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Bolinhos de Coco – Coconut Cookies Recipes

24 Jun

Bolinhos de coco or Bolinhas ( cookies in portuguese) is a very popular cookie for evening tea time in Goa. They are also popular during christmas. Since cream of wheat /rava is used to make them, they have a nice crunch and can also be tricky if not made right. The cookies can be hard to bite. In India cream of wheat is used to make multiple sweets/ desserts, Baath / Batica (cake), Sheera / Xiro , Neureos ( deep-fried coconut stuffed sweet dumplings).

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As I was researching the recipe I found that some used white flour in the batter and some cooked the batter slightly before baking the cookies.  My recipe does not use flour but I did roast the cream of wheat/rava for a couple of minutes on medium heat to remove the rawness. My mom always did it and it gives a nice toasted smell. I also soaked the batter for 5 hours to soften the rava  before I baked the bolinhos and added a little extra baking powder to make it light instead of the cookies being dense. Since I used frozen grated coconut I replaced the water with coconut milk. In my opinion the frozen grated coconut found in the US is squeezed out of the first milk and so has no taste.

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Serving size: 20 cookies

Ingredients:

2 cups of toasted cream of wheat / rava/ sooji

2 cups grated coconut

1.25 cup of sugar

3 tbsp of butter

2 beaten eggs

1/2 cup water or coconut milk

1 tsp of baking powder

1/2 tsp cardamom powder

2-3 pinches of salt

Directions:

In a pan heat sugar, frozen coconut, salt, butter and water / coconut milk till all the sugar melts. Take off heat and mix in the cream of wheat / rava and let stand for 4 to 6 hours.

Heat oven to 350F. Grease a cookie sheet or line a cookie pan.

Next add the 2 beaten eggs and baking powder and mix well.  Shape into cookies and bake for  25-30 minutes till light golden brown.

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90 Responses to “Bolinhos de Coco – Coconut Cookies Recipes”

  1. paintdigi June 24, 2016 at 6:07 pm #

    I’m hungry ;))

    • Nandini June 27, 2016 at 11:57 am #

      Mission accomplished 🙂

      • paintdigi June 27, 2016 at 12:25 pm #

        I liked a lot in you, that you’re very active, good taste, humorist, “faithful” … (and charming)

  2. Dianna Donnely June 24, 2016 at 6:15 pm #

    This recipe sounds amazing!!

    • Nandini June 27, 2016 at 11:57 am #

      Thank You so much Dianna 🙂

  3. Divya Deepak Rao June 24, 2016 at 6:16 pm #

    I had no idea cookies could be made with Rava…looks so delicious Nandini…got to try them!:)

    • Nandini June 27, 2016 at 11:58 am #

      Thank You Divya, in Goa they do. I haven’t tried anything like this elsewhere.

  4. Agatha Chocolats June 24, 2016 at 7:15 pm #

    I’ve never had a baked good with cream of wheat. How intriguing! Have to try this. Thanks for sharing! ❤️

    • Nandini June 27, 2016 at 11:59 am #

      Thank You Agatha. I hope you do give it a try 🙂

  5. fromthefamilytable June 24, 2016 at 8:11 pm #

    Your cookies make Cream of Wheat look so good. I never much liked it for breakfast when I was growing up, but you have made me a believer.

    • Nandini June 27, 2016 at 12:01 pm #

      That is awesome Darryl. I too did not enjoy it for breakfast as a porridge. But these cookie are something different 🙂

  6. cookingwithshy June 24, 2016 at 8:56 pm #

    Love coconut and especially in cookies…these look so good!!! And great that they are made of Rawa:))

    • Nandini June 27, 2016 at 12:02 pm #

      Thank You so much Shy, I am so happy to hear you like the recipe 🙂

  7. thegirlthatdreamsawake June 24, 2016 at 9:23 pm #

    Adoro bolinhos de côco 😋

  8. Tasty Eats Ronit Penso June 24, 2016 at 9:45 pm #

    These cookies combine two things I love using – coconut and semolina – so no doubt I’ll try them soon! 🙂

    • Nandini June 27, 2016 at 12:25 pm #

      That is awesome to know Ronit. I am happy to hear that you will give it a try 🙂

  9. atkokosplace June 24, 2016 at 11:29 pm #

    These look incredibly delicious. I love cream of wheat. Never knew you could use it in cookies. This is great! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

    • Nandini June 27, 2016 at 12:26 pm #

      Thank You so much. In Goan cooking we use it a lot.

      • atkokosplace June 27, 2016 at 10:31 pm #

        That is so cool! I learn something new everyday!

  10. Ruchisvegkitchen June 25, 2016 at 3:49 am #

    Looks awesome

    • Nandini June 27, 2016 at 12:26 pm #

      Thank You so much Ruchi 🙂

  11. Sumith Babu June 25, 2016 at 4:01 am #

    Rava and coconut cookies!! That should be great.

  12. Mary J. McCoy-Dressel June 25, 2016 at 6:44 am #

    I love coconut in cookies and I never would have thought to use cream of wheat. Are these chewy like a macaroon? Thanks for sharing, Nandini.

    • Nandini June 27, 2016 at 12:28 pm #

      Thank You Mary so much. They are not very chewy since the coconut is grated.

  13. ruthann1 June 25, 2016 at 9:29 am #

    Very interesting recipe. It’s a new idea for me to think of using Cream of Wheat in cookies. I’d just been thinking it had been a long time since I made cookies, so I plan to try these soon.
    RuthAnn
    Inspiringcuisine.com

    • Nandini June 27, 2016 at 12:29 pm #

      Thank You so much RuthAnn. I will look forward to your verdict 🙂

  14. lynne hoareau June 25, 2016 at 10:04 am #

    i love coconut…..and coconut cookies are the best. 🙂

    • Nandini June 27, 2016 at 12:29 pm #

      Thank You so much Lynne. I am so happy to hear that 🙂

  15. taraisarockstar June 25, 2016 at 11:54 am #

    I love desserts with coconut as well! I will have to give these a try, thanks for the post!

    • Nandini June 27, 2016 at 12:30 pm #

      Thank You so much Tara. I hope you do give it a try 🙂

  16. Byron Crawford June 25, 2016 at 12:31 pm #

    WHEN WILL YOUR COMPANY CARRY ‘GOANA’PRODUCTS?B.C..

  17. Love Served Daily June 25, 2016 at 2:20 pm #

    Looks amazing

    • Nandini June 27, 2016 at 12:39 pm #

      Thank You so much Ritu 🙂

  18. Rhonda Sittig June 25, 2016 at 8:47 pm #

    These look so crispy and delicious!! –and love love coconut. I’ve never seen baking done with Cream of Wheat!! Would be fun to try! thanks for the recipe!!

    • Nandini June 27, 2016 at 12:46 pm #

      Thank You so much Rhonda. They are a bit crispy 🙂

  19. annascuisine June 25, 2016 at 9:39 pm #

    These look so good! Yum! ❤

  20. Freda @ Aromatic essence June 25, 2016 at 10:47 pm #

    Looks more than perfect, Nandini 🙂

  21. Roberta Pimentel June 26, 2016 at 10:11 am #

    Looks delicious 🙂

  22. terrepruitt June 26, 2016 at 3:42 pm #

    Interesting use of Cream of Wheat.

    (PS – thank you for always being so kind and “liking” my posts. 🙂

    • Nandini June 27, 2016 at 12:48 pm #

      You are very welcome 🙂

  23. honey bee June 26, 2016 at 4:55 pm #

    Wow! Mouth-watering and really looks yummy.

    • Nandini June 27, 2016 at 12:48 pm #

      Thank You so much 🙂

  24. Aquileana June 27, 2016 at 6:02 am #

    Perfect for tea- coffee time… thanks for sharing… happy week to you. Aquileana 🙂

    • Nandini June 27, 2016 at 12:49 pm #

      Aquileana, Thank You so much and wishing you too a happy week 🙂

  25. Stanley Vincent Rodrigues June 27, 2016 at 11:46 am #

    Hi Handini!

    YOUR BOLINHOS DE COCO.LOOK HEAVENLY, My late mum liked Her bolinhos to bits,please PARDON THE PUN.I love the taste of coconut and I like anything that contains coconut.These cookies would make anybody’s cup of tea.Here in the UK, the British electorate voted to ‘BREXIT’ from the EU.I for one exercised My franchise to ‘STAY PUT IN THE EU’.By exiting the EU the UK has taken a ‘LEAP INTO UNKNOWN TERRITORY.I think in six months time the British electorate will put up theirs hands and ‘EAT HUMBLE PIE’. What Has the British electorate got themselves into. Ofcourse the referendum results now cannot be reversed. The UK Has to learn to live outside the EU.I think the leaders of the BREXIT CAMPAIGN misled the electorate into believing things which were not right.They told alot of PORKIES.For instance the figures they put on how much money the UK sends to the EU was far from correct.Now the electorate feels they have been let down by the brexit camp.But it is too late now.GOD SAVE THE UK,GOD SAVE THE QUEEN.
    We will give this recipe a go very soon.Your pictures take Me down memory lane.

    Have a FAB WEEK AHEAD!

    CHEERIO1

    STAN

    • Nandini July 6, 2016 at 12:22 pm #

      Thank You Mr Stan. Yes this recipe takes me down memory lane all the time as it’s a classic Goan sweet. Brexit is still an unknown entity only time will tell. Wishing you a great week ahead. It was the July 4th long weekend and so I started my week today 🙂

  26. nehamira June 28, 2016 at 7:25 pm #

    Look so good!!😍

    • Nandini July 6, 2016 at 12:37 pm #

      Thank You so much 🙂

  27. elliebleu June 28, 2016 at 9:05 pm #

    I love this recipe. Using toasted cream of wheat is genius. I can’t wait to make this.

    • Nandini July 6, 2016 at 12:44 pm #

      That is so awesome, Thank You!

  28. Laura @ Feast Wisely June 29, 2016 at 3:29 pm #

    HR texture looks so yummy Nandini 😄

    • Nandini July 6, 2016 at 12:45 pm #

      Thank You so much Laura 🙂

  29. deelightfullyveg June 30, 2016 at 4:53 am #

    They look great!

    • Nandini July 6, 2016 at 12:45 pm #

      Thank You so much 🙂

  30. Alice VACHET June 30, 2016 at 12:22 pm #

    Ok, now I’m hungry ! Ahah

    • Nandini July 6, 2016 at 12:47 pm #

      Lol!! Thanks Much Alice 🙂

  31. swapnakarthik July 1, 2016 at 4:31 am #

    Sounds delicious! One of my favorite cookies!

    • Nandini July 6, 2016 at 4:36 pm #

      Thank You Swapna…mine too 🙂

  32. chattykerry July 1, 2016 at 11:41 am #

    Yummy!

  33. The Mod Maven July 1, 2016 at 12:32 pm #

    Looks delicious! I’ll have to try this recipe. Thanks for sharing Nandini!

    • Nandini July 6, 2016 at 4:39 pm #

      Thank You very much 🙂

  34. musingsondinner July 3, 2016 at 9:12 am #

    It’s so unusual to see a cookie recipe using fresh (or frozen) coconut rather than the usual dessicated…

    • Nandini July 6, 2016 at 4:43 pm #

      That is what makes different cusines interesting 🙂 I grew up with fresh grated coconut used in cooking and it was a big change to switch to frozen as it did not have the same creamy, sweetness and moist texture that fresh had 🙂

  35. Sandhya July 5, 2016 at 8:01 am #

    Cannot stop drooling looking at these Nandini! They are heavenly with a cup of tea!

    • Nandini July 6, 2016 at 4:44 pm #

      Thank You Sandhya so much. So true 🙂

  36. Ms McKahsum July 7, 2016 at 11:47 am #

    I always love finding your milk free recipes 🙂

    • Nandini July 11, 2016 at 12:42 pm #

      I am so happy to hear that. Thank You!

  37. Rashminotes July 11, 2016 at 7:55 pm #

    Will definitely give this a try!

    • Nandini July 12, 2016 at 11:17 am #

      That is awesome Rashmi 🙂

  38. Linda @thedutchbaker July 23, 2016 at 10:03 am #

    These look delicious! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Nandini July 25, 2016 at 3:55 pm #

      Thank You Linda so much 🙂

  39. Chef Gigi October 15, 2016 at 1:02 am #

    Ooooooo la laaaaahhh

  40. URBANO FERNANDES January 6, 2017 at 3:49 am #

    I am a Goan but working on the cruise lines from USA. Lately I’ve been interested in the GOAN Cuisine and I am collecting the good old Goan recipe. Everybody has a different recipes for one ONE item. Thanks again for your recipe on bolinhos de coco- coconut. I will be surely doing this recipe. Thanks.

    • Nandini January 6, 2017 at 7:58 pm #

      Thank You Urbano, I am so happy to hear that 🙂 Happy New Years!

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