I think the author should specify "dried or desiccated" coconut - I don't see how this could work with fresh, and this might have resulted in some of the unhappy reviews I read. I had no problem handling the crumbly dough because I gently filled a tablespoon measure to make each cookie. My husband loves these. They are a bit sweet for me, but I love the texture. So glad to learn about cookies I can make using dried/desiccated coconut, which is a new food for me.