These Austrian coconut "busserl" cookies can never be missing from my annual Advent and Christmas tradition, baking cookies with friends and relatives. Thus, these delicacies have also become a small tradition. Just the smell they spread while they are in the oven takes me back to my childhood. At that time, I made cookies every year with my beloved grandma during Advent. These were not only enjoyed by myself but also used as small gifts for acquaintances and friends.
It always gave me extreme pleasure to stand in the kitchen with my grandma and bake great cookies together with her. This tradition, I have then continued in memory of her after her passing. Now that I have a little daughter myself, I continue this tradition with her. Also, there are always those wonderful coconut "busserl" cookies on the agenda. So let's get cracking and spread that wonderful coconut cookie smell throughout your home too! Shall we?
- 6 Egg white
- 14.46 oz (410 g) Desiccated Coconut
- 14.46 oz (410 g) Powdered Sugar
- 1 tablespoon fine Breadcrumbs
- 1 tablespoon Flour
This recipe will have 6 egg yolk leftover. To not have to discard them (that would be a shame), you might wanna read this article about how you can create delicious walnut cookies from leftover egg yolks!
- Handheld electric mixer
- 1 big mixing bowl
- 1 bowl with a lid (for saving the yolk for another cookie recipe)
- Wooden spoon
- Pastry bag
- 1 Tablespoon
- 2-4 Baking papers (depends on the size of the cookies, how many you finally get out)
- 2-4 Baking trays (of course, you can reuse the baking trays)
- Lockable cookie jars for storing afterward
- Sandwich paper to line the cookie jar with
First, get 6 eggs from the fridge and separate them. Put the 6 leftover yolks, which you won't need for the coconut cookies, in a sealable container and keep them in the fridge. Use them later for another cookie recipe (What to do with leftover egg yolk - Recipes). The 6 egg whites we need for the coconut "busserl" now. Now put the separated egg whites in a large mixing bowl and add the 14.46 oz (410 g) of powdered sugar. Next, grab your hand mixer and whisk the egg whites into the powdered sugar until well combined.
After the egg whites are well combined with the sugar, add the desiccated coconuts. Use a wooden spoon to stir the mixture until a viscous mass is formed. Once all the desiccated coconut is stirred in, add one tablespoon of breadcrumbs and flour. If you don't want to strain your arms too much here 💪, you can also have the kitchen machine mix the coconut flakes, flour, crumbs into the egg white and sugar mixture.
Placing the coconut cookies on the baking tray
First, preheat the oven to 356 °F (180 °C) top-/ bottom heat. Now prepare a baking tray and cover it with baking paper. Also, prepare a pastry bag. You can either use a medium-sized round tip for your pastry bag. Or (if you wanna use disposable pastry bags), simply cut off the cone end in the desired size. In the particular case of the coconut busserl, I worked with disposable pastry bags. With these, the handling was quite convenient. You can adjust the pastry bag's nib according to the dough's consistency quickly and easily. Now form small, pyramid-shaped heaps on the baking tray lined with baking paper using the pastry bag.
Wanna use baking wafers? If you fancy that, you first need to place the wafers on the baking tray lined with parchment paper and then use the pastry bag to press the coconut mixture onto the wafers. Since I am not so enthusiastic about using baking wafers, I decided against them and stuck to the classic version without them. Now here we go, row after row of coconut cookies on the baking tray. *phew*
Once the first baking tray is filled up, bake the coconut "busserl" on the middle rack for 15 minutes. While the first batch of cookies is in the oven, you can continue with the next tray and so on until you have prepared several trays and there is no more dough left. 👍
A wonderful smell spreads now throughout your home, right? This brings the right Christmas mood! 🎄
After 15 minutes, the first batch of coconut cookies is ready. Now put them aside and let them rest and cool. Once the coconut "busserl" have cooled and firmed up a bit, you can remove them from the tray and store them in a well-sealed cookie tin. I recommend lining the cookie tin with sandwich paper beforehand. So the coconut "busserl" do not stick accidentally in the cookie jar!
Lovely! The coconut cookies are made, it smells delicious in your home, and you can already start nibbling! 😀
Austrian Coconut "Busserl" Cookies
- Grab 6 eggs and seperate them.
- Put the separated egg whites in a large mixing bowl and add the powdered sugar.
- Whisk the egg whites into the powdered sugar with the handmixer until well combined.
- After the egg whites are well combined with the sugar, add the desiccated coconuts.
- Stir with a wooden spoon (or let the kitchen machine do all the stirring) until a viscous mass is formed.
- Once all the desiccated coconut is stirred in, add one tablespoon of breadcrumbs and flour.
- Preheat the oven to 356 °F (180 °C) top-/ bottom heat
- Prepare a baking tray, cover it with baking paper and fetch yourself a pastry bag.
- Use a pastry bag with a medium-sized round tip or a disposable pastry bag where you cut off the cone end in the desired size.
- Fill the pastry bag with the coconut mixture about half full.
- Form with the pastry bag small, pyramid-shaped heaps on the baking tray lined with baking paper until the tray is filled up.
- Bake the cookies for 15 minutes on the middle rack.
- Continue with the next tray and so on until you have prepared several trays and there is no more dough left.
- After 15 minutes, the first batch of coconut kisses is ready. Now put them aside and let them rest and cool.
- Once the coconut kisses have cooled and firmed up a bit, remove them from the tray and store in a well-sealed cookie tin.
What to do with leftover egg yolk?To not have to discard the leftover egg yolk (that would be a shame), put them in a sealable container and keep them in the fridge for another cookie recipe! Here is a recipe post you might wanna read about what you can create with leftover egg yolk!
Nutrition values are estimates only, using online calculators. Please verify using your own data.
⛑ Food Safety
- Cook to a minimum temperature of 165 °F (74 °C)
- Do not use the same utensils on cooked food, that previously touched raw meat
- Wash hands after touching raw meat
- Don't leave food sitting out at room temperature for extended periods
- Never leave cooking food unattended
- Use oils with high smoking point to avoid harmful compounds
- Always have good ventilation when using a gas stove