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

Coconut Tea Buns

Coconut Tea Buns - a Newfoundland favourite tea time snack for decades. This is how we've made them for many years in our family.
Course Breakfast/Brunch, Snack
Cuisine Newfoundland
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 16 large tea buns
Calories 248 kcal
Author Barry C. Parsons


  • 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 Facts
Coconut Tea Buns
Amount Per Serving (1 tea bun)
Calories 248 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 26mg9%
Sodium 171mg7%
Potassium 151mg4%
Carbohydrates 31g10%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 266IU5%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 52mg5%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.