Cookie Attack: Dark Chocolate Coconut Cookies

Contributor post by Lyndsay of Coco Cake


Coconut... ya either love it or you hate it. Hands up if you're a coconut lover? If coconuts had a fan club I might be the vice president. Wait, there's already probably that fan club, right? Coconut oil smeared on crispy toast with almond butter and fresh raspberries, rich coconut milk in a fragrant Thai curry, shredded toasted crunchy coconut atop a frosted cupcake ... and all that deliciousness trapped up in a rock hard hairy brown bowling ball high up in a hard-to-reach palm tree!

Back to cookies... I wanted to make a thank you present for my sweet friend Bobbi, one of the coconut lovers, for lending me her daughter's bassinet for when my little baby was a mini newborn.... and I wanted to try a coconut cookie of some kind. I'm forever trying to find the balance between the salty and the sweet when it comes to desserts. A fine sprinkly teaspoon of sea salt is always a welcome addition to my desserts - especially cookies! This cookie is light on the sweetness, bittersweet from the cocoa powder, textured from the coconut, with a touch of salt and rich from butter. I used a 22-24% Dutch process cocoa powder for this cookie which gives it a more complex and slightly bitter flavour and very dark colour! Feel free to use a lighter cocoa powder if so desired...



1 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
1 cup golden yellow sugar (or brown sugar)
1 egg, room temperature
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup shredded sweetened dried coconut
1 cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 1/2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips

Make it!

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper. Makes 2 dozen cookies.

1. Using a stand mixer or handheld beaters, cream the butter and sugar on high speed until light and fluffy.
2. Add the egg until incorporated.
3. Add pure vanilla extract extract to combine.
4. In a medium bowl, sift the flour, coconut, cocoa powder and salt to combine.
5. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture until combined.
6. Add the chocolate chips until combined.
7. Using a small ice cream scoop or clean hands, dole out 2 inch round balls of batter evenly spaced on baking sheets, a dozen per sheet. Flatten each cookie with fork dipped in warm water if so desired.
8. Bake in oven for 11-14 minutes, depending on how hot your oven is, turning pans halfway through. 9. Remove from oven and let cool on baking sheets, then transfer to container or right into your mouth! Serve with an ice cold glass of milk. 

Cookie attack!! See you next time, Poppytalk readers!

Lyndsay is a self-taught baker and subsequent enthusiastic blogger. She loves makin' foods and bakin' goods, and shares her stories, recipes and foodstuffs on Poppytalk! Her other work can be found on her cake blog: Coco Cake, her ice cream blog: Ice Cream by Coco Cake and her food oddities and delights blog: Trompe Chomp!

Jan Halvarson


kickpleat said...

Lyndsay, I'm the coconut club president! And I'll totally be making these this week. Yum.

OMIYAGE said...

Yum! I'm totally a member of the Coconut Club - especially when mixed with chocolate. These look delicious!

Deborah Flanagan said...

I love coconut. Right now I am at my vacation home in the Bahamas. The first thing I do when I get here is find a perfect coconut that has dropped by the side of the road. I take it to my house and I hack it open with my machete. Yes, I have a machete!! I scrape out the coconut and shred it in my food processor and then toast it. I'm going to try these cookies for sure.

lyndsay said...

@kickpleat - ha!! woohoo, let's make coconut club official member cards!

@omiyage - we'll send you one, too! ^__^

@deborah - YOU ARE VERRRRY LUCKY! how totally cool! your cookies will be insane in the membrane delicious --- straight from the tree!

SweetThingsTO said...

I'm raising my hand! Love coconut and of course with dark chocolate - yum!