Soft & chewy coconut cookies are loaded with shredded coconut, chopped pecans, a hint of cinnamon and tons of yum! These easy-to-bake golden beauties are going to be your family’s new cookie craving.
Cookies are definitely a favorite around here. Dessert, snack, afternoon pick-me-up. You name it. All are reasons this family might grab a cookie or two. Of course, we can’t have cookies all time. So that why it’s all the more important to have really good ones when we do decide to indulge!
That’s where these blonde gems come in. Like a chunky cross between a snickerdoodle and a coconut macaroon, these delightful cookies are just the right amount light nutty, cinnamon sweetness to make any serious cookie lover swoon.
What You Need To Bake Perfect Coconut Cookies with Pecans
- flaked or shredded sweetened coconut
- chopped pecans
- all purpose flour
- brown sugar
- white sugar
- baking soda & powder
- salt, cinnamon
How to Avoid Flat Cookies
- Overworking the butter causes many cookies to come out of the oven flat. To avoid this make sure not to mix too long when creaming the butter and sugar or when mixing in the rest of the ingredients.
- The butter can also be overworked if you roll your cookie dough into balls when placing them on the cookie sheet to bake. The heat in our hands melts/breaks the butter down.
- Lastly, use room temperature eggs and butter. Room temperature butter might be cooler than you think! It is actually cool to the touch, never shiny or melty. For the real low down, read this.
Another thing that’s perfect about these coconut cookies is you can enjoy their deliciousness just the way they are, or you can add your own personal touch with different add-ins! Here are just a few that we enjoy.
Coconut Cookie Add-ins
These measurements are approximations. You might like to add more!
- 9 oz. chocolate chips
- 9 oz. toffee chips
- 1 C old fashioned oats
- 9 oz. white chocolate chips
- 1 C dried cranberries
And of course, you can always leave out the pecans or substitute another nut that you like better!
Armed with a good book and a cup of coffee, settling down to watch your favorite movie or sharing a platter with family or friends, nothing beats a good cookie. And a Perfect Coconut Cookie? Well, you’ve got yourself a recipe for delicious cookie bliss.
Other Cookies & Cookies Bar Recipes You’ll Love!
- Infamous Neiman Marcus Cookies
- Classic Lemon Drop Crinkle Cookies
- Fudgy Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
- Coconut Thumbprint Macaroons
- Hello Dolly Magic Cookie Bars
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Perfect Coconut Cookies with Pecans
- 1 1/4 C all purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 C butter, room temperature
- 1/2 C brown sugar, packed
- 1/2 C white granulated sugar
- 1 large egg
- 3/4 tsp vanilla
- 1 1/2 C sweetened shredded or flaked coconut
- 1 C chopped pecans
- Preheat oven to 375° Fahrenheit. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
- In a small bowl , mix first 5 ingredients together. Set aside.
- Using a stand or hand mixer, cream butter and sugars. Be careful not to over mix. Add egg and vanilla. Mix just until incorporated.
- Add the flour mixture a little at a time. Mix just until incorporated. Dough will form. Add coconut, then pecans. Again, being careful not to over mix.
- Using a cookie scoop or spoon, spoon out 1" balls and place approximately 1" apart on lined baking sheet. Do not roll the balls to avoid overworking the butter. Bake in preheated oven for 9-11 minutes. Cool on cooling rack before serving.
My favorite cookie now.
I use unsweetened coconut flakes and a sprinkle of cinnamon.
Hi, Angie! Love it! Sounds delish. You’ve made my day!
These are the most delicious cookies! They are a little crispy on the outside and so chewy on the inside, just the way I like my cookies. Definitely my new favorite cookie. Can’t wait to make them again and again. They are a little dangerous though. Can’t stop eating them. Love this recipe!
I love the way you described these cookies! That’s exactly how they are! And so delicious too. I am just tickled that you love this recipe!
Can I mix these together, roll into balls and freeze to bake later?
Hi, Susan! I haven’t frozen this particular recipe before, but I don’t see why not. Most cookie doughs freeze really well and can last up to 6 weeks in the freezer. To bake, allow to defrost overnight in the fridge and then just bake as directed the next day. To bake from a frozen state, preheat oven to 20-25 degrees lower than the original specified temperature and bake cookies just a few minutes longer than the original time. Edges should begin to crisp, middles should still be soft. Let me know how it goes!
Best cookies ever soft chewy perfect
Hi, Mary Lou!
I am just tickled that you loved these cookies. I love their soft, chewy texture too!
Made this recipe with a few alterations and my family loved them. Needed gluten free AP flour for dietary needs and pulsed the coconut and pecans in a mini chopper to make the texture more uniform for the older folks. It worked, all loved the outcome and now ask for these instead of chocolate chip.
That’s awesome! I am just tickled that your group loves these cookies so much. Love how you made adjustments so that they work for you. Perfect!! You really made my day!
Just pulled my first batch out and I can already tell these will be in my cookie rotation. Easy to make with staple ingredients. I used unsweetened flaked coconut as that is all I buy. This will be one of my cookies for I make for the holidays.
Hi, Linda! I am so excited that these will be in your rotation and a part of your holiday cookie list! I love this little cookie, and I am so glad you love it too!
Hi, Sandra! Thanks for loving these cookies. I couldn’t agree more! They are pretty great!
Absolutely loved these cookies. So very easy and quick to put together. This recipe is a true keeper.
Hi, Becky! I am just tickled that you loved these coconut cookies! This recipe has quickly become our favorite cookie, for sure. And I love that you will make them again. Thank you so much!
This is our favorite kind of cookie and this was the best one we ever had! Perfect size batch, just over 2 dozen, easy to make and just delicious. My husband loved them, too.
Hi, Jamie! This just tickles me to hear this! I am so glad you loved these cookies; they are some of our favorites too!
These cookies are without a doubt our favorite!!! Everyone so far has thoroughly loved them. Great for all kinds of gatherings, just be sure to make plenty! They don’t last long! Question: Can I add chocolate chips to the recipe as is?
Hi, Marla! I am so glad you love these cookies. They are some of our favorites. And I agree about making plenty; I also have to! Yes, I think you could add chocolate chips right into this recipe without changing a thing. Let me know how it goes- sounds delicious!
EXCELLENT cookies! I needed to make something last night for my book group meeting. Rummaging through y baking cabinet…I had coconut, pecans, and some white choc chips! Yup…added those too! 😉 They were fabulous! Like someone else said, a little crispy on the edges and soft and chewy on the inside. So yummy!
I added a tiny bit more vanilla than was called for….because I love vanilla… and a little less salt.
Yay, Linda! I am so glad you loved these cookies! I love the addition of the white chocolate chips and can’t wait to try it!
Recipe sounds delicious. Has anyone tried almond extract rather than vanilla. Anxious to try!
Hi, Martha! I haven’t tried almond extract. Would love to hear how it works for you! Please let us know!
If i want to add oatmeal should i tweek the recipe?
absolutely delicious. I should of left more room for expansion. 😋
Hi, Kissy! I am so glad you loved these special cookies! Hooray!
These are the perfect cookie! My local grocery store has a bakery that sells cookies with this same name. Very often, they are all sold out because they’re so popular. I no longer will be buying those bakery cookies because your recipe is even a bit better than theirs! Thank you so much for this treasure!
Hi, Kathy! You are very, very welcome! This is just so awesome, and I love it!
These are delicious. They made exactly three dozen for me.
So after seeing all the rave reviews and I just love coconut I had to try this recipe. It is all it says it is and more. I just finished making them and ate 3 while still warm. These will get added to the rotation for sure. Thank you for such a delicious cookie recipe.
Hi, Dee! I am just tickled to read your comment! I always have to eat a few while they are still warm too; they’re just too good to wait! I am so glad these cookies are going to be in your regular rotation. Thank you so much!
These are so delicious!! I made them last night and my husband took them to work to share with his co-workers. He loved them, and I know they will too !!!I make cookies all the time, and always share them with friends, and these will be a recipe I will make often. Thank you so much for sharing your recipe! 💜🥰🦋🌷💕
Hi, Lynn! I am thrilled to hear that you loved this recipe and will make it again! It makes it even better that you always share with friends. That’s what good cooking is all about! Cheers!
I have been buying coconut pecan cookies at our local grocers bakery so I looked on Pinterest and found this recipe. This recipe is awesome. Better than the bakery’s version. I’m German and my grandma and mom always had homemade cookies in the pantry and so do I. This will become one of my those that are there often!
Thank you so much! It makes my day to hear you loved these cookies! They are some of our favorites too, though I don’t have the will power to keep them in the pantry all the time. I would eat them all the first day or two! 🙂
Haven’t made these cookies yet, was in the process of doing so and saw that I didn’t have enough of all purpose flour. Can I use self rising instead?
Hi, Ouida! I haven’t tried it. It might change the texture a bit, but I don’t think it would hurt anything.