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Chewy Coconut Cookies

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This chewy coconut cookies recipe yields a spicy coconut flavor. The dough is laced with coconut milk and sweetened flaked coconut. You’re going to love the crisp exterior of the cookie and the chewy texture of the flaked coconut!

coconut cookies stacked on wire rack

You guys love my coconut white chocolate chip cookies so much that I decided to bring you another cookie loaded with coconut! I think you’re going to be quite pleased.

Typically, I make cookies are soft and chewy. Like my favorite chocolate chip cookies and butterscotch toffee cookies. But, I wanted these coconut cookies to be more on the crisp side like my butter cookies yet still have a chewy center.

I also wanted the cookies to be loaded with coconut flavor without having to use coconut extract. I hate coconut extract and try to avoid it if I can.

Remember my coconut frosting? It doesn’t call for coconut extract. Instead, the frosting relies on coconut milk for flavor. So I decided to try this concept with today’s cookies.

I used coconut sugar, coconut oil, and coconut milk in the cookie dough along with sweetened flaked coconut and boy was that a great idea.

These cookies are phenomenal. The dough is much like sugar cookie dough.

It’s thick, soft, and bakes up into beautifully chewy cookies that are speckled with coconut. They’re almost as good as macaroons!

coconut cookies scattered on wire rack

Chewy Coconut Cookies ingredients

The ingredient list for chewy coconut cookies is pretty simple. There are a couple of ingredients you may not have on hand so I’ll link to them down below:

  • Flour – I prefer all-purpose flour
  • Sweetened Flaked Coconut – This gets finely chopped so there’s a bit of coconut in each bite
  • Leavening – Both baking soda and baking powder is needed for this recipe
  • Salt – To balance the sweetness
  • Coconut Sugar – Provides a rich color and deep flavor
  • Cream Cheese – Just a tiny bit for structure
  • Butter – Adds richness
  • Coconut Oil – Helps make the cookies ultra chewy
  • Egg – More structure and richness
  • Coconut Milk – Make sure you are using unsweetened coconut milk in a can
coconut cookie dough in glass bowl

How to make coconut cookies?

This is my favorite coconut cookie ever! I’m sure you will feel the same after tasting one. Here’s how to make homemade chewy coconut cookies:

  1. Mix the flour, coconut, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl.
  2. Beat the coconut sugar, cream cheese, and butter together until combined. It will resemble playdough at this point.
  3. Beat in the coconut oil, egg, and coconut milk.
  4. Add the flour mixture and beat until well combined but take care not to over mix.
  5. Use a 1.5 tablespoon cookie scoop to portion the dough and drop 6 balls of dough onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone mat. Use the bottom of a drinking glass dipped in sugar to gently press the cookies flat.
  6. Bake at 350°F for 9-11 minutes. The cookies should look slightly underbaked in the center but the edges should be set.
  7. Cool the cookies on the pan for 5 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  8. Repeat with the remaining dough.
coconut cookie dough smashed with a glass

Tips for making chewy coconut cookies at home?

I love these cookies so much because they are not overpowering with coconut flavor. Instead, they taste spiced, much like a gingersnap. It’s odd. Maybe that comes from the coconut sugar…

Anyway, if you are wanting more coconut flavor, try adding ½ teaspoon coconut extract to the dough. Just mix it in when you add the egg.

These cookies are great on their own but they are incredible with white chocolate chips mixed in! Much like my toasted coconut white chocolate chip cookies that I mentioned above.

Also, try them with chocolate chips or caramel chips!!

You can even add nuts if you wish. Macadamia nuts with white chocolate chips in a coconut cookie. YES, please!!!

These cookies spread a lot during baking. Be sure to give them plenty of space! If you put more than 6 on a baking sheet, you risk them spreading into each other.

You can make the cookies smaller by using a 1 tablespoon-sized cookie scoop. And you may be able to bake 9-12 on a baking sheet with smaller cookies.

chewy coconut cookies on a wire rack

More tasty cookie recipes for you to try

I am a huge fan of cookies! I’m pretty sure you are as well or you wouldn’t be here right now. Since you love cookies so much, you should really try my no bake cookie butter cookies, soft peanut butter cookies, and sour cream cookies.

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chewy coconut cookies on a wire rack

Chewy Coconut Cookies

Yield: 30 large cookies
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 11 minutes
Total Time: 26 minutes

This chewy coconut cookies recipe yields a spicy coconut flavor. The dough is laced with coconut milk and sweetened flaked coconut. You’re going to love the crisp exterior of the cookie and the chewy texture of the flaked coconut!

Ingredients

  • 2 ¼ cups (292 g) all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup (60 g) sweetened shredded coconut, chopped fine
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½ cups (225 g) coconut sugar
  • 2 ounces (56 g) cream cheese, cut into small pieces
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • ⅓ cup (72 g) coconut oil, liquefied
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons canned unsweetened coconut milk - SEE NOTE 1

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
  2. In a medium-size bowl, combine the flour, coconut, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; stir with a whisk.
  3. Beat the coconut sugar, cream cheese, and melted butter together in a large bowl using a stand mixer with a paddle attachment or a hand-held mixer on medium-high speed until combined. Some lumps of cream cheese will still be visible but that's okay. 
  4. Beat in the oil until well combined followed by the egg and milk.
  5. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture. Beat on low speed just until incorporated. Take care not to over mix.
  6. Scoop dough with a 1 and ½ tablespoon cookie scoop and drop 6 mounds onto each baking sheet.
  7. Press each cookie flat with the bottom of a wet glass dipped in sugar.
  8. Bake cookies 1 sheet at a time until the edges are set and just beginning to brown, about 9-11 minutes. Rotate each sheet halfway through baking. 
  9. Cool the cookies on the pan for 5 minutes, then transfer to wire rack to cool completely.

Notes

  1. Be sure to use canned coconut milk!
  2. Not sure what to do with the remaining coconut milk? Make this coconut buttercream frosting and eat it on all the things!
  3. The recipe gives you 30 good sized cookies. The cookies spread quite a bit during baking so I don't recommend placing more than 6 on the baking sheet.
  4. You can make smaller cookies by portioning them with a 1-tablespoon cookie scoop.

Make ahead tip

  1. The cookies will keep for up to 1 week stored in an airtight container at room temperature.
  2. You can freeze baked cookies for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 30 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 73Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 13mgSodium: 94mgCarbohydrates: 9gSugar: 1gProtein: 2g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the values shown are just an estimate.

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