Coconut Cookies

Perfectly chewy coconut cookies make the perfect sweet treat when you want something light. With a tasty tropical twist, these delish bites are done in under 30 minutes!

These Coconut Cookies are soft, chewy and easy to whip up! For more tasty cookies try Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies, Monster Cookies, and Texas Sheet Cake Cookies.

Coconut cookies stacked on plate

Coconut-y Cookies

Our family loves cookies. They make great after-school snacks or easy family night treats. We love to sit at the table with a glass of milk with these warm chewy goodies and laugh and talk together.

Because they are done in under 30 minutes and only require a handful of ingredients, they are the perfect snacking treat when your sweet tooth is aching and you want something quickly!

These scrumptious coconut cookies are soft and chewy but filled with crunchy toasted coconut for lots of flavor and a nice play of textures.This is a delicious twist on the classic cookie (and very similar to our Oatmeal Coconut Cookies). Plus, they are so soft, chewy, tasty – it’s impossible to only eat one!

Coconut cookies batter in bowl

How to Make Coconut Cookies

PREP. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

MIX. In a small mixing bowl add the the flour, baking soda and salt. Mix and set aside.

CREAM. In a separate medium sized bowl add the butter, brown sugar, and white sugar. Cream them together until smooth.

COMBINE. Add the egg and vanilla. Beat until light and fluffy.

INCORPORATE. Add the flour, a little at a time, until incorporated. Mix in the coconut.

SPOON. Drop, 3 inches apart, onto ungreased cookie sheet.

BAKE & COOL. Bake until lightly toasted, about 8-12 minutes. Move to a wire rack and cool.

Coconut Notes:

  • I used unsweetened coconut because the cookies already have a lot of sweetness, but either type works. 
  • You can easily add or subtract the amount of coconut flakes to your preference without changing the other ingredients. Although, I would not add more than 2 cups of coconut. 
  • Using toasted coconut is a great way to add extra flavor. To toast the coconut simply spread shredded coconut in a thin layer on a baking sheet. Bake at 325°F for 5-7 minutes, stirring frequently until mostly golden brown. Remove from the oven and let cool. (If you don’t want to use all toasted coconut, you can mix the untoasted coconut into the dough then add some toasted coconut on top.)
How to make coconut cookie process pic

Variations and Storing

Variations:

  • Add a cup of chopped nuts for more flavor and texture. Almonds, pecans and macadamia nuts are great choices.
  • Add a coconut glaze on top. Make the glaze by mixing coconut milk and powdered sugar.
  • You can also use a chocolate drizzle or even dip half the cookie in chocolate and sprinkle more coconut flakes or sea salt on the chocolate. 
  • Add caramel chips to the dough

Freeze dough: Like other drop cookies you can freeze the dough to be baked later. Simply scoop the dough onto the baking sheet and place the sheet in the freezer. Once the dough is solid transfer them to a Ziploc. Freeze for 1-2 months. Bake according to the recipe adding a few extra minutes if baking from frozen state. 

Storage: Serve warm or at room temperature. Store cookies at room temperature in an airtight container for 3-5 days. Cookies can be frozen for up to 2-3 months separate layers with parchment or wax paper.

Coconut cookies recipe

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Coconut Cookies Recipe

5 from 36 votes
Perfectly chewy coconut cookies make the perfect sweet treat when you want something light. With a tasty tropical twist, these delish bites are done in under 30 minutes!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 18
Calories 167 kcal
Author Lil’ Luna

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 c all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 c butter
  • 1/2 c brown sugar packed
  • 1/2 c white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/3 c coconut flakes

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F/175 degrees C
  • In a small mixing bowl add the the flour, baking soda and salt. Mix and set aside.
  • In a separate medium sized bowl add the butter, brown sugar, and white sugar. Cream them together until smooth.
  • Add the egg and vanilla. Beat until light and fluffy.
  • Add the flour, a little at a time, until incorporated. Mix in the coconut.
  • Drop, 3 inches apart, onto ungreased cookie sheet.
  • Bake until lightly toasted, about 8-12 minutes. Move to a wire rack and cool.

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Kristyn Merkley

My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative - from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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  1. 5 stars
    While we are a huge cookie family, we were unsure about the coconut…nevermind that! they were delicious! always, the flavors blended perfectly so it wasnt overbearing in coconut. highly recommend!

  2. 5 stars
    these were delicious. So quick to make up too. Exactly what I was craving. I used sweetened coconut, since it was all I had and they were not too sweet. Will make again!

  3. 5 stars
    I am not a huge coconut fan, but I wanted to try these. I made them this morning and they didn’t disappoint. Not to much coconut and really good.

  4. 5 stars
    Just mixing up the dough of this i knew it was going to be good! They are perfectly delicious! Chewy and crIsp. We Put mini chocolate chips in half of it and that did not disappoint. I enjoyed making these with my kids. They aren’t a fan of coconut and they loved these! My son said you can feel the coconut, but not taste it;) Win all around! I found the flavor delicious and light! NEXT TIME I’M GOING TO ADD CHOPPED MACADAMIA NUTS For even more flavor. Thanks for the great recipe! Its going in my recipe book!

  5. 5 stars
    I made this Rerecipe today for my kids after school treat. It was a huge hit! We all loved them! They were a touch crispy on the outside And chewy on the inside, just like we like our cookies. Thanks for this recipe!

  6. 5 stars
    These cookies were incredible, I love the flavor of the coconut. They were gone so quickly. I think I ate three in one sitting 🙂

  7. i love coconut, and just found this. looks great. just noticed you say to freeze ” Simply scoop the dough onto the baking sheet and place the sheet in the oven” Oven? i think you mean freezer?

  8. I made a batch and they were TO DIE FOR, so I made another batch to share. I used Almond extract instead of Vanilla (a hair more than a 1/2 tsp) which is the only change. This was so easy and quick! The recipe says is makes 18 cookies, but this batch easily made 24 cookies dropped from a tablespoon. Cookies are a good 2″ in diameter.

  9. 5 stars
    Delicious, chewy, and flavorful! Great recipe loved by my husband, my parents, and -most importantly- me haha. Thank you for a wonderful repeat recipe.

  10. 5 stars
    These are the best coconut cookies I have ever had. I could taste the coconut, that I toasted and the butter, together they were fantastic. I also chose your recipe because I have a granddaughter named Luna. I will certainly make these again for my family. I will double the recipe next time, because they were devoured.

        1. I used unsweetened in the recipe just because there is already a lot of sweetness, but either kind will work great. Hope you enjoy the cookies!

  11. 5 stars
    Delicious! I made them with fresh coconut and the whole family loved them! I’ll definitely be using this recipe again, thank you.

  12. 5 stars
    I’m not a big coconut fan but these were so GOOD. If i wanted to reduce the sweetness of the cookies, how much should I reduce the two sugars by?

    1. I have not personally tried reducing the sugars in this recipe, so you may have to experiment. I’d say start by reducing it 25% and see how they turn out. Reduced sugar will compromise the cookie’s texture a bit… The less sugar in cookies, the less the cookie will spread/more dry or crumbly it can be. Another option is to use unsweetened coconut in the recipe rather than sweetened. You’ll have to let us know what you end up doing and how they turn out!

  13. Very good cookie! I added pureed almonds and drizzled chocolate over the cookie. DELICIOUS!!

    1. Thank you! So glad you enjoyed them! I love a tasty dessert that can be whipped up fast!

  14. 5 stars
    These are amazing. So delicious even the batter is good before they are cooked! Will make for my girls again for sure.

  15. Hi! Is it okay to refrigerate the dough for a couple hours before baking?
    I refrigerated before baking because I do that with all of my other cookies, but these cookies spread way too much in the oven! But, I also used a 2 inch scoop for these so they may have just been way too big.
    Thank you!!

    1. I tried them a second time with a 1 inch scoop, toasted coconut, and refrigeration before and they still came out flat! I weighed the flour so I’m sure I’m right on quantity, but should I add more? Could it be the high humidity in my area?
      I’ve never had cookies come out flat before! Help!

    2. I’ll try them again without refrigeration before baking! I’m thinking it could be the butter melting before the coconut flakes spread??

      1. Mine were flat too. And middles were doughy. Cooked for 10 minutes.
        BUT I only used 3/4 cup coconut. I’m gonna try again following the recipe. If that doesn’t work I’ll add a touch of cornstarch.

      2. Hi Helen! Just seeing these responses as well after responding to the first. It sounds like the refrigerating the dough didn’t help! I will say when I have baked the cookies, they do turn out a bit more flat in general. But, here are a few other tricks to try and help cookies not spread in the oven:
        1-Line your baking sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper (the baking mats are my favorite!)
        2-Roll your cookie dough into tall shaped balls rather than perfectly circle so if they spread they won’t go out as wide
        3-Using cool butter
        4- Popping the cookie dough balls into the freezer while the oven preheats
        Another would be to make sure you have the exact amount of flour, but it sounds like you did that. If it still is giving you trouble with spreading, you can add an extra 2 Tbsp of flour to the dough.

        Different room temperatures, altitudes, humidity, and specific ovens can all have an effect on how the cookies bake, so sometimes it is a bit of a trial and error. Hopefully some of these tips may be helpful in getting these coconut cookies the consistency/thickness you are hoping for! 🙂

    3. These are a thinner cookie than others. You can certainly try refrigerating before baking… it may help them to keep a thicker shape during baking. I usually use a small/medium cookie scoop. So the size could have played into them spreading? Not completely sure. But the colder the dough, the thicker the cookie. So refrigerating may help!

  16. 5 stars
    These cookies are awesome! The coconut was just enough to not be over powering but give them a delicious flavor and great texture. We used sweetened coconut because that’s what we had in the pantry and they turned out great!

  17. These coconut cookies are delicious. I decreased the sugars and it was perfect. I used 1/3 cup each of white and brown sugars with 1 1/3 cup sweetened coconut flakes. I baked them in a 350 degree oven 7 minutes. They were chewy inside and a big hit with my family. I also dipped 1/2 of the cookie in melted chocolate for icing. Thanks for this fabulous recipe.

    1. Oh that sounds amazing!! Dipping in chocolate…. I’ve got to give that a try! Thanks for sharing. Glad to hear the cookies were a hit!

  18. Love these but mine came out flat too- taste is delish ! I’ll try a little baking powder next time? I put a little in my almond cookies and they rise a bit.
    Thanks for this recipe

    1. You’re welcome. These cookies are a flatter cookie in general. You can always try chilling the dough too if you don’t want them as flat. But I’m so glad to hear the taste was yummy!

  19. Hi Luna, I made these today. I read all of the reviews first. I used toasted sweetened coconut, reduced sugars to 1/3 cup, 1/4 tsp vanilla, 1/4 tsp coconut extract, 1/2 cup chopped macadamia nuts, 1/3 cup semi sweet chocolate chips. Baked 12 min. at 350. These cookies are so, so good! Great recipe that allows tweaking with no trouble. You can do what ever is your whim of the day! I will be back to your site! Thank you.

    1. You’re welcome!! Thanks so much for sharing what you did. I’m glad the cookies were a success! Hope to see you back again. 🙂

    1. I typically use unsalted when baking goodies, but you could get away with either in this recipe. Whatever you have you can use!

  20. 5 stars
    Absolutely yummy! Followed the recipe except for 2 minor changes, reduced both sugars to 1/3 cup as dietary restrictions. They still spread out and fantastic.

    Thank you so much for sharing your love of cooking & baking with us all.

  21. 5 stars
    I’m an amateur baker and don’t have a mixer – Despite that, these came out flawless (the toasted coconut definitely adds!) and much to my surprise they were not even flat. Proud of these and appreciate the recipe! They’re a hit!

  22. These cookies were something I found to use up a bag of unsweetened coconut. I rolled them into a ball and added a Hershey kiss on top. Wonderful blend of chocolate and coconut! Loved them!