Date and Coconut Cookies


My daughter and her friends are doing the coolest thing.

They have decided that they were like to earn enough money to take their whole families to Adventure World (a local theme park). This is no mean feat. We both have large families, so the cost is around $300 per family.

The girls have been cleaning cars, scraping together their pocket money, and baking in an effort to reach their goal.

Recently, they discovered a good money maker was to do some baking and take the goods down to my husband’s footy training evenings. There, they could hit up the spectators and players alike and are sure to come home with some good earnings.

I encouraged Ruby (my daughter) to make this recipe, as there are a lot of dads down at the footy club and I was sure it would be a winner!

Sure enough, these Date and Coconut Cookies were a massive hit, so much so that the President of the Football club asked that Ruby bake them again! Ruby did and cleaned up again the following week.

These Date and Coconut Cookies have simple, fail-safe flavours and are way too easy to make. Aside from sifting the flour and lightly beating the egg, all you need to do is chop the dates, melt the butter, and mix!

These Cookies were originally called ‘Dad’s Favourite Biscuits (that’s what we call cookies in Australia). So if you have a dad in your life who needs some loving, this could be the best way to show him. Whip these up and he will be nourished and encouraged for sure.


P.S. The girls have reached their target!

Date and Coconut Cookies
  • 1 cup dessicated coconut
  • 1 cup chopped dates
  • 1 cup self-rising (self-raising) flour
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 4 oz. (115gms)butter
  • 1 egg
  1. Sift flour into a large bowl.
  2. Add coconut, dates, sugar and melted butter, mix well.
  3. Add lightly beaten egg, combine throughly.
  4. Press into well-greased 10in. x 12in. (25cm. x 30cm.) swiss roll tin.
  5. Bake in a slow oven approx. 20 minutes or until cooked.
  6. When cold, cut into fingers.


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In my kitchen lie my late grandmother's recipe books that have been covered with dust for too long. It's time to open these books and discover tasty food from a simpler life. I'd love for you to join me as I add to this collection some tried and true recipes from my grandmother's recipe books.

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