The Best Soft and Chewy Coconut Oil Chocolate Chip Cookies

Coconut Oil Chocolate Chip Cookies — You won’t miss the butter at all in these coconut oil chocolate chip cookies! They’re so soft and ever so slightly chewy. Dangerously good!  

stack of Coconut Oil Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ultra Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies

If you think cookies made without any butter mean making a sacrifice in the taste department, think again. No butter, no problem. You definitely won’t miss it.

The cookies are very similar to my favorite Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies. I loved them and wanted to see what would happen if I omitted all the butter and replaced it with coconut oil.

The results? Big success. It’s hard for me to say which cookie is ‘better.’ They’re similar, yet different, and both will leave you with your hand caught way too many times in the cookie jar.

First thing’s first, the coconut oil cookies don’t taste strongly of coconut. If you’re thinking piña colada, Hawaiian Tropic, tropical vacation, Seven Layer Bars type of in-your-face coconut flavor, no, not at all. It’s very subtle.

I think coconut oil creates cookies that taste a bit sweeter than butter-based cookies. The amount of sugar is the same in both recipes, but the imperceptibly sweet undertones from the coconut oil creates a slightly sweeter cookie. No complaints.

I find in general that cookies made with coconut oil are heavier, denser, and not as light as those made with butter. It’s a function of oil versus butter; oil is just denser and heavier. It’s not a bad thing, but if you want a light, delicate, airy cookie, these aren’t that.

They’re wonderfully weighty and thick so you can really sink your teeth into the pillowy soft interiors dripping with chocolate. I used the same amount of chocolate chips in each recipe, made 2 less cookies in this recipe, and these 12 cookies literally will not hold more chocolate.

Both versions are insanely soft and moist, with slight chewiness around the edges and at the base. There’s nothing crispy or crunchy about them, although you could bake the cookies longer if you’re looking for crunchier cookies.

I now have two new favorite chocolate chip cookie recipes. I really cannot pick a favorite. Make this one and that one and let me know what you think. I know you’ll never miss the butter. Who could, with all that chocolate?

Coconut Oil Chocolate Chip Cookies on countertop

What’s in Coconut Oil Chocolate Chip Cookies? 

For these seriously addicting coconut oil cookies, you’ll need: 

  • Melted coconut oil
  • Light brown sugar
  • Granulated sugar
  • Egg
  • Vanilla extract
  • All-purpose flour
  • Instant vanilla pudding mix
  • Baking soda
  • Salt
  • Semi-sweet chocolate chips

stack of Coconut Oil Chocolate Chip Cookies with top cookie broken in two

How to Make Coconut Oil Chocolate Chip Cookies 

To make the dough, I used melted coconut oil, along with an egg, sugars, vanilla and after getting the dough to the point where you add the dry ingredients, it’s super weird looking and does not look like ‘dough’. It’s shaggy and looks like shredded Play-Doh bits piled loosely in the bottom of a bowl. It’s both oily and dry, and you’ll think something is horribly wrong, but it’s fine.

Mix in the chocolate chips and using either a large cookie scoop or your hands, form 12 equal-sized balls. You need to compress and compact the dough by squeezing it and it’ll come together. Don’t be afraid to really squeeze it. As a bonus, your hands will be wonderfully moisturized from the coconut oil and it’s some of the best raw cookie dough I’ve ever had. I’ve sampled tons and I’m alive.

If your dough is absolutely not coming together, and is fluffy, fuzzy, or too dry, drizzle in one tablespoon of coconut oil at a time until it comes together. Do this as a last resort because it can make the dough oily.

You must chill the dough before baking. It’s absolutely crucial for thick, puffy, full cookies. If you bake with warm dough, your cookies will spread and bake thinner and flatter and the coconut oil will render them oil puddles rather than cookies.

I baked the cookies for 11 minutes, but if you choose to make smaller cookies, you’ll need to bake for less time. How much less? I don’t know. The secret to these cookies is keeping them a touch underbaked, which I think is the secret to most good cookies. 

stack of Coconut Oil Chocolate Chip Cookies oozing melted chocolate

Do I Have to Use Pudding Mix? 

Yes, the instant vanilla pudding mix is a must in this recipe! You want to get the instant mix, not the cook and serve kind (and also don’t get sugar-free). You don’t actually make the pudding according to package instructions, you just add it to the cookie dough and treat it like a dry ingredient. 

Can I Use Vegetable Oil in This Recipe? 

Without having tried it myself, I can’t say for sure. Like I said, I really love the subtle flavor the coconut oil adds to these cookies, so use it if you can. 

Can I Chill the Dough and Then Form the Cookies? 

I don’t recommend doing that since the dough becomes hard as a rock once chilled. It’s really hard to shape cookie dough once it’s chilled, so follow the recipe instructions as I’ve written them for best results. 

three coconut oil cookies stacked on top of each other

Tips for Making Coconut Oil Cookies

Your coconut oil MUST be liquid before you measure it out. Coconut oil becomes liquid when it’s warm, so you may need to heat yours for a few seconds in the microwave to get it to the right consistency. 

Note that I’ve never made these coconut oil chocolate chip cookies with any flour but all-purpose, so I can’t speak to how well these will turn out if you use a gluten-free flour or whole wheat. I definitely don’t recommend using coconut flour in this recipe, as it acts like a sponge and will make the dough incredibly dry. 

Be careful not to over bake these cookies. They’ll likely still be pale and glossy in the very center when you take them out of the oven, but that’s okay! They’ll firm up as they cool on your counter. 

Coconut Oil Chocolate Chip Cookie

More Coconut Oil Desserts: 

  • Vegan Coconut Oil Banana Muffins — These vegan banana muffins are extra fluffy and moist thanks to the combination of coconut oil and ripe bananas in the batter. This is a quick and easy muffin recipe you’re bound to love!
  • Soft and Puffy Peanut Butter Coconut Oil Cookies — NO Butter & NO White Sugar used in these soft, puffy cookies that are bursting with peanut butter flavor. If you’ve wanted to start baking with coconut oil, these are so easy!
  • Soft Batch Dark Brown Sugar Coconut Oil Cookies — One of my all-time favorite cookies, ever. 
  • Pineapple Coconut Oil Banana Bread — This banana pineapple bread is incredibly moist and is ever so slightly coconut flavored thanks to the coconut oil in the batter. You’ll definitely want seconds of this easy banana bread recipe! 
  • Peach Mango Coconut Oil Banana Bread — This bread is ridiculously moist, soft, tender, and bursting with tender peaches and juicy mangoes in every bite, with four bananas used for rich banana flavor.
Coconut Oil Chocolate Chip Cookies

Coconut Oil Chocolate Chip Cookies

You won't miss the butter at all in these coconut oil chocolate chip cookies! They're so soft and ever so slightly chewy. Dangerously good!

Yield: 12 cookies
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 11 minutes
Chill Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 26 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup melted coconut oil (in liquid state, measured like you measure canola, olive, etc. oil)
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • one 3.5-ounce packet instant vanilla pudding mix (not sugar-free and not ‘cook & serve’), no substitutions
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • pinch salt, optional and to taste
  • one-12 ounce bag (2 cups) semi-sweet chocolate chips (I use Trader Joe’s)

Instructions

  1. To the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or large mixing bowl and electric mixer) combine the butter, sugars, egg, vanilla, and beat on medium-high speed until well combined, about 2 minutes.
  2. Stop, scrape down the sides of the bowl, and add the flour, pudding mix, baking soda, optional salt, and beat on low speed until just combined, about 1 minute.
  3. Stop, scrape down the sides of the bowl, and add the chocolate chips, and beat on low speed until just combined, about 30 seconds. Mixture will look shaggy and like shredded Play-Doh bits, and is both oily and dry; this is okay.
  4. Using a large cookie scoop, 1/4-cup measure, or your hands, form approximately 12 equal-sized mounds of dough by compressing, compacting, and squeezing until the dough comes together; don’t be afraid to really squeeze it.*
  5. Place mounds on a large plate or tray, flatten slightly (when properly chilled, cookies don’t flatten much while baking so flatten them now), cover with plasticwrap, and refrigerate for at least 3 hours, up to 5 days. Do not bake with unchilled dough because cookies will bake thinner, flatter, and be more prone to spreading. Make sure the cookies are in the exact shape you want them before chilling, because it’s exceedingly difficult to re-shape them after chilling.
  6. Preheat oven to 350F, line a baking sheet with a Silpat or spray with cooking spray. Place dough mounds on baking sheet, spaced at least 2 inches apart (I bake 8 cookies per sheet) and bake for about 11 minutes, or until edges have set and tops are just set, even if slightly undercooked, pale, and glossy in the center; don’t overbake. Cookies firm up as they cool. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for about 10 minutes before serving. I let them cool on the baking sheet and don’t use a rack.
  7. Cookies will keep airtight at room temperature for up to 1 week or in the freezer for up to 6 months. Alternatively, unbaked cookie dough can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, or in the freezer for up to 4 months, so consider baking only as many cookies as desired and save the remaining dough to be baked in the future when desired.

Notes

*If your dough is absolutely not coming together, and is fluffy, fuzzy, or seemingly too dry, drizzle in one tablespoon of coconut oil at a time until it comes together. Do this as a last resort because it can make the dough oily in a hurry. The chips are prone to falling out, but just keep pushing them back in.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 442 Total Fat: 23g Saturated Fat: 16g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 5g Cholesterol: 16mg Sodium: 284mg Carbohydrates: 60g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 41g Protein: 4g

Even More Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipes:

Chocolate Chip and Chunk Cookies — My gold standard Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe for over two years.

Soft M&M Chocolate Chip Cookies — These cookies are a Pinterest hit and so good! 

Soft M&M Chocolate Chip Cookies - The softest, thickest, best M&M cookies ever! People go nuts for these big cookies loaded with M&Ms and chocolate chips!

Quadruple Chocolate Soft Fudgy Pudding Cookies — For true chocolate lovers, these super soft cookies are loaded with chocolate! 

Quadruple Chocolate Soft Fudgy Pudding Cookies - For true chocolate lovers, these super soft cookies are loaded with chocolate!

Softbatch Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookies – Move over butter, cream cheese keeps these cookies soft and extra thick

Softbatch Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookies - Recipe at averiecooks.com

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies – A trifecta of favorite ingredients, all rolled into an easy, soft, and chewy cookie. No mixer needed

Soft and Chewy Oatmeal Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies — No butter in these soft, moist, chewy cookies that have tons of texture from shredded coconut and oats, and are loaded to the max with chocolate

Soft and Chewy Oatmeal Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies - No butter & no mixer used in these easy cookies dripping with chocolate. Recipe at averiecooks.com

130 comments on “The Best Soft and Chewy Coconut Oil Chocolate Chip Cookies”

  1. I love baking with coconut oil! It is great , especially for cookies! Will be trying the m&ms recipe !

  2. Silly question, but do you actually make the pudding according to the box then add that or just the powder mix?

  3. Because of the health benefits of cooking/baking with coconut oil, my family and I have almost completely switched over to coconut oil! (with the exception of olive oil, when it’s not heated) This seems like a recipe to try!

  4. My (soon to be) 2 year old has all the common allergies and I wanted to make him a cookie cake for his birthday so I decided to try these. The cookies came out fantastic! I refrigerated them for about 5 hours prior to baking and they baked beautifully, didn’t flatten or undercook. I used an egg replacer, Enjoy Life morsels, and gluten-free all purpose flour (Red Mill). It was a bit sweet for me, and, despite having a great love for coconut, I thought the coconut oil taste was pretty strong, but my son enjoyed them, he’s used to the coconut flavor! How much longer would I need to bake it for a cookie cake? Overall, these cookies were a success! Thanks for the recipe!!!

    • Glad to hear that egg replacer, Enjoy Life morsels, and gluten-free all purpose flour (Red Mill) worked well. It can depend on the brand of coconut oil with how strong it tastes and I even find some brands, that different jars will taste differently, which is to be expected I guess given it’s a ‘natural’ product. Baking as a cookie cake, well, I’d just smoosh it into the pan and bake til it looks done. Maybe 20-25 minutes depending on how big the pan is, how thick the cake is, etc. Glad your son enjoyed these!

  5. I’ve got a Costco-sozed bottle of coconut oil that needs some using up, and I think I’ve found just the right recipe to put it to good use! Yum, I’m totally making these soon :)

  6. hey can i use regular oil rather than using coconut oil.. and add coconut flakes

  7. Mmm these cookies look amazing and I love that you incorporated coconut oil! I always have a jar on hand as it has so many other uses as well as cooking & baking.
    If I get some time to try both cookie recipes I’ll let you know which one I preferred!

    Feel free to check out my baking blog as well if you have some time :)
    http://www.forloveofbaking.com

    Sydney Sun

  8. Just made these today and they are the best cookies I have ever made! Even my husband, lifetime dairy devotee, loved them. Thanks for such a detailed recipe!

  9. I absolutely love cooking and baking with coconut oil. …I have been wanting to try all sorts of pastries with the oil and I’m so glad to have found your post. I tried rock cakes just this weekend with virgin coconut oil instead of butter and although it was looking a bit flaky and so not like dough…the baked product turned out splendid.

  10. I absolutely love cooking and baking with coconut oil. …I have been wanting to try all sorts of pastries with the oil and I’m so glad to have found your post. I tried rock cakes just this weekend with virgin coconut oil instead of butter and although it was looking a bit flaky and so not like dough…the baked product turned out splendid. Will definitely try this cookie recipe for the kids ;) ;)…

  11. I made these cookies and it is now my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe ever!!!! I’m on a bit of a diet though, and I would like to know the nutritional information per cookie…do you have this information? Thanks!!

  12. I made these with a few adaptations: whole wheat flour instead of regular, coconut sugar replacing the regular sugar, and 70% dark chocolate bars chopped up. Small modifications to make them healthier….and they are AWESOME!

  13. I seem to have missed the part of step 5 that stated to have the dough in the shape desired before cooking. It is not 4 hours later and my dough is hard as a rock :( will it be possible to form into balls after thawing?

  14. Averie,

    Love your website and printed out a bunch of recipes to try. two quick questions – when you says melted coconut oil – do you measure it out (ie 1/2 cup) and melt it (via microwave) or do you melt then measure 1/2 cup?
    also – before I found your website, I made choc chip cookies with coconut oil, followed the recipe to a “t” and they came out flat. just awful looking. any suggestions why? I am not new to baking but new to coconut oil. (and as far as the flat cookies, i am crumbling them up and putting them in homemade fudge)
    thanks!

  15. Hi Averie! I love your website and have tried lots of your baked goods with great success. I just tried this recipe, however, and the dough is so crumbly it barely forms a ball! I tried baking them anyway and they’re good but not at all gooey like the picture. The only change I made was using coconut flour instead of regular flour. Do you have any tips? Was the flour substitution a bad idea? Thank you!

    • coconut flour instead of regular flour = YES THAT WAS A HORRIBLE IDEA to be blunt!! Eek! Coconut flour is a SPONGE! It soaks up every last drip and trace of moisture and absolutely, without a doubt, can never be substituted for recipes that call for AP flour unless you are very experienced in working with it, at which point you have to mix tiny amounts of coconut flour with AP flour, for a combo, but you’d never bake anything with JUST coconut flour. And in the case of these cookies, don’t even go there at all.

      Try again, follow the recipe as I wrote it, and your cookies will be perfect!

  16. I made these for my family and they were absolutely amazing! I doubled the batch to make 24 cookies and used about 1/2 a cup less of chocolate chips since I’m not a giant chocolate chip fan and they were delicious. I was also in a rush to make these so I chilled them in the freezer for only 15 minutes but it obviously didn’t have much of an effect on the cookies. Definitely bookmarking this recipe for future references.

  17. Averie,

    What are you using for your recipe builder?! I have a similar recipe, but I have never posted it because I can’t figure out how to adjust the total time for chilling… :(

    I will be making your recipe soon to learn from your skills! I love all your cookie recipes… they are the best! I only make cookies from your site :)

    Hilary

    • Recipe builder? I just do what I think/know/suspect will work when I start developing cookie recipes based on things I’ve already made as well as some common sense in the kitchen and usually can get pretty close to my intended goal the first time around these days, after years of trial and error and practice.

      Glad you love my cookies!

  18. Hi Averie,
    I have made a few of your cookie recipes and love them. However I’m finding difficulty in finding the bake time for cookies that I have frozen. What is the bake time for cookies that have been stored in the freezer?

    • It really depends on how frozen they are, like if they’ve been in there months and months or just a few days or what. And also the size of the dough mounds and your oven, so many variables. I take the frozen dough of of the freezer, place on baking sheets, preheat my oven (that takes about 7 minutes) and then bake them – usually 1 minute more than if the dough isn’t frozen, but sometimes longer, you just have to play it by ear.

  19. Averie – Continue to love your site and your recipes . . . I followed this recipe pretty much perfectly, but I found that the dough was so dry that some of them fell apart in the refrigerator and a few others fell apart while baking.  Any thoughts?  I can’t imagine what I did differently from your recipe . . .

    • Two things come to mind right away…slightly over-measuring your flour (many people do, this is common and use a lighter hand in the future; barely toss it in the measuring cup rather than hard-scooping it out like digging out sand for a sandcastle. Toss it in, like you’re playing ring toss, with flour. Do that with most all baking and across the board, less flour = better results, generally speaking but I digress).

      Secondly, the amount of oily-ness in coconut oil can vary widely! Some kinds are very gloppy, oily, sloppy. And others are much less so and more ‘dry’. Mine may have just been more goopy and oily than yours and so given your climate, brand, etc. just use a tbsp or two more next time, or play it by ear judging how the dough is coming together. Baking with coconut oil does have some variables that generally you don’t have with a stick of butter but once you kind of get the gist, it’s great!

      Keep me posted how things pan out!

  20. Can I refrigerate the dough or freeze in in a big mass, THEn form and  bake cookies later? Have u ever done so? have u ever made bars of t his dough?

  21. I am sorry to say these are a pain in the you know what to make. The dough was so loose, it was very hard to get them to stay together. I didn’t want to add more oil for fear they would have been too greasy. I don’t think I will be making these again.

    • I’m sorry that they were harder than you expected to make. Baking with coconut oil is different than butter with regard to how the dough behaves. I don’t think your dough needed more oil if it was already loose, perhaps more flour to bind it. Thanks for trying the recipe.

      • Hi Averie, thanks so much for responding to my comment. I have never baked with coconut oil so I guess I need some practice :-) I think I will try them again but add more coconut oil. If you know of any websites that talk about baking with coconut oil can you let me know. By the way, I love your blog!

      • I have baked extensively with coconut oil over the years and practice makes perfect. Not all brands behave the same and you just have to kind of play around with things. I don’t scour the internet anymore for coconut oil baking tips because I’ve learned through trial and error but I’m sure a google search will pull up tons!

  22. Thank you so much for this recipe ! I already do it and il’s so delicious ! The taste is so perfect !!

  23. I tried these last week and they turned out super yummy!  I would like to use this recipe as a basis for oatmeal chocolate chip cookies.  I love that this recipe uses coconut oil and vanilla pudding and I think the addition of oats will be even better- or at least I will feel less guilty about eating them! Do you have any recommendations on how to adapt the dry ingredients to fit in oatmeal?  Not sure if the other ingredients will need adjusting as well.  Any thoughts?

    Thanks!

    • I haven’t tried so can’t say for sure but I’d go with about 3/4 c oats and 1 1/4 cup flour. A total guess but that’s a starting point that I would try. As you’re mixing the dough up, use your judgment about if it’s too thin/thick etc and adapt as needed.

  24. Why does it matter to not use sugar free pudding mix? I try to make recipes as healthy as possible so I am curious what using the sugar free one would do differently. Thanks!

  25. these cookies are currently chilling in my fridge and my shoulders and arms are killing me lol.. it took some muscles making those chips stay intact.. can’t wait to try it :)

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