If you’ve been visiting me for a while you will know that at my bridal shower in March I received a treasure trove of goodies from my wonderfully generous family and friends. Possibly the most special of all the gifts was my grandma’s recipe hand-written recipes which was started by her mother-in-law making the book at least 50 years old.

The family recipe book

Isn’t it wonderful? It’s even got old-school crazy diet plans in the back and what I swear is the original lemon detox diet that cost you the same as a bag of lemons instead of those expensive juice mixes you can buy (not that I would try it anyway I like food way too much).

It seems my sweet tooth has been generations in the making because although there are lots of savoury recipes in there, they are rather outweighed by their sweet counterparts.  Last week I dived straight in and made the first recipe I found that I had the ingredients for.


Seeing as my family was from the bush, a lot of the recipe use household staples making me love it even more. The name of these little biscuits sucked me in too, isn’t it cute? They’re nice and easy to whip up and the perfect afternoon snack. I saved a few for myself and sent the rest off to Uni with my sister for a group assignment meeting because everyone knows sugar helps your brain.

The ingredients

Butter and sugar

This is a very simple recipe to throw together so it would be a good one for the kiddies. Start by beating the butter and sugar together in the bowl of an electric mixer.


Add the egg and beat it through too.

Cocoa, flour and coconut

Then add the flour, coconut and cocoa and mix them through until the batter comes together.

Dough balls

Use about a level tablespoon of dough at a time and roll it into balls. Lay them out  on a lined baking tray leaving a couple of centimeteres between each one then press them down with the back of a fork.

Bake the coconutties for 10-15 minutes at 175C fan-forced.


Leave them to rest on the oven tray for 5 minutes.


Then transfer them over to a wire rack to cool completely. I’m sure someone will be able to explain this to me – the cookies on the tray all came out with smooth tops while the ones that were on top of the silicone mat cracked on top. Anyone know the reason?


A glass of milk would be the perfect accompaniment to these lovely little biccies.


I didn’t realise when I was taking the photos that it looks so much like I’ve layed out biscuits for Santa. I’m looking forward to Christmas but not quite that eager. Enjoy!

What about you? Have you been handed down family recipes? Was your family full of sweet tooths too?





Yield: 30 biscuits


  • 125g butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup caster sugar
  • 1tbsp cocoa
  • 1 cup self-raising flour
  • 1 cup desicated coconut
  • 1 egg


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 175C fan-forced and line two baking trays with paper
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat together the butter and sugar.
  3. Add the egg and mix it in.
  4. Add the coconut and sifted cocoa then the flour and mix until combined.
  5. Roll the dough into balls using about a level tablespoon of dough at a time.
  6. Place the balls on the baking trays leaving a few centimeters between each one.
  7. Press down the tops with a fork.
  8. Bake for 10-15 minutes.
  9. Leave to cool for 5 minutes on the trays and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.


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