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Crispy, Chewy Carolina Coconut Cookies
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
28 mins
Total Time
48 mins
As the name says, these Crispy, Chewy Carolina Coconut Cookies have moist chewy interiors, crisp buttery edges and lots of fabulous coconut flavor for a delicious sweet indulgence!
Course: Cookies, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Carolina Coconut Cookies, Coconut Cookies
Servings: 20
Calories: 169 kcal
Author: Chris Scheuer
  • ½ cup very soft butter
  • ½ cup light brown sugar packed
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups coconut flakes (divided) I've used both sweetened and unsweetened with good results
  • toffee bits or raw, coarse sugar like Turbinado or Demerara for topping (I use about ½ cup toffee bits)
  1. Preheat the oven to 350˚F. Line two sheet pans with parchment paper for easy cleanup.
  2. Combine the soft butter, sugars and egg in a medium-size mixing bowl. Stir with a sturdy spatula until nice and smooth.
  3. Add the vanilla and baking soda and stir to combine.
  4. Stir in the flour, a little at a time and the salt. Mix just until any traces of flour have been mixed in. Add 1 ½ cups of the coconut, reserving the other half cup in a small bowl.
  5. Scoop up the cookies in 2 tablespoon portions. Roll the tops and sides of the dough balls in the reserved coconut and place on the prepared sheet pans with 2 inches between each one.
  6. Bake for 12-16 minutes until light golden brown. Remove from the oven and top each cookie with 1-1½ teaspoons of the toffee bits. Alternatively, you can sprinkle each cookie with ½-1 teaspoon of Turbinado or Demerara raw sugar.

  7. Return the cookies to the oven and bake for another 2-3 minutes until nicely golden brown.
  8. Cool on the cookie sheet for 2-3 minutes then transfer to a cooling rack to cool.
  9. Store in an airtight container for 3-4 days or in the freezer for 1-2 months.
Recipe Notes

See Café Tips above in the post for more detailed instructions and tips.

Nutrition Facts
Crispy, Chewy Carolina Coconut Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 169 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Trans Fat 1g
Cholesterol 20mg7%
Sodium 105mg5%
Potassium 67mg2%
Carbohydrates 18g6%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 154IU3%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 11mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.