courtesy of Lynn's Kitchen Adventures
  • 2 tbs. butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 4 tbs. sifted flour
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 1 1/2 cups coconut cream
  • 6 egg whites, stiffly beaten

Cream the butter; gradually beat in the sugar. Mix in the flour and cinnamon. Add 1 egg yolk at a time, beating after each addition and until light and fluffy. Gradually add the coconut cream. Fold in the egg whites. Divide among 8 buttered custard cups. Set in a shallow pan of hot water. Bake 45 minutes or until set. Chill and turn out.

This dessert is much different from the typical coconut cookies or other desserts.

Coconut Cream Pudding

Coconut gift idea

Making coconut cream pudding might sound more difficult than it actually is. The simple recipe has everyday Joe's looking like chefs at their neighborhood get-togethers. How do you make this infamous dessert instead of your usual cookies? Read on.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbs. butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 4 tbs. sifted flour
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 1 1/2 cups coconut cream
  • 6 egg whites, stiffly beaten

Directions:

Cream the butter; gradually beat in the sugar. Mix in the flour and cinnamon. Add 1 egg yolk at a time, beating after each addition and until light and fluffy. Gradually add the coconut cream. Fold in the egg whites. Divide among 8 buttered custard cups. Set in a shallow pan of hot water. Bake 45 minutes or until set. Chill and turn out.

Coconut Fritters

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Photo courtesy of Matthew Mendoza, on Flickr

Serve these tasty delights with some vanilla ice cream and berries for a scrumptious dessert!

  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups rice flour
  • 1/8 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 3/4 cup flaked coconut
  • 2 cups corn oil

Cook the sugar and water until syrupy. Cool. Sift the rice flour, baking soda, and salt into a bowl; stir in the syrup and coconut. Let stand 2 hours.

Heat the oil in a deep skillet; drop the batter by the tablespoon into it (or shape the batter into rectangles). Fry until browned on both sides.

Coconut Ice Cream Balls

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  • 1 quart vanilla ice cream
  • 1 cup grated coconut
  • 1/2 cup chocolate liqueur

Make ice cream balls using a scoop. Roll in coconut and place in the freezer. To serve, place ice cream balls in dishes and pour the liqueur over top.

Prefer to make cookies? Try one of our many cookie recipes!

Coconut Macadamia Nut Brownies

Coconut brownie recipes
Photo courtesy of RenT

These brownies are another one of my favorite creations that are made using a simple store-bought mix.   The macadamia nuts kick these brownies up a notch!

Ingredients:
1 package store brought brownie mix (+ eggs & oil)
1/3 cup chopped macadamia nuts
1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Prepare the brownie batter according to the package directions.  Then fold in the macadamia nuts and chocolate chips.  Spread the batter evenly in a 9" x 9" square cake pan.  Set aside and make topping.

Topping:

  • 3 oz softened cream cheese
  • 2 Tbsp. softened butter
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 Tbsp flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (Guittard are my favorite)
  • 1 1/2 cups flaked coconut
  • 1/3 cup chopped macadamia nuts

Cream together the sugar with the cream cheese, butter, and flour.  Mix in the egg.  Then add the chocolate chips, coconut, and macadamia nuts stirring until well combined.  Spoon the topping mixture over the brownie batter distributing as evenly as you can. Bake at brownies at 350 degrees F for 35 - 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean and the topping is golden brown. Cool and cut into squares. These make for the perfect addition to brownie gift baskets.

Coconut Pancakes

Coconut pancake recipes

Coconut pancakes are a delicious alternative to your traditional buttermilk pancake. Much like making coconut cookies, these pancakes are simple and tasty.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 cups rice flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 3 cups coconut milk
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup oil

Directions:

Sift the flour, sugar, and salt into a bowl. Beat in the coconut milk and eggs until a very smooth batter is formed.

Heat 2 tsp. oil in a 7-inch skillet; pour enough batter into it to thinly coat the bottom. Lightly brown the pancakes on both sides. Roll up like a jelly roll. Keep warm while preparing the balance.

Coconut Pecan Frosted Brownies

Coconut brownie gift ideas
Photo courtesy of Taste of Home

My Dad loved German chocolate birthday cookie cake topped with that yummy coconut frosting that you can buy in a tub so this is a twist on that childhood favorite that my kids (and my Dad) love.  The homemade frosting is the key to these tasty treats that will surely become a favorite in your family as well.

Mix together 2 packages of brownies following the directions on the box to make the batter. Pour the batter into a large 10 x 15 jelly roll pan and bake at 350° F for the number of minutes shown on the box or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.  Remove brownies from the oven and cool.

Frosting Directions:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 3 egg yolks
  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cup flaked coconut
  • 1 cup chopped pecans

In a medium-size heavy saucepan, combine together the sugar, evaporated milk, egg yolks and butter bringing it to a boil over medium heat. As soon as the mixture boils, start the timer for 12 minutes (stirring constantly).  After the 12 minutes, remove the mixture from the heat and add the vanilla, coconut, and pecans stirring constantly and cooling until the frosting reaches a spreadable consistency.  Be sure not to cool too far or you won't be able to easily frost the brownies.  Spread the frosting over the top of the brownies and then cut into squares to serve to guests.

Coconut Tarts - Buco Pastelitos

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If you've made coconut cookies, chances are you'll really enjoy coconut tarts.

  • 1 cup flaked coconut
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 tsp. cornstarch
  • 1 tbs. butter
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 cups sifted flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/4 cup ice water
  • 3 tbs. heavy cream

Cook the coconut, sugar, and milk until very thick, stirring frequently. Stir in the cornstarch, butter, and egg yolk; cook over low heat for 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Cool. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Sift the flour, salt, and baking powder in a bowl. Cut in the shortening with a pastry blender or 2 knives; add the water, tossing lightly until a ball of dough is formed. Roll out 1/8 inch thick on a lightly floured surface; cut into 3-inch rounds or squares. Place a teaspoon of the coconut mixture on half of the pastry and cover with other half, sealing the edges with a little water or egg white. Arrange on a cookie sheet and brush with the cream. Bake for 15 minutes or until delicately browned.

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