Coconut & Date Tea Cookies

by Kiran on March 1, 2013 · 71 comments

in Baking, Cookies

Hello and Happy March 1st. Time is flying and thankfully I’m here not to discuss about time. Phew!

I’m talking about the basic necessities in some of our lives.

For me, that happens to be — tea.

Nothing fancy. Just tea with cookies. Is it too much to ask?


Yes, especially while living in a hotel. Sometimes, traveling truly test my nerves. I mean, it’s great and all.


But I can’t just stroll into a “kitchen” to bake a fresh batch of cookies to go with my favorite cup of spiced chai. And staring at food photos from other blogs doesn’t help either.

In fact, it just aggravates whatever emotional turmoil I am in, thanks to the current temporary living condition.


Baking (though done very rarely) is therapeutic for me. I don’t share similar sentiments by the end of it, with a sight of kitchen sink filled with dirty dishes. Counter-top that needs a good scrubbing and I’m all covered in flour.

The feeling of freshly baked goodies is definitely a jubilant one. No doubt. But the aftermath can leave me reeling.

That being said, it’s sort of a relief to have no access to my pantry and kitchen for now. Since you do, go get into the kitchen. Make a mess but enjoy doing it with your family 🙂

And return to complain about the whole experience, like how I did.



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Makes 26 cookies


  • 1 cup coconut flakes, pulsed until coarse crumbs
  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/2 cup oat flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • 8 medjool dates, pitted
  • 2/3 cup coconut oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  1. In a food processor, pulse medjool dates and coconut oil for a minute or until medjool dates breaks down into a paste.
  2. Add dry ingredients in a bowl. Stir with a spoon to combine.
  3. In a stand mixer fitted with a paddle, add all ingredients and mix to combine.
  4. Dump cookie dough onto a cling wrap. Form a log and freeze for an hour.
  5. Preheat oven to 350F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  6. Remove chilled cookie dough log from the freezer. Slice 1/2 inch thickness of cookie dough and lay it onto baking sheets.
  7. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or until golden on the edges.
  8. Remove to completely cool on wire rack.
  9. Serve it up with your favorite cup of tea 🙂



Off to enjoy another cup of joe — basics of life and a necessity 😉 Have a great weekend my friends!

What’s your favorite? A cup of tea or coffee?


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1 Rosa March 1, 2013 at 2:46 PM

A great combination! Those cookies must taste wonderful.

Lovely spring-like clicks.




2 Kiran March 5, 2013 at 2:50 PM

Rosa — thanks my dear. I was trying to emulate spring through my camera since it’s still very cold around here 🙂


3 Radhika Vasanth March 1, 2013 at 6:55 PM

I love baking but I dread the aftermath, especially when my muscles are sore after kneading. This cookie is something I would want to bake.

The napkin in the first pic perfectly matches the tea cup in your last pic. <3 <3 <3
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4 Kiran March 5, 2013 at 2:55 PM

Radhika — thanks dear, and I totally relate to the kitchen mayhems 🙂


5 Matt @ The Athlete's Plate March 1, 2013 at 7:44 PM

I don’t care for teat but I’d drink some to eat these 🙂
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6 Kiran March 5, 2013 at 2:56 PM

Matt — lol, try green tea or white tea. Filled with antioxidants, and it’s good for you 🙂


7 Amy Tong March 2, 2013 at 12:33 AM

I love your photography and styling. So beautiful. For me, coffee in the morning and tea throughout the day! 🙂 Can’t live without either one….and cookies! 😛 Have a great weekend.
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8 Kiran March 5, 2013 at 3:06 PM

Amy — spoken like a true champ! Have a great week 🙂


9 Shut Up & Cook | The Attainable Gourmet March 2, 2013 at 12:36 AM

Tea and cookies. There is so greater pleasure, and yet so simple. We used to have tea every Friday and it was one of my favorite traditions.
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10 Kiran March 5, 2013 at 3:08 PM

SU&C — I love high-tea’s too. Such glamour 😀


11 Laura (Tutti Dolci) March 2, 2013 at 1:00 AM

What lovely cookies! Clearly I need to be drinking more tea so that I can enjoy them :).
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12 Kiran March 5, 2013 at 3:08 PM

Laura — coffee would do it too 😉


13 Charul Ajmera March 2, 2013 at 2:54 AM

As usual, lovely pics. And crunchy looking cookies. Yumm! I am not a tea or coffe person but nothing beats a hot ginger chai on a winter-y or rainy day!
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14 Kiran March 5, 2013 at 3:10 PM

Charul — my kind of chai, too!


15 Mallika March 2, 2013 at 3:58 AM

Wow Kiran loved these tea biscuits and sure they look decadent!
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16 Kiran March 5, 2013 at 3:17 PM

Mallika — thank you my friend 🙂


17 chinmayie @ love food eat March 2, 2013 at 7:57 AM

That looks like one beautiful cookie!
Will try this without egg and see how it turns out 🙂
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18 Kiran March 5, 2013 at 3:19 PM

Chinmayie — thanks and let me know how it turned out!


19 Monet March 2, 2013 at 12:42 PM

So beautiful my friend! And I love the date/coconut combo. I hate how dirty my kitchen gets too, but thankfully Ryan is often sweet enough to clean it for me! Thank you for sharing!


20 Kiran March 5, 2013 at 3:20 PM

Monet — thank you pretty friend. And Ryan is so cool to help you out in the kitchen. He needs to convince Tarun to do more of it for me too 😉


21 Jeanette March 2, 2013 at 3:49 PM

I’m with you – I would love someone else to clean up my mess in the kitchen. Sometimes it looks like a tornado went through after I’m done cooking. These cookies look great – nice and crisp and not too sweet.
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22 Kiran March 5, 2013 at 3:25 PM

Jeanette — lol, it’s a tornado alright 😀


23 CCU March 2, 2013 at 4:31 PM

A simple but beautifully delicious recipe my friend 😀

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24 Kiran March 5, 2013 at 4:31 PM

CCU — thank you my dear 🙂


25 Julia | March 2, 2013 at 7:18 PM

These look so cute! I bet they go so well with a hot tea!
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26 Kiran March 5, 2013 at 4:45 PM

Julia — you are right on bet 🙂


27 Carolyn Chan March 2, 2013 at 9:47 PM

These cookies with a spiced chai tea would be a perfect afternoon treat!


28 Kiran March 5, 2013 at 4:47 PM

Carolyn — that’s a great idea!


29 March 3, 2013 at 5:06 AM

Lovely cookies and beautiful pictures now have a cup of tea recently posted..In My Kitchen March 2013


30 Kiran March 5, 2013 at 4:48 PM

Tania — I hope you do too!


31 ChopinandMysaucepan March 3, 2013 at 8:18 AM

Dear Kiran,

The cookies looks so enticing with a cup of tea and sometimes, it just those simple things that mean the most. I only wish I have your confidence in baking!


32 Kiran March 5, 2013 at 5:42 PM

Dear Chopin — I’m trying my level best at baking. Not enough confidence just yet 🙂


33 Aimee @ ShugarySweets March 3, 2013 at 1:32 PM

these are such lovely cookies!!!


34 Kiran March 5, 2013 at 6:57 PM

Aimee — thank you!!


35 Hannah March 3, 2013 at 8:24 PM

What lovely little cookies, Kiran! I like that you included one of my favorite flours – oat. And sweetened with dates? So good!
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36 Kiran March 5, 2013 at 7:05 PM

Hannah — gotta be adventurous, at least in baking.. right? 😀


37 Yvonne @ bitter baker March 3, 2013 at 8:52 PM

I love coconut. These looks delicious and crunchy!
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38 Kiran March 5, 2013 at 7:20 PM

Yvonne — thank you my friend 🙂


39 Anne @The Cooking Campaign March 3, 2013 at 9:08 PM

I have a cup of tea with cookies every day. I usually have Twinings’ English Breakfast with shortbread cookies, but I think I could make an exception for these!
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40 Kiran March 5, 2013 at 7:36 PM

Anne — these are somewhat shortbread cookies too. I’m sure you’d enjoy it with your cup tea, which by the way is one of my favorite tea blend 🙂


41 Gourmantine March 4, 2013 at 5:51 AM

Tea and cookies in the afternoon are a true delight, worth all the mess baking can bring 🙂
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42 Kiran March 5, 2013 at 7:37 PM

Gourmantine — I cannot agree more!


43 Alyssa (Everyday Maven) March 4, 2013 at 6:53 AM

Those are some of my favorite ingredients. I wish I had a couple of those right now to eat with my coffee!
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44 Kiran March 5, 2013 at 7:43 PM

Alyssa — I’m craving some now 🙂


45 Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies March 4, 2013 at 9:47 AM

Like you, I don’t bake very often, but when I do, I really enjoy it. These cookies would be the perfect afternoon pick-me-up!
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46 Kiran March 5, 2013 at 7:44 PM

Kiersten — glad to know I’m not alone in the baking department 😉


47 Julia March 4, 2013 at 11:23 AM

These cookies with a cup of hot tea sounds perfect right now. They look delicious.
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48 Kiran March 5, 2013 at 7:48 PM

Julia — thank you my friend 🙂


49 ashley - baker by nature March 4, 2013 at 7:10 PM

Is there anything better than cookies and tea?! I doubt it…
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50 Kiran March 5, 2013 at 7:57 PM

Ashley — ditto!


51 Kitchen Belleicious March 5, 2013 at 7:29 AM

oh the cookies look beautiful and so dainty and the sounds incredible. The perfect snack for mid-day to get my juices flowing again! LOL!
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52 Kiran March 5, 2013 at 7:57 PM

Jessica — nicely worded 🙂


53 Shumaila March 5, 2013 at 11:28 AM

The cookies look really good. The last shot with the tea make both tea and cookie look so inviting! And I agree the clean up after any kind of cooking or baking ruins the whole therapeutic experience!
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54 Kiran March 5, 2013 at 7:58 PM

Shumaila — thanks my friend. And yes, cleanups are definitely so boring 😀


55 Nami | Just One Cookbook March 6, 2013 at 1:50 AM

Baking is still not therapeutic for me yet… but hopefully one day I can feel so rather than stressed! 😀 These cookies look yummy… I love coconut anything!
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56 Kiran March 31, 2013 at 12:48 AM

Nami — I think baking takes a lot of patience and I’m still trying to not let all the bake fails get to my nerves 😀


57 Your Cookery Book March 6, 2013 at 3:02 PM

Cookies and cup of tea? Huh, My afternoon snack time. Pass me some please 🙂

Lovely pictures!
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58 Kiran March 31, 2013 at 12:49 AM

YCB — I’d happily oblige 🙂


59 Jen L | Tartine and Apron Strings March 7, 2013 at 9:42 PM

TEA, for sure! And these cookies are perfect with Earl Grey or Darjeeling or any fruity black tea 🙂


60 Kiran March 31, 2013 at 12:50 AM

Jen — I like your tea suggestions 🙂


61 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen March 9, 2013 at 12:50 AM

Tea and cookies sounds pretty perfect to me.
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62 Kiran March 31, 2013 at 12:50 AM

Sylvie — 🙂


63 Sarah March 12, 2013 at 8:10 PM

Is there a way to adapt the recipe to work without a food processor? Thanks!


64 Kiran March 31, 2013 at 12:53 AM

Sarah — I’m unsure about it. You’d need it to at least pulverize medjool dates. Have you tried this recipe? Let me know how it turned out 🙂


65 Sarah April 4, 2013 at 3:57 PM

I haven’t tried it – no food processor or similar appliance, so I guess it’s not an option. Thanks for the reply though!


66 Ameena March 14, 2013 at 11:37 AM

Looks delicious…wish I had a food processor! Wonder if a Magic Bullet will work instead?
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67 Kiran March 31, 2013 at 12:54 AM

Ameena — a magic bullet will definitely work. Just work in batches 🙂


68 The Duo Dishes March 14, 2013 at 7:22 PM

It’s really cool to see how these shortbread-like cookies can come together without butter. The moist dates and coconut oil are perfect for that. They sound great paired with tea…or even milk.


69 Kiran March 31, 2013 at 12:55 AM

The Duo — thank you. I love experimenting recipes with less or no use of butter. And this was a perfect take on tea cookies 🙂


70 Rashida Shaikh March 18, 2013 at 7:49 AM

Hello Dear,
That’s very healthy kind of cookie and good companion with Tea.
Would you mind if i ask you whts the name of that purple mini flower shows its presence almost in every pic, I adore it. 🙂
Love & Hugs!
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71 Kiran March 31, 2013 at 1:00 AM

Rashida — thank you so much for commenting. I’m so sorry, I don’t know the species of type of flower used in this photos.


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