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Toasted Coconut Cookies

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I’m a little reluctant to turn on the oven these days since it’s so warm outside…but, when hubby came home from work a couple weeks ago with a request for me to make coconut cookies, I couldn’t turn him down…I hardly ever get baking requests from him! He described a soft coconut cookie that he had with his lunch at work that day, and asked if I could come up with my own version. Being a soft cookie (and coconut) lover myself, I was totally on board. I decided to use toasted coconut in my version to really enhance the flavor, and both hubby and I were very happy with the results. You can also add in a little lemon or lime zest if you want the extra flavor, too. This recipe made about 3 dozen cookies, so I rolled most of them and stuck them in the freezer for later. You can bake them right out of the freezer; just add a couple more minutes to the baking time and you’re good to go!

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Pour the 1/2 cup of coconut on to the sheet and bake 5-8 minutes, tossing a few times with a fork, until lightly browned.

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In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and coconut.

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In a large bowl, cream together the butter, sugar, cream cheese, and vegetable oil. Add in the egg and vanilla extract.

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Gradually add in the flour mixture until well-combined.

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Working quickly so that the butter stays cool, roll the dough into 1″ balls. Place on the baking sheet about 1″ apart and flatten slightly. Sprinkle with extra coconut, if desired.

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Bake about 12 minutes or until the edges are browned and the coconut topping is toasted. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

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Posted by on June 21, 2011.

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Categories: desserts & sweets

29 Responses

  1. These look delicious! I want some right now.

    by Chris on Jun 21, 2011 at 11:09 am

  2. These look so unique and tasty! I think they’re totally worth turning on the oven πŸ™‚

    by Colleen on Jun 21, 2011 at 11:10 am

  3. Love coconut! These look fabulous.

    by Jessica @ How Sweet on Jun 21, 2011 at 11:16 am

  4. YUM! those look so delicious!

    by Lindsay @Eat, Knit, Grow on Jun 21, 2011 at 11:19 am

  5. These look amazing!! I love love love coconut, especially toasted.

    by Cookbook Queen on Jun 21, 2011 at 11:21 am

  6. Yummmmmmy! These look so good. I hardly ever get requests from James either, so I do the same thing, Tracy.

    by Amber | Bluebonnets & Brownies on Jun 21, 2011 at 11:38 am

  7. Tracey, these cookies look so soft and chewy! Wonderful, delicious looking recipe perfect for the first day of summer, especially with that coconut flavor. Thanks for sharing!

    by Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking on Jun 21, 2011 at 1:33 pm

  8. LOVE coconut- this is right up my alley!

    by Liz @ BLog is the New Black on Jun 21, 2011 at 1:36 pm

  9. These sound lovely! I’ve never had a coconut soft cookie before. Yum!

    by Katrina on Jun 21, 2011 at 2:27 pm

  10. I love toasting coconut, although I eat half of it right out of the oven! Those cookies look great!

    by Aimee on Jun 21, 2011 at 3:31 pm

  11. You are very creative and talented to come up with such a delicious cookie so quick!

    by Maris(In Good Taste) on Jun 21, 2011 at 5:18 pm

  12. I’m with Katrina – I don’t think I’ve ever had a soft coconut cookie, but now that I’ve seen these, I think I need to go home and give them a try! They look beautiful and thick too, yum!

    by jess @ Multicultural Melbourne on Jun 21, 2011 at 5:45 pm

  13. These look fantastic! My husband is a big coconut fan and his birthday is right around the corner. Maybe these instead of cake? Or maybe ice cream sandwiches?

    by Amy | She Wears Many Hats on Jun 22, 2011 at 9:21 am

  14. I feel you on the “it’s too hot to turn on the oven” mentality. In fact, this morning I got up 3 hours early to bake so that I’m not heating the entire house during our triple digit temps today. I definitely have a nap scheduled for the afternoon, though. πŸ™‚

    by Paula at Dishing The Divine on Jun 22, 2011 at 10:25 am

  15. I’m so impressed that your husband could say ‘make me something like this’ and you could actually accomplish it! I haven’t reached the point where baking makes enough sense to do my own thing and create something from a vision. Maybe one day–and if I can get through that Alton Brown book that breaks baking down and explains it chemically that would probably help.

    by Jenna on Jun 22, 2011 at 11:37 am

  16. These look simple yet delicious – can’t wait to give it a try!

    by Lucy@The Sweet Touch on Jun 22, 2011 at 12:10 pm

  17. These sounds really good, Tracy. Your husband is a lucky man!

    by Cookin' Canuck on Jun 22, 2011 at 12:52 pm

  18. oo I love coconut!! These sound amazing!!

    by stephchows on Jun 22, 2011 at 4:36 pm

  19. Toasted coconut is always good in cookie form!

    by Maria on Jun 22, 2011 at 6:09 pm

  20. Those look so wonderful. I cannot wait to give this recipe a try.

    by carolinaheartstrings on Jun 22, 2011 at 8:13 pm

  21. Coconut is probably one of my favorite add-ins for baked goods — I just love the flavor and texture that it adds. I actually have some coconut oil I’ve been trying to find a home for, maybe I could use it in a variation of this recipe!

    by Liz (Little Bitty Bakes) on Jun 22, 2011 at 10:22 pm

  22. Yum… these cookies look so good! Best part is that Darron’s not a coconut fan, so I’d mostly have them to myself πŸ™‚

    by Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction on Jun 22, 2011 at 10:23 pm

  23. Mmm I love coconut, these cookies look great!

    by Michelle @ Brown Eyed Baker on Jun 23, 2011 at 1:28 pm

  24. I always love your recipes, this looks like a really great one. Love toasted coconut throughout.

    by jennifurla on Jun 23, 2011 at 6:08 pm

  25. I agree with you! Sometimes it’s real hard to want to turn the oven on when it’s so hot outside. I’ve never had a plain coconut cookie. These sound delicious.

    by Shar on Jun 24, 2011 at 3:00 pm

  26. Hi there!! Today it’s windy, cloudy and about 40ΒΊ F here in Buenos Aires, Argentina… I will bake these cookies today for tea time… And you know what? I’m very happy I will turn the oven on!! Haha! Thanks for sharing so many gorgeous recipies and so much love…

    by Karina on Jun 25, 2011 at 8:25 am

  27. My sister and I made these last night. They are so delicious and have a great flavor. I will definitely make them again.

    by Sarah on Nov 13, 2011 at 10:52 pm

  28. These are delicious! Hands down one of the best cookies I have ever made!

    by Sarah on Mar 30, 2012 at 10:18 pm

  29. My toddler and I made these tonight, and I have to say, they are AMAZING! The recipe was easy to follow so my 3 year old and I had a great time making them. He was SO excited to help put them together, and when they came out my usual rule of “one only” was out the window when I took the first bite. I’ve already had 3! I’m IN LOVE with these cookies. Think of the best sugar cookie base you could dream of, and then add coconut?! Wonderful. I found this recipe on pinterest, and I’m SO happy I tried it. I’m now going through all of your recipes, and if they’re as amazing as these cookies, I love you πŸ™‚

    by Kat W. on Sep 12, 2013 at 1:13 am

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Hi there! I’m Tracy, and I live in upstate NY. My husband and I met in college and have been married since 2005. A Canning, baking, writing, photography, and even cleaning (yes, cleaning – it can be oddly relaxing), are all things that I enjoy. This blog brings all of those passions together – but […]more →