Coconut Cookies

When I was young, I never liked coconut. I’m not sure what it was – the taste, the texture, or a combination of both. It was not until a few years ago that I actually started eating coconut and now I absolutely love it. It’s a great flavor for savory dishes, but I like it best in sweet desserts, like these coconut cookies.

These soft and chewy cookies have shredded coconut in the batter to add a hint of tropical flare.

Coconut Cookies

Coconut palm sugar is an unrefined brown sugar made from drying the nectar from the coconut palm tree. It produces a sugar with natural brown color and sweet, caramel flavor.

The sugar does not have a coconut flavor, but works well in this cookie recipe because it isn’t too sweet and really lets the coconut flavor from the shredded coconut shine through.

Coconut Cookies

Enjoy these tropical cookies and hopefully when you eat them, you can be transported to a warm and sunny beach!

Coconut Cookies

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 2 dozen cookies

Coconut Cookies

These soft and chewy coconut cookies have shredded coconut in the batter to add a hint of tropical flare.


  • 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup coconut palm sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut


  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF and spray 2 cookie sheets with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt.
  3. In a spice grinder or food processor, pulse the sugar a few times until finely ground. In an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat together the butter and sugar until well blended, about 3 minutes. Mix in the egg and vanilla extract. Add the flour mixture, in 1/4 cup increments, until combined, but not over mixed. Stir in the coconut.
  4. Using a tablespoon or small ice cream scooper, form the cookie dough into balls and place on the cookie sheet, about 1 1/2 inches apart. Using your hand, lightly press down on each dough ball to slightly flatten. Bake for about 10-12 minutes, until golden brown. Transfer the cookies to a cooling rack to cool completely.