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Chewy Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies

Move over regular chocolate chip cookies, here come delicious chewy coconut chocolate chip cookies to knock your socks off! Bake fresh or freeze the dough for later, these cookies do not disappoint!

Coconut chocolate chip cookie on countertop.
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Soft, Crispy, and Loaded with Flavor

As if chocolate chip cookies couldn’t get any better, along comes this exciting twist! These oatmeal coconut chocolate chip cookies are a combination of chocolate chip cookies, almond joy cookies, and oatmeal cookies all rolled into one!

To say that we’re all obsessed with these cookies would be an understatement. I mean, what’s not to love? They’re crispy and buttery and they’re bursting with coconut and chocolate! It can’t get any better.

The oats give this cookie a wonderful chewy texture which goes really well with a cold glass of milk if you’re into that kind of thing. Which I am!

You can also make the dough ahead and keep it in the fridge overnight or even in the freezer for up to 3 months. This means that you can enjoy warm fresh-from-the-oven chocolate chip cookies with coconut whenever the mood strikes!

Why This Recipe Works

  • Textures. Crispy on the edges, soft and chewy on the insides, with hunks of chocolate chips and shredded coconut mixed throughout. These have ALL the textures you want in a cookie!
  • 15 minutes of prep time. Easily whip up the dough in just 15 quick minutes…that’s it! Then all that’s left to do is bake and cool.
  • Freezer friendly. Freeze the cookie dough for later, or freeze the baked oatmeal coconut chocolate chip cookies to quickly thaw when a craving strikes.

Recipe Ingredients

You might already have most of the ingredients in your pantry. Here are some notes on what you’ll need to make these amazing coconut chocolate chip cookies:

Coconut chocolate chip cookie ingredients on the counter.

Find the full printable recipe with specific measurements below.

  • Butter: Make sure to leave the butter out an hour before making the cookies or follow these tips on how to soften butter. If you’re using salted butter, omit ½ teaspoon of salt from the recipe.
  • Old-fashioned oats: These can sometimes be called rolled oats. Use old-fashioned oats and not quick-cooking oats, or you may end up with dry cookies.
  • Shredded coconut: You can go with either sweetened or unsweetened coconut based on your preference. For added flavor, try toasting the coconut before adding it to the dough!
  • Chocolate chips: I like to use semisweet chocolate chips, but you can easily substitute your favorite kind of chip.
  • Vanilla extract: I prefer to use pure vanilla extract for the best flavor.

Variations

I promise you that this coconut chocolate chip cookie recipe is super delicious if you simply follow it as written. But also, if you’re like me and you like to take a recipe and make it your own, there are a lot of options with this cookie.

Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Add half a teaspoon of cinnamon to the dry ingredients for a hint of warmth.
  • Use another flavor of chip like white chocolate or butterscotch.
  • Throw in some toasted walnuts or pecans for added crunch.

How to Make Chocolate Chip Coconut Cookies

This cookie dough starts like most others by combining the wet ingredients. I then use a blender to make a floury oat base with a touch of chocolate for the dough. If you don’t have a blender, you can roughly chop the oats and chocolate chips together before adding to the flour and other dry ingredients.

Showing how to make coconut chocolate chip cookies in a 4 step collage.
  1. Cream. In the large bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugars together until smooth and creamy. Then beat in the egg and vanilla.
  2. Blend. Add the dry ingredients plus some of the chocolate chips to a blender and pulse a few times until the oats and chocolate chips are broken into pieces.
  3. Combine. Mix the flour mixture with the wet ingredients until just combined. Then fold in the coconut and remaining oats and chocolate chips.
  4. Scoop and bake. Use a large cookie scoop or 2 tablespoons to scoop the dough onto parchment-lined baking sheets. Bake until the coconut chocolate chip cookies are golden.

Expert Tips

  • Measure accurately. I know I say this all the time when it comes to baking, but it really does make a difference. You can still get great results without a food scale, so check out my guide to measuring flour for the best technique to use.
  • Get the perfect shape. If you’re looking for a perfectly round cookie shape, use a spoon or a spatula to gently push the edges of the baked cookies towards the center to bring them back into a round shape.
  • Add more chocolate chips. Sometimes I like to add extra chocolate chips to the tops of the cookies just before baking to give extra chocolate. flavor. You can also press a few extra on top right when the cookies comes out of the oven.

Recipe FAQs

Which oats are best to use for cookies?

Old-fashioned oats, sometimes called rolled oats are my oats of choice. They don’t break down quickly like quick cooking oats when baked and they provide a great nutty flavor and chewy texture.

What makes cookies dry?

Usually, cookies are dry if the dough contains too much flour. This is why accurate measuring of your flour is so important. 

Using quick-cooking oats can also cause your cookies to turn out dry because they basically disintegrate into the dough and act like extra flour would. Old-fashioned oats are the way to go!

How do you know when cookies are done?

Look for the coconut chocolate chip cookies to turn golden brown around the edges and for the middle to be soft but not jiggly. They will continue to bake and firm up as they come out of the oven.

Make Ahead

This cookie dough can be made up to 24 hours in advance and stored, covered in the refrigerator until you’re ready to bake the cookies.

If you don’t think you’ll be ready to bake for a while, or you have some left over, you can prepare it and freeze the cookie dough to bake later. This way you can have fresh-from-the-oven cookies whenever you want!

Some even say that cookie dough that has the chance to chill tastes even better than if you bake it while it’s freshly made. Either way, I think they taste delicious!

Storing

  • Room temperature: Store baked cookies in an airtight container for up to 3 days.  
  • Freezer: For longer storage of baked cookies, you can freeze them for up to 3 months. I like to freeze them on a cookie sheet first and then place them into a zip-top plastic bag. Thaw the cookies overnight in the refrigerator before enjoying them or leave them at room temperature for an hour or so.

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Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Author: Jamielyn Nye
Move over regular chocolate chip cookies, here come delicious chewy coconut chocolate chip cookies to knock your socks off! Bake fresh or freeze the dough for later, these cookies do not disappoint!
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 7 mins
Cool Time: 40 mins
Total Time: 1 hr 2 mins
Servings: 18

Ingredients 

  • ½ cup (113 grams) unsalted butter , softened
  • ¾ cup (130 grams) light brown sugar , packed
  • ½ cup (100 grams) granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups (195 grams) all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup (75 grams) old fashioned oats , divided
  • 1 cup chocolate chips , divided (more for topping, if desired)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • ¾ cup shredded coconut

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together the butter, brown sugar, and white sugar. Mix in the egg and vanilla.
  • In a blender, pulse flour, 1/2 cup oats, 1/4 cup chocolate chips, baking soda, and salt a few times until oats and chocolate are broken.
  • Mix the flour mixture into the wet ingredients until just combined. Fold in the coconut, remaining 1/4 cup oats, and remaining 1/2 cup chocolate chips.
  • Using a large cookie scoop (or 2 Tablespoons), scoop the dough onto baking sheets. Bake 7 to 8 minutes, or until golden around the edges. The middle should be soft and will firm as they cool.
  • Let cool on baking sheet a few minutes before transferring to a cooling rack to cool completely. Store in a covered container up to 3 days.

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Notes

Butter: Make sure to leave the butter out an hour before making or follow these tips on how to soften butter. If using salted butter, only use 1/2 teaspoon salt. 
Make ahead: This dough can be made 24 hours in advance and stored in the refrigerator until ready to bake.
Storage: Store baked cookies in an airtight container up to 3 days or freeze up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before enjoying, or leave at room temperature.
 

Nutrition

Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 300kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 26mg | Sodium: 142mg | Potassium: 97mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 202IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition provided is an estimate. It will vary based on specific ingredients used.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Diet: Vegetarian

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