Vanilla Cookies


I am spending a few days at my Mum and Dads with the kids. My husband, as he often does, has stayed behind.

I was standing at their kitchen window this morning. Observing the lack of changes that have swept through my little home town and inwardly smiling at how everything seemed so close to being exactly as I left it half my life time ago.

There was a man driving past whose kids I knew well. A man whose house I stayed at countless times while I was growing up.

I remembered how he would drive past and we would all wave back when I lived here.

It seemed as though the only thing that had changed was that he is now separated from his wife. It seemed, as I went through my day, that many of the changes that had happened in my little town had occurred behind closed doors.

A strange thing happened as he drove past the window, as these thoughts floated through my mind.

I made a pact with myself to do all I can to never be there. To never know the stress, the pain, the heartache, the frustration and the intense emotions that come with a divorce.

I have no idea why this scene had this effect on me. This man isn’t unhappy. He is still very close to his wife. I have heard countless divorce stories that are far more frightening than the simple story he has to tell.

But this was the first time I have ever had these thoughts.

Perhaps it is because my husband and I are separated and as lovely as it is to be with my family I am missing him. I am missing the completeness he brings to my world. Everything is slightly off balance.

When that man drove past my window I was struck by how much of myself would be missing if my husband wasn’t around. For that brief moment I became all too aware of the space he would leave and the emptiness I would feel.

Our life together is far from perfect and there are many times when we drive each other crazy. I don’t doubt for a second that he is loving his days at home, alone. The peace, the quiet, the ease of being family free for a couple of nights.


Even when he is infuriating me, even when he seems disinterested in my days and my world, I need him and I never want to stop needing him. I never want to know what it is like to have to let go or to have to start over. I never want to know what it is like to not be loving him and not have him loving me.


Vanilla Cookies

  • 3 cups desiccated coconut
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon concentrated, natural vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  1. Preheat your oven to 175°C or 350°F
  2. Line a tray with baking paper.
  3. Place the ingredients into your food processor ands blend at very high speed until the coconut has completely broken down, the mixture is smooth, sticking together and resembles a cookie dough.
  4. Use your hands to shape the mixture into 12 balls.
  5. Place the balls onto your cookie tray and gently flatten.
  6. Bake for 12 minutes or until golden.
  7. Leave on the tray for 10 minutes before gently transferring to a cooling rack to cool completely.
  8. Eat and enjoy!

Please note – this recipe requires very high powered processing. If you are able to make coconut butter in your food processor than you should be fine with this. Give the mixture ample time and if it still isn’t coming together add 1 tablespoon of coconut cream.

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  • Marni Cross

    Hello. These didn’t turn out well for me at all. Much too crumbly. I couldn’t even pick them up off the tray without total destruction. I’ll have to crumble them all up and sprinkle on top of stewed fruit…

    • I am sorry they have not worked for you Marni. This recipe does require high powered blending – essentially you are turning the coconut to a butter. I hope you find a few more recipes that you enjoy and if you do want to make these again perhaps add a tablespoon of coconut cream. I will add some notes to the recipe. Thanks again for your feedback and I hope you find some other recipes that you enjoy. Bianca

      • Marni Cross

        Thanks Bianca. I have been happily using a variety of your recipes for about a year with no issues at all. Will keep looking through the dairy & eggs free ones till one comes out well.

  • Rachel Frearson

    I have a kenwood multipro and it didn’t break it down at all even in the highest setting. Not sure what to do with it yet.

    • Hi Rachel, I would try adding a tablespoon of coconut cream. I hope this helps.

  • Monique

    Just made these in the Thermomix, the mixture was appearing quite crumbly so I added about a tablespoon of coconut oil to help bind it and they turned out great – the kids and I loved them!

    • Perfect!!! Thank YOU! I am not sure why it isn’t coming together in a TMX. Have you made coconut butter in it before? Is it the newer or older model? Anyhow, I am glad you were able to save it and that you enjoyed the cookies. I really appreciate the feedback. x

  • Amanda

    Just wondering, for those of you who used a thermomix, what speed did you blend at ?

  • Peta Hewett

    Can you use rice malt syrup instead of maple syrup?

  • Mary Winkelman

    Beautiful thoughts, Bianca. My sentiments too. And now I have to try these cookies. Have you ever tried Jerusalem Artichoke syrup in cookies, replacing maple syrup?

    • Thank you.
      I have not tried the syrup sorry. x

  • M Hawtin

    Hi Bianca. I notice that some people were getting a crumbly mixture and wanted to let you know that when you blend coconut on high with maple syrup or honey, it often won’t turn into butter. Apparently it has something to do with the sugars in the syrup/honey. I usually make your coconut recipes minus the honey then add the honey or syrup at the end. That might help some people xx

    • Yes that is correct. Thank you. I typically describe the result I am trying to receive as a paste but do advise that a high powered processor capable of making butter is required, does this make sense?

      • M Hawtin

        Yes it does 🙂 Coconut is pretty tough so I understand why it needs a pretty powerful motor. I love your recipes and so do the kids. Thank you.

        • Thank YOU! I really appreciate your support and feedback. Be sure to keep me posted on how you are going with the recipes. x

  • Marnie

    I was so looking forward to this for school lunches and have just tried it in my thermomix with no success, just an overheated bowl. Just baking the coconut to store for future use now.

    • I am very sorry that the recipe has not worked well for you. I am surprised it didn’t work in the thermomix. If you decide to make them again perhaps blend the coconut first. The TMX should be powerful enough to make a coconut butter or paste. I hope this helps and that you find some other recipes that you enjoy. Bianca

  • Karen

    Hi, I don’t have a blender good enough, so I bought ready made coconut butter. I am guessing I won’t need 3 cups of it ? what amount do you think I would need?

  • Pip

    slightly disappointed I couldn’t make these with my 2000w food processor, but after reading M Hawtin comments will maybe try again. Was so hoping my new food processor would be able to make all these yummy treats.

    • Hi Pip, this is certainly one of the harder ones, I am sure you won’t have any problems with the others. I hope you didn’t have to waste anything, so frustrating when that happens. Have a great day.