Coconut Cookies Recipe

There's nothing better than a warm, soft, and sweet cookie, especially when there are goodies baked inside. Of all the things that you could bake into a cookie, coconut often goes overlooked — but this recipe is here to fix that! Recipe developer Catherine Brookes has crafted these wonderful coconut cookies, and though it's a simple recipe, it doesn't skimp on flavor.

"I love the flavor, texture, and natural sweetness that coconut adds to cookies," Brookes explains. "These ones are perfectly soft and chewy and super easy to make, too." Who doesn't love an easy cookie recipe? Believe it or not, you don't have to rely on store-bought cookie mixes to be able to make delicious cookies right in your own kitchen. With just a few basic baking ingredients and some desiccated coconut, you can enjoy soft, perfectly sweet cookies that only require 10 minutes of baking time. So, let's jump right into this wonderful coconut cookies recipe!

Gather the ingredients to make coconut cookies

Nearly any cookie recipe is going to require some basic baking ingredients, and this recipe is no exception. Luckily, many of these ingredients are likely already sitting in your pantry, so it won't be too hard to throw this ingredient list together. You'll need butter, light brown sugar, white sugar, a large egg, vanilla extract, all-purpose flour, baking soda, and desiccated coconut. You may not have desiccated coconut on hand — or, you may have shredded coconut instead — but Brookes recommends sticking with desiccated, or grated coconut for optimal cookie texture. "I would recommend sticking to desiccated only because I can't be sure how they'd turn out with shredded," she explains.

Start by making the cookie dough

With your ingredients ready to go, you can hop right into this recipe. Start by adding the butter and both sugars into the bowl of a stand mixer. Beat these ingredients together on a medium speed until they're light and fluffy — this should take about 4 minutes. Now, add in the egg and vanilla extract, then beat again until everything is evenly combined.

In a separate bowl, whisk the flour, baking soda, and desiccated coconut together. Now, pour the dry mix into the bowl with the wet ingredients, mixing on low speed until everything comes together to form a cookie dough. Put the dough in the fridge to chill for an hour, or put it in the freezer to chill for 25 minutes.

Roll the dough into balls

Once your cookie dough has had time to chill, preheat your oven to 350 F. Additionally, line two baking sheets with parchment paper, which will keep the cookies from sticking to the pan. Now, using your hands, roll chunks of cookie dough into balls, then place each one on the baking sheet. Be sure to leave space in between each cookie as they will spread when they bake. The size of your cookies doesn't need to be exact, but Brookes aimed for each cookie ball to weigh 1.8 ounces, so you can follow suit to ensure uniform cookies.

Bake the cookies

After you've lined up each cookie dough ball on the baking sheets, pop them in the oven to bake for 10-12 minutes. You'll want to pull them out of the oven just when they start to brown around the edges — any longer than that and the cookies will be more on the crunchy side. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheets for 15 minutes, then transfer them to a wire rack to finish cooling. Once they've cooled, you're ready to dive in and enjoy!

"They're great dunked in milk or with a cup of tea or coffee," Brookes says of pairing options. "You could even drizzle some dark chocolate over the top of the cookies." And, as for leftovers, Brookes notes that you can keep these cookies in an airtight container, at room temperature, for up to 5 days. We hope you love these simple but sweet coconut cookies!

Coconut Cookies Recipe
5 from 45 ratings
If you love coconut and you're looking for an easy dessert recipe to hit the spot, check out this coconut cookie recipe. It takes just 25 minutes to make it.
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coconut cookie with bite mark
Total time: 25 minutes
  • ½ cup butter
  • ⅓ cup light brown sugar
  • ⅓ cup white sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 ½ cups toasted desiccated coconut
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the butter and sugars on a medium speed until smooth and fluffy — about 4 minutes.
  2. Add the egg and vanilla extract and beat again to combine.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and desiccated coconut.
  4. Add this to the bowl of the mixer and mix on a low speed until combined into a thick dough.
  5. Put the dough in the fridge to chill for 1 hour, or in the freezer for about 25 minutes.
  6. Preheat the oven to 350 F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  7. Roll the dough into balls with your hands and place them on the baking sheets, allowing enough room for spreading. There should be enough dough for 12 cookies.
  8. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until just starting to brown around the edges.
  9. Leave the cookies on the baking sheet for about 15 minutes before using a spatula to transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.
Calories per Serving 204
Total Fat 11.6 g
Saturated Fat 8.0 g
Trans Fat 0.3 g
Cholesterol 35.8 mg
Total Carbohydrates 23.0 g
Dietary Fiber 1.3 g
Total Sugars 10.2 g
Sodium 89.1 mg
Protein 2.6 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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