Toasted Coconut Washboards

Updated February 23, 2016

These rectangular cookies mimic the shape and ridged texture of an old-fashioned washboard. Toasted coconut adds crunch to the crisp cookies and decorates the white-chocolate-dipped ends. Drawing the tines of a fork down the length of the unbaked cookies makes the characteristic ridges, but be sure to hold the fork so that its underside faces down to produce smooth, even ridges. This is a sticky dough, so it’s easiest to roll it out between two pieces of wax paper.

The cookies can be individually wrapped in plastic wrap and stored at room temperature for up to 3 days.

18 cookies

Cooking Methodbaking



Total Timeunder 2 hours

Make Ahead RecipeYes

Kid FriendlyYes

One Pot MealYes

OccasionBuffet, Family Get-together

Recipe Coursedessert

Equipmentelectric mixer

Five Ingredients or LessYes

Mealdinner, snack

Taste and Texturechocolatey, crisp, nutty, spiced, sweet

Type of Dishcookie


  • 2 cups (about 6 ounces) sweetened shredded coconut
  • 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¾ cup (1½ sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 ounces white chocolate, chopped




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