Sweet Coconut Desserts

From classic coconut cake to Thai-Style ice cream sandwiches, these 20 recipes showcase the versatility of the delicately sweet and creamy coconut.

Coconut Milk Caramels

A teaspoon of coarse sea salt brings out the buttery sweetness in these Nigerian candies. See the recipe for Coconut Milk Caramels »Anna Stockwell

Coconut Cake

The secret to exceptionally flavorful and fluffy coconut icing is to use fresh coconut and its sweet water. See the recipe for Coconut Cake »Todd Coleman

Nanaimo Bars

A graham cracker crust enriched with chocolate, almond and coconut supports a dense layer of buttercream and semisweet chocolate. See the recipe for Nanaimo Bars »Penny De Los Santos

Young Coconut Cream Pie

This Thai-inspired pie is refreshing served cold. See the recipe for Young Coconut Cream Pie »Barbara Hansen
Coconut Rice Pudding (Sombi)

Coconut Rice Pudding (Sombi)

More like a creamy porridge than a pudding in consistency, this sweet dish is commonly eaten for breakfast or as an afternoon snack in Senegal.Todd Coleman

Pok Pok (Thai-Style Ice Cream Sandwich)

Hot dog buns are completely transformed in this fun, flavorful Thai dessert. See the recipe for Pok Pok »Todd Coleman

Coconut Cookies

Bite-sized and easy to make, these crunchy cookies are perfect for a crowd. See the recipe for Coconut Cookies »Christopher Hirsheimer

Coconut Gelatin with Glazed Strawberries

Gelatin and citrus juice are used to coat strawberries in a sweet sauce before plating them with cubes of coconut-flavored gelatin for an unexpected and elegant dessert. See the recipe for Coconut Gelatin with Glazed Strawberries »Michael Kraus

Chocolate Truffles

Rolling chocolate truffles in unsweetened, shredded dried coconut adds texture and subtle flavor. See the recipe for Chocolate Truffles »Todd Coleman

Smoked Coconut Cheesecake

Smoking cream cheese with a Thai incense candle adds musky, flowery aromas to a coconut milk cheesecake. See the recipe for Smoked Coconut Cheesecake »Todd Coleman

Walnut Carrot Cake with Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting

Grating pineapples into the cake batter adds moisture and tangy flavor. See the recipe for Walnut Carrot Cake with Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting »Todd Coleman

Chocolate Coconut Balls

Also known as "Irish potatoes," these bite-sized coconut cream balls are rolled in cinnamon, sugar, and cocoa. See the recipe for Chocolate Coconut Balls »Erik Rank

Banana, Coconut, and Tapioca Pearl Soup

This sweet Vietnamese street snack is delicious topped with roasted peanuts. See the recipe for Banana, Coconut, and Tapioca Pearl Soup »Ariana Lindquist

Bibingka (Cassava Custard)

In a classic dessert from the Philippines, grated cassava and coconut milk make a rich custard, best served warm with coffee or tea. See the recipe for Bibingka »Todd Coleman

German Chocolate Cake

The iconic triple-layer chocolate cake takes its name from German's Sweet Chocolate, a product that's not German at all: the versatile baking chocolate was created by an American baker named Samuel German in 1852. See the recipe for German Chocolate Cake »André Baranowski

Lamingtons

A bite-sized cube of butter cake dipped in chocolate, then rolled in coconut flakes, Lamingtons are a favorite Australian treat. See the recipe for Lamingtons »Penny De Los Santos

Lane Cake

Half a cup of bourbon makes for a sweet and boozy filling. See the recipe for Lane Cake »Todd Coleman

Lemon Curd-Vanilla Swirl Ice Cream with Coconut Meringue

Coconut meringue is an elegant topper in this frozen riff on a classic pavlova. See the recipe for Lemon Curd-Vanilla Swirl Ice Cream with Coconut Meringue »Anna Stockwell

Oranges Stuffed with Coconut

Oranges are simmered for almost three hours until their interiors have almost dissolved, then filled with coconut for a sweet and syrupy Mexican dessert. See the recipe for Oranges Stuffed with Coconut »Maura McEvoy

Pineapple Sponge Cake

Using coconut flour instead of all-purpose makes for a moister crumb--as well as emphasizing pineapple's tropical flavor--and has the added bonus of making the cake naturally gluten-free. See the recipe for Pineapple Sponge Cake »Anna Stockwell