EASY 3 Ingredient Brazilian Coconut Clusters

EASY 3 Ingredient Brazilian Coconut Clusters

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Coconut Clusters

Of all of the Cookie Project cookies that I’ve made, these Brazilian coconut clusters are by far the easiest.  They are the best last-minute-whip-something-up-from-scratch cookies that I’ve found.  Mix three ingredients, scoop them out onto a cookie sheet, bake for 10 minutes and you’re done – so simple!!  Oh, I should mention that they are gluten-free, too!

These Brazilian coconut clusters taste a lot like the coconut macaroons that I make on Passover, which is to say that the main flavor is sweetened toasted coconut (fine by me!).  The main difference between the two is the texture.  Coconut macaroons are typically dense and cakey, while these clusters are light and very chewy.

Coconut Clusters

Mrs. Witty's Monster Cookies

I got the recipe for these coconut clusters from Monster Cookies.  Doesn’t the lady with her jumbo cookie on the cover crack you up?  Can you imagine baking a cookie that big – in heels, no less?  And, that cat on the cover who is calmly licking her lips and not using the cookie as an edible bed is a feline wonder.

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From the book’s cover description, I imagined that Monster Cookies would be all about “Super-Size Chewy & Gooey” cookies.  While those are covered in depth, it turns out that there is a whole chapter on “Marvelous Medium-Size Mouthfuls”.  That is where I discovered Cocos from Brazil – a coconut cookie made with flaked coconut, sweetened condensed milk, almond extract, and vanilla extract.  If you are counting, you’re right, that’s four ingredients.  When I made my ever-so-slightly adapted version, I skipped the almond extract.

Bob's Red Mill Unsweetened Flaked Coconut - 12 oz (3/4 LB ) 340g

Although you could use any unsweetened coconut for this recipe, I strongly recommend using coconut flakes for taste and appearance.

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EASY 3 Ingredient Brazilian Coconut Clusters

Yield: 12 cookies

EASY 3 Ingredient Brazilian Coconut Clusters


  • 1 cup flaked coconut
  • 4 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 325 F.
  2. Mix all ingredients together in a mixing bowl.
  3. Use a tablespoon-sized scoop to scoop the mixture onto parchment- or Silpat-lined cookie sheets, spacing the scoops two inches apart from each other. The mixture won't be all that sticky and it might look like it's totally falling apart (so much so that you absolutely need a scoop for this - it will fall apart in your hands), but once it bakes, it all comes together.
  4. Bake for 10 minutes or until the edges of the coconut clusters are browned.
  5. Leave on cookie sheet to cool. Use a spatula or bowl scraper to peel the clusters off of the cookie sheet.
  6. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a few days.


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7 comments on “EASY 3 Ingredient Brazilian Coconut Clusters”

  1. Baby June says:

    Those sound great! It’s always interesting to try treats from other countries :)

  2. Angel Costa says:

    I am Brazilian and I don’t think have ever seen these here. Coco(s) is just the brazilian word for coconut.

    I do believe this is a spin-off from the classic “bejinho de coco” (coconut kiss), which is made by putting one can of condensed milk in medium fire with 1/2 cup of ground coconut mixing until you can see the bottom of the pan.

    If you change the coconut for chocolate, you’ll get “brigadeiro”. Similar to a fudge, but WAY better and simpler. It is THE brazilian recipe to try.

  3. fruit cakes says:

    Wow its really simple. No needs time. I tried this Brazilian coconut clusters its really tasty. Thank you for sharing such good and easy one.

  4. wooow i love it, are amazing
    i ll make im my business
    so good, thank you

  5. Tried quite a few times, initially doesn’t come good but now able to prepare the in the exact way. Loved the yummy cookies.

  6. Flowerngift says:

    Your informational post is good one to read and i got a good time to visit this blog. thnx.

  7. Thanks for share… I will try to make this delicious Brazilian coconut clusters. :)

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