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Coconut cookies in a parchment paper lined tray on a white background

Coconut Cookies Recipe

These coconut cookies are super chewy and buttery and are made with coconut rum and sweetened shredded coconut.
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Course: Cookies
Cuisine: American
Keyword: coconut dessert recipes, coconut desserts, coconut recipes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 17 minutes
Chilling Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 57 minutes
Servings: 24 cookies
Calories: 179kcal
Author: Sam Adler


  • Hand or Stand mixer


  • 1 cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg large
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tbsp coconut rum, such as Malibu
  • 2 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut


  • In the bowl of a hand or stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the 1 cup softened butter with the 1 cup brown sugar and 1/4 cup white sugar until fluffy. About 1 minute on medium speed.
  • Add the 1 egg and another egg yolk along with the tablespoon of coconut rum. Cream again for another 30 seconds on medium speed.
  • Add the 2 1/4 cup flour, 1/2 tsp baking soda, 1/4 tsp baking powder and 1/4 tsp kosher salt. Mix again this time starting on low and working up to medium speed for another minute.
  • Pour the one cup shredded coconut into a shallow medium sized bowl. Scoop out the cookie dough using a small cookie scoop or kitchen tablespoon and roll the dough into the coconut until it's completely covered.
  • Line the cookie dough balls onto a parchment lined cookie sheet and freeze for 30 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and bake the cookies 8 at a time on a parchment lined cookie sheet for 17 minutes. If you use a larger cookie scoop the cookies will need 20 minutes. The cookies are done when the edges are golden and crispy.


You can substitute coconut extract for the rum but only use 1 tsp and not 1 tablespoon.


Nutrition Facts
Coconut Cookies Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 cookie)
Calories 179 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 35mg12%
Sodium 72mg3%
Potassium 42mg1%
Carbohydrates 22g7%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 13g14%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 257IU5%
Calcium 17mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.