Who doesn’t enjoy a gift of homemade cookies? These old fashioned washboard cookies pack a big coconut and brown sugar crunch. Thin, sweet and crisp, these cookies are prefect with your afternoon cup of tea. 

Washboard Cookies


2 Cups of flour
½ tsp. Baking powder
¼ tsp. Baking soda
¼ tsp. Salt
¼ tsp. Ground nutmeg
1 large egg
2 Tbsp. milk
8 Tbsp. butter (one stick)
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup sweetened shredded coconut


Whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and nutmeg in a medium bowl. In a small bowl whisk together the egg and the milk. With your mixer, beat the butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add the egg mixture and beat until well combined. Reduce the speed of the mixer and add the flour mixture and coconut and mix until just combined.

Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface and using your well-floured hands shape the dough into a 15 inch log. Flatten the top of the log so that it measures 1 inch high and 3 inches wide. Wrap tightly with plastic wrap and chill until firm, at least 45 minutes or for up to two days.

Adjust your oven racks to the upper middle and lower middle position and preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Remove the chilled dough from the refrigerator, unwrap, and cut ¼ inch slices and arrange the slices 1 inch apart on the baking sheet.

Dip a fork in flour, and then make crosswise indentations in the dough slices.

Bake until the cookies are toasty brown, 15-18 minutes, switching and rotating the cookie sheets halfway through baking. Cool the cookies on the baking sheets for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.For your next gift basket give a container of these cookies, a mug and some tea, a perfect gift for the tea lover in your family.

7 comments on “Washboard Cookies A Perfect Gift

Erica on November 26, 2019 2:01 am

These look really good! I am pinning this recipe for later. Thanks for sharing to Mix It Up Monday.

April J Harris on November 26, 2019 9:59 pm

Oh my goodness, these really are a perfect gift, Nancy! Your Washboard cookies look delicious. I’m such a fan of nutmeg! Thank you for sharing and for being a part of the Hearth and Soul Link Party. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

Mother of 3 on November 27, 2019 11:31 pm

I have never heard of washboard cookies but they sound delicious; I love nutmeg, coconut… and I’d probably add just a touch of cinnamon to them too. Pinned.

Robin on November 29, 2019 11:49 pm

I’ve never heard of these, but they sound delicious, I love anything with coconut! Thanks for sharing your recipe with us at the Creative Muster. Looking forward to seeing what you’ll be sharing next week. Pinned!
Robin 🦃

Rhonda Gales on November 30, 2019 4:36 am

I love anything that has coconut in. I’ll be Pinning your recipe to my Dessert Board. Thanks for sharing on Sunday’s Best.

Miz Helen on December 10, 2019 6:32 pm

Your post was featured on Full Plate Thursday,461. Hope you are having a great week and thanks so much for sharing with us !
Miz Helen

Nancy Wolff on December 10, 2019 8:02 pm

Miz Helen,
Thank you so much for featuring my Washboard Cookies!

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