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11 Coconut Dessert Recipes We're Obsessed With Right Now

Don't let chocolate hog all the glory this month. From layer cakes to rich puddings and gorgeous cupcakes, these coconutty confections deserve a lot of spotlight.
11 Coconut Dessert Recipes We're Obsessed With Right Now

Photo, Roberto Caruso.

These tropical treats are as close to the beach as we'll get during this wintry deep freeze, so we're not holding back our enthusiasm. These coconut dessert recipes leverage everything from fresh to shredded coconut, coconut milk and even coconut extract—with incredible results. Find your new favourite dessert in the gallery below (I highly recommend the cupcakes):

Coconut shag cake

Coated with crisp coconut flakes, each forkful is light, airy and unbelievably delicious—everything you want in a cake. Get our coconut shag cake recipe.

Coconut dessert recipes: Coconut Shag Cake on white cakestandPhoto, Roberto Caruso.


These fluffy little snacking cakes are drenched in coconut and chocolate (making them utterly irresistible). Get our lamingtons recipe.

11 Coconut Dessert Recipes We're Obsessed With Right NowPhoto, Roberto Caruso.

Coconut cream pie

What makes this classic coconut cream pie the best ever? With coconut baked in the crust, in the custard AND sprinkled on top, it’s tropical perfection. Get our coconut cream pie recipe.

coconut cream piePhoto, Roberto Caruso.

Coconut parfaits

Looking for a delicious gluten-free dessert? This recipe riffs off of our coconut cream pie, but (obviously) skips the pastry. Get our coconut parfaits recipe.

Coconut parfaitsPhoto, Roberto Carsuo.

Chocolate dipped coconut macaroons

These coconut cookies have all the things we love about a great cookie: they're chewy, chocolatey and taste like more. Get our chocolate dipped coconut macaroons recipe.

Chocolate dipped coconut macaroons

Toasted Coconut Cupcake

Light, airy and extra coconutty (coconut milk plus shredded coconut), these delicious cupcakes will be a hit every time you make them. Get our toasted coconut cupcakes recipe.

a toasted coconut cupcake, topped with a swirl of buttercream icing and toasted coconut flakes, the cupcake wrapper just loosened slightly, on a wood table(Photo: Roberto Caruso)

Tres leches coconut cake recipe

We gave this Latin American cake, traditionally made with three types of milk, a delicious twist with rich coconut milk. It might just be the perfect dessert. Get our tres leches coconut cake recipe.

Tres leches coconut cakePhoto, Erik Putz.

Pink coconut snowballs

Our homemade, hot-pink take on the Sno Ball—a Hostess convenience-store staple which dates back to the late 1940s—is the most delightfully OTT dessert. They’re guaranteed to bring nostalgia—and sticky fingers—to any dessert table. Get our pink coconut snowballs recipe.

pink coconut snowballsPhoto, Roberto Caruso.


We love a crisp and light cookie sandwich, and this one is simply decadent. Filled with dulce de leche caramel, and rolled in a light dusting of shredded coconut, these cookies will go fast. Get our alfajores recipe.

alfajoresPhoto, Roberto Caruso.

Vegan mango coconut ice pops

You don't need to wait until summer to enjoy these refreshing vegan treats made with frozen mango and coconut milk. Get our vegan mango and coconut ice pops recipe.

overhead shot of Vegan Mango Coconut Ice Pops on a purple and yellow backgroundPhoto, Carmen Cheung. Food Styling, Ashley Denton. Prop styling, Rayna Marlee Schwartz.

Chia And Coconut Pudding

This make-ahead dessert is a healthy way to add a sweet note to dinner (eating right has never tasted so good). Get our chia and coconut pudding recipe.

A coupe ice cream glass full of coconut and chia pudding(Photo: Roberto Caruso)

How to make chia and coconut pudding


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