Soft Batch Dark Brown Sugar Coconut Oil Cookies

No butter, no white sugar, no complaints.

Just dark and rich cookies so soft that they bend rather than break.

Soft Batch Dark Brown Sugar Coconut Oil Cookies

Growing up I loved Soft Batch Cookies. Although there was never a shortage of homemade cookies around, something about those uber-soft storebought cookies, almost flexible and pliable they’re so soft, was something I’d pester my mom to buy.

These cookies are my ode to Soft Batch cookies, using a more robust flavor palette. I love the dark, rich, robust flavors of dark brown sugar and molasses, and pairing them with coconut oil was the best flavor pairing decision I’ve made in ages. But pairing coconut oil with almost anything is a good call.

Soft Batch Dark Brown Sugar Coconut Oil Cookies

I tried to convey in the Coconut Oil White Chocolate Cookies recipe that the coconut oil doesn’t make the cookies taste like tanning lotion. In fact, the coconut flavor when baking with coconut oil is much less overt than if using shredded or flaked coconut, which can often be quite powerful and almost off-putting. Instead, I liken coconut oil to amped up, flavored butter. Just as browned butter is an enhanced, tastier version of butter, coconut oil in many ways is the same.

Interestingly, I’ve found when baking with coconut oil that the smell is more pronounced than the actual flavor. Instead, what is pronounced is the richness and deeply satisfying density. The lusciousness of coconut oil on your lips and tongue supercedes the coconut taste. Cookies baked with it have an immense richness that is so luxurious. I don’t bite into them and say oh wow, this tastes like coconut, which is my way of saying if you’re on the fence about coconut in general, to give coconut oil a whirl in baking. You’ll still be able to taste it, but it’s not as powerful as you’d think. Plus, dark brown sugar and molasses are two flavors that can stand up to it.

Soft Batch Dark Brown Sugar Coconut Oil Cookies

I’ve been craving molasses cookies and rather than being seasonally inappropriate with a straight up molasses cookie in the almost springtime, I allowed the natural molasses undertones in dark brown sugar to work for me. Dark brown sugar is really just light brown sugar with triple the amount of molasses. Approximately 3 tablespoons molasses to 1 cup granulated sugar in dark brown sugar, versus 1 tablespoon to 1 cup granulated sugar for light brown sugar. Plus, I supplemented the dough with 1 tablespoon molasses, enough to add that extra pop I love.

Please don’t write to tell me that brown sugar is white sugar with molasses added. I’ve been told that about 500 times. I am making a taste claim about dark brown sugar, not a health claim. You cannot get the flavor from white sugar that brown sugar lends.

Make the cookies by combining coconut oil with dark brown sugar, an egg, vanilla 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, sugars, and eggs in traditional cookie dough.

Soft Batch Dark Brown Sugar Coconut Oil Cookies

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.

I used 2 tablespoons vanilla, because I love it and this dough is bold and can stand up to it, but if you prefer less, add to taste. I used Homemade Vanilla Extract, full of vanilla bean flecks and specks.

I bake cookies and bread with unsulphered molasses, not blackstrap, which is too bitter for me to enjoy. Even though it’s only a tablespoon, I caution against using it in this recipe unless you prefer a pungent and bitter bite.

Soft Batch Dark Brown Sugar Coconut Oil Cookies

Add the flour, corn starch, baking soda, salt, and mix to just incorporate. I normally use a combination of bread and all-prose flour in cookies, but for these, I stuck with AP because cookies made with it are softer, although not quite as chewy. I was going for that extreme Soft Batch softness.

And for that reason, I also added cornstarch. Cornstarch is a workhorse and I used it in my favorite chocolate chip cookies. It does the job of both softening and tenderizing dough, and cookies made with it bake up extremely soft. One of the reasons I think the Pudding Cookies craze has taken off is because one of the first ingredients in pudding mix is ‘modified food starches’, code for cornstarch. And cookies made with it are super soft and people love a soft cookie. The same is true of Strawberry Cake Mix Cookies or Mounds Bar Chocolate Coconut Cake Mix Cookies. The cornstarch in the mix helps them bake up so soft that they’re bendy.

Soft Batch Dark Brown Sugar Coconut Oil Cookies

The cookie dough will be soft and it’s not sticky or tacky like traditional chocolate chip cookie dough. It reminds me of a peanut butter-based cookie dough because it seems a little on the oily side, thanks to the coconut oil. It has that Play-Doh like consistency and you can pinch it together and it sticks to itself but not to your hands.

I used my medium 2-inch cookie scoop and made 16 mounds, about two heaping tablespoons of dough each. I didn’t flatten them, shape them, or touch them in any way. I let the tops stay ‘feathered’, which is the impression the wire-release mechanism on my cookie scoop makes.

Place the dough mounds on a large plate, cover with plasticwrap, and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or up to 5 days before baking. The dough is too warm, limp, and soft and is unsuitable for baking until it has been chilled. If you bake with warm, soft, dough your cookies will spread into a big puddle. You don’t want that.

Soft Batch Dark Brown Sugar Coconut Oil Cookies

Bake the cookies at 350F for 8 to 10 minutes, but I strongly encourage the lower end of the range. My dough was rock hard coming out of the refrigerator after two days chilling, and I allowed it to sit on baking sheets at room temperature for 30 minutes before baking. I baked for 8 minutes, rotating trays midway through. The tops should barely be set, and will be glossy and appear underdone, but they firm up as they cool. Any longer than 10 minutes and you run the risk of the bottoms browning too much and you don’t want Hard Batch Cookies. Everyone’s coconut oil, oven, climate, and personal preferences are different, but they taste best when they’re soft and not overbaked.

The cookies are so very soft and chewy. They bend and flex before they break and crumble. They’re moist and dense without being heavy. The coconut oil, cornstarch, molasses, and dark brown sugar keeps them so soft and and they soft for days. Brown sugar absorbs atmospheric moisture so the cookies actually get softer over time, rather than drying out.

Soft Batch Dark Brown Sugar Coconut Oil Cookies

The dark brown sugar and molasses take on caramelized flavors while baking and the depth of flavor created is sublime, especially paired with the coconut oil and abundant vanilla. They have a rustic, earthier, bolder flavor that’s sweet enough, but not too sweet. Serve them with a tall glass of milk if you wish, but two shots of espresso or a glass of red wine are more of what I have in mind.

They’re the best possible cookie combination in the whole family of soft batch-ish and vanilla (Sugar-Doodle Vanilla Cookies), brown sugar (Brown Sugar Maple Cookies), molasses (Molasses Triple Chocolate Cookies), and coconut oil (Coconut Oil White Chocolate Cookies) cookies I’ve been creating the past 6 months. I think I just found the holy grail of combinations.

If you like brown sugar, molasses, caramel, vanilla, browned butter, snickerdoodles, or cookies where the focus is on scrumptious cookie dough itself, not on all kinds of add-ins and chocolate chips, these are the cookies for you.

Soft Batch Dark Brown Sugar Coconut Oil Cookies

They are insanely good and I have to hide them from myself.

Unfortunately, I know all my own hiding places.

Soft Batch Dark Brown Sugar Coconut Oil Cookies

Soft Batch Dark Brown Sugar Coconut Oil Cookies - NO butter, NO white sugar. Made with coconut oil. So soft that they're bendable!

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Soft Batch Dark Brown Sugar Coconut Oil Cookies

No butter, no white sugar, no problem. These are some of the softest and most flavorful cookies I've had in ages and remind me of Soft Batch Cookies, with a bolder flavor palette. They're sweetened entirely with dark brown sugar, and because it has a higher concentration of molasses as well as a bit of molasses added to the dough, these cookies are rich, deep and caramely, with molasses undertones. Those ingredients, and the secret ingredient - a bit of cornstarch - help the cookies stay soft for days and they actually get softer over time. The coconut oil flavors the dough very subtly, and although you can 'taste it', it's much milder and more subtle than coconut flakes, for example. If you've never tried baking with coconut oil and replacing it one-for-one with butter in cookies, this small batch recipe is a great place to start.

Yield: about 15 medium-sized cookies

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 8 minutes

Total Time: 18 minutes


1/2 cup coconut oil, softened (softened to the consistency of soft butter; not rock hard and not runny or melted, see below)
1 cup dark brown sugar, packed
1 large egg
2 tablespoons vanilla extract (yes tablespoons, not teaspoons), or to taste
1 tablespoon unsulphered mild to medium molasses (use very dark or Blackstrap at your own risk because its very pungent and bitter for baking)
1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons corn starch
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt, optional and to taste


  1. To the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine coconut oil, egg, sugar 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 traditional 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.
  2. Stop, scrape down the sides of the bowl, add the vanilla, molasses, and beat to incorporate, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the flour, corn starch, baking soda, optional salt, and mix until just combined, about 1 minute.
  3. Using a medium cookie scoop, form mounds that are 2 heaping tablespoons in size; or divide dough into approximately 15 to 16 equal-sized pieces. 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.
  4. 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 8 to 10 minutes, or until tops have just set, even if slightly undercooked, pale, 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. The cookies in the photos were baked for 8 minutes, with trays rotated once midway through baking.
  5. 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 1 week, 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 Coconut Oil White Chocolate Cookies and Brown Sugar Maple Cookies

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273 Responses to “Soft Batch Dark Brown Sugar Coconut Oil Cookies”

  1. angela @ another bite please — February 19, 2013 at 5:40 am (#

    cornstarch is a workhorse…love that…and i had no idea about the pudding thing…i’ve been loving pudding cookies as well…and of course you’ve now given me the answer on why they always turn out so soft and delicious. soft batch cookies were such a favorite of mine growing up too…begging my mom to buy the expenseive name brand soft batch cookies so we could eat them all in one sitting. and i am so pleased to see the molasses flavor…why save such a wonderful flavor for Christmas :-)

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — February 19, 2013 at 2:28 pm (#

      My thoughts exactly about not saving that flavor only for Christmas. Or just having pumpkin in the fall…but I digresss :) Yes, it’s the cornstarch/modified food starch as it’s called, that makes cookies so soft. Soft without being airy or delicate. More chewy than bendy and not at all cakey; all things I love. And yes, eating the Soft Batch cookies in a DAY, or in a sitting…that was me and my sister growing up!

  2. Eva @ Eva Bakes — February 19, 2013 at 6:31 am (#

    Soft batch cookies were my weakness growing up. I’m sure I’ve eaten my weight in those cookies! I haven’t tried baking with coconut oil yet – is it worth the hype?

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — February 19, 2013 at 2:22 pm (#

      YES, it’s worth the hype but let the pictures speak for themselves…they just SPEAK to me, and scream my name, and hopefully they do the same for you!

  3. Mercedes — February 19, 2013 at 6:35 am (#

    You always make the most incredible cookies that look so mouth-wateringly good! I have pinned these and cannot wait to make them!

  4. Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) — February 19, 2013 at 8:09 am (#

    Soft cookies are my absolute favorite. No hard cookies around my kitchen. I must try these!

  5. Alyssa — February 19, 2013 at 8:41 am (#

    Ugghhhh, I want to eat all of that!! I just started a paleo challenge so your delicious treats are proving difficult to view!! I may need to take a hiatus until I’m finished :-)

  6. Samantha @ The Ascension House — February 19, 2013 at 9:15 am (#

    Oooo! I love swapping coconut oil for butter! So good!!! These look fantastic!

  7. debbie @ healthy running mom — February 19, 2013 at 10:00 am (#

    Yum. They sound amazing.

  8. Deana — February 19, 2013 at 11:51 am (#

    These cookies came out so pretty. Not the typical shape of a standard cookie. Sorta like a scoop of ice cream. Cool!

  9. Memoria — February 19, 2013 at 3:30 pm (#

    Why do you say there is no white sugar, when there is white sugar in the brown sugar? I don’t mind having white sugar in my desserts; I was just wondering why you make that claim. Anyway, the cookies look amazing, and I’m bookmarking the recipe. Lovely photos as well!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — February 19, 2013 at 3:35 pm (#

      Because some people will not use white sugar but they will use brown sugar. To you and I, it may be splitting hairs, but to some people, it’s a point of distinction that matters.

  10. ashley - baker by nature — February 19, 2013 at 6:54 pm (#

    I’m a coconut oil freak… must make these!

  11. Valerie — February 19, 2013 at 7:47 pm (#

    “…dark and rich cookies so soft that they bend rather than break.” <– This is poetry, or the lyrics to the perfect love song of all time! :D

    These cookies look amazing! I think molasses is acceptable all year 'round, at least it should be.

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — February 19, 2013 at 10:55 pm (#

      I thought you may like these. They are rich and sultry and darker than they average happy-go-lucky Funfetti cookie. You have to try them!

  12. Jess — February 19, 2013 at 8:06 pm (#

    I’ve become a coconut oil addict of late. I even slather it on my skin – Thai women swear it keeps them young, and I trust their judgement. ;) The texture of these cookies looks divine, and I love that photo of the brown sugar! Gorgeous!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — February 19, 2013 at 10:54 pm (#

      I used to put it on my skin more; now I am hoarding it to bake with :)

  13. Emily {Pink Tiger in the Kitchen} — February 20, 2013 at 7:04 am (#

    These cookies sounds amazing!! I’m all about a soft batch cookie and brown sugar. I’ve never baked with coconut oil and actually haven’t felt an urge to… until now. I am running out to buy a jar and make these!!

  14. Meadowlark — February 20, 2013 at 12:35 pm (#

    Hmmmmm….first “failure” during mixing. This did not come together….it was more like ‘meal’ than a cookie dough. We live in an arid climate, might that be an issue?

    Nevertheless, undaunted I added about a half cup of cold coffee and pressed on. This looks about right. (Pnut butter cookie consistency) and are I. The fridge as we speak.

    Dry flour?
    Small egg? (Nah…)
    Coconut oil not soft enough? (Seems unlikely)
    Your thoughts?

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — February 20, 2013 at 12:41 pm (#

      Yes, overfloured is probably the culprit. If you live in a dry/arid climate, you may need less flour. Depending on brand of coconut oil, how moist or unmoist your brown sugar was, the type of flour you use can all make a difference. I would say cut it back for future attempts and with this one, sounds like the coffee did the trick..another 1 to 2 tbsp of coconut oil would have probably fixed it right up, too. In recipes like these 1 to 2 tbsp of either oil or flour can really impact things. LMK how they bake up!

  15. Jess — February 22, 2013 at 8:51 am (#

    I think I need to make these SOON! Oh my goodness!! YUM! :)

    I’d love for you to join me at my Blog Hop! :)

  16. JC — February 23, 2013 at 3:23 pm (#

    Enjoyed by the entire family! My middle child thought they’d make delicious ice cream sandwiches. OH MY! I might not press them down next time and leave the “feathered” impression from my cookie scoop. Also tend to think some chopped crystallized ginger and/or golden raisins would be delicious. Any thoughts on using oat flour in place of AP?

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — February 23, 2013 at 4:17 pm (#

      Everything you just said…I drooled :) Raisins and crystallized ginger would be lovely (I have to be careful what I blog about b/c tons of people hate raisins and many would say they couldn’t find crys ginger, but I love them both and think they’d be amazing…I can also see like dried apricot chunks working). I loved the feathered impression and usually don’t keep it but kept it for these and was glad I did.

      Oat flour in place of AP. I would use slightly less and go slowly when adding it b/c the dough could get stiff and crumbly in a hurry. Because it’s a denser flour, you won’t get that soft-batch softness but more of a heartiness. Have you seen these? A totally different cookie but you may like them based on what you just wrote.

      Anyway thanks for the field report and please write back and LMK what you try next!

  17. Missy — February 25, 2013 at 2:59 am (#

    Um, totally want to make these, and as luck would have it, I have all the ingredients!!

  18. Michelle — February 28, 2013 at 8:09 am (#

    I just came across your blog about a month ago and have already moved it to the top of my favorites list (which has accumulated a pretty great depth of avid and talented bakers over the past few years : ) I love how much information you give about the chemistry and science of the recipes you create. With that in mind, I was wondering if you had an opion on this – you mentioned pudding cookie recipes above. I have one that I really like, but I don’t necessarily like the fact that I’m adding a processed mix to my cookies. Do you think the same effect could be achieved by just adding a certain level of cornstarch to the recipe instead and maybe some additional vanilla extract or paste? Also, with regard to this recipe above, I think the only molasses I have in my cabinet right now is blackstrap. Is there anything else you would recommend adding or changing if I left that out when making these? I don’t want them to be bitter!
    Thank you – and thank you for all of your posts!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — February 28, 2013 at 12:00 pm (#

      “by just adding a certain level of cornstarch to the recipe instead and maybe some additional vanilla extract or paste” – I would say you could add 2 tsp of cornstarch and some vanilla sugar (place a vanilla bean in a canister of sugar and let it get fragrant…a week or so) and also I’d recommend using superfine sugar OR running the sugar thru your food proc b/c as you know, pudding mix is downy-soft. I’d use about 1/4 to 1/3 cup sugar with the cornstarch. And/or add extra vanilla extract to the recipe. It’s a very hard one to remove from recipes. It’s magical. This is my fave recipe for banana bread and no matter what else I try – buttermilk, more butter, browned butter, oil, more sugar, less baking time, more yogurt, sour cream, etc…I cannot get the same amazing results if I skip that 1 little box of pudding

      Blackstrap…well, it’s your call. I wouldn’t bake with it b/c it is bitter. But if you dont want to buy a new jar ($4 bucks or so) of Grandma’s Molasses or similar, then you can use it knowing the risk. I personally just always keep a jar of molasses on hand!

      Please report back with results!

  19. Kimberly M. in GA — March 1, 2013 at 2:31 pm (#

    Do you think these would do OK with a hand mixer? I don’t have a stand mixer and use the hand mixer on other cookies (with fine results), but since you specified stand mixer, I figured I’d check.

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — March 1, 2013 at 2:36 pm (#

      That will be fine. Just make sure to cream//blend very well in the beginning before adding the flour, and you should be all set. Please LMK how they turn out for you!

  20. Jessica — March 1, 2013 at 8:18 pm (#

    I finally found some time to make these and they were delicious! Love them! Different than any cookie I’ve had before. I made them without the molasses, and they obviously were still great, but I probably will get some for next time to try it out. I also made these with whole wheat pastry flour which I do all my baking with. Thanks for the awesome recipe!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — March 1, 2013 at 10:23 pm (#

      Thanks for LMK you tried them and loved them! I do think the molasses adds a special touch you’ll really like and good to know that w.w.pastry flour works like a charm!

  21. smitra — March 3, 2013 at 5:15 am (#

    i just have a doubt i baked my cookies r rite time but my cookies were soft why please help me

  22. Cait — March 3, 2013 at 3:44 pm (#

    These are delicious! I love soft and chewy cookies :) I rolled the dough into a log in saran wrap to chill before baking, so all I had to do was slice them (instead of forming the cookies before chilling). Baking time was the same. Next time I’m loading the recipe up with ginger (chewy ginger molasses cookies are a quest for me)!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — March 3, 2013 at 4:55 pm (#

      I wanted to add crystalized ginger to these but wasn’t sure how they were going to turn out (I got lucky and the first batch was the batch I tested, photographed and rolled with!) and so didn’t want to ‘waste’ my ginger if they didn’t turn out but next time, I am so adding it! I cannot get these cookies out of my mind! Glad you loved them and thanks for coming back to LMK!

    • Nicole — March 19, 2013 at 8:54 pm (#

      The addition of crystallized ginger in these sounds awesome! So trying that next time!

  23. P — March 3, 2013 at 10:51 pm (#

    Ok I just made these and I must say they are the best cookies I’ve ever tasted! They are sinfully delicious. They are super moist and so flavorful! Thank you for another great recipe :)

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — March 4, 2013 at 10:57 am (#

      Thanks for coming back and LMK that you tried these AND they are the best cookies you’ve ever tasted!!! I happen to agree and glad you are such a fan. I have a new coconut oil cookie recipe…tomorrow! :)

  24. Kindra — March 5, 2013 at 1:55 pm (#

    Aarrrggghhh, OMG these are so good I think it’s a crime. I ran out of vanilla extract so I used 1TBL of Almond extract and 1TBL pure maple syrup. RIDICULOUS!!!! Thank you thank you thank you for this great keeper of a recipe!!!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — March 5, 2013 at 4:55 pm (#

      I am so glad that you tried these. They are probably my favorite cookie I’ve ever made, tied with a PB one; and I dunno, maybe a couple others can compete. But really, in a league of their own and I love that you love them as much as I do! I bet the almond extract and pure/real maple syrup is heavenly in them! You make me want to make more :) Thanks for LMK you tried them!

  25. sarah / book bound bindery — March 6, 2013 at 5:40 pm (#

    these are the best cookies that have ever happened to me. thank you!

  26. Laura — March 6, 2013 at 7:43 pm (#

    Just recently discovered your blog and LOVE it! It has quickly become my favorite recipe site; it’s fun to read and there are so many interesting food ideas here. I made these cookies and your chocolate chip and chunk cookies today for a potluck. Talk about interesting food ideas–I would never have thought to combine brown sugar and coconut but these cookies are sooooo good! The flavors manage to be simple and complex at the same time, and the texture? As soft and puffy as if they were made with shortening (which I refuse to buy), only without shortening’s lack of flavor. I may have to eat them all and make something else for the party!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — March 6, 2013 at 8:11 pm (#

      Laura, thank you so much for this kind comment! I am glad you enjoy my site, my style, my flavor pairings and that you’re getting some fun ideas and having great results. Brown sugar + coconut + molasses is such a win for me. These cookies are just the best thing I personally have made (for myself) in ages…like you, I wouldn’t want to give these away for a potluck either…haha!

      simple and complex at the same time = that’s the goal, minus the shortening. Not a fan of it either, at all! The texture, lack of flavor, etc. I have 2 recipes out of over 500+ that use it. And I’ll probably never use it again :)

  27. Heather — March 9, 2013 at 2:51 pm (#

    Made these today. Failed miserably. :( I’m a fairly adept baker and the dough seemed to turn out just fine – nice and pliable without crumbles or tackiness. Refrigerated for 3 hours and then baked at 350 for 8 minutes. The cookies came out flat and oily. Not sure what the culprit was? My coconut oil was soft butter consistency at the start. I guess I could have under-floured, but my dough wasn’t tacky in the least. I’m letting the second half of the dough sit overnight to see if that helps. They taste yummy, the just look absolutely horrid and I won’t be able to serve them to company tomorrow.

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — March 9, 2013 at 3:18 pm (#

      Possible culprits – underchilled dough
      underfloured dough – the consistency of coconut oil and percentage of oil varies from brand to brand and jar to jar; yours may just be a little oiler and need more flour.
      Baking soda not fresh
      Not baking on a Silpat (in an unrelated experiment last night, I baked two cookies on a non-Silpat lined baking sheet…they failed miserably and the other 15 I made on other baking sheets with Silpats are perfect – in a recipe like this, I don’t know if it matters but I was reminded once again, for me, it does in general terms)
      Others have had success with the recipe but from you saying flat and oily, that leads me to believe you need more flour. LMK how it goes!

    • Heather — March 10, 2013 at 10:55 am (#

      Thanks, Avrie! I did bake on a Silpat so I’m pretty sure you’re right about the under-flouring. Next time I’ll add more than the 1 1/4 cups to see if it makes a difference. Like I said, they still had great taste, just looked flat and funky! Off to try your chocolate peanut butter cookies next!

  28. Michel — March 9, 2013 at 5:47 pm (#

    Think I could make these with GF flour and a “flax egg” (or other sub for egg) ? I’m not actually vegan but trying to eat healthier and gluten, dairy, and egg free. I’m knew to this type of cooking/baking and I had an epic fail on pitas the other day so wanted to get your thoughts first. These look delicious!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — March 9, 2013 at 5:53 pm (#

      There’s no flour in these two & they’re naturally GF.

      As for using GF flour in the soft batch – it should be fine but I love these cookies so much I personally just wouldn’t tinker with them. I would try this version instead making it GF

      As for using flax eggs…if you’re not an experienced baker and/or not experienced with using vegan cooking AND you want to make something GF…I would do one or the other, until you get things down pat, then start playing around with egg subs + flour subs.

      After all this, please lmk what you DO make!

    • Michel — March 12, 2013 at 12:47 pm (#

      Thank you so much for the tips. Unfortunately, I recently found out I have a moderate peanut allergy (not life threatening) so I’m trying to avoid peanuts/peanut butter :'( But my main concern is gluten so I am starting there. Thanks again!

    • liz — March 16, 2013 at 2:04 pm (#

      I made this with my go-to egg sub a big scoop of cream cheese (obviously not a good choice for dairy free.) Usually, this makes for a great egg sub, but I found my batter really dry, and the cookies turned out crumbly, not chewy. I realize my bad result could have been using the cream cheese, but usually that provides enough moisture to compensate for the egg. Perhaps flax egg would be better? (my husband has an egg allergy.)

      I was disappointed with this, but perhaps the recipe just can’t take the change of egg. I’d love to hear if others have tried out other egg subs.

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — March 16, 2013 at 3:24 pm (#

      You can’t take out an egg in a recipe like this an expect to get the same results as I had! I hope you understand that. You said you’re disappointed but you changed the recipe.

      Yes, sometimes you can remove eggs, but not always. I have done plenty of vegan baking in my life and sometimes you can remove eggs and replace with everything from (vegan) cream cheese to applesauce to (vegan) sour cream or even a banana…but not always. In this situation, sounds like it didn’t work. You also may have had to increase the amount of coconut oil. When you say dry and crumbly, that could also be an issue that the dough needs more moisture. Just thinking out loud…

  29. Jill — March 14, 2013 at 10:37 am (#

    Averie- You’ve done a great job explaining your choice of ingredients and your images make my mouth water. I can’t wait to try this out at home! Thanks a million!

  30. Jackie {theseasidebaker} — March 16, 2013 at 8:06 am (#

    These are beautiful! I have been trying to figure out how to make this “ice cream scoop” cookie for awhile. Thank you for showing me how!

  31. Robin — March 18, 2013 at 5:56 am (#

    I made these yesterday and they are delicious! Although, I must admit I did not wait to hours for them to chill so they were thinner than yours look in the pictures. That didn’t bother us though…as all of the cookies were gone before the day was over! They were very thin and lightweight with very soft centers that melt in your mouth. YUM.

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — March 18, 2013 at 11:57 am (#

      Glad to hear they worked out for you, Robin! Yes, with coconut oil based cookies especially, if the dough isn’t well chilled, they will spread (but all cookies do that if the dough isn’t chilled) The fact that you ate them all on the SAME day you made them is a testament to how good they are, right! :) Thanks for trying them and coming back to LMK you made them!

  32. Alaina — March 18, 2013 at 12:57 pm (#

    Tried these a few weeks ago, they are amazing! It was my first cooking experiment using coconut oil, and they tasted so good. I loved how soft they were! Needless to say, I ate way too many. Love all your recipes girl!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — March 18, 2013 at 2:04 pm (#

      Had no idea you tried them and thanks for LMK, Alaina! I can’t even make these unless I want to eat the whole batch…because I do! I love love love these cookies and glad you enjoyed them!

  33. Kerry — March 19, 2013 at 10:20 am (#

    I know it’s probably annoying to have people change your recipe but I did and the cookies still turned out ridonkly good. My 3 year old likes to help me bake (aka: eat the batter) and he’s allergic to all things good. So we did a chia egg: 1 tbsp chia + 3 tbsp water and then we also used whole wheat flour and coconut sugar (because they make me feel healthier even when baking cookies). Found you on a friend’s pin for these cookies but shall now stalk all your recipes:)

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — March 19, 2013 at 12:30 pm (#

      It’s not annoying when the person makes logical and deliberate choices like you did (vs. the person who removes the solid sugar and adds 3 cups of maple syrup in it’s place or who removes all the flour and adds 3x the volume of protein powder and then comes and writes to me and accuses me of posting recipes that don’t work and yes, it happens – a lot!) and in your case, hearing that they were veganized with a chia egg (not flax, good to know!) and you used wheat flour AND coconut sugar..and that all these things worked out so well…that is awesome! I have a 6 yr old and love that you’re baking w/ your 3 y.o. and thanks for stalking my recipes!

  34. Nicole — March 19, 2013 at 11:38 pm (#

    I jumped up to make these the second I saw them… they did not disappoint! The light sweetness and flavor from the vanilla and molasses is perfect. I’m considering adding a bit of cinnamon to the batter next time, but crystallized ginger would be amazing too. FYI, I too used WW pastry flour. I think I used slightly too much given that I’m in a dry climate, so I’ll adjust next time. Otherwise, I think it was a fine substitute. Thanks for a great recipe… now to try those peanut butter ones!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — March 20, 2013 at 12:20 am (#

      So glad that you tried them and loved them (yes wheat flour can be pretty drying and coconut oil is like a sponge so good call to use a bit less next time) and also ginger, cinnamon – you could pretty much turn these into a coconut oil gingersnap/molasses cookie very easily which I wanted to do (and will before the holidays next year). Blogging about molasses cookies in March isn’t popular but I love those flavors!

  35. Katie — March 23, 2013 at 7:10 am (#

    So excited to try these this weekend. Do you think they’d work baked on a stone? I love the way a stone helps cookies to be done evenly and the bottoms are always fabulous.

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — March 23, 2013 at 1:05 pm (#

      I never bake cookies on a stone so I have no idea. I always bake on a baking sheet with a Silpat. If you’ve baked other cookies on a stone with success, I’d imagine you’d have luck that way then with these too.

  36. Annie — March 24, 2013 at 7:49 am (#

    Thanks for your recipes and the great photos! I was inspired by you to create a recipe using two foreign ingredients to me in cookies: Coconut oil and corn starch. They turned out great. Check out my blog-I’d really appreciate your input!
    Thank you-

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — March 24, 2013 at 1:25 pm (#

      I just looked at them and those big blueberries really catch my eye! Glad you were inspired from my recipe to create them using new-to-you ingredients!

  37. Ashley — March 25, 2013 at 6:40 pm (#

    Hi Averie,
    I just made these and they were a great success! After reading some of the comments I made a few slight alterations. I used ww pastry flour and reduced the amount of flour to 11/2 cups. Also, in place of adding the molasses I added chocolate chips and made them a coconut oil chocolate chip cookie. They were absolutely delicious!! My bf couldn’t stop eating the dough. I chilled them in the freezer for 2 hours before baking, they turned out beautifully. I will definitely be using this recipe again and again. Thank you!!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — March 25, 2013 at 8:01 pm (#

      I love that you were able to use WWPFlour and yes, reducing it by a hair was a good call since it seems to be more ‘absorbent’ than regular flour; and with not adding the tbsp of molasses for liquid, good move to reduce by 1/4 cup (and with the rest of your WWPF please make these!!

      But so glad you loved them and I could not stop eating this dough either. Like I cannot make these cookies unless I can build more cardio into my week that week b/c I inhale these things! :)

  38. Paula — April 3, 2013 at 7:16 am (#

    Try substituting coconut sugar for the brown sugar if you’re avoiding white sugar (because brown sugar IS white sugar…just with molasses added). I found it in the baking aisle at Wal-Mart…it’s on the top shelf above the agave and alternative sweeteners. Coconut sugar bakes up nice and rich, much like brown sugar. OR…add molasses to it and make brown coconut sugar.

  39. JORDAN FLANAGAN — May 11, 2013 at 5:53 pm (#

    These did not work for me, the dough looked nothing like yours, mine was much more runny and the cookies came out much darker and spread really bad.

    • Averie Sunshine — May 11, 2013 at 5:56 pm (#

      It sounds like your coconut oil was too soft, or was more ‘oily’ than my oil was; some jars/brands are thinner than others as it’s a natural product, it’s not identical. If the dough looked nothing like mine, you probably should have added a bit extra flour. Next time try that; or reduce the amount of oil you use. For these cookies, I used Tropical Traditions coconut oil. You could try that brand. They’re some of my fave cookies of all time and with a few tweaks, I think you’ll be all set next time.

  40. Brooke — May 19, 2013 at 8:42 pm (#

    I just made these tonight for my boyfriend. He avoids butter, so these looked worth a try. They were a hit and so easy to make! Thank you for your work/post on them.

    • Averie Sunshine — May 19, 2013 at 11:11 pm (#

      They’re one of my fave cookies on my whole site and so happy that they were an easy hit for you! Thanks for coming back to LMK you tried them!

  41. Sarah — May 25, 2013 at 12:46 pm (#

    Oh my goodness, these were my first Pinterest fail. I must have needed to add a ton more flour, because they ended up one, horrible giant cookie taking up the whole pan. I used tropical traditions coconut oil and a silpat. So sad. I’ve been looking forward to these for weeks. I’ll add a bunch more flour to the rest of my dough and freeze them before baking instead of just refrigerating for 4 hours. :(

    • Averie Sunshine — May 25, 2013 at 1:54 pm (#

      Sounds like you definitely need to add more flour. The dough should be the consistency of normal cookie dough. Not any more or less soupy or sticky than normal cookie dough. You’re just swapping out a stick of butter for a half-cup of oil, so nothing too extreme there, but add as much flour as you think is necessary.

      Also, make sure the dough is VERY well chilled. Some of my dough was chilling for many days and by the time I got around to baking them, they dough balls were like rocks because the coconut oil solidified so much in the fridge over the many days. I let it come to room temp for about 15 mins before baking.

      Thanks for trying the recipe and many people have written to say they love these cookies and I have remade them many times and have never had issues but since coconut oil is a natural product, the oil/solids can vary and results will, too (albeit I am really surprised about your giant cookie issue – which makes me think to check your baking soda, too). LMK if you try again! They’re worth it, I promise :)

  42. Sarah — May 25, 2013 at 3:43 pm (#

    Amazing cookies. So chewy and delicious. At first I thought they might not come together but I worked the dough with my hands until the coconut oil softened and everything was incorporated. I baked them in 3 batches over 2 days and the dough kept well in the fridge, it was easy enough to form cookies after 10 minutes out of the fridge. I rolled the last batch in cinnamon and sugar to make them extra decadent – it worked!

    • Averie Sunshine — May 25, 2013 at 4:36 pm (#

      So glad to hear you made them and enjoyed them so much – me too! They’re one of my fave cookies on my whole site! And rolling in cinn-sugar, good thinking. I’ve done too that since posting the recipe and it does make them extra good! Thanks for the awesome comment and for LMK you tried them and think they’re amazing! :)

  43. Erin — June 16, 2013 at 10:19 pm (#

    Where can you buy coconut oil at? I’m new to using it as a butter substitute and am wondering if I should look in-store or just buy it online. Thanks!

    • Averie Sunshine — June 16, 2013 at 11:01 pm (#

      Almost any grocery store carries it these days in the baking aisle, near cake mixes, other oils, cooking sprays, etc. Trader Joe’s also carries it now and so does Target. You can always order online, too. If you order from and use code AVE630 on your order, you’ll save $5. Sometimes I do it that way if I’m buying other supplements, bulk cinnamon, spices, vitamins, etc.

  44. melissa @ my whole food life — June 25, 2013 at 2:19 pm (#

    Hi! I pinned these earlier and I want to make them. They look amazing! Two questions for you, can I replace the cornstarch with something else or omit it? Also, do you think these would work with white whole wheat? Thanks so much!

    • Averie Sunshine — June 25, 2013 at 3:02 pm (#

      The reason I love these cookies so much is because of the EXACT ingredients I used. You are welcome to start tweaking and altering the recipe but this is a recipe that I feel very strongly does not need tweaking at all. Usually I’m like…sure, go for it.

      But with this recipe, I highly recommend making it exactly as written. Unless you have a corn allergy, use the cornstarch. And use AP flour so you get the same texture I got. Thanks for pinning and enjoy them! LMK!

    • melissa @ my whole food life — June 25, 2013 at 4:18 pm (#

      Thanks for letting me know! I hope I didn’t offend you with my questions. That was not my intention. All your recipes look amazing and I will try it as is. :)

    • Averie Sunshine — June 25, 2013 at 5:05 pm (#

      No offense taken! Sometimes people want to adapt and I am all for it but they have to know going in, they won’t get the results I got.

      And the reason I rave about these cookies in particular is b/c they are perfect to me and I don’t recommend tinkering with a single drop of anything in this particular recipe :)

  45. jessica — June 26, 2013 at 6:25 pm (#

    I was wasting time at work today looking at pinterest and knew I had to try these. I’m not much of a baker, but these were amazingly easy to make and so delicious!
    Luckily I read about the goodness of coconut oil just last week, so I had some in the pantry.
    Thanks for imparting your baking wisdom on us lol

  46. Kara E — July 1, 2013 at 6:11 pm (#

    These turned out so delicious!! We aren’t huge cookie lovers in this house, but the picture looked too good to pass up. I’m so glad we didn’t! The hubs and I loved them. Everything on this blog looks amazing and I, too, share a love for pb and hope to get your book soon. Thanks for the tasty recipes!

    • Averie Sunshine — July 1, 2013 at 6:15 pm (#

      Thanks for the glowing compliments about my site, this recipe, and that you love your PB, too! Thanks for trying these cookies. They’re one of my fave cookies I’ve ever created and glad that even as non-cookie lovers (or not huge lovers), that you still loved them. That says a lot and thanks!

  47. Ashley — July 5, 2013 at 6:46 pm (#

    So, hubby & I decided to bake these up on a whim for our movie night. Paused the movie, whipped them up and…oh…2 hours in the fridge. Hmm… Nah! We scooped it into mini muffin tins & baked them for 12 minutes and then let them cool about15 minutes in the tins before loosening the sides and out they popped! Cute little ridiculously soft and mouthwatering cookie muffins! Had to share this alternative method. :) PS used 100% white whole wheat instead. Also, only fill the muffin cups about 2/3 full.

    • Averie Sunshine — July 5, 2013 at 7:28 pm (#

      Oh wow, so glad you tried these and love the creativity with the muffin tin! I have a few cookie recipes that use one for that very reason – no time to chill the dough :) And glad that white w.w. flour worked for you, too! Love the ingenuity and resourcefulness when you needed to get your cookie fix ON :)

  48. Talar — July 10, 2013 at 11:53 am (#

    i pinned this recipe a while back and only today got around to making it. they turned out DELICIOUS!!! i love the subtle coconut flavor and the dark brown sugar makes it so deep and rich. every recipe i’ve ever tried from you is delicious, but you knocked it out of the park with this one!!

    • Averie Sunshine — July 10, 2013 at 3:17 pm (#

      Thanks for trying these, Talar, and for saying I knocked it out of the park with these. I truly love these cookies as well. One of my fave cookies of 2013 – and ever. And I make alot of cookies! Thanks for LMK you loved them!

  49. Sam — July 27, 2013 at 5:17 pm (#

    I can hardly stand it. I’ve been too busy to make the Soft Batch Dark Brown Sugar Coconut Oil Cookies…but my August down-time is nearly here! I think it’ll be my Coo-Coo for Coconut Oil Month! Cheesy, huh?

    • Averie Sunshine — July 27, 2013 at 6:34 pm (#

      They’re one of my faves – ever! I hope you find some time & LMK if you try!

  50. Janina — July 28, 2013 at 12:06 pm (#

    Just made these cookies and they came out great! Actually used half light brown sugar and half coconut sugar because it’s all we had at the house, so it’s good for everyone to know the substitutions turned out fabulous.

    My mom generally dislikes molasses – and LOVED these cookies. Couldn’t even taste the molasses!

    Thanks for the great recipe! Will be making again.

    • Averie Sunshine — July 28, 2013 at 2:47 pm (#

      So happy to hear you loved them – even your mom! And that half light brown sugar and half coconut sugar worked for you. Wonderful and so glad you loved them! Thanks for writing and tells what substitutions you made!

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