French Fridays with Dorie – Coconut Friands

by Jessica on April 20, 2012

Coconut Friands |

Shredded coconut is not a friend of mine. It’s tropical scent sends me to my knees, but the texture completely turns me off. So, when this recipe rolled around, I knew that I’d be gifting these to a lucky little neighbor of mine.

Turns out, Momma G loves coconut. And I mean, she loves it… with a capital ‘L’. Remember that Italian Cream Cake I posted last September? That was her birthday dessert. So when she tasted these Coconut Friands, she jumped for joy and compared them to something like a macaroon. The batter for these is definitely an unconventional one for a ‘cookie’ (beginning with four egg whites, a lot of shredded coconut, a little sugar and a tablespoon of flour), but the result is just adorable… especially in the shape of tiny golden hearts. ­čÖé

Coconut Friands |

#82 – Coconut Friands (pg. 456)
Source: Around My French Table by Dorie Greenspan

To see how the other Doristas’ friands fared, click over to the ‘Leave-Your-Link’ post for a list of blogs!

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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

1 tierneymarie April 20, 2012 at 9:15 am

I wholeheartedly agree with you. Shredded coconut = ick. But your friands are lovely and it’s so great that someone got to enjoy them!


2 yummychunklet April 20, 2012 at 1:05 pm

I’m glad you were able to give these to someone who would enjoy them. That’s half the fun of baking anyway!


3 bmk112302 April 22, 2012 at 6:48 am

These look great. I have the same issue with shredded coconut. I have started buying Lets Do Organic’s Shredded Coconut. Something about the fine shred makes the texture no so off putting like the regular grocery store coconut and bonus you can freeze the leftovers. I find it at Whole Foods and Sprouts.


4 Adriana April 24, 2012 at 6:05 am

I’m not crazy about coconut, but made them and halved the recipe. It was too easy and quick not to give it a try, plus I already had coconut in my freezer leftover from the holidays. My friend who ended up with most of the batch loved them.


5 Andrea Mohr April 27, 2012 at 2:55 pm

These small heart shaped molds look like the perfect choice for these dainty little tea cakes. The Coconut Friands look delicious and the serving bowl has a very pretty color – nice photos and presentation!

Have a wonderful weekend!


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