Coconut Cream Cheese Cookies

Coconut Cream Cheese Cookies

Coconut Cream Cheese Cookies are soft, rich and packed with coconut. These are such a delicious cookie, perfect for the coconut lover in your life!

Let me preface this post with the fact that I have been living quite the coconut moment lately. I don’t know if it’s the spring that makes me pull it out (dunno, makes no sense) or the fact that I am fully on Team Coconut (always and forever), but I have been living that coconut life lately. I made these Ridiculous Coconut Stuffed Brownies, these Treasure Cookies, and these Coconut Lime Cheesecake Bars all within the last month…which is quite a bold move when it comes to an ingredient that people either seem to love or hate. Like, I am automatically alienating about half of you from the recipe name alone. Probably not good business.

But I can’t help it, I love it.

AND I will tell you, if you aren’t onboard with coconut, these are probably not the cookies for you. And for anyone who asks if you can omit the coconut, well…I guess you can, but they will be an entirely different cookie, so proceed at your own risk.

But if you are still here with me, I assume you are also aboard the coconut train, which means you’re my people. Let’s make some cookies!

Coconut Cream Cheese Cookies

The dough is very, very simple. And, I will say this…if you aren’t a cream cheese person, it’s cool…you don’t actually TASTE the cream cheese in these. It just adds richness and helps with the soft texture.

Coconut Cream Cheese Cookies

You could even add some mini chocolate chips to these too…but I really like the simplicity of the buttery, rich flavor without chocolate in these. Gasp, I know.

Coconut Cream Cheese Cookies

Don’t over-bake these…the bottoms with get golden brown, and that’s when they’re done. They might even seem a little “tall” when you take them out of the oven, like they didn’t really spread…that’s ok. As they cool, they settle and all will be fine. Promise.

Coconut Cream Cheese Cookies

The crisp bottom, the soft top, the richness of the butter and coconut…total perfection.


Coconut Cream Cheese Cookies

  • Author: Shelly
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 30 cookies 1x
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American


Soft, rich cookies, loaded with shredded coconut!


  • 6 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 cups sweetened flaked coconut


  1. Preheat the oven to 350° F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment mix the cream cheese and butter together on medium speed until combined and smooth. Add in both sugars and mix for an additional minute.
  3. Add vanilla, salt, and baking soda and continue mixing until smooth, scraping the sides of the bowl as necessary.
  4. Turn the mixer to low and mix in the flour until just combined. Finally add in the coconut, until evenly distributed without over mixing.
  5. Using a medium cookie scoop, Drop the cookie dough onto the prepared cookie sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the cookies are golden at the edges and just set on top. Don’t over bake.
  6. Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 3-4 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.


Store airtight for up to 3 days.

You can also add 1/2 teaspoon of coconut extract if you would like to amp up the coconut flavor.

The cookies might appear to not spread or be “tall” when you remove them from the oven. As they cool, they will relax and become a more “normal” height.

Keywords:: coconut cookie recipe, coconut dessert, baking with cream cheese, easy cookie recipe

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30 Responses
  1. I have made this recipe at least a half a dozen times now and every time I get rave reviews! and when I say there are no eggs in it they say they can’t believe it but the creaminess of it is wonderful! My friend’s daughter keeps saying will you please teach me how to make those! And she’s 8 years old

  2. Kathy

    I just made these. They are wonderful! Took more time to bake, but every oven is different. I added mini chocolate chips and white chocolate chips and they are heaven. I also buzzes the coconut up in the food processor to make it less ‘stringy’ and used coconut and vanilla extract. Awesome!! Thanks!

  3. Amy M.

    I made these cookies tonight & let me just say, they were amazing! It was my first time buying/using the coconut extract you recommended, and I’m really glad I did–added an extra kick to the cookies and made them smell amazing, too. I made half of the batch with mini semisweet chocolate chips and the other half without (to compare) but I loved both! Yum!

    1. Mo

      Did half and half with shaved almonds and coconut instead if only 2 cups of coconut. Baked a couple of extra minutes. Very tasty. I will reduce salt or use unsalted butter next time. Thanks.

  4. Aurora

    These are some of the best cookies I have ever had. I actually ate most of them. I used more cream cheese (threw the whole thing in) and it actually worked.
    I only came across this cause it was right before payday and I had so much coconut and cream cheese but no eggs, and the grocery store is far from me just to go get eggs, so I had limited options on what to make. So glad I came across this recipe.

  5. Brittany

    I added chocolate chips to these and they are seriously the best cookies ever! Thanks for such a great recipe!

  6. Michele Ooi

    Hi Shelly,

    Came across your recipe and decided to give it a try. Follow the exact measurement and I add on some chocolate chunks. Turnout was perfect, especially the combination of cream cheese and the coconut. It was so flavorful. My friends like it so much.

  7. Kelly

    Would unsweetened coconut work? There is a lot of sugar in this recipe already and I don’t like my desserts overly sweet.

  8. Sharon

    These cookies were a huge hit with my family (ALL coconut lovers). The texture is amazing. Thanks for a great recipe to add to my collection.

  9. Lorena

    Hi! Your recipes are so good and I love reading the accompanying blog posts! My favorite recipe is your deep dish s’mores cookies! Always a hit! I’d like to try this recipe but I only have unsweetened coconut flakes. Can I use those instead? Would I need to increase the sugar and if so, by how much? Thank you!!!

  10. Karen t

    Knew I had to make these when I saw the recipe! Definitely on team coconut! Love how easy these are and the flavor, texture, and visual appeal are nothing short of amazing! Soft, chewy, and delicious! Perfect!

  11. Sara

    Hi Shelly!

    Any flour substitution recommendations? I would love to make these for passover as an alternative to the standard macaroon.


  12. Katie S.

    Keep all the coconut recipes coming!!! For me it’s anything banana…all recipes with banana can go into a black hole never to be found again! HAHA

  13. jane

    The directions say to add the eggs but this isn’t listed in the ingredients. Can you tell me how many eggs?
    These look great!

    1. Shelly

      No eggs in this one!! It was a typo on my end, sorry about that! Muscle memory writing cookie recipes I guess! 😉 Thanks for the catch!

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Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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