Coconut Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies

Yesterday was our second snow day. Mind you the first day there was no snow, not until the kids went to bed. So after being cooped up with the kids and getting some play time out in the snow it was time to warm up the house. Most people might start a fire or turn on the fireplace, I wanted to bake cookies!

I am finally feeling better after a virus and sinus infection. This is the most energy I have had in over a week so I wanted to actually bake again. That and the fact that we had no cookies in the house and I really wanted one. Did I mention the doctor put me on steroids and I am hungrier than usual?!

Chocolate chip is one of my favorite cookies, certainly my husband’s favorite. This time I wanted some coconut too. I also opted for dark chocolate since I am hooked on it right now! To up the coconut flavor and reduce the amount of butter I used coconut oil. It was the first time I have used it in cookies. It worked well, though I did have to alter my usual cookie method.

You see, when it comes to baking cookies I am old school, adamantly anti mixer (well except for rolled out cookies maybe). I just don’t care for the texture the mixer gives you, it’s fine for a day or two but I find that they don’t taste as good after a couple days. This time I used the mixer to cream the butter and coconut oil together, it just wasn’t working as well as I wanted by hand. I still mixed the flour in by hand. Do whatever works best for you!

In our family there is also the great debate as to whether cookies should be flat or plump. My husband prefers his chocolate chip cookies flat. I don’t mind them that way, but I certainly prefer them to be more full. I want it to look like a cookie, not like something with chocolate chips sticking out of it! If you want your cookies flatter just use less flour. I hope you enjoy them as much as we did, despite my dropping a full sheet of cookies as I put them in the oven! They fell in the oven door crack…guess who needs to clean her oven now?!

Coconut Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies
1/2 c. butter, room temperature
1/2 c. coconut oil, softened to same texture as butter
1 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
2 eggs
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
3 c. flour
12 oz. dark chocolate chips
1 c. shredded coconut, unsweetened

Preheat oven to 375 degrees and line cookie sheets with Silpat or parchment paper. Cream together the butter and coconut oil using a mixer. Add in the sugars and vanilla, mix well. Blend in the eggs. Sift the baking soda, salt and flour. Slowly mix in the dry ingredients, either by hand or using the mixer. Stir in the coconut and chocolate chips by hand. Drop by large spoonfuls (a small ice cream scoop works great) on baking sheet. Bake for 9-11 minutes.

Yields 4 1/2 dozen

12 thoughts on “Coconut Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies

  1. Shanna Koenigsdorf Ward

    Hi, there, Gretchen. I am so glad to hear that you are on the mend. What a horrible duo of illnesses. 😦 Sinus infections are THE worst. I think you know my hubby is a ENT applying for fellowships in head and neck cancer reconstruction (in Nashville now! 🙂 ), so I definitely know that the ears and nose and sinuses can cause so much sickness, pain and fatigue. Wishing you a very speedy recovery. However, it is not the steroids making you hungry. It is these amazing, fabulous and delicious cookies. I am salivating (yes, I said it! 😉 ). Take care of yourself… and I’ll be by for cookie in five. Best, Shanna

    1. MamaD1xx4xy Post author

      No need to rush, I froze most of them to ensure hubby would get some when he gets back in town. Plus I love to have a stash of cookies in the freezer for “emergencies”! Thanks for the well wishes and I am definitely better, still not 100% but I’ll take the improvement over what I felt like last week!

      1. Shanna Koenigsdorf Ward

        Freezing them – great idea. I also like my cookies plump and soft – the hubby the opposite. So sorry to hear about the oven cleaning in your future. 😦 Oh, nice use of coconut oil! I see it in lot of recipes and am slowly becoming more knowledgeable.

      2. MamaD1xx4xy Post author

        I first started noticing coconut oil more when I read more blogs and recipes on Pinterest. I experiment now and then. My favorite use is in granola so far.

  2. Liz

    Yum! Sorry to hear about the sinus infection. I’d hold off on cleaning that oven until you’re all better if I were you 🙂 Fun to read your thoughts on hand vs machine mixing and flat vs plump cookies. Always good discussions.

  3. Liz

    I am glad you’re feeling better. Chocolate chip is also my favourite cookies. I always mix my flour by hand for everything I bake. I just have a little hand mixer. I care much for he taste and not the thickness, but I guess I wouldn’t like them too flat. I hate cleaning ovens. I hope it wash’t too much work. Thanks for sharing. I’ll be making the Thai soup tomorrow! Have a great weekend!

  4. trixpin

    How nice to be getting better again – YEY! Nothing like having a bug or two to really get you down, but it looks like you’re back with a vengeance with these biscuits. I love the idea of coconut oil in them, that’s so clever. And I love dark chocolate in cookies more than in anything else.
    Grr about dropping them though and good luck with the cleaning 🙂


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