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A plate of green pandan cookies against a marble background

Pandan Cookies with Coconut and Gula Melaka

These pandan cookies are pandan flavored coconut cookies with gula melaka topping. They are easy to make, soft, crumbly and absolutely yummy.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: Pandan Cookies
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Yield: 50 cookies
Author: Priya Maha


  • 120 g granulated sugar
  • 210 g butter (salted)
  • 350 g all-purpose flour
  • 210 g grated coconut (fresh & unsweetened)
  • teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pandan essence
  • ¼ teaspoon pandan extract


  • 30 g gula melaka /palm sugar (finely grated)


  • Preheat oven to 170 ° Celsius.
  • Line a baking tray with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • In a medium-sized bowl, beat the butter and sugar until creamy. Suffice if it is creamy, do not overbeat.
  • Add the pandan essence and extract and beat again until they are well incorporated into the creamed mixture and the green color from the extract is evenly distributed.
  • Add the flour and mix until combined.
  • Add the grated coconut and mix again until well combined.
  • Scoop the pandan coconut cookie dough into 1 tablespoon sizes.
  • Shape them into round balls by hand and place them slightly apart on the prepared baking tray.
  • Lightly press the pandan cookie dough balls with a fork horizontally. Lift the fork and press again, this time vertically. This will make a criss-cross pattern on the cookies. Apply only light pressure when pressing with the fork to avoid your pandan cookies from becoming too thin and flat.
  • Sprinkle approximately ⅛ grated gula melaka on each cookie.
  • Bake the pandan gula melaka cookies for 15 minutes at 170°Celsius for crisp and crumbly pandan cookies. For chewy cookies, reduce the baking time to 10 minutes.
  • Let the cookies cool completely on a wire rack before storing them in an airtight container.


Calories: 94.6kcal | Carbohydrates: 9.3g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 6.2g | Saturated Fat: 4.6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 38.7mg | Potassium: 31.4mg | Fiber: 0.9g | Sugar: 3.1g | Vitamin A: 105IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 3.2mg | Iron: 0.5mg
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