Chocolate Coconut Cookies Recipe

Kim Beaulieu | Cravings of a Lunatic Updated

Chocolate coconut cookies are at home on any holiday cookie tray. Just try to resist all that flaky coconut!

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Hello my fellow Chocolate Fanatics! I love my monthly visits to Food Fanatic. I get to show up and talk about my love for chocolate every month. This month is a chocolate lovers dream come true. The holidays mean chocolate is everywhere. That makes me super happy.

I'm partial to milk chocolate most of the time but for this recipe I went with dark chocolate. I thought it would compliment the cream cheese topping with coconut in it. It worked perfectly. I have to say I love the flavour combination of this cookie recipe. 

Coconut is one of my favourite things in the world. It ranks up there with cherries, pistachios, and hazelnuts. (Some of which are featured in my new favorite cream cheese fudge recipe here on Food Fanatic!) We try to keep lots of coconut baking supplies on hand at all times. I really love having fresh coconut on hand as well. There is something about cracking open a coconut that takes me to my happy place.

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For this recipe you are going to use flaked coconut. I'm sure you could substitute fresh if you like, but for me, I wanted to make this as easy as possible. If you dig toasted coconut that would be lovely with these cookies too. 

You can use any kind of chocolate you prefer for this recipe.

The original recipe I adapted it from used semisweet chocolate. I happen to love semisweet chocolate for baking. However, I had made so many recipes using it lately that I wanted a change of pace. 

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I think this would be lovely if you used white chocolate in lieu of dark or semisweet. They would not only taste amazing but the presentation for the holidays with an all white cookie would be spectacular. It takes that song "I'm dreaming of a white Christmas" to whole new heights. 

Be sure to whip up a batch of these today. You will not be disappointed. These will impress your family and friends in a big way. Be sure to sprinkle extra coconut for Santa Claus. I hear he really digs coconut. Funny, so do I. 

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Chocolate Coconut Cookies Recipe

      24 Servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 cup Confectioners Sugar, divided
  • 1/4 cup Butter, softened
  • 6 ounces Dark Chocolate, melted
  • 3 large Eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 8 ounces Cream Cheese, softened
  • 1 cup Sweetened Coconut Flakes, divided

Directions

For the Cookies:

  1. Combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a small bowl. Mix lightly. Set aside.
  2. In a separate large bowl combine 3/4 cups of the confectioners' sugar with the butter. Mix until smooth.
  3. Stir the melted chocolate ( I recommend using a double boiler to melt chocolate) into the sugar and butter mixture. Stir until combined. 
  4. Add the eggs and the granulated sugar to the large bowl, mix until well blended.
  5. Add the flour mixture to the large bowl next, adding it gradually as you mix. Mix until everything is well combined. 
  6. Cover the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight. 
  7. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper. If you need the paper to stick a little tip is to scrape just a tiny bit of batter to the corners of the pans, then stick the parchment to it. Works like a charm.
  8. Spoon dough onto pans in 1 inch balls. (or use your hands to roll them into balls) Place them about 2 inches apart so the cookies will not touch as they bake.
  9. Bake for about 8 to 10 minutes. The cookies should not look wet on the top when they are finished.
  10. Remove from oven and allow cookies to cool for about 5 minutes. Remove from pans and place on wire cooling racks. Allow to cool completely. While the cookies are cooling you can make the coconut cream cheese topping. 

For the Cream Cheese Frosting:

  1. Combine the cream cheese and remaining 1/4 cup of confectioners' sugar in a medium size bowl. Stir in 1/2 cup of the coconut. Mix well. 
  2. Spread the coconut cream cheese mixture evenly over top of each cookie. 

To Serve:

  1. Sprinkle remaining coconut over top of the cookies. 
  2. Serve with a big old chocolate and coconut loving smile!

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Source: Recipe adapted from Paula Deen’s Holiday Baking Magazine October 2010 Chocolate-Coconut Cookies
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Author: Kim Beaulieu
Source: Recipe adapted from Paula Deen’s Holiday Baking Magazine October 2010 Chocolate-Coconut Cookies
Recipe Yields: 24 cookies
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 505 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 cookie
Servings Per Recipe 24

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 84
Calories 174

% Daily Value*
16%
Total Fat 10g
32%
  Saturated Fat 6g
4%
Sodium 101mg
4%
Total Carbohydrate 11g
1%
  Dietary Fiber 0g
  Sugars 10g
4%
Protein 2g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Kim Beaulieu

About Kim

Kim covers everything from desserts to grilling on her two blogs, Cravings of A Lunatic and Kiss My Smoke. At Food Fanatic, however, she's dedicated to all things Chocolate, and we're SO glad!