25 Tropical Cookie Recipes That'll Take You on Vacation (2024)

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25 Tropical Cookie Recipes That'll Take You on Vacation (1)Annamarie HigleyUpdated: Feb. 18, 2024

    Why hop on an airplane when you can pop these tropical cookie recipes in the oven?


    Coconut Key Lime Thumbprints

    This is the cookie recipe I created for the Las Vegas World Food Championships 2013. It’s similar to a shortbread thumbprint cookie but with lots more personality. —Amy Freeze, Avon Park, Florida

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    Pineapple Star Cookies

    I'm grateful my neighbor gave me this special recipe. When you see the cookies' pretty shape and savor the pineapple filling and sweet frosting, you'll know they're worth the effort. —Sarah Lukaszewicz, Batavia, New York

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    Mango Fudge Refrigerator Ribbon Cookies

    I’ve always thought that a ribbon cookie is especially nice. Although it’s a single cookie, it really seems like two or three different cookies because of its lovely layers of flavor. These refrigerated ribbon cookies have a rich chocolate layer balanced by a bright orange-mango layer—a very special combination. —Jeanne Holt, Mendota Heights, Minnesota

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    Roro's Pineapple Cookies

    My childhood memories always include my mom’s pineapple cookies. The kids called her Roro, and we still make them every year to keep her memory alive. You can substitute your favorite flavor of preserves for the pineapple. —Donna Scarano, East Hanover, New Jersey

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    Coconut Banana Cookies

    This is a springtime variation on my grandma’s banana drop cookies with tons of coconut flavor. —Elyse Benner, Solon, Ohio

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    Jeweled Coconut Drops

    Red raspberry preserves add a festive flair to these tender coconut cookies. Perfect for potlucks and cookie exchanges, these shaped cookies never last long when I make them for my husband and two sons. —Ellen Marie Byler Munfordville, Kentucky

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    Chocolate Macadamia Macaroons

    This perfect macaroon has dark chocolate, chewy coconut and macadamia nuts, and is dipped in chocolate—sinful and delicious! —Darlene Brenden, Salem, Oregon

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    Coconut Washboards

    This simple yet satisfying coconut cookie recipe has been around for generations. Pressing a fork into the top gives the look of an old-fashioned washboard. —Tommie Sue Shaw, McAlester, Oklahoma

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    Pineapple Coconut Tassies

    These cookies might sound and look fancy, but they’re rather easy to make. Their simplicity makes them an ideal choice for baking with children. My granddaughter enjoys helping me measure the ingredients. Children also can help shape the dough into balls, then you can finish them together. —Connie Shuff, York, Pennsylvania

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    Coconut Rum Balls

    My mom has made rum balls for as long as I can remember. They look beautiful on a dessert spread and can be packaged in a decorative tin as a gift. I substituted coconut rum for the traditional rum and added shredded coconut. —Jana Walker, Macomb, Michigan

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    Hawaiian Dream Cookies

    These cookies are lovely as they are, but I'll sometimes use a light-colored sanding sugar for the top: First, lightly brush the top cookie with cream, then sprinkle with sanding sugar. This can be done before or after placing the cookie on top of the filling. —Lorraine Caland, Shuniah, Ontario

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    Chocolate Macadamia Meltaways

    I came up with this recipe by accident one day when I wanted to make some cookies. I decided to use some ingredients already in my cupboard, and these were the delicious result. —Barbara Sepcich, Galt, California

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    White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

    Hawaiian nuts and melty morsels make a fantastic combination in these buttery white chocolate macadamia nut cookies. —Cathy Lennon, Newport, Tennessee

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    Lemony Coconut Bars

    These lemony and chewy bars make a refreshing addition to a cookie tray. Try lime juice and zest for a zingy twist. —Nancy Zimmerman, Cape May Court House, New Jersey

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    First-Place Coconut Macaroons

    These coconut macaroon cookies earned me a first-place ribbon at the county fair. They remain my husband's favorites—whenever I make them to give away, he always asks me where his batch is! I especially like the fact that this recipe makes a small enough batch for the two of us to nibble on. —Penny Ann Habeck, Shawano, Wisconsin

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    Coconut, Lime and Pistachio Cookies

    Perfect for freezing, these cookies look like winter but taste like summer. —Barbara Crusan, Pass Christian, Mississippi

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    Coconut Chocolate Slices

    These crispy cookies with a chewy coconut center travel really well. When my son was in the Army, I often sent boxes to him, and he told me they always arrived in perfect condition. —Cheri Booth, Gering, Nebraska

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    Toni's Tropical Biscotti

    My second mom had a hankering for biscotti with pistachios and dried papaya. Since she's a fabulous cook, I gave it a whirl. The result was sensational!—Bonnie Hauschild, Wellington, Florida

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    Cranberry Lime Macaroons

    It wouldn’t be a special occasion for my family and friends if I didn’t make these chewy lime-flavored macaroons. —Alisa Costa, Chatham, New York

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    Coconut Lemon Crisps

    We had these cookies at our wedding reception, where they brought smiles and compliments. They've become one of our anniversary dinner trademarks. —Segarie Moodley, Longwood, Florida

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    I took these lime and coconut macaroons to our annual cookie exchange, where we name a queen. I won the crown! —Milissa Kirkpatrick, Angel Fire, New Mexico

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    Coconut-Macadamia Biscotti

    I came up with this recipe after my husband and I returned from our first trip to Hawaii. Dipping these tropical treats in a good cup of coffee brings us right back to the wonderful memories we made there. —Shannon Koene, Blacksburg, Virginia

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    Lemony Coconut Macaroons

    These chewy gems have refreshing lemon flavor. They freeze well and thaw easily in the fridge, so you can cure a craving anytime. —Karla Johnson, East Helena, Montana

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    Even if your family doesn’t care for fruitcake, they’ll love these cookies studded with candied fruit and pecans. A caramel glaze adds a delectable touch on top. —Susan Hein, Burlington, Wisconsin

    Originally Published: March 04, 2019

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    Annamarie Higley

    Annamarie is Taste of Home’s Shopping Editor and previously worked on the brand’s magazine and special issues. It was during this time she tapped into her love language, gifts, and spearheaded the print holiday gift guides in 2021 and 2022. She’s thrilled to continue creating gift guides full time for the shopping team, in addition to testing and reviewing products, spotlighting viral gadgets and editing freelanced content. A midwestern transplant from the San Francisco Bay Area, she enjoys hiking, crafting and—you guessed it!—shopping and cooking.

    25 Tropical Cookie Recipes That'll Take You on Vacation (2024)


    What homemade cookies last a long time? ›

    Cookies like shortbread and spritz are great candidates if you want cookies that'll last a while.
    • At room temperature: Eat these types of cookies within two weeks.
    • In the freezer: You can keep shortbread and spritz in the freezer for up to six months.
    • Cookie dough: You can make these types of cookie dough in advance.
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    What kind of cookies keep the longest? ›

    Shortbread and shortbread cookies: These keep for at least 1 month. Springerles: These should be made 2 weeks before serving and they keep for several months.

    What are the top 5 favorite cookies? ›

    Some of the most popular cookie flavors include:
    • Chocolate chip.
    • Peanut butter.
    • Peanut butter blossoms.
    • Double chocolate chip.
    • Snickerdoodle.
    • Sugar.
    • Shortbread.
    • Pumpkin.

    How do you keep cookies fresh for 3 weeks? ›

    Keep cookies cool

    Your stored cookies will stay freshest in a cool, dry place, such as the back shelf of your pantry. Depending on the variety, they'll last anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. You can also freeze cookies for up to six months.

    How do you keep cookies fresh for 2 weeks? ›

    How long will homemade cookies stay fresh and how should they be stored? Put them in a plastic bag in the fridge and they should last a few weeks. Or in the freezer they should last months. Out in the air, at room temperature, they don't go stale, they get hard (not sure why this is).

    What is the #1 cookie in the United States? ›

    The chocolate chip cookie is far and away America's favorite cookie This should come as no surprise to anyone who enjoys the tasty treat. More than 53% of American adults prefer the cookies over the next most popular kind, peanut butter.

    What is the #1 cookie in the US? ›

    America's favorite cookie and the one dubbed “the American cookie” is the Chocolate chip cookie.

    What is the most popular holiday cookie in the US? ›

    Judging by state, sugar cookies with frosting were America's favorite Christmas cookie, winning 21 of 50 states. Chocolate chip cookies weren't far behind the sugar cookies, taking home the top prize in 18 states — impressive for such a basic recipe.

    What is the most successful cookie? ›

    Oreo is the best-selling cookie in the world. It is now sold in over 100 countries. Oreo was first produced in 1912 by the National Biscuit Company, now known as Na-Bis-Co.

    How long will cookies stay fresh in Ziploc bag? ›

    Freshly baked cookies can generally be stored in an airtight container or Ziploc bag for up to one week at room temperature. However, the specific shelf life may vary depending on the type of cookie and the ingredients used in the recipe.

    Which cookies freeze best? ›

    As a general rule of thumb, 'drop cookies,' which include oatmeal and chocolate chip cookies, and 'cut-out cookies,' such as gingerbread and sugar cookies, are freezer-friendly.

    What is the #1 cookie in the world? ›

    What is the best-selling cookie in the world? Oreo cookies. Since the brand's inception in 1912, more than 450 billion Oreo cookies have been sold around the world, and are now available in more than 100 countries.

    What is America's favorite homemade cookie? ›

    It's no surprise that chocolate chip cookies consistently rank as one of the most beloved treats in the United States.

    How long can handmade cookies last? ›

    Information. Bakery or homemade cookies can be stored at room temperature two to three weeks or two months in the refrigerator. Cookies retain their quality when stored in the freezer for eight to 12 months. Moist bars, such as cheesecake and lemon bars, can be refrigerated for seven days.

    How do you keep cookies good for a long time? ›

    Refrigerated: Use airtight containers or sealed plastic bags to store cookies in the fridge. Monitor the moisture level to avoid condensation. Frozen: Wrap cookies individually or in layers with wax paper and place them in airtight containers or freezer bags when storing in the freezer.

    How do you make cookies last for months? ›

    To keep soft cookies moist, you can add a slice of bread to the container. The bread will absorb the dry air instead of the cookies and help prevent them from going stale. Done properly, soft cookies will last for three days in the refrigerator and up to three months in the freezer.

    How do you make cookies last a year? ›

    For extra protection or to keep cookies fresh for up to a year, individually wrap each frozen cookie in plastic wrap and then stack them in a container, Alternatively, store several cookies in a freezer storage bag and then in a container.

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