Does anybody else remember Fanny Farmer?  Is this a total midwestern thing?  Fanny Farmer was a candy store that I remember going to with my grandma at the mall.  They had these crispy coconut clusters that were such a special treat.  I have always loved the combination of chocolate and coconut.  I find that most people either love or strongly dislike coconut.  I will admit that artificial coconut tastes a bit like Hawaiian Tropic suntan lotion, but good old flaked coconut is so subtly sweet and provides such perfect chewy texture to baked goods.

I have been wanting to make this recipe for Coconut Wafers ever since I tore the recipe out of a Rachel Ray magazine over a year ago.  Rachel served hers with a coconut granita which I am sure would be a lovely combination, but I wanted to smear mine with chocolate.

These wafer cookies are paper thin and get crunchier with age.  You could use your favorite milk or dark chocolate to coat them and even sprinkle some toasted coconut over the melted chocolate if you were so inclined.

Chocolate-Smeared Coconut Wafers

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: ~20 cookies

Light and crispy coconut cookies smeared with rich chocolate


  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2/3 cup sweetened, shredded coconut
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3 egg whites
  • 4 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted
  • 1/4 tsp canola oil


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper and grease paper lightly.
  3. In a medium bowl, mix together sugar, coconut, flour and salt.
  4. Add egg whites and melted butter and mix well. Mixture will be runny.
  5. Spoon mixture onto prepared sheets in round or oval shapes (they will spread in oven, so leave at least 2 inches in between wafers).
  6. Bake about 10 minutes or until edges are golden brown.
  7. Slide parchment paper onto wire rack to cool.
  8. Once wafers are cooled, melt chocolate in a small bowl in the microwave in 30 second increments, stirring in between until smooth. Add oil and stir.
  9. Dip or spread chocolate onto wafers and place back onto baking sheet.
  10. Refrigerate for 30 minutes to set chocolate.
  11. Recipe adapted from Everyday with Rachel Ray Magazine

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13 Comments ( Reply )

  1. Elaine @ Cooking to Perfection
    Nov 15, 2012 @ 7:43 am

    I love how pretty these are! The chocolate swirls are gorgeous. And I’ve never had anything quite like them. Finding new recipe ideas makes my day, so thanks for sharing this one. 🙂


  2. Liz
    Nov 15, 2012 @ 9:07 am

    These look like delicious and I love anything with coconut and chocolate! 🙂


  3. Susan
    Nov 15, 2012 @ 2:09 pm

    Coconut and chocolate – my favorite!


  4. sally @ sallys baking addiction
    Nov 16, 2012 @ 8:58 am

    these win first place for the most delicate, gorgeous cookies in the world. honestly – those chocolate swirls are beautiful! so perfect this time of year! i love chocolate and coconut together!


  5. what katie's baking
    Nov 16, 2012 @ 7:16 pm

    i’ve never heard of it, but i wish i had! these look so awesome!


  6. Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    Nov 16, 2012 @ 11:39 pm

    I love chocolate with coconut, these wafers are so pretty!


  7. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel
    Nov 19, 2012 @ 10:24 am

    Hooooooly cow, these are gorgeous! And they look so delicate and yummy. I heart coconut!


  8. Anne@FromMySweetHeart
    Jan 07, 2013 @ 8:43 pm

    I DO remember Fanny Farmer! Actually, and I’m originally from Boston! But I remember buying my dad his favorite chocolate dipped coconut macaroons there! These cookies are beautiful! I bet they are so sweet and crunchy and I love your chocolate swirls! Thanks for bringing back such sweet memories! : )


    • Mercedes
      Jan 08, 2013 @ 8:06 am

      Hi Anne! That is so funny that you are from Boston because my grandma who I used to go to Fanny Farmer with was originally from Taunton! I am glad that I could remind you of a nice memory! Food has a way of doing that!


  9. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts
    Jan 08, 2013 @ 3:48 pm

    I remember Fanny Famer!! I grew up in the Midwest though 🙂
    Gorgeous cookies, and dipping in chocolate is always a good thing!


    • Mercedes
      Jan 08, 2013 @ 6:48 pm

      I’m so glad that someone else remembers Fanny Farmer too! And I agree, dipping anything in chocolate just makes it better!


  10. Holly
    Mar 04, 2013 @ 8:17 pm

    I used to work at Fanny Farmer in high school (many, many years ago) and my entire family’s favorite candy was the coconut clusters! It was always a special treat we would get every Christmas. I miss those so much!


    • Mercedes
      Mar 04, 2013 @ 9:19 pm

      I am so happy to hear that someone remembers coconut clusters as fondly as I do Holly!


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