Chocolate Coconut Biscuits (also known as Romany Creams)

In South Africa we have these delicious biscuits called Romany Creams. They are all coconut chocolate biscuits sandwiched together with  more chocolate. This is a homemade version, which of course is never the same as the real thing, but I think these are better!


  • 2 tbsp cocoa
  • ½ cup boiling water
  • 1 cup castor sugar
  • 250g butter
  • vanilla essence
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • salt
  • 1½ cups coconut
  • 1 cup of melted chocolate


  • Preheat the oven to 180ºC and line a baking sheet with greaseproof paper
  • Cream together the softened butter and sugar
  • Add to flour mixture (flour, baking powder, salt and coconut and cocoa)
  • Mix in boiling water and add vanilla essence
  • Drop teaspoons of the mixture onto a greased baking tray
  • Bake at 180ºC for 15-20 minutes
  • Let the biscuits cool and then melt the chocolate in a bowl placed over a pot of boiling water
  • Sandwich together the biscuits with melted chocolate

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