Chewy Coconut Cookies {Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap}

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I made these cookies for the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap of 2013, a virtual charitable cookie exchange whose proceeds go to Cookies for Kids Cancer.  If you’re not familiar with the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap you can read all about it here.

Basically, bloggers around the world pay a small fee to join the swap then send a dozen cookies to three different bloggers (assigned at random).  And three different bloggers send you a dozen cookies.  Needless to say, I’ve consumed a lot of scrumptious cookies lately:) 

619 bloggers participated this year (from eight different countries) and what’s really incredible is several great brands–OXO, Dixie Crystals, Gold Medal Flour, and Grandma’s Mollasses matched what the bloggers earned (in terms of entry fee and extra donations) dollar for dollar up to $3,ooo per brand.  Together we raised over $13,000 for Cookies for Kids Cancer.  Amazing right?!



These Chewy Coconut Cookies are a really simple cookie.  My mom shared the recipe with me a few weeks ago, they’re a new favorite of my dads.  The only thing that keeps them from being so incredibly boring is a nice touch of coconut.  Think soft and chewy, buttery, coconutty sugar cookies.  

Sometimes I think I need to make the next craziest, most unique cookie.  Loaded with a variety of chocolate chips or stuffed with something fun and crazy.  And then I eat one of these simple coconut cookies and am reminded how much I like simple, classic cookies.  

Chew Coconut Cookies | Sweet Treats and More

BUT, if you want to get a little crazy, give them a drizzle of chocolate.  The chocolate lover in me couldn’t resist and it still keeps them simple. Yum yum!

Chewy Coconut Cookies | Sweet Treats and More

Chewy Coconut Cookies
Yields 36
simply chewy coconut cookies! jazz them up with a drizzle of chocolate too!
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  1. 1 cup butter (or coconut oil)
  2. 1 1/2 cups sugar
  3. 2 tsp vanilla
  4. 2 eggs
  5. 3 cups flour
  6. 2 1/2 tsp baking powder
  7. 1/2 tsp salt
  8. 1/2 - 3/4 cup shredded coconut
  9. Addition sugar to roll the cookies in
  10. Chocolate chips (optional for melting and drizzling over the cookies)
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Sift flour, powder and salt together and set aside. Beat the butter, sugar, vanilla and eggs together until creamy. Fold dry ingredients into the wet mixture. Lastly, fold in the coconut.
  3. Roll dough into one-inch balls then roll in the sugar. Place on cookie sheets lined with parchment and bake for 8 minutes and remove and let cool.
  4. If desired melt chocolate chips and drizzle over the cookies.
  1. recipe from my mom's friend Jolene!
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  1. These are beautiful! And I am obsessed with coconut so consider these made!

  2. Xenaxahid December 11, 2013

    Since you bake these rolled into balls I’m guessing these flatten during the baking? Ive never made coconut cookies so just wondering … your description sounds divine and so I absolutely must make these ASAP!

  3. Cathy Pollak ~ Noble Pig December 11, 2013

    Love, love, love these! Added to my Pinterest Christmas Cookie Board!

  4. Kristy – these were AWESOME!!! I loved them plain, I loved them with the chocolate drizzle, I ate them all – very quickly!! : ) Thanks!

    • Kristy December 11, 2013

      I’m glad they still tasted okay, I was worried they’d get there and be hard as rocks:) Thank you!

  5. Sarah E December 11, 2013

    Those look so yummy! I don’t think I’ve ever had a coconut cookie but I am obsessed with coconut cake, so I’m sure I’d love these!! :) Great pick for the swap

  6. Harvey Morris December 11, 2013

    These look great. Do you think the recipe would work with toasted coconut, too? [I loves me some toasted coconut.]

    I made Soft-Baked Gingersnap Molasses Cookies, 3 Ways for my Cookie Swap recipe. First timer, but I can’t wait to do it again next year. Happy baking!

    • Kristy December 11, 2013

      Absoltely, and would add some golden color to them!

  7. stacey December 12, 2013

    and when do i add the coconut? you have an incomplete recipe

    • Kristy December 12, 2013

      You add the coconut last, before rolling into balls. I just updated the recipe.

      • Stacey December 16, 2013

        And the oven temp? Missed that too

  8. Karyn - Pint Sized Baker December 12, 2013

    These cookies were so yummy! Thanks so much for them!

    • Kristy December 12, 2013

      You’re welcome Karyn! Thanks!

  9. K December 20, 2013

    These sounds delicious… But I don’t see the oven temp anywhere. Am I overlooking it?

  10. Karen December 22, 2013

    I made these yesterday. They were ok. The batter is really dry and crumbly. But the cookies managed to stay together. Mine were not flat like in the pic either. I baked at 350. I figured that was safe temp since it wasn’t listed in the above recipe.

  11. christie February 11, 2014

    This sounds and looks amazing. What type if sugar do you use in order to make them soft and chewy? Thank you and kind regards, christie

  12. Kesiah March 10, 2014

    Batter is too dry and crumbly, did anyone else experience this? I’m afraid it won’t make decent cookies, but I don’t want to throw it away either.

    • Tiffany March 16, 2014

      I had the same problem and followed the recipe exact. :-(

    • Rachel December 16, 2014

      @Kesiah @Tiffany

      This happened to me as well – but the dough felt like sugar cookie dough except without having to roll out and cut cookies. You have to really go in there (I use my clean hands) and make sure the flour is incorporated with the mix and it’ll be less dry and crumbly. At least that’s what worked for me. Hopefully this will help someone out in the future.

      Also as @Xenaxahid commented earlier, mine didn’t spread out flat either in baking when I rolled into balls. So after the first batch, for the remaining batches, I rolled into a ball and then flattened them a bit into disks. My dough seemed to rise a bit so they were still a bit round on top, but were at least more “spread out” that way by manually flattening them a bit. Unless I just did something wrong recipe wise that cause the dough not to spread? I didn’t refrigerate the dough either which I would normally do if I don’t want it to spread. The butter was not completely softened either. Maybe that was the culprit…

      They were delicious though! Will add more coconut or maybe roll them in coconut instead – for me, the more coconut, the better! Thanks for the recipe!

  13. Ami@naivecookcooks April 10, 2014

    I love coconut cookies! Thanks for sharing :)

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  16. darryl September 2, 2014

    Just made these ! 36 weeks pregnant and me and my unborn daughter love them . Added more coconut though 😉 x

    • Kristy September 2, 2014

      So glad you liked them! I’m 36 weeks pregnant too!

  17. Melissa December 18, 2014

    Should the butter be softened before mixing? Did you use butter or coconut oil? Just wondering because I want to use the exact ingredients you used to obtain the white color of the cookie in the picture.

    • Kristy December 20, 2014

      I used coconut oil (not melted). If you use butter, yes it should be soft!

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  20. amy April 16, 2015

    Hi Kristy, I have tried the recipe chewy coconut cookies, and used coconut oil. It turned out delicious in texture. I just have a question when forming the dough for baking. After I added flour to the mixture, instead of folding, I have used the stand mixer to beat the dough, that might make my dough incorporated, it was sand-like form. I knead the dough, then use hand to roll into small balls for baking. If I just fold it, would it form a nice dough, or the cookie dough was supposed to be sand-like form? It was my first time baking cookies. :)
    Thank you for your amazing recipe with coconut and coconut oil . Love it so much.

    • Kristy April 17, 2015

      Sometimes you have to kind of mold the cookies together but it shouldn’t really be sand-like texture. Maybe add a dab more coconut oil!

      • Kelly McQuoid April 19, 2015

        I just made these and i also used coconut oil and soft brown sugar instead and they are soo good and the top has a shiny coat. Thank you for the recipe

  21. Lindsay July 18, 2015

    Thank you for the recipe! I just baked them for the first time and they are delicious. I used parchment paper and coconut oil instead of butter. Mine got really flat. Do you know what I did wrong? I just moved and I’m using a brand new oven, so I don’t know if that makes a difference? Any help would be great. Thank you!

    • Kristy July 19, 2015

      It could have to do with the elevation where you are at? Or check your baking soda expiration? You could also try chilling the dough for at least an hour (I especially like to chill dough when I use coconut oil)

  22. Celebes Coconut August 30, 2015

    The wonders of coconuts never stop to amaze. They can add flavor, variety, and healthy nutrients to our diet. It is indeed a magic mixture for everything from hair and skin care, to stress relief and immune system boosting.

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