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Toasted Coconut Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Toasted Coconut Chocolate Chunk Cookies

The other night I was craving something sweet. The giant bowl of Halloween candy wasn’t tempting me (I tried to buy candy I didn’t like so it wouldn’t be an issue.) I opened our pantry door to see what my options were. The bag of coconut caught my eye. I pulled it out and turned on the oven to bake toasted coconut chocolate chunk cookies.

I have always been a coconut fan and luckily Josh likes it as well. It is good plain, but toasted coconut is irresistible. I love the enhanced nutty flavor that comes alive after being in the oven for only a few minutes. I stirred toasted coconut into my cookie dough, along with big chunks of chocolate. You can use chocolate chips, but I really like the chunks in these cookies.

The cookies are thick, chewy, and have a slight nutty flavor from the toasted coconut. The dark chocolate chunks send this cookie over the top-these babies are superb! The recipe below only makes about 15 cookies. If you want to make more cookies, just double the recipe. I know I am going to next time. I was sad when the last cookie disappeared in my belly. I couldn’t keep my hands out of the cookie jar. These toasted coconut chocolate chunk cookies are high on my list of favorite cookies.

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Toasted Coconut Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Yield: 13-15 cookies

Cook Time: 10 minutes


1 cup flaked sweetened coconut
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon coconut extract
1 large egg
3/4 cup chopped semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and arrange coconut in a single layer on the pan. Bake for 5-7 minutes or until coconut is lightly toasted, stirring once. Set coconut aside to cool.

2. Line another baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat and set aside. Whisk together flour, baking powder, soda, and salt in a medium bowl. Set aside.

3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, add brown sugar and butter. Beat at medium speed until creamy and smooth. Beat in vanilla extract, coconut extract, and egg. Slowly add flour mixture, and mix just until combined. Stir in toasted coconut and chocolate chunks.

4. Drop spoonfuls of dough 2 inches apart onto prepared baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 10 minutes or until bottoms of cookies just begin to brown. Remove from pan, and cool completely on wire racks.

*Note-you can replace the chocolate chunks with chocolate chips if you wish.

Adapted from Cooking Light

If you like these Toasted Coconut Chocolate Chunk Cookies, you might also like:

Chocolate Coconut Kiss Cookies from Two Peas and Their Pod
Coconut Macaroons Dipped in Chocolate from Two Peas and Their Pod
Cowboy Cookies from My Baking Addiction
Samoas Brownies from Brown Eyed Baker
Coconut Chocolate Pecan Congo Bars from Savory Sweet Life

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77 Responses to “Toasted Coconut Chocolate Chunk Cookies”

  1. Erica — November 3, 2010 @ 4:20 am

    Beautiful! I think you saw the oatmeal/coconut/sunflower seed/chocolate chippers I made last week. They were a total hit. I’m sure these are even more delicious! Can’t wait for on the side.

  2. Liz @ Blog is the New Black — November 3, 2010 @ 5:29 am

    Since your last recipe was a hit, I will be trying this!!! :)

  3. Jessica @ How Sweet — November 3, 2010 @ 6:14 am

    I love chocolate and coconut together!

  4. Amanda — November 3, 2010 @ 6:21 am

    Gorgeous and delicious looking!

  5. Jenny Flake — November 3, 2010 @ 6:22 am

    What a perfect combination! These cookies look perfect!

  6. Julia — November 3, 2010 @ 6:27 am

    I LOVE the smell of coconut toasting. And eating it, well ya, that’s pretty good too 😉

  7. El — November 3, 2010 @ 6:32 am

    The cookies look delicious. House renovation stuff is always fun!

  8. Erica Lea — November 3, 2010 @ 6:47 am

    These look scrumptious, Maria! I have not always enjoy coconut, but now I adore it. :) Agreed — toasting it really brings out its flavor. It’s wonderful on top of coconut curry as well.

  9. Barbara Bakes — November 3, 2010 @ 6:56 am

    I love the chocolate chip coconut cookies at Paradise Bakery. I’m sure I’d love these too!

  10. Small Town Runner Karen — November 3, 2010 @ 7:21 am

    I don’t enjoy making cookies, but I am certain I would enjoy eating these!

  11. Susan — November 3, 2010 @ 7:25 am

    One of my favorite flavor combinations – looks so good! By the way, my thoughts are with you and your family. Take care.

    • twopeas replied: — November 3rd, 2010 @ 7:39 am

      Thanks Susan!

  12. the urban baker — November 3, 2010 @ 7:44 am

    I love the coconut + chocolate combo. These look heavenly!

  13. Paula — November 3, 2010 @ 7:45 am

    I can bake more cookies today because these are coconut chocolate chip not to be confused with the other chocolate chip cookies cooling on the counter! Yum, I can taste them just from the description, will need to go and get some more chocolate, maybe dark! Thanks for the recipe!

  14. Amy — November 3, 2010 @ 7:47 am

    Ooooh…Randy would love these. He’s all about the coconut – yum!

  15. Double Dipped Life — November 3, 2010 @ 7:50 am

    We love this combination at our house. Yum!

  16. Pam — November 3, 2010 @ 8:48 am

    Look at those huge chocolate chips! I love anything with coconut especially cookies…yum.

  17. tasty tart — November 3, 2010 @ 9:22 am

    I had never thought of toasting the cocoanut. I will have to try it. It sounds great.

  18. the blissful baker — November 3, 2010 @ 9:51 am

    toasted coconut has such a lovely flavor. these cookies look so tasty!

  19. naomi — November 3, 2010 @ 9:59 am

    Great recipe. I love anything with toasted coconuts. But I love the combination of it with a chocolate chip cookie!

  20. Joanne — November 3, 2010 @ 10:29 am

    I love coconut but unfortunately my roommate hates it so I rarely bake with it. I think I need to make an exception for these though. They look like thick delicious, awesomeness.

  21. Melanie — November 3, 2010 @ 10:43 am

    I love coconut. And I love toasted coconut even more! The combination of toasted coconut and dark chocolate in a cookie sounds amazing.

  22. Heather (Heather's Dish) — November 3, 2010 @ 10:48 am

    oh my gosh, this would be perfect for breakfast. or lunch. or dinner. you know, whatever 😉

  23. ann steinbach — November 3, 2010 @ 10:54 am

    These look fantastic! I love coconut and chocolate chip cookies. great combo.

  24. Estela @ Weekly Bite — November 3, 2010 @ 11:00 am

    You’re seriously teasing me with these cookies!!! I’m having a major chocolate craving right now!

  25. Sara — November 3, 2010 @ 11:13 am

    Coconut and dark chocolate = yum! Sounds like a Mounds bar.

  26. Tracey — November 3, 2010 @ 11:19 am

    I love toasted coconut too – I bet it’s terrific in these cookies with the chocolate!

  27. Tracy — November 3, 2010 @ 12:33 pm

    These cookies are perfect. Love the idea for a separate page about life, too – looking forward to reading it! :-)

  28. Sarah — November 3, 2010 @ 12:48 pm

    Toasted coconut is one of my favorite flavors!

  29. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles — November 3, 2010 @ 1:04 pm

    I love toasted coconut and dark chocolate. And my mom loves this combo even more – I must bake a batch of these the next time she visits!

  30. Aggie — November 3, 2010 @ 1:41 pm

    Oh my goodness!!! What a perfect combo for a cookie. I heart anything with coconut.

  31. Of all the additions I’ve seen to chocolate chip cookies, I’ve never heard of adding coconut before – Brilliant! These look delicious, Maria and Josh! Thanks for sharing.

  32. DessertForTwo — November 3, 2010 @ 2:59 pm

    I’m in love with those fat chocolate chips from Ghiradelli! Aren’t they great for cookies?

    I don’t have any ideas for ‘on the side’ because all I can think about is these cookies :)

  33. Bridgett — November 3, 2010 @ 3:21 pm

    Those chocolate buttons are better than halloween candy, in my opinion. Great combo of flavors. Coconut is hard to resist as well.

  34. Veronica — November 3, 2010 @ 3:55 pm

    These look so good! I love coconut and I love chocolate chunk cookies. Can’t wait to try! Thanks for the recipe :)

  35. kat — November 3, 2010 @ 5:10 pm

    Oh love the idea of adding coconut!

  36. Mags — November 3, 2010 @ 5:35 pm

    I’m lining up my list of Christmas cookies to bake this year and this one’s going on the list!

    • twopeas replied: — November 4th, 2010 @ 6:23 am

      These are going on my Christmas baking list too! Enjoy!

  37. Sharlene — November 3, 2010 @ 7:25 pm

    LOVE these! Can never have too many chocolate chip cookie recipes, especially when they have toasted coconut in it! I guess I’ll be eating lots of cookies this weekend.

  38. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — November 3, 2010 @ 7:44 pm

    Oooh! Toasted coconut and chocolate, does it get any better? On the side sounds great, looking forward to it!

  39. megan — November 3, 2010 @ 7:46 pm

    They sound yummy!

  40. Cookin' Canuck — November 3, 2010 @ 7:48 pm

    Oh yes, toasted coconut always does wonders to cookies. Paired with chocolate chunks, it must taste even better. Looking forward to reading your “On the side” section.

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