Sunday, September 5, 2010

Masi Samoa – Samoan coconut cookies

By panipopos

In Samoa, these are usually sold in neatly piled-up stacks which are wrapped in unmarked plastic bags. They look very plain, and on looks alone, you wouldn’t expect much flavour from the masi samoa.

But don't let their bland golden surfaces deceive you.

Just one bite of this buttery, flaky, not-too-sweet, shortbreadish cookie will have you going back for more.

Which is probably why they're sold in stacks and not one by one.

And a word of warning. When masi samoa are baking, the whole house will smell like Willy Wonka's cookie factory (if Willy Wonka had a cookie factory). You cannot hide these from those you live with.


Masi Samoa (makes 24)

Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Grease a cookie sheet or, for easy clean-up, line a cookie sheet with baking paper.

Beat together the butter and sugar. Add the eggs and beat well. Add the coconut milk and vanilla and beat some more. Add the flour and baking powder and mix until it forms a dough.

Knead lightly then roll the dough out thinly (less than ¼ inch; 6mm thick) on a lightly floured surface. Cut into 3 x 3” (7.5 x 7.5 cm) squares. Transfer to the cookie sheet and bake for 20 to 25 minutes until golden brown.

Remove from oven and cool completely.

These are rich enough that they don’t need any spread, but I know people who like masi samoa with a thin pat of butter and strawberry jam.

Enjoy masi samoa with a piping hot cup of – you guessed it! – kokosamoa (Samoan cocoa).



65 comments:

  1. YUM! i love all your recipes! your blogs are so clear and informative - so easy to follow - thanks heaps! im really enjoying cooking all these recipes as i havent had some of these dishes for a while. thanks again YOU ROCK! xxx

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  2. Thanks Mabel...happy you enjoy the blog!

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  3. I am making this for a college class project on Samoa - thank you so much for the recipe!

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  4. Our family is making these for our Unity Fair in hopes of introducing something new. Thanks so much for breaking down the recipe as you did...most I found said 5 lbs of flour and 2 cans of coconut milk..with no idea what size can..and how many would 5 lbs. of flour would make. THANKS for sharing!

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  5. What a great idea! I hope they're successful.

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  6. love your site :) especially for those who are trying to learn how to cook traditional samoan foods, but I was wondering if you knew any recepies for fa'ausi? n co pie?(I dont know the correct spelling so I just winged it sorry) ummm havent had that since I was a little girl. thanks again your the best!

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  7. Hello, thx for dropping by...fa'ausi is on my ever-growing to-do list, and not too sure about the 'n co pie'(?)....could you maybe describe it to me?

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  8. I have a really bad sweet tooth and i was just salivating reading the reciepes. I don't know how to do any of the desserts, but man it looks good. U married? lol. If only more Samoan women knew what you know, the world would be a better place...hehe.

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  9. Hi, Samoan desserts are legendary and that's also part of the reason I started the blog...so more people know how to make them...so hopefully they become more available in the shops...so then I don't have to make them at home anymore...lol...

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  10. Great blog! Im familiar with many Samoa dishes but I could never articulate the recipes like you have. Bookmarked your blog for sure.

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  11. Thanks so much for visiting my blog! Hope it does justice to the dishes you're familiar with.

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  12. Panipopos,
    I think your anonymous post on 2/4/2011 meant to say kopai instead of 'n co pie. I think the 'n is a abbreviation for the word "and".

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  13. Oh ok, got it!...Yes, got the cravings for kopai, so will make that soon..thanks!!

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  14. first time to try a samoan recipe..my daughter needed it for multicultural day...wow...the panopopo and masi samoa are great!!! your instructions were easy to follow...thanks

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  15. I'm really happy you like the recipes...Thank you for selecting Samoan food for your multicultural day...All the best!

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  16. Your truly a remarkable and an inspiration to all of us Polynesian women. What a wonderful way to express the scrumptious and delicious desserts that our culture offers. I encourage you to attend the Food Network Star show and expand your horizon. This is truly your calling. My best to you and all the hard work that you've endured into creating such an informative site.

    Fa'afetai lava i le alofa ole Atua.

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  17. WOW! Thanks so much for your kind comment. I don't have the chops to be anywhere near the Food Network, but I do enjoy what I do. I really hope my blog is useful to anyone and everyone that wants to know more about Samoan food. Thank you for making my day with your motivating words.

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  18. Hi there, I just made your Masi's last week and they were a hit with my children. So much so that the next morning when I asked if they wanted a chocolate chip muffin for school they were unanimous in saying no we want Masi Samoa! I also took some to the teachers at my children's A'oga Amata and they were so impressed and couldn't believe it was my first attempt. They said next time bring them wrapped in plastic and sell them! I told them about your blog and all the wonderful recipes you have on here, I hope that they will use some of them to make with the children at the A'oga. Keep up the excellent work and thanks heaps for the awesome recipe.

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  19. Thank you so much for your comment! you really made my day....Thank you also for spreading the word about my blog...especially to the a'oga amata...I can't think of a better place to start our next generation cooking...Malo ma fa'afetai!

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  20. Hi panipopos!!! Well I just want to thank you for posting the recipe and for this blog/website as well. I've made over 300 masi samoa and sold each and everyone of them. The recipe is very simple and very tasty as well. Now, I'm on my way to try out your pai fala recipe and I know for sure it'll be succulent just like the masi samoa. FA'AFETAI MA IA MANUIA LE ASO.

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  21. Hiya, it's me again from the last post 14 July. I forgot to mention I'm not Samoan but married in (What was I thinking??? Kidding!!) Anyways, made some more last night as my father in law got some Koko given to him yesterday. My in laws weren't home when I made the first batch but were very impressed. Everyone in the house had more than 1 with their Koko's so I'm guessing this Palagi didn't do too bad a job! I'm making another batch this week for the A'oga Amata teachers and will take them a copy of your recipe if that's ok? Small tip too for when you are cutting the dough, coat your sharp knife in cooking oil and it will slide through the dough and not mess up the corners of your perfect squares!! Keep up the awesome work, looking forward to trying out some more recipes in the near future.

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  22. WOW! Didn't think people would be making these to sell, but very happy for your success... thank you for the feedback...Good luck with the paifala!

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  23. Hello again Mrs A....just saw your second comment today...Thanks for the tip...I always wondered how to stop the knife dragging out the dough...You sound like you're making a LOT of people happy with your masi samoa, so keep up the great cooking and of course, feel free to share the recipe...All the best!

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  24. Hi! I just found your awesome blog. I'm cooking and blogging my way around all the world's countries and am now on Samoa. I'm going to make your coconut cookies and include a link back to your site. You are a wealth of information and I love the stories you include about each dish you make. Thanks so much - you have a new fan!

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  25. Hi Sadie, what an innovative idea to cook yourself around the world...I'm sure you've discovered a whole lot of new flavours...I do hope the coconut cookies work out and thank you for linking back to my blog. I can't wait to read about the cookies on your site. Happy baking!

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  26. Thank you soo much for the masi samoa recipe. My husband and I tried it and they came out really good, even our kids really commented how good they were...Now we're gonna try your half moon pies and keke pua'a. But if you please do you have a recipe for pani with pegu popo inside...

    Thank you and have a blessed day!

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  27. No problem. I'm really happy that your kids loved the masi. They don't look special at all, but are pretty addictive, aren't they? All the best!

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  28. Hi I am this week working with my class on Samoa and came across your site. Each class in my school are taking on a country for the Rugby World Cup and each are making dishes from each country for other classes to sample on Friday afternoon as we carryout a parade of the nations taking part. You mention using flour is it Plain Four??? Any help you could give a novice attempting Samoan recipes would be greatky appreciated. Many Thanks Dean

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  29. Hi Dean, I love what your school is doing! Great way to get into the spirit of the RWC...This recipe above uses plain all-purpose flour...But if you want to use self-rising flour instead, then be sure to leave out the baking powder and salt...You may want to watch the accompanying video for this recipe if you're not sure how to go about baking them...I wish you and your class all the best!

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  30. if I could add my two cents, I made these cookies and they were so beautiful- easy to make too. they weren't as sweet a cookie as I'm used to and it's a nice change; very addicting, and they *smell* amazing! <3

    would you have any advice on how to roll them out? should I handle the dough as little as possible, will that affect the texture? and can the dough be frozen?

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  31. Thanks for your comment...as for rolling them out, use as much flour as you need to keep the dough from sticking...I don't really think it matters how much you handle it because there's very little liquid in here (so minimal gluten formation), but if the dough is to sticky to handle, simply put it in the refrigerator until firm enough to handle...not sure if the dough can be frozen...try it and see! :)

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  32. Yay, I finally found the recipe of da yummy Samoan cookie I ate last week. Much Mahalo!!!!

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  33. Where are the measurements and ingredients for the masi samoa? Thanks for this wonderful blog. I can't wait to make all the delicious dishes.

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  34. Is the ingredient measurements somewhere on the MASI SAMOA COCONUT COOKIES page? I looked for it but couldn't find it on there. Please let me know where I can find the recipe for it, unless I had a "blonde moment" and went right past it or 'didn't look properly'. (lol) Keep up the awesome instructions on all the yummy foods!

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  35. Anon, Moana: This recipe has been removed.

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  36. Will you be putting the recipe for the masi's back up?? Great website. Panipopo recipe is awesome we've had it a few times now. Thank you very much. Keep up the good work.

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    1. Thanks for trying the panipopo recipe. Not sure when this recipe will be reposted. Happy cooking!

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  37. Can you Please re post the recipe? I just called my mom n told her I was gonna make half moon pies this weekend. I want to take some to my uncle misa's house and she said , " let's do it together" I'd really love to be able to make and bring these over as well!

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    1. Sorry, I don't have any time at the moment to post recipes. Still have to make a video for pisua (2 weeks late!) and got a lot of other new recipes I am trialling. Good luck with your half moon pies though!

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  38. I was really excited to find your blog, it's great to get exact measurements for making Samoan food. My auntie makes the best paifala that I've ever had and I've helped her with parts of making it in the past, but when I try to get a recipe from her, of course it's just put some of this and some of that. If you can please repost the recipe for your Masi Samoa it would be great. I'm dying to try making it for my dad who loves it. Again, thanks so much for sharing!!!

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    1. Hi Eleanor, the best way to learn how to make good Samoan food is to work alongside people who make it well, like your auntie. I wish I had more of that experience instead of having to trial and make errors. Hopefully my experiments eliminate your guesswork.

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  39. One of the first things I learned to say in Samoan was 'faamolemole e fie mai se masi samoa'. Gotta learn the important things first right? ;) love these cookies.

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  40. Panipopos, thanks for all of your recipes. I really do appreciate your efforts. It's frustrating, however, to find so many Samoans who keep their recipes (and other information) a secret. Appreciate your site anyway and look forward to your repostings.

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    1. Thanks for your comment. Samoans are a mysterious bunch, but our food is too good to keep a secret. Enjoy the site and good luck with your cooking.

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  41. So right James...thanks for your comment!

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  42. Hi panipopo, thanks so much for the recipes...however where do i find the ingredients and measurements pls? would love to get baking :D

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  43. I totally appreciate the efforts that you take into your blog and the reasoning behind sharing them for all Samoans to enjoy. Although I must say it is a bit more frustrating that you *remove* these recipe posts, for reasons unknown to us readers, and then not post them again. I don't know why you don't post the recipes. I've read them and notice the alterations you make in some of them but they're really good. Is there a reason you don't repost certain recipes? You can't continue with new ventures and leave the old ones in despair. It is purely inconsistent. Just saying.

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    1. Dear reader, recipes have been removed for personal reasons. Please enjoy the rest of the site.

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  44. will you repost this recipe? I very interested in trying. Thanks.

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    1. please see the replies above. thanks.

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  45. Oh well I see this has to be approved, so I'm glad I found the recipe because I am quite positive my comment WON'T be posted! lol!

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    1. Let me tell you a story and you can judge for yourself whether I was right to take this recipe down or not. My recipe was passed on to me by my mother, so I blogged it, thinking, yeah, why not. Then a year and a half ago, I got an email from an enterprising woman in Samoa who supports her family by making, among other things, masi samoa. She sells these to shops in and around her village and it is her main source of income. She wrote to me, asking me to take down the recipe so that others wouldn't know how to make them, so that she could make a living. Now, I don't know this woman, never met her, but the last thing I want to do is take away anyone's livelihood, especially when the average wage in Samoa is less than $3 an hour. Other bloggers who had linked to my recipe or blogged about it also removed it when I forwarded them the email.

      So, I'm very happy for you that you found a recipe, on a site which, by the way, doesn't acknowledge me or my blog in any way, I'm not up to any 'antics'.as you put it, just trying to blog responsibly. But hey, at least you got what you wanted, right?

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    2. I believe you did the right thing and more than anything I appreciate your explanation so that not only myself, but others can understand why the recipe was removed. Yes, I am thankful I was fortunate enough to have found the recipe. ;) I notice another poster had also written it was frustrating for "reasons unknown" to have recipes removed. Thank you for explaining. It is appreciated. I have found several recipes removed though, not just this one.

      Also, did you ever know a Talitiga Mauai or Silifaiva?

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  46. I love the site, I am so excited and my family loves the half moon pineapple pies and also the round panikeke, I am having trouble finding the recipe for the masi samoa, can you point me where I can find the actual measurements, I only found the video.

    Thanks again, this is a great idea.

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    1. Hi Teine Samoa, glad you like the recipes. For the Masi Samoa recipe, please see the comments above. Thanks.

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  47. Greetings Panipopos, Love the fact that I was able to find a site with a lot of recipes of Samoan faves. I'm looking for the recipe for the Masi Samoa and found no measurements. Am I missing a section?
    Thank you and have a wonderful day.

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  48. I just wanted to know if i can use instead of coconut milk can i use evaporated milk if i needed to because some people dont like coconut milk.

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  49. I'm looking at your recipe for samoan coconut cookies, but can't find the ingredient amounts.... did I miss them?

    I'd like to try out your recipe... How do I substitute a box of coconut for the (canned?) coconut milk in your recipe? Just add (the right amount of) water?

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    1. What do you mean by box of coconut? A carton of coconut milk? A box of grated coconut?

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    2. Hi again!

      My box of coconut is (brand name) Grace (Quality since 1922), Pure Creamed Coconut, 170 g, product of Sri Lanka.

      It's great stuff cause it keeps well on the shelf. Very dense, rather like caked sugar or hard cheese in consistency.

      I may just try it out and see what happens...

      But I still need the amounts for the ingredients... ;-)

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  50. Hi Panipopo - just a quick note, I welcomed the New Years 2014 with Masi Samoa and Panikeke lapotopoto - we live in a mining town in the middle of nowhere in Australia Mt Isa and it was so nice to hear my dad say it was just like the masis from samoa! huge compliment to me - so thank you for your hard work :) Blessings to you and your family.

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  51. measurements for the masi samoa please :)

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