Coconut Oil White Chocolate Cookies

I don’t know why I waited this long to make cookies with coconut oil.

Cookie baking will never be the same.

Coconut Oil White Chocolate Cookies - All the butter has been replaced with coconut oil in these soft & chewy cookies loaded with white chocolate! If you've wanted to start baking with coconut oil, this is an easy recipe to try!

I’m no stranger to using, cooking, and baking with coconut oil. I have 40+ Coconut and Coconut Oil Recipes. I’ve used it on Roasted Vegetables and Chocolate Coconut Kale Chips. I’ve made No-Bake Coconut and Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites and have baked Samoas Bars, but had never made cookies with it.

I worried the coconut oil was going to turn the cookie dough into a soupy, sloppy mess and I hate wasting time and ingredients. But curiosity got the better of me, I tried it, and I’m in coconutty lust with the results.

Normally I am a butter-only girl with cookies. The taste and richness are hard to give up, and as a baker, it lends a consistency to dough that’s difficult to replicate. Of the probably 35 cookie recipes on my site, only one uses shortening, Puffy Vanilla and Peanut Butter Chip Cookies. Ironically, they got pretty popular on Pinterest for awhile, but they aren’t my personal favorite because I miss the butter.

Coconut Oil White Chocolate Cookies - All the butter has been replaced with coconut oil in these soft & chewy cookies loaded with white chocolate! If you've wanted to start baking with coconut oil, this is an easy recipe to try!

I sure didn’t miss the butter in these cookies. Coconut oil proves to be every bit as flavorful and rich as butter does, but in a different way. Coconut oil is not a flavor-neutral oil and anyone who says it doesn’t make your food taste like coconut has different taste buds than I do. Or they use a brand I’ve not tried.

I’ve tried many brands, including Tropical Traditions, Kelapo, Trader Joe’s, Nutiva, Nature’s Way, Spectrum, and Artisana. For these cookies I used Tropical Traditions Gold Label Virgin Unrefined Organic Coconut Oil. The main distinctions among coconut oils, after organic versus non-organic, is in the refined versus unrefined aspect. Refined is more highly processed and generally has less coconut flavor; unrefined is processed less and has more coconut flavor. It’s been suggested that people who don’t like coconut should try refined since it’s less in-your-face.

However, I think all coconut oil, no matter the brand or type, imparts flavor. Here, the coconut oil perfumes the dough and the overall coconut flavor is palpable, but it’s in the background. It doesn’t cause me to feel like I’m eating tanning lotion or anything. It’s subtle yet present.

Coconut Oil White Chocolate Cookies - All the butter has been replaced with coconut oil in these soft & chewy cookies loaded with white chocolate! If you've wanted to start baking with coconut oil, this is an easy recipe to try!

If you don’t like coconut or coconut oil, I won’t tell you to make these cookies. There are plenty of other cookies to try. But for anyone on the fence about coconut, who likes it, or if you love it, please make these cookies asap.

Coconut oil keeps them soft, moist, and tender. It imparts richness, fattiness, and a melt-in-your mouth quality without being greasy in the least. I’ve had greasier storebought granola bars than the cookies. And because coconut oil and the overall flavor of the dough base was just begging for a little something extra, a copious amount of white chocolate chips prominently rounds out the flavors.

I made the cookies by adapting one of my favorite cookie dough bases, the Sugar-Doodle Vanilla Cookie base. I’ve used it in Cranberry and White Chocolate Chip Cookies, Maraschino Cherry White Chocolate Cookies, and now these. It worked beautifully.

Begin by combining coconut oil with sugars, an egg, vanilla extract, and cream the ingredients until they’re soft and fluffy, about five minutes. It’s important to use coconut oil that’s softened to the consistency of softened butter. The same consistency you’d use for creaming butter with sugars and eggs in traditional cookie dough.

Coconut Oil White Chocolate Cookies - All the butter has been replaced with coconut oil in these soft & chewy cookies loaded with white chocolate! If you've wanted to start baking with coconut oil, this is an easy recipe to try!

If your coconut oil is rock hard, microwave it in a small bowl for five or ten seconds, or just until it begins to soften. If it’s runny or melted, place it in the freezer momentarily until it firms up. A tiny amount of runniness is fine; it’s an oil and that happens. But do not use melted or purely liquid coconut oil because you can’t effectively cream a liquid; it would be like trying to cream liquid butter. Doesn’t work.

Add the flours, baking soda, and mix to just incorporate. I used a combination of bread and all-purpose flours in these cookies. I feel like a broken record saying this, but bread flour has a slightly higher protein and gluten content (11-12%) than all-purpose (10%), and that little bit of extra gluten helps create chewier baked goods with greater structure. Cookies made with bread flour are chewier and less prone to spreading while baking.

I didn’t want my cookies to spread, and figured with the coconut oil they could use all the help they could get. You could likely get away with exclusively using all-purpose, but I haven’t tried. For $4.99 and a bag of flour, you have insurance against spreading, and you can make more cookies, dinner rolls, and soft pretzels, too. Lucky you.

Coconut Oil White Chocolate Cookies - All the butter has been replaced with coconut oil in these soft & chewy cookies loaded with white chocolate! If you've wanted to start baking with coconut oil, this is an easy recipe to try!

The dough is thick yet light, and reminds me a bit of Play-Doh. When pinched, it should hold together it’s shape and stick together, but it’s not tacky like regular chocolate chip cookie dough. If you pull off a little hunk and make a marble with it, it should hold together easily, not crumble; nor should it be oily, loose, or falling apart. If your dough isn’t holding a shape and is loose, add a tablespoon or two more flour to dry it out; or if you’ve overdone the flour, adding a teeny tiny drizzle of coconut oil will moisten it back up.

Fold in the white chocolate chips and although you could use milk or semi-sweet sweet, I think white chocolate and coconut are the perfect paring. And even though I hate nuts in baked goods, I mean, I despise pebbles in satiny dough. But if there was ever a cookie that I could really see macadamia nuts working with, it’s this one. It would be take the classic white chocolate macadamia nut cookie to new heights. But I had no intentions of putting rocks into this soft, buttery, butter-less dough.

Form the cookies into mounds that are 2.25-ounces each by weight, or just shy of one-quarter cup in size, about three heaping tablespoons of dough. The recipe only makes 15 cookies so you could just divide into fifteen equal-sized mounds. I used a cookie scoop to dig out the dough from the mixing bowl, then rolled the balls in my hands a bit to smooth them. If the white chocolate chips are falling out, just keep putting them back in and squeezing them in.

Coconut Oil White Chocolate Cookies - All the butter has been replaced with coconut oil in these soft & chewy cookies loaded with white chocolate! If you've wanted to start baking with coconut oil, this is an easy recipe to try!

Flatten the mounds slightly. They still should be domed, but don’t keep them in perfectly round balls with tons of height because they won’t cook through properly. It’s very important to get your dough in exactly the shape you plan to bake it inbecause after you chill it, you can’t change the shape. And it goes without saying, warm Play-Doh is not suitable for baking. Don’t even think about not chilling it. Place all the mounds on a large plate, cover it with plasticwrap, and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, up to 5 days, before baking.

Bake the cookies at 350F for 9 to 11 minutes. My dough was rock hard coming out of the refrigerator after a 3 day chill session, and I allowed it to sit on baking sheets at room temperature for 30 minutes before baking. I baked for just under 10 minutes, rotating trays midway through. Keep an eye on these and err on the lower end of the baking time range if you’re unsure. The tops should barely be set, and will be glossy and appear underdone at 9 or 10 minutes, but they firm up as they cool. Any longer than 11 minutes and you run the risk of the bottoms browning too much. Everyone’s coconut oil, oven, climate, and personal preferences are different, but they taste best when they’re pale, soft, and gooey.

Coconut Oil White Chocolate Cookies - All the butter has been replaced with coconut oil in these soft & chewy cookies loaded with white chocolate! If you've wanted to start baking with coconut oil, this is an easy recipe to try!

The cookies are a new favorite and I can’t wait to try other cookie recipes with coconut oil rather than butter. It was just like using a stick of butter, except it smells so much better than butter. The fragrance and flavor of coconut oil isn’t over-powering. It’s just right, even for those who don’t love-love coconut oil. Scott didn’t know what was different about these cookies and couldn’t put his finger on it until I told him. Then he proceeded to inhale a few.

The cookies have chewy edges and tender, dense interiors. They’re moist, soft, and stayed soft for days. They’re oozing with white chocolate and it’s a pronounced flavor. I’m a white chocolate fiend, so that’s especially perfect.

I feel like I’m on vacation when I inhale the scent of one of these.

Coconut Oil White Chocolate Cookies - All the butter has been replaced with coconut oil in these soft & chewy cookies loaded with white chocolate! If you've wanted to start baking with coconut oil, this is an easy recipe to try!

Coconut Oil White Chocolate Cookies - All the butter has been replaced with coconut oil in these soft & chewy cookies loaded with white chocolate! If you've wanted to start baking with coconut oil, this is an easy recipe to try!

 

Coconut Oil White Chocolate Cookies

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 15 cookies

There's no butter in these cookies and it's been replaced with coconut oil. If you've never baked with coconut oil, you're in for a real treat. The cookies don't taste overtly of coconut and instead, the coconut oil creates a subtly sweet undertone and perfumes the dough with a luscious scent. The cookies are soft and chewy with firmer edges and moist, soft, dense interiors. The white chocolate chips complement the flavor of the dough perfectly and are oozing in every bite. The coconut adds richness, depth of flavor, and you'll never miss the butter in these new favorites.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup coconut oil, softened (softened to the consistency of soft butter; not rock hard and not runny or melted, see below)

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed

1 large egg

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 cup all-purpose flour

3/4 cup bread flour (all-purpose flour may be substituted and used exclusively; bread flour yields chewier cookies that will spread less and is recommended, see below)

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt, optional and to taste

1 cup (6 ounces) white chocolate chips

1/2 to 1 cup roughly chopped macadamia nuts, optional

Directions:

To the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine coconut oil, egg, sugars, vanilla, and beat on medium-high speed to cream until light and fluffy, 4 to 5 minutes. Note - Coconut oil should be the consistency of soft butter like you'd use to cream with sugar and eggs in tradtional cookies. If coconut oil is rock hard, microwave it in a small bowl for 5 to 10 seconds or just until it begins to soften. If coconut oil is runny or melted, place it in the freezer momentarily until it firms up. A tiny amount of runniness is fine; it's an oil and that happens. But do not use melted or purely liquid coconut oil because you can't effectively cream a liquid; it would be like trying to cream liquid butter.

Stop, scrape down the sides of the bowl, and add the flours, baking soda, salt, and mix until just combined, about 1 minute. Solely using all-purpose flour will work, but the cookies will not be as chewy, may not rise as well, and may be more prone to spreading while baking. Bread flour creates chewier, puffier cookies that spread less.

Add the white chocolate, optional nuts (I didn't use any and if using the full cup, reduce the white chocolate somewhat so the dough can hold it all) and beat momentarily to incorporate or fold in by hand.

Using a 2-ounce or medium cookie scoop, form heaping mounds weighing 2 1/4-ounces each. This is a scant 1/4 cup of dough, or 3 heaping tablespoons; or divide dough into approximately 15 equal-sized pieces. They will look on the large side. Place dough mounds on a large plate, and slightly flatten each mound. Very important to get the dough mounds in the exact shape you want to bake them in because after chilling, flattening or re-shaping them is very difficult. Cover with plasticwrap, and refrigerate for at least 2 hours; up to 5 days. Do not bake these cookies with dough that has not been properly chilled because they will spread.

Preheat oven to 350°F, line a baking sheet with a Silpat Non-Stick Baking Mat,, parchment, or spray with cooking spray. Place dough on baking sheet, spaced at least 2 inches apart; I bake a maximum of 8 per sheet. Bake for 9 to 11 minutes, or until tops have just set, even if slightly undercooked and glossy in the center. They firm up as they cool and I recommend the lower end of the baking range because they taste best when softer and paler. Allow cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 5 to 10 minutes before moving. Store cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days, or in the freezer for up to 3 months. Alternatively, unbaked dough can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, or in the freezer for up to 3 months, so consider baking only as many cookies as desired and save the remaining dough to be baked in the future when desired.

Adapted from Cranberry and White Chocolate Chip Cookies and Sugar-Doodle Vanilla Cookies

http://www.averiecooks.com/2013/01/coconut-oil-white-chocolate-cookies.html

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153 Responses to “Coconut Oil White Chocolate Cookies”

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    Kare @ Kitchen Treaty — January 28, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    I finally bought coconut oil a couple of weeks ago when my sis and I made some homemade brown sugar foot scrub with it. The remainder has been sitting in my pantry saying, “try me in cookies!” whenever I open the pantry, and lo and behold, you post this recipe! Kismet! Must try! And I have all the ingredients, too – even the bread flour. Except … I made white chocolate chunk macadamia nut cookies recently and they were hell to have in the house – I ate most of them. I’m not proud. Anyway. Maybe I’ll just make these and then immediately have all my ravenous friends over as a little insurance. :)

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    • Averie @ Averie Cooks replied: — January 28th, 2013 at 7:14 pm

      And I’m sure they will be ‘fine’ without bread flour; just make sure the dough is nice and chilled before baking!

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    vanillasugarblog — January 28, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    I need to do more with coconut oils.
    Seriously girl these are brilliant!

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    dervla @ the curator — January 28, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    Oh my gosh, i totally agree. I tried out coconut oil on your roasted veggies the other day and it was incredible. I’m never turning away from coconut oil!!

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    Diane @ Vintage Zest — January 28, 2013 at 7:22 pm

    These look ridiculously yummy!

    And thank you for using white chocolate chips. They get such a bad rap from chocolate snobs who say that white chocolate isn’t “real” chocolate!

    It’s delicious, and that’s all that matters. :)

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    • Averie @ Averie Cooks replied: — January 28th, 2013 at 8:11 pm

      I am such a fan of it, I don’t care what ‘they’ think…I happen to love it :) And white chocolate is becoming sort of trendy (again). It’s had lots of press for a hot food to watch in 2013 :)

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      • Diane @ Vintage Zest replied: — January 28th, 2013 at 8:46 pm

        Really? Good to know that I’m trendy (food-wise)!

        I just stumbled across your blog (not even sure where I linked from), and now I’m on my way to read over every one of your recipes. They all look and sound so amazing so far!

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    Katie — January 28, 2013 at 7:31 pm

    Coconut oil in cookies? Love this idea!

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    carrian — January 28, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    I still havne’t taken the plunge! WHAT IS MY DEAL?! Ok, I have to save this recipe so I can try it out.

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    The Ninja Baker — January 28, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    Another keeper recipe from Averie Cooks! Very much appreciate your healthful coconut oil based recipes. Grateful, too, for the tips about bread flour. Japanese bread flour is lovely and will undoubtedly assist in making beautiful white chocolate cookies à la Averie =)

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    Valerie — January 28, 2013 at 7:55 pm

    L.O.V.E
    I’m a butter girl too, but I trust you- if you say the butter us not missed, I’ll believe you. (The way you describe the dough makes it sound very dangerous.) :D

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    • Averie @ Averie Cooks replied: — January 28th, 2013 at 8:09 pm

      I would not say it if it wasn’t true…seriously I am soooo picky about the butter and really, it’s not missed. I mean, coconut oil is fattier than butter :) But it’s ‘healthy fat’ :) But let’s judge this on taste not health: nothing is missing!

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    Jen @ Savory Simple — January 28, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    I love baking with coconut oil! It makes such incredibly moist baked goods. I can just imagine how these taste. Beautifully done!

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    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — January 28, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    I really love these cookies, Averie! Coconut oil is just amazing!

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    JulieD — January 28, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    I love coconut oil but I have never baked with it. these look awesome!!

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    Suzanne B — January 29, 2013 at 12:10 am

    Gosh, those look so good! I love coconut oil and never thought to substitute it for butter in cookies.

    Have you ever tried baking with coconut butter?

    http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51SB8ybJTYL._SL500_AA300_.jpg

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    Angela @ AnotherBitePlease — January 29, 2013 at 5:43 am

    averie…wow…the photos with the melted white chocolate chips…these look amazing. i have 2 jars of cocount oil and have yet to cook with it…been using for homemade body scrub. LOL…so now i get to make my mouth happy with the coconut oil and these cookies!!!!

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    • Averie @ Averie Cooks replied: — January 29th, 2013 at 9:15 am

      They remind me lots of the cookie of mine you’ve been making – but no PB or oats but still, lots of parallels, with a coconut flavor added. I bet you’d love them!

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    Alyssa — January 29, 2013 at 6:29 am

    Those look amazing! So soft and chewy :-) I love coconut oil and use it regularly myself!

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    Jocelyn @BruCrew Life — January 29, 2013 at 6:29 am

    Coconut oil has been finding itself into more of my baking. I love coconut flavored everything, but I honestly have never thought the oil tasted like coconut. Maybe it is the brand I use? Just a generic one from Walmart. I love how soft and puffy your cookies always look, no matter what you use!!!

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    • Averie @ Averie Cooks replied: — January 29th, 2013 at 9:14 am

      Different brands vary widely in taste – I would say experiment with a few others until you find one you like (for some people, they’d actually prefer what you describe; sort of neutral & non-coconutty). Some of the organic unrefined brands are pretty strongly coconut scented I’ve found. Sometimes this is good, sometimes not as much, depending on what you’re making.

      And they’re puffy from dough chilling. That is the secret, always!

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    Ali — January 29, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    Oooooh boy I’m excited to try these cookies! So much do I love white chocolate. I haven’t yet tried baking with coconut oil, but I think now is the time to start! I use Lou Ana All Natural Pure Coconut Oil, and it doesn’t taste like coconut at all to me (which is good because I do NOT favor coconut flavor!). I bought it because it was the cheaper coconut oil, but I was very pleased with the neutral flavor. Like I said though, I haven’t baked with it yet. Guess I’ll just have to make these cookies to test it out!! :D Thanks for the recipe, Averie!

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — January 29, 2013 at 10:48 pm

    I actually have a jar of coconut oil in my pantry just waiting to be used up!

    Thanks for the awesome recipe – I’ll be sure to make this soon. I’m out of snacks at home so I really need these cookies around!

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    Jamie Charrette — February 5, 2013 at 9:34 pm

    Unfortunately, I had a problem with this recipe. The dough was so dry!!! I added a little water, then about a tbsp more coconut oil, then more water, and more water. After all of that I still had to compress each cookie into a ball by hand and then press them down or they would not spread. I think I’ll try 1/4 cup less flour next time…That being said, there will definitely be a next time! They were quite tasty! Please let me know if you think less flour will help or more liquid. I have made many of your other recipes and never had a problem. Thank you!!!

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    • Averie @ Averie Cooks replied: — February 5th, 2013 at 9:38 pm

      I would guess that variance in brand to brand of coconut oil is the issue. My coconut oil may have been more oily and yours more dry and that’s why the same amount of flour for me may be a bit much for you, hypothetically speaking. Unless you’re making bread, I would never add water to dough. You could have probably added another tablespoon or two of coconut oil OR reduced the flour by 2 to 4 tbsp and been fine. Minor, minor tweaks and you’re all set! Baking is part art, part science, and part looking at your ingredients in the mixing bowl and deciding how to remedy things. Sounds like in your case 1/4 less flour and maybe slightly more oil would be the ticket! LMK how things go next go-round!

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      • Jamie Charrette replied: — February 10th, 2013 at 10:53 pm

        Thanks! I’ll let you know how it goes :)

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    Nicole Ferreira — February 13, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    Oh wow! These look delicious! Im deffinitly going to have to give these a try, specially knowing there is coconut oil in them. The cookies just come out so much better! I as well have a cookie recipe that uses coconut oil. They are Chocolate Chunk-Chip cookies, http://saddlingupinthekitchen.weebly.com/2/post/2013/01/chocolate-chunk-chip-cookies.html

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    • Averie @ Averie Cooks replied: — February 14th, 2013 at 1:12 am

      And I just made more coconut oil cookies…will blog about them next week I think!

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    Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel — March 5, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    Coconut oil haters and doubters, listen to me. While I am completely cookoo for coconut, I have a family that has a burning hatred for the stuff. And even at the mere mention of coconut, their faces turn sour. But Averie’s recipe was far too droolworthy for me to ignore, so I made them and neglected to tell anyone what went in the cookies. The smell alone hooked them–they kept commenting about how it smelled so good and “vanilla-y” but they didn’t realize that I had used coconut oil for that distinct, nutty, sweet flavor. I am not joking when I say that I ate almost every cookie by myself and they are easily THE BEST cookies I’ve EVER had. PERIOD. My family enjoyed them, too, but basically they only got the scraps I left them. I told you I was cookoo for coconut :)

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    • Averie @ Averie Cooks replied: — March 5th, 2013 at 1:10 pm

      I heart you for this comment! Thank you!

      “they kept commenting about how it smelled so good and “vanilla-y” but they didn’t realize that I had used coconut oil” — I couldn’t have said it better myself. It has a nutty, sweet, distinct smell; far more so than the actual taste, but it just perfumes the house and it’s heaven-sent, I agree!

      I had to keep from eating the whole batch myself and tried to hide them from myself :) I don’t know if you sampled any raw dough (I sure did…and I lived) but it’s some of the best cookie dough ever! Crazy good! Thanks for making these and taking the time to come back and tell all the coconut haters they have nothing to worry about! :) xoxo

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      • Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel replied: — March 5th, 2013 at 1:16 pm

        Um, yeah, there was a brief crisis in which I almost ate half of the dough. Next time, I may just make the dough and omit the eggs (and replace with milk or something) to just eat the dough plain. SO GOOD.

        Also, if coconut haters still dislike this idea, please make the cookies for the heaven-sent aroma Averie and I are talking about. It’s unreal, and I have a feeling if we could bottle it, we’d make millions. And you can always ship either of us the cookies when they’re done :)

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    laurasmess — March 10, 2013 at 3:00 am

    Hi Averie! I just found this recipe over at the Milk & Cereal blog, and I thought I should give you adequate props for an inspired recipe! I just invested in a huge jar of coconut oil and I’ve been searching for ways to use it (having read all about the health benefits etc). I’ll be trying your cookie recipe… and yes, my friends are also in the coconut-aversion camp. I’ll be hoping that this will convert them! x

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    Melissah — March 12, 2013 at 10:56 am

    Hi Averie!
    Thanks so much for the great recipe and the comments on my re-blog! This recipe is great– I had a similar problem to some of the other commenters, my flour was a bit dry but like you said it’s a pretty easy fix. These cookies are best warm and gooey, but I am so, so happy to have found a cookie recipe that doesn’t use butter!

    Mmmm thanks again :).
    Melissah

    http://princessinthekitchen.wordpress.com/2013/03/09/coconut-oil-white-chocolate-chip-cookies/

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    • Averie @ Averie Cooks replied: — March 12th, 2013 at 11:08 am

      Yes with varying climates, moisture content in flour, and varying brands of coconut oil (some are more ‘oily’ than others), playing with the ratios of a tbsp or two of oil, or flour, either one in either direction can help anything. Just some tiny tiny little tweaks is all that’s necessary. Glad you loved the cookies!

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    Becky — March 16, 2013 at 9:48 am

    I made these cookies last Sunday afternoon. They were absolutely amazing! There was only a hint of coconut flavor left after baking, and even my husband (who hates coconut) ate a few and said they were my best cookies to date :) The whole batch was gone with in 48 hours…so I’ll have to make more soon! Thanks for the great recipe!

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    • Averie @ Averie Cooks replied: — March 16th, 2013 at 12:17 pm

      I’m so happy to hear that they were gobbled within 48 hrs and that even your hubs was impressed. The coconut oil adds such a special flavor that’s not true ‘coconut in your face’ flavor. Glad your hubs gives them the best cookies ever vote – and hates coconut :) Thanks for the comment and coming back to LMK!

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    Amy Jo — March 27, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    You are the cookie queen! They all look absolutely delicious.

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    Gayla — September 14, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    I made these tonight! Delicious! I have being looking for low fat desserts. Even fat free desserts. That still taste wonderful! Thank you!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — September 14th, 2013 at 7:46 pm

      So glad you tried them and are pleased! I just posted them to my Facebook page and was hoping a few people may want to bake cookies today :)

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    Alexandra — October 31, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    Is there a good substitute for the granulated sugar in this recipe? Trying to cut the refined sugars out, but would love to bake some cookies!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — October 31st, 2013 at 4:01 pm

      I have not tried replacing it. I am sure if you are a confident cook you could start tinkering around with coconut sugar, palm sugar, etc but they are not ‘common ingredients’ for many readers and don’t always give the same results that good ole granulated does (so I don’t usually write recipes using them); but LMK how your recipe trials go!

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      • Melissa Klotz replied: — November 7th, 2013 at 8:55 pm

        I made a few alterations, one being coconut sugar. They’re chilling right now, can’t wait to see how they turn out!!

      • Melissa Klotz replied: — November 8th, 2013 at 11:27 am

        The coconut sugar was great! I replaced both the brown sugar and granulated with it. I also ran out of AP flour and ended up using 3/4 AP and 1 cup oat flour. The color of the cookies is totally different since the coconut sugar is brown, but omg they’re so delicious and have a great texture! http://instagram.com/p/gca6csr_Jl/

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    marlies — November 6, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    Maybe this is a silly question, but does coconut oil generally tend to make baked goods spread more than butter during baking? Either way, these cookies look delicious! Your photos are always sooo gorgeous!

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    Hannah — January 18, 2014 at 2:32 am

    Hi Averie!
    How long should I leave the cookie dough out after freezing?
    Until they reach room temperature?
    Huge fan of your sublime recipes!!
    Thanks!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — January 18th, 2014 at 2:34 am

      It really doesn’t matter. You can bake with it rock hard. You’ll just need to extend baking time, as necessary. 2-3 mins extra I would estimate for frozen dough. But use common sense and watch your cookies, not the clock!

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    capturing joy with kristen duke — January 28, 2014 at 9:52 am

    You”ve inspired me to try to bake with coconut oil!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — January 28th, 2014 at 6:03 pm

      And thanks for all the pins today!

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    Renee — February 8, 2014 at 11:18 am

    I made these using all all-purpose flour and they were delicious! I only put them in for about 9 minutes and it was the perfect amount. Although I might have made my cookies a bit smaller because I got a batch of 22 instead of 15. Which in my opinion was even better!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — February 8th, 2014 at 12:32 pm

      Glad you loved them! Thanks for trying the recipe!

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    annie — February 12, 2014 at 8:09 pm

    Hello, what if i wanted to make a peanut butter version of this cookie? how do i go about the measurements of peanut butter?

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    Jen — February 23, 2014 at 7:44 am

    LOVE this recipe. I made them last night for the first time, and it took all of my willpower NOT to eat all the dough. I ended up with only 12 cookies at 2.25 ounces each. Also, they didn’t flatten when baked, so they resembled pucks more than cookies. Thankfully, shape had no effect on taste. ;) I didn’t have bread flour, so I don’t know if that had something to do with it. Also, the dough stuck to the plate when chilled. Getting them off the plate to bake them was a challenge. Nevertheless, these puppies are getting made again soon!! Thank you!!!!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — February 23rd, 2014 at 9:43 am

      Glad you loved them! Regarding sticking, put a piece of plasticwrap on the surface of the plate, put dough mounds on that, fold edges over and seal up. Problem solved. Not flattening when baking – I would say then make the cookies less mounded when forming the balls and shape them a little flatter since yours didn’t spread much at all. Problem solved :)

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    Quinn Foley — June 19, 2014 at 7:37 am

    Seriously my new favorite cookie! Everyone loved them and was asking for the recipe! Thanks so much!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — June 19th, 2014 at 1:57 pm

      Thanks for trying these and glad they were a hit with everyone and they all wanted the recipe! And that they’re your new favorite cookie!

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