Coconut Tuiles


Chewy, curved sweet coconut cookies, like an flattened and then arched macaroon.

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

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.


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Showing 4 of 13 Comments / Reviews

  • 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.


  • Karen

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

  • 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:

  • 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

  • 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

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