Mini Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chewy, soft cookies without butter or shortening?  Believe it!

Coconut oil is actually a fantastic alternative to other fats used in making food.  Better yet, I learned that it’s super easy to substitute coconut oil for butter in your baked goods!

Although butter and coconut oil both do contain saturated fats, coconut oil contains more medium-chained fatty acids (specifically, it contains 50% lauric acid) and has many health benefits!  Coconut oil withstands higher temperatures than butter and doesn’t turn stale or bad as easily.  I actually read that the body processes coconut oil much more efficiently than it does butter.

Swapping out butter for coconut oil is simple—when a recipe calls for melted butter, melt the coconut oil or let it remain in a liquid state if it is already, and when it calls for solid butter, cool the oil down in the refrigerator until it solidifies.  Make sure you measure the oil in the state in which it will be used.  Remember, coconut oil does have somewhat of a  “coconut-y” taste,  so using it works best in recipes where that coconut flavor will be appreciated.  It is appreciated in this recipe, for sure!

I made these delicious cookies small so that I can eat five of them at a time and not feel guilty (because they are mini, of course!).  By the way, why is everything in miniature form so darn cute?

INGREDIENTS:

3/4 cup coconut oil (measured solid), melted (measure again) and slightly cooled

1 cup loosely packed brown sugar

1/3 cup granulated sugar

1 large egg + 1 large egg yolk

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon coconut extract*

2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

2/3 cups shredded coconut

2/3 cup mini chocolate chips

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

In a large bowl, whisk together melted coconut oil and sugars. Let sit for 15 minutes.

Whisk in egg, egg yolk and extracts, mixing until completely smooth.  Break up any remaining brown sugar chunks with the whisk and keep stirring!

Add in 1/2 cup flour, baking soda and salt, stirring to combine.

Add remaining flour 1/2 cup at a time, stirring to bring it together.

Fold in coconut and chocolate chips.

Take 1 to 1 1/2 tablespoons of dough and roll it into a ball, placing it on a nonstick baking sheet. Place dough about 1-2 inches away from each other.

Bake for 7-8 minutes, or until just set. Let cool completely.

*You can omit the coconut extract if desired.  It won’t change the taste much. You can also make these as normal-sized cookies.

Recipe source: howsweeteats.com


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Author:Ashley

These are a few of my favorite things: cooking, baking, hiking, running, singing, animals, cruises, Disney World, , dining out, the Christmas season, fireworks, weddings, storms, 80's music, musicals, and my favorite pastime has always been baseball. Go Yankees!

12 Responses to “Mini Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies”

  1. April 21, 2012 at 9:36 AM #

    I am definitely going to have to try these. I love coconut in my chocolate chip cookies. I had not considered using coconut oil, but it makes perfect sense!

    • April 21, 2012 at 2:23 PM #

      Thanks for commenting! I love the coconut flavor too :)

  2. April 22, 2012 at 4:16 AM #

    Ashley….I love these cute little mini cookies! I remember eating coconut chocolate chip cookies from a bakery when I was a kid. I haven’t had them in a long while….but this recipe is making me want to change that! They look scrumptious! : )

  3. April 22, 2012 at 7:19 PM #

    How adorable are these cookies! I love chocolate and coconut and how could one not be in love with the idea of delicious cookies that are better for you than usual ?

    I’m in! :D

  4. April 22, 2012 at 7:35 PM #

    Ashley,

    Definitely giving these a try, maybe even when I’m done typing. lol I bought a jar of coconut oil a few months ago and have yet to figure out what to do with it. Now I know. Thanks. I would love for you to share this on my Creative Thursday Link Party – http://www.michellestastycreations.blogspot.com.

    Have a great week.
    Michelle

    • April 23, 2012 at 3:58 PM #

      Thanks for commenting, Michelle! I hope you like them :)

  5. April 23, 2012 at 1:24 PM #

    I love a mini cookie and yours look perfect, Ashley. The flavors that you used in them combine to make for a tasty cookie, I imagine. Thanks for sharing!

    • April 23, 2012 at 3:57 PM #

      Thanks for the nice comment Georgia!!

  6. April 26, 2012 at 2:57 AM #

    Hi Ashley, your cookies look awesome. I love the combination of coconut and chocolate chips.
    Thank you for sharing the interesting recipe.

    Have a nice day.

    • April 26, 2012 at 1:33 PM #

      Thanks for commenting, Amelia! You have a nice day also :)

  7. May 7, 2012 at 10:00 PM #

    I was just at someones house talking about oil and she pulled out Coconut Oil. She said she cooks everything with it even vegetables. I will have to buy some!

    • May 8, 2012 at 4:15 PM #

      It’s awesome – you should definitely try it!!

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