Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies

I usually bake my cookies one sheet at a time to help them bake evenly. If you prefer, or are crunched for time, bake two sheets at a time with one sheet in the upper third of the oven and the other in the lower third of the oven, switching the pans halfway through the baking time.

  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Bake time: 15 minutes per batch
  • Yield: 2 dozen large cookies

Ingredients

  • 2 cups (280g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 cups (300g) granulated sugar
  • 1 cup (2 sticks, 227g) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 3 1/3 cups (377g) unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 1/4 (213g) cups semisweet chocolate chips

Special equipment:

Method

1 Preheat the oven to 375˚F. Place a rack in the middle of the oven. Line two baking sheets with silicone baking mats or parchment.

2 Mix the dry ingredients: In a small mixing bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

3 Beat the sugar and the butter: With an electric mixer or in a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, beat together the granulated sugar and butter on medium speed until combined, 30 to 60 seconds. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a bowl scraper and the beaters.

Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies

4 Mix in the eggs and vanilla: Add the two eggs and vanilla to the butter-sugar mixture and beat at medium speed until no clumps or streaks remain, 20 to 30 seconds. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and the beaters.

Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies

5 Mix in the flour: Add the flour mixture and beat on low speed just until almost all of the flour has been incorporated, 20 to 40 seconds.

Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies

6 Mix in the coconut and chocolate chips: Add in the shredded coconut and chocolate chips and beat on low speed until the shredded coconut and chocolate chips are evenly incorporated.

7 Chill, if needed: If your dough feels very soft or warm at this point, chill the dough for 30 minutes before scooping and baking. This will help the cookies keep their domed shape a better. It's also fine to use the dough right away, but except the cookies to spread a little more than pictured.

Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies

7 Scoop the dough: Use a large cookie scoop (about 4 tablespoons) to scoop the dough out onto one of the baking sheets. Space the cookies about 1 1/2 inches apart. Leave as is for domed cookies, or flatten slightly with the bottom of a water glass for flat cookies.

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8 Bake the cookies: Bake the cookies, one sheet at a time, for about 15 minutes. Rotate your cookie sheet halfway through cooking so the cookies bake evenly. While the first batch bakes, scoop the cookies for the next batch.

The cookies are done when the bottoms are golden brown (which you can just start to see around the bottom edge) and the tops feel dry. The cookies will be soft when first out of the oven, but will firm up as they cool.

9 Cool the cookies: Cool the cookies on the baking sheet for about 5 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Cookies will keep in an airtight container for about a week, or in the freeze for 3 months. (Microwave frozen cookies for about a minute to warm.) You can also freeze the balls of unbaked cookie dough; bake straight from the freezer and add a few extra minutes onto the bake time.