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Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies

These Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies might just become a new cookie jar favorite. Made with coconut oil instead of butter, they are soft, chewy, and have just the right amount of coconut flavor. I even folded in some sweetened coconut flakes for good measure. Enjoy!

Why You’ll Love These Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • Great texture. Just wait until you try these cookies. They are wonderfully soft and chewy on the inside and the edges have just the slightest crisp to them.
  • Just the right amount of coconut. If you’re a coconut fan like me, you’re going to be obsessed with these. The coconut oil brings a subtle hint of coconut flavor to the cookies themselves and the sweetened coconut flakes are the perfect addition. Coconut on coconut!
  • Customizable. This recipe is easily adjustable to fit your personal preferences. Tone down the coconut flavor by using refined coconut oil or amp it up by adding a dash of coconut extract. You can also play with mix-ins to your heart’s content. Check out the section below titled “Fun Variations” for inspiration.
A measuring cup full of sweetened coconut flakes.

Recipe Ingredients

Here’s what you’ll need to make these coconut oil chocolate chip cookies. For exact measurements, scroll to the recipe card below.

  • Coconut oil – You want your coconut oil to be in a solid state for this recipe. So be sure to store it in a cool place before using. By the way, not all coconut oil is created equal. Have a look at the section below titled “What Coconut Oil Should I Use?” for more information.
  • Light brown sugar and granulated sugar – The use of brown sugar in addition to granulated sugar adds a little extra moisture and a subtle molasses-y flavor that I love.
  • Eggs
  • Vanilla extract – If you’d like to add a dash of coconut extra here as well, you can.
  • Salt – You need a little salt to help balance out the sweetness of the cookies. Trust me.
  • Baking soda
  • Cornstarch – The cornstarch helps keep the cookies from spreading too much, keeping them perfectly thick and chewy.
  • Flour – Make sure to measure your flour accurately. Too much flour will end you with caky cookies. On the flip side, if you use too little flour, your cookies will spread too much.
  • Flaked sweetened coconut – You can use unsweetened flaked coconut instead if you’d like to tone down the sweetness a bit.
  • Chocolate chips – Semi-sweet, milk chocolate, or dark chocolate chips would also work. Heck, you could even try white chocolate chips! The world is your oyster!
Unrefined coconut oil.

What Coconut Oil Should I Use?

I am officially in love with this pure, unrefined cold-pressed coconut oil from Carrington Farms. You can find it at the supermarket or buy it on Amazon. It’s got this awesome coconut flavor that isn’t overwhelming (but it’s definitely there). It really puts the coconut in these cookies and plays a big role in how wonderfully moist and chewy they are.

If you aren’t a fan of coconut flavor, I suggest opting for refined coconut oil instead. You will still end up with moist, chewy, irresistible cookies. They will just be less coconut-y.

How To Make Chocolate Chip Cookies with Coconut

Tie on your apron and roll up your sleeves. It’s time to get to baking! Here’s a quick look at how to make these coconut chocolate chip cookies. Be sure to scroll to the recipe car below for more detailed instructions.

  • Prep. Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Combine the wet ingredients. Beat together the coconut oil and sugars and then mix in the eggs and vanilla.
  • Add the dry ingredients. Mix in the salt, baking soda, and cornstarch followed by the flour.
  • Add the mix-ins. Fold in the coconut flakes and chocolate chips.
  • Bake. Form the cookie dough into dough balls and arrange them on the baking sheet. Bake for 9-10 minutes.
  • Cool. Transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool.

Tips for Success

Ready to knock this recipe out of the park? Here are some pro tips from my kitchen to yours.

  • Measure your flour carefully. In order to get the right texture for these cookies, it’s important to measure your flour carefully. I like to use the spoon and level method. Just scoop the flour into your measuring cup, filling it up to the point of overflowing, and then level it off with the back of a knife.
  • Scrape down the sides of the bowl. As you mix ingredients into the cookie dough, stop occasionally and scrape down the sides of the bowl, pushing any straggling ingredients into the dough. You want to make sure everything makes it in!
  • Don’t over-mix. When mixing the flour into the cookie dough and when folding in the coconut flakes and chocolate chips, mix just until everything is combined. Over-mixing can cause the glutens in the flour to overdevelop which will end you with tough, overly dense cookies.
  • Pay attention to size. I used a 3-tablespoon cookie scoop to form evenly-sized cookie dough balls. This helps to ensure that they bake evenly. You could make smaller cookies. Just not that they won’t need quite as much time in the oven.
  • Give the cookies some space. These sweet treats will spread a bit as they bake. So be sure to leave a couple of inches between the dough balls.
A coconut chocolate chip cookie on a cooling rack with a couple of bites taken out of it.

Fun Variations

I love how customizable this recipe is. Feel free to get creative and make it your own. Here are some fun ideas for you.

  • Tone down the coconut. If you’re not a huge coconut flavor fan, you can tone it down a bit by using refined coconut oil instead of unrefined coconut oil. The coconut flavor won’t be as strong.
  • Amp up the coconut flavor. If you’re really in a coconut-y mood, you can add a dash of coconut extract along with the vanilla.
  • Consider unsweetened coconut flakes. Some people find sweetened coconut flakes to be, well, too sweet. If you’re one of those people, you can totally swap them out for unsweetened coconut flakes.
  • Play with mix-ins. I stuck to chocolate chips and coconut flakes here but you could add some chopped macadamia nuts, white chocolate chips, or even a chopped-up candy bar of your choosing (an Almond Joy would be amazing!). Just note that you don’t want to overload the dough. Keep the mix-ins to about 3 cups total.
Two coconut chocolate chip cookies stacked on top of one another on a cooling rack.

Proper Storage

  • Countertop. Once the cookies have cooled to room temperature, seal them in an airtight container and store them on the countertop. They will stay good for up to 1 week.
  • Freezer. Seal the fully-cooled cookies in an airtight container and store them in the freezer. They will stay good for up to 3 months. Allow them to thaw at room temperature before enjoying.

I don’t suggest storing these cookies in the fridge. They will dry out.

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Coconut chocolate chip cookies on a wire cooling rack.

Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies

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  • Author: Cookies & Cups
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 24 cookies 1x
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Description

These easy coconut chocolate chip cookies are so soft and chewy and have the perfect amount of coconut flavor.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 cup coconut oil, in it’s solid state
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp corn starch
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 cup flaked sweetened coconut
  • 2 cups chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Set aside.
  3. In mixer beat coconut oil and both sugars until mixed well. Add in eggs and vanilla and continue mixing until smooth, scraping sides as necessary.
  4. Add in salt, baking soda and corn starch and mix until incorporated.
  5. With mixer on low mix in flour until dough forms.
  6. Stir in coconut and chocolate chips until mixed evenly.
  7. Using cookie scoop or spoon drop cookie dough by onto prepared baking sheet. I made mine with my 3 Tbsp cookie scoop.
  8. Bake for 9-10 minutes until edges just turn golden brown.
  9. Transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool

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22 comments on “Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies”

  1. Stacey@Bake.Eat.Repeat.

    These look amazing, I love chocolate and coconut together. Pinning this one to try for sure!

  2. Heather @ My Overflowing Cup

    I use a lot of coconut oil for all kinds of things. Coconut is one of my favorite additions to cookies. I have heard of adding cornstarch to cookies for the texture it creates, but I haven’t done it yet. Thanks for the reminder. Pinning this now!

  3. Alice // Hip Foodie Mom

    I’ve been wanting to try baking with coconut oil!!! need to get some ASAP .. these cookies look fabulous!

  4. Laura @ Laura's Culinary Adventures

    Great coconut oil suggestion! I prefer a strong coconut flavor, so I’ll have to try out this oil.

  5. Danielle @ Chits and Chats and Chocolate

    Wow. These look fantastic. I’ve just recently learned to love coconut, and it’s hit me at full force! These cookies are calling my name!

  6. Jess @ Sweet Menu

    I love chocolate and I love coconut. What a lovely pairing, these cookies look divine!

  7. Averie @ Averie Cooks

    These look awesome! I posted coconut chocolate chip cookies this weekend too! Great minds 🙂 I love baking with coconut oil and you’re right, unrefined is much more coconutty than refined. So if you want that raw, bold in your face coconut flavor, unrefined is the way to go. I can almost smell your cookies from here and they smell great 🙂 pinned

  8. sue/the view from great island

    These sound perfect, Shelly — I don’t usually bake with coconut oil, but you’ve made me curious to try. Especially in a cookie like this where the coconut flavor would make it even better!

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