Puerto Rican Coconut Kisses

Coconut kisses
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  • Total: 35 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 25 mins
  • Servings: 12 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
240 Calories
14g Fat
27g Carbs
4g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 12
Amount per serving
Calories 240
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 9g 47%
Cholesterol 85mg 28%
Sodium 156mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 27g 10%
Dietary Fiber 2g 9%
Protein 4g
Calcium 46mg 4%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

A favorite treat in the Spanish-speaking Caribbean islands is a type of macaroon cookie called coconut kisses (besitos de coco).

Here is a simple Puerto-Rican recipe which can be gussied up by sprinkling with crushed nuts or by dipping or drizzling in chocolate.


  • 3 cups coconut flakes (unsweetened fresh)
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 large egg yolks (room temperature)
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 ounces (1/4 cup) butter (room temperature)
  • 2 tablespoons coconut extract (or vanilla)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Heat oven to 350 F/177 C.

  3. Grease a 13-by-9-by-2-inch cookie sheet.

  4. In a bowl, thoroughly mix coconut flakes, flour, egg yolks, brown sugar, butter and extract until a sticky dough that is moldable forms.

  5. Divide the dough into 24 uniform balls.

  6. Place the balls on the greased cookie sheet and bake for about 25 minutes. They should be golden brown.

  7. Remove from the oven and let cool completely before eating.

  8. If desired, drizzle with melted chocolate and chopped nuts.