Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies

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These chewy coconut chocolate chip cookies are a real treat for coconut lovers. They are crispy on the outside, moist and chocolaty in the middle, and taste absolutely DIVINE.

Added bonus? They are gluten free and super easy to make in one bowl.

Top view of a few coconut chocolate cookies dusted with powdered sugar.

Say hi to my ridiculously delicious coconut chocolate chip cookies with a melt-in-your-mouth center and gooey chocolate in every bite.

These amazing flourless cookies are the twin sister of my coconut cookies, but I added dark chocolate chips to make them extra special.

Because who doesn’t love coconut + puddles of gooey chocolate, seriously? 

Trust me, this is one of the cookie recipes you want to keep in your back pocket, easy to make and perfect to impress family and friends.

First, it’s a combination of texture and flavor that everyone will fall in love with. Second, these babies are made without flour or butter, and the recipe is economical and a breeze to whip up in one bowl.

What’s not to love?

Bake them up for the holidays or anytime you want a decadent treat, sprinkle them with plenty of powdered sugar to make them gorgeous and elegant.

Now let’s bake coconut chocolate chips cookies, and you’re in for a treat! : )

List of the ingredients

Top view of the ingredients to make coconut chocolate chip cookies over a white background.,

How to make coconut chocolate chip cookies

(Note: this is a description of the method, the full recipe is at the bottom of the page)

  • Ground the desiccated coconut just until it gets a flour-like consistency. Either a high-powered blender, food processor or coffee grinder will work.
  • Combine ground coconut, sugar, lemon zest, vanilla extract, egg whites and dark chocolate chips in a bowl.
Top view of a food processor with desiccated coconut and a glass bowl full of coconut cookie ingredients.
  • Stir all the ingredients until you get a soft, smooth but pliable coconut cookie mixture. Refrigerate for about 15 minutes.
  • Scoop, roll, and shape a tablespoon of the cookie mixture into balls.
  • Coat the coconut balls with coconut and place them on a baking sheet.
  • Bake for about 13 minutes. I also love sprinkling these coconut chocolate cookies with powder sugar to make them extra pretty!
Top view of the coconut chocolate chip cookie dough rolled into balls.

Recipe notes

Coconut: Either shredded or flake coconut works as we process it in a blender until we get a flour-like consistency. I’ve never used sweetened coconut flakes for this recipe.

Sugar: Powdered sugar (aka icing sugar in the UK) works best for this recipe. You can also process regular sugar in a high-speed blender until fluffy, it takes seconds. 

Chocolate chips: Good-quality dark chocolate chips take these coconut cookies to the next level, but you can also chop up a 70% dark chocolate bar instead of using chocolate chips.

Egg whites: They work as a binder and make these coconut chocolate cookies extra soft.

Vanilla extract & lemon zest: You’ll need both vanilla extract and lemon zest to add extra flavor.

A few white and soft coconut chocolate chip cookies over a white background.

Top tips

  • Blend the coconut: Its fine texture keeps the cookies moist and makes a dough that is smooth, pliable and easy to work with. 
  • No need to dry out the coconut flakes: Technically, when we blend the coconut, we are not making coconut flour, so there’s no need to bake or dry out the desiccated coconut. Its high-fat content might turn the coconut to a grainy mixture when blending, just make sure you stop after 4-5 seconds. No worries if the mixture is not exactly flour-like consistency, that won’t affect the texture of your cookies.
  • Chill the coconut cookie mixture: Chilling makes shaping and rolling easier. 
  • Don’t over-bake: The cookies spread and are still very soft and pale after the baking time, but they will dry out quickly as soon as you take them out of the oven. Don’t over-bake them.
Close-up of a half coconut chocolate cookie showing its moist center with melted chocolate chips.

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Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies

These soft and chewy coconut chocolate chip cookies are a real treat for coconut lovers. They are crispy on the outside, moist and chocolaty in the middle, and taste absolutely DIVINE.
Recipe yields 22-23 cookies.
Prep Time13 minutes
Cook Time12 minutes
Chilling time15 minutes
Total Time40 minutes
Course: cookies
Cuisine: American
Keyword: coconut chocolate chip cookies
Servings: 22
Calories: 125kcal
Author: Katia

Ingredients

  • 2 ½ cups (200 grams) desiccated coconut, finely grounded
  • 2 (75 grams) egg whites (from 2 medium-sized eggs)
  • 1 cup (120 grams) powdered sugar
  • ⅔ cup (110 grams) dark chocolate chips
  • lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Decoration

  • ½ cup (40 grams) desiccated coconut, grated
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar

Instructions

  • Prep the coconut: Add the desiccated coconut to either a blender, food processor or coffee grinder. Pulse until you get a fine texture (it takes just a few seconds), then transfer to a large bowl.
  • Combine the mixture: Add the egg whites, sugar, lemon zest, vanilla extract and chocolate chips to the ground coconut. Using a spoon stir the mixture until fully combined, smooth and pliable. Place the bowl in the fridge for about 15 minutes. This rest in the fridge makes the mixture easier to work with.
  • Preheat the oven to 340°F / 170°C, line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicon mat, and place ½ cup of desiccated coconut (not ground) in a small ball.
  • Using your hands, roll and shape a generous tablespoon of the coconut mixture into balls. Try to make them similar in size (about 20 grams each).
  • Roll the coconut balls in the grated coconut until they're coated. Place them on the baking sheet and gently press them to make round cookies about 1.5 cm thick. Keep in mind they will spread a little bit once they are in the oven.
  • Bake in the middle shelf of the preheated oven for 12-13 minutes. The cookie will spread and look pale and soft. Remove the baking sheet from the oven and gently transfer them on a cooling rack. They're very delicate when they are warm, but they perfectly fine and delicious after 10 minutes of rest. Enjoy at room temperature.

Notes

Nutrition facts: Please note that the nutrition values are based on an online nutrition calculator. It’s an estimate only and it should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice. The nutrition value is for 1 cookie.

Nutrition

Calories: 125kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 0.1mg | Sodium: 15mg | Potassium: 97mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 0.4mg

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