Coconut desserts taste like the tropics and the versatile fruit lends a lovely and unique texture to cookies, cakes, bars, and candy. Whether you’re a Mound’s person or an Almond Joy fan, you’ll love these homemade treats that also use flaked coconut as a starring ingredient. These desserts with coconut will shock you for its simple way to cook!
Sour Cream Coconut Cake
With both a fluffy whipped topping and coconut frosting—plus a creamy coconut filling—this tasty Southern cake comes chock full of the tropical flavor with a tender texture from the addition of sour cream. It also starts with a cake mix for quick and easy preparation.
Pineapple Delight Bars
Let your taste buds escape to the islands with these shortbread bars that have a cream cheese filling studded with shredded coconut, pecans, and crushed pineapple. The coconut will get toasty and brown as they bake for a lightly caramelized flavor.
Dairy-Free Coconut Macaroon Cookies
Just because you’re avoiding dairy doesn’t mean you have to skip dessert. These rich coconut macaroon cookies use no-dairy products and take less than 20 minutes to prepare, for a quick and easy recipe. Refrigerating them after baking helps the flavors meld and keeps the texture firm for serving.
White Chocolate Coconut Truffles
Blend mellow white chocolate and sweet coconut for a delicately delicious truffle that tastes great dipped in melted white, dark, or milk chocolate. Dust a little flaked coconut over the top before the covering fully solidifies for a prettier presentation.
Million Dollar Cream Pie
This awesome pie has that name for a reason: The blend of shredded coconut, crushed pineapple, chopped nuts, and sweetened condensed milk has earned a cult following. It also lends itself to variation and experimentation, so start with the basic recipe and mix it up to your stomach’s content. This recipe makes two pies with one can of condensed milk, but you can cut it in half for one.
Coconut Custard Cream Trifle
Whether you need a fancy dessert for a holiday, a party, or just want to treat your family, try this tropical coconut custard trifle. Vanilla sponge cake, coconut cream, and whipped cream with toasted coconut make a delicious and beautiful dessert when layered in a clear trifle bowl. If you don’t have one, a regular glass bowl will do.
When purchasing coconut flakes, make sure you get the variety that the recipes call for. It comes both sweetened and unsweetened and the difference can make or break your recipe. Make the perfect combination with all your favorite ingredients.