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Coconut Tea Buns – another Newfoundland favourite.

Coconut Tea Buns. A Newfoundland favourite tea time snack for decades. This is how we’ve made them for many years in our family.

Coconut Tea Buns on a white plate with coffee service in the background

Old Fashioned Coconut Tea Buns

Number one son has been asking me to make these coconut tea buns for a couple of weeks now. He loves anything coconut.

He thinks I should try this recipe with raspberries but he’d eat anything with raspberries. Hmmm, coconut/raspberry? You never know, he might be on to something.

He has very discriminating tastes for an 8 year old. 😉  

Coconut Tea Buns on a parhment lined baking sheet ready for the oven

Old Fashioned Coconut Tea Buns

2020 Update. 

This was one of the first recipes ever posted to Rock Recipes back in November of 2007, just 2 months after the website first started. We have since dded over 1700 more in the last 12 1/2 years.

Coconut Tea Buns photo of butter spread on a tea bun cut in half

Old Fashioned Coconut Tea Buns

I was reminded of the recipe recently, when a Twitter discussion I was mentioned in, came to my attention. I was surprised many people had not heard of these, which are really just a variation on Newfoundland Raisin Buns.

Newfoundland Raisin Buns image with title text for Pinterest

My mom and other bakers in our family have been making them for as long as I can remember. They have always been a family favourite.

Desiccated coconut in white ceramic bowl.

Unsweetened, dried (desiccated), fine or medium cut coconut is the kind used in this recipe.

So, I decided to update the photos and publish the recipe again, especially for the coconut lovers out there. I think they may become a favourite teatime treat for many.

Coconut Tea Buns

Coconut Tea Buns, 2008 photo.

For even more delicious ideas for brunch, we have put them together into one amazing collection of our 25 Best Scone Recipes.

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Originally published November 2007. Updated March 2020.

Coconut Tea Buns on a white plate with coffee service in the background
Yield: 16 large tea buns

Coconut Tea Buns

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Coconut Tea Buns - a Newfoundland favourite tea time snack for decades. This is how we've made them for many years in our family.


  • 3 cups flour
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¾ cup butter
  • 1 cup dried unsweetened fine coconut
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp Coconut or almond extract, (optional)
  • 1 cup undiluted evaporated milk


  1. I start these in my food processor because it is so fast but they can be made just as easily in a large bowl by cutting the butter in with a pastry blender or just rubbing it into the dry ingredients using your hands like Nan did.
  2. In a food processor, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
  3. Pulse in the butter until the mixture resembles a coarse meal with small pieces of butter still visible.
  4. Add the coconut, toss well, and make a well in the center of the mixture.
  5. Mix together the undiluted evaporated milk, lemon juice, almond extract and vanilla extract.
  6. Pour the liquid mixture into the well and mix only enough to form a dough ball.
  7. Roll on a floured surface to 1 inch thickness and cut out buns with biscuit cutter and place on parchment lined baking sheet.
  8. Bake at 375 degrees F for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Baking time will vary depending on the size of your biscuit cutter.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size

16 large tea buns

Amount Per Serving Calories 246Total Fat 12gSaturated Fat 8gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 27mgSodium 266mgCarbohydrates 32gFiber 1gSugar 13gProtein 4g

The nutritional information provided is automatically calculated by third party software and is meant as a guideline only. Exact accuracy is not guaranteed. For recipes where all ingredients may not be used entirely, such as those with coatings on meats, or with sauces or dressings for example, calorie & nutritional values per serving will likely be somewhat lower than indicated.

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Monday 25th of April 2022

I made these today but used coconut oil instead of butter. Absolutely delicious!


Sunday 3rd of January 2021

I dearly love this recipe, it always turns out perfect every time. Yummy 😋


Saturday 28th of March 2020

Hi Barry, I'm a big fan of yours! You have unique and wholesome recipes that never fail to amaze me. I have yet to be disappointed. Thank you for all the wonderful recipes that you put out on your blog. Checking my e-mail for your posts is something that I look forward to each day. Take care, and be Safe! Now for my question.

I'd like to make these tea buns, but all I have is sweetened coconut that I have in my freezer. Due to the COVID-19 virus virtually taking over in the USA, I'd prefer not to go out for safety's sake. Can I use what I have on hand? I definitely will add raisins to my recipe to make it a sweet treat as well.


Saturday 28th of March 2020

These tea buns are awesomely great. They remind me of my Mom’s tea buns. I love your recipes and I look forward to opening my email every morning. As a Newfoundlander living “away”, I am so pleased that you have so many recipes from my growing up days,Your recipes are “some shocking good” , and your directions are so exact and yet so easy to follow. May you live long and prosper!!!


Tuesday 27th of February 2018

Could u use fresh milk instead of can

Barry C. Parsons

Monday 12th of March 2018


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