Coconut Tuiles

My dad has a thing for coconut sweets. He even buys Almond Joy to give out at Halloween, knowing that the rest of us won’t eat them. So when he found this recipe for coconut tuiles, a sort of curved macaroon-like cookie, in an old issue of Gourmet (May 1986) he was all over it. When we begged him to make them again because they were oh so good the first time, no problem. Done. Yay! Tuile are so named because they resemble curve roofing tiles, tuile being the French word for tile. Dad also pulled up another reference to the word in his abridged OED, tuille being a steel plate used in medieval armor for protecting the thigh. Different spelling, same root, same curved flat shape.

Coconut Tuiles Recipe

  • Yield: Makes 2 to 3 dozen.


  • 1/4 cup (1/2 a stick) of unsalted butter, softened (see how to soften butter quickly)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 large egg whites, lightly beaten
  • 3 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sweetened shredded coconut, toasted lightly


1 Preheat oven to 400°F. Using an electric mixer, beat the butter. Add the sugar and beat until light and fluffy. Add the egg whites a little at a time, beating slowly after each addition. Beat for 5 seconds or until the mixture is smooth.

2 Sprinkle flour over the mixture and fold it in gently with 1 1/2 cups of the coconut. Spoon rounded teaspoons of the mixture 3 inches apart on to baking sheets that have been greased or using Silpat.

3 With the remaining coconut, sprinkle a little over the center of each round. Bake the rounds on the middle rack of the oven for 6 to 9 minutes, or until the edges are lightly browned.


4 Let the cookies stay on the baking sheets for half a minute, or until they are just firm enough to hold their shape. Then drape them over the side of a rolling pin or bottle. (If the cookies have become too firm to drape, put them in the warm oven for a few minutes to soften.) Let the cookies cool completely.

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Recipe from Gourmet Magazine, May 1986.


Roasted pineapple with coconut tuiles from Sophistimom
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  1. Lisa

    I recently found this recipe for homemade Almond Joys – brought them on a kayak trip, and they disappeared in a flash! Your dad will be so smitten with these:

  2. Rachel

    I just made these (couldn’t help myself) and they are beyond amazing. I only wish I had more friends to give these to… I ate about half of them, oops! SO GOOD

  3. DSX

    I’m curious, does changing the shape from flat to ‘tuile’ effect the taste or is it merely a cosmetic tradition?

    I’m pretty sure it’s just cosmetic. ~Elise

  4. David

    I’ve made these twice in the last three days and they are great! I had better results the second time when spooning about 3 Tbsp of mixture for each tuile (instead of one), and flattening them on the cookie sheet. The first time they retained their ball-like shape instead of baking down flat like your picture showed — it could be because I’m using an ungreased non-stick cookie sheet. No matter the shape, they taste wonderful! I love your blog.

  5. Kara Janson

    WOW~ these are delightful!

  6. Ilana

    I just made these coconut tuiles, they are so good!! The recipe only yielded less than 20 of them. Next time, soon, I am doubling the recipe. I did not space them enough on the cookie sheet and some of them stuck to each other. It was hard to separate them and several of the tuiles broke. Live and learn.. Taking them to work tomorrow, unless, of course, I can keep from eating them tonight!

  7. Katie

    These are yummy and really easy to make. Mine took exactly 10 minutes. Don’t transfer them off the baking sheet right away; follow the instructions and let them cool off a bit. Also let them cool before you try them, they will be much crispier =)

    These do spread so the note to space them 3″ apart was NOT an exaggeration!

  8. kate

    Thanks for the recipe! I didn’t end up making them curved – I just kept them as coconut macaroons (and dipped them in chocolate for good measure, of course). I blogged about it as my very first blog post about a month ago. Thanks for the inspiration!

  9. Carol-Sue

    I think I could be good friends with your dad. I love coconut. This sounds like a very easy recipe to make and I will be trying it soon. Thanks for all the many wonderful, different recipes.

  10. Kerry

    This calls for toasted coconut yet there are no instructions on how to toast. I would like to make these. Does the coconut automatically toast while baking?

    Great question. You need to toast the coconut in a little frying pan first, as if you were toasting almonds or sesame seeds. ~Elise

  11. RUBY

    I just made your coconut tuiles. Problem is mine did not turn out crispy at all. Where do you think I might have gone wrong?

    I don’t know! Perhaps they needed to cook longer? ~Elise

  12. Karen

    Can this be made with rice or almond flour to be gluten free?

    • Elise

      Good question! I think almond flour might work. If you try it, please let us know how it turns out for you.

  13. Patricia

    Only made 18 cookies, but, wow, they are so delicious. They are very easy to make, so next time I’ll double or even triple the recipe as they disappeared instantly at a recent potluck dinner.

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