Coconut Sugar Cookie Squares


Isn’t a thick frosted sugar cookie one of the best comfort foods out there? I love sugar cookies and I love sugar cookie squares even more because they are quicker and easier to make (with less clean up) but they taste just as good as the individual cookie. I know I post a lot of sugar cookie recipes, it’s just one of my favorites so it’s likely you’ll see even more variations on it in the future.

Have I told you yet this Coconut Buttercream Frosting is my all time favorite frosting? I made it to frost the coconut cupcakes I made a few days ago and it got me thinking of what else I would love to use it for. It is highly addictive stuff! I could sit and eat it by the heaping spoonfuls.
Now, imagine a fluffy, sweet, coconut infused sugar cookie covered with silky smooth, fluffy, melt in your mouth coconut frosting – and this is what you get. Let’s just say it’s very likely to be one of the best sugar cookies you will ever eat! I know I’m in love =). Enjoy!


Coconut Sugar Cookie Squares

Yield: 24 squares


  • 1/2 cup shredded sweetened coconut
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup butter , softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp coconut milk
  • 1 Tbsp sour cream
  • 1 recipe Coconut Buttercream Frosting , recipe follows
  • 1/2 cup shredded sweetened coconut , for garnish (optional)

Coconut Buttercream Frosting

  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 6 Tbsp butter , softened
  • 3 Tbsp coconut milk
  • 3/4 tsp coconut extract or imitation coconut extract


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Process 1/2 cup shredded sweetened coconut in a food processor until finely ground (this took a few minutes in my mini food processor). In a mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt. Whisk in ground coconut, set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer, whip together butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. Stir in egg, egg white and vanilla. Add in coconut milk and sour cream and mix until blended. Slowly add in flour mixture and mix until combine. With buttered hands, gently press dough into an even layer in a buttered 13x9 baking dish. Bake 18 - 20 minutes until edges are lightly golden. Allow to cool completely then frost with Coconut Buttercream Frosting and sprinkle with additional optional shredded sweetened coconut. Cut into squares and store in an airtight container.

Coconut Buttercream Frosting

  1. Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Using an electric mixer whip together until smooth and fluffy.
  2. Recipe Source: Cooking Classy


  • Cathleen: These look to die for! I love anything coconut. This is great! April 26, 2012 at 12:04pm Reply

  • The Cooleys: Mmm…I will definately try the sugar cookies, but I’m probably going to take the frosting and put in on some fudgy brownies too! April 26, 2012 at 1:29pm Reply

  • Jaclyn: The Cooleys – that is genius! I would eat this frosting on basically anything, and brownies YES that would be AMAZING! Definitely going to try that soon myself =). Thanks for the comment! April 26, 2012 at 4:48pm Reply

  • Sara {home is where the cookies are}: Yum! These look delicious! I was trying to think of something special to make for my mom for Mother’s day – this might be it – she’s a big-time coconut fan! April 26, 2012 at 8:04pm Reply

  • bigFATcook: Whoa.. they look so very tasty. I like coconut! April 27, 2012 at 4:08am Reply

  • The Cooleys: So, I don’t have a food blog, but this recipe is inspiring! :) I was also thinking last night, that these cookie bars with this awesome frosting recipe would be really good with lime zest in them and some lime juice powdered sugar glaze under the frosting. April 27, 2012 at 7:59am Reply

  • Jaclyn: The Cooleys – I’m glad it’s inspired you =), these would be good with lime zest too, I love a coconut lime combo. Thanks for another great idea! April 27, 2012 at 8:41am Reply

  • Jaclyn: Sara – these would be a great mothers day gift, I know I’d like to get a batch of them on mothers day =). April 27, 2012 at 8:42am Reply

  • The Cooleys: I made these this weekend as written. They were amazing. The frosting is sooooo good. I had two people demand the recipe after their first bites! I will be adding this one to my recipe box. Thanks! April 30, 2012 at 12:33pm Reply

  • Dina: sounds yummy! April 30, 2012 at 2:12pm Reply

  • Jaclyn: The Cooleys- your welcome, so glad to hear you and others enjoyed =)! April 30, 2012 at 7:37pm Reply

  • Tessa: My husband is a huge fan of coconut. I’m sure these would be a hit! May 2, 2012 at 9:38pm Reply

  • Jen: I am new to your blog – wow, amazing ideas! I hope it’s ok – I just pinned this recipe to pinterest with the link included, and am planning on trying them this weekend for a cinco de mayo party. Thanks for sharing your recipes so willingly! May 3, 2012 at 7:18am Reply

  • Jaclyn: Jen – thanks for the pin =)! Thanks for your compliments and your very welcome. May 3, 2012 at 7:11pm Reply

  • Anonymous: I made these today! Fantastic! Found them on Pinterest. The frosting is the best part! June 17, 2012 at 6:07pm Reply

  • Jenny: I had leftover coconut milk from another recipe, so made these today. The family loved them and a few people were pretty obsessed! My husband loved the frosting July 27, 2012 at 5:13pm Reply

  • Jaclyn: Jenny – that’s great to hear these were enjoyed so much =)! My family and I are pretty obsessed with them too, and the frosting is my favorite frosting ever I think. I want a spoonful now =). July 28, 2012 at 10:10pm Reply

  • Kelly: I made these last night and thought they were too sweet, silly me, this morning took them to work…I put a dark chocolate almond in the middle of each one. They were gone. I tasted them today and they are to die for! August 27, 2012 at 4:35pm Reply

  • MaKettle111: My sister in law got me started on pinterest and you were the first blog with a recipe i wanted to try that i found. As i looked through some of your other recipes i was thinking “wow, these would be great recipes to make out of food storage!” Then I saw that you were LDS and i just had to laugh… Miles apart and yet we still find each other! I’m in Independence MO. Indep 1st ward… Anyway, I have now tried several of your recipes and i have yet to find one that i don’t just love. I made your coconut sugar cookies for a pot luck dinner and all the samoans in my ward had them eaten before anyone knew they were there… lol… Thanks so much for your blog and your recipes! I look forward to trying many more!!! September 21, 2012 at 6:15am Reply

  • Jaclyn: MaKettle111 – my sister in law got me started on Pinterest too. That’s awesome you are LDS too =). Thank you for your nice comment, I’m so glad to hear you and others have enjoyed the recipes you’ve found here. Thanks so much for taking the time to let me know!! I hope you continue to love what you find here! September 24, 2012 at 8:19am Reply

  • Bakeaholic: I’m making these for a girls night out on Tuesday. If there’s any left, they’ll making an appearance at book club on Wednesday too. I’ll let you know how they turn out. Thanks for the recipe! February 11, 2013 at 9:24am Reply

    • Jaclyn: You’re very welcome =)! February 11, 2013 at 9:45am Reply

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