When preparing cookies or bars that contain coconut, flaked coconut is preferred. Flaked coconut pieces are smaller and thinner than shredded. Shredded coconut is recommended for decorating or garnishing.
Instead of greasing and flouring the cookie sheets, lining them with parchment paper is convenient and saves cleaning time. Parchment paper, which comes in rolls and can be found in the supermarket near the plastic wrap, is particularly recommended for cookies that can stick to the baking surface, such as macaroons and meringues.