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Chewy Coconut Spiced Cookies

These delightful coconut spiced cookies have the perfected chewiness and use coconut in three different ways.

Saturday with Kids

We live in the wonderful neighborhood of Daybreak I had never heard of it before, but when I saw all of the colorful houses, I was sold. I thought for sure when we decided to move to Utah, we would be living in a brown house where all you see is garage from the driveway. I was so delighted when we first drove into Daybreak because it was exactly what I wanted and needed in a neighborhood, and it has treated us so well for the last 5 years.

However, living in a nice neighborhood brings that lovely HOA. We never tend to have problems with the HOA because we try to follow all of the rules and not bring any attention to our house. After spending hours putting metal tree rings around our 5 trees, we got an email informing us we needed to remove the tree suckers. We had never heard that term before and we were terrified that all of our work was in vain, and we would have to remove the rings. Little did we know that a tree sucker is just a tree root growing upward from the base of the tree. That was an easy fix!

Anyways, we got the dreaded letter where we were informed that we needed to paint our fence. Lucky for us, we have a cute little picket fence that only corner lots have. My husband thought it would be a fun project to get all 5 of our kids their own paint brushes and let them “help”. I obliged, knowing full well that the “fun” wouldn’t last too long.

Our kids were beyond excited to know that they got to help. They put on their paint clothes, grabbed their brushes, and we headed out last Saturday morning to paint the fence. There were a LOT of drips and a lot of paint usage on the same fence panel. We kept our cool, and just fixed all of the mistakes. For seven people working on the fence, we sure didn’t make it very far when it started to thunderstorm 30 minutes later. We ran inside and decided that painting with 5 kids just wasn’t going to work (surprise, surprise). We still treated them to lunch out and ice cream because of their willingness.

The Rescue

My in-laws happened to be visiting the next day and volunteered to paint the fence for us. So after purchasing a paint sprayer, they headed out and spent 4 hours painting out entire picket fence and backyard fence. We were so grateful! In true Mary Susan fashion, I decided to show my gratitude by making food! My father-in-law loves soup so much, so I made one of my favorite chilis.

Knowing full well that my father-in-law would need a treat to go along with his nightly milkshake, I decided to make some cookies and to create something new while I was at it. While we were at a wedding a few weeks ago we had a delicious chewy spiced cookie from the Sweet Tooth Fairy. While it was delicious, there was something about it, maybe it was nutmeg, that I wanted to tweak just a bit.

I actually didn’t set out to make that spiced cookie, but the texture and flavor reminds me a lot of it. I love the taste and texture of oatmeal and knew I wanted both of those in the cookie. To really get that coconut taste though, I decided to use coconut three ways. Not only does this cookie have coconut oil, it also has coconut sugar, and shredded sweetened coconut.

They are so yummy. The chewiness is absolutely perfection. The slight spice of the cinnamon really warms the cookie up. It’s a perfect addition to a cup of hot chocolate. It may be one of my new favorite cookies because there are no chocolate chips overpowering the flavor of the cookie. While I love chocolate chips, I sometimes prefer a cookie without them. You can check out these cookie recipes of mine if you are looking to switch up your cookie game. I love these Banoffee Cookies, Cherry Chocolate Fudge Cookies, and Chocolate Strawberry Sugar Cookies.

F.A.Q.S and Troubleshooting for Chewy Coconut Spiced Cookies

Do I have to use coconut sugar? I know coconut sugar isn’t a pantry staple in most houses, but it can be commonly found in most grocery stores now. If you don’t want to purchase it for this particular recipe, I would suggest substituting brown sugar. However, be aware that it will slightly change the flavor profile a bit.

Can I substitute a different oil? Again, I know coconut oil isn’t in everyone’s pantry. It’s also easy to find at the store. However, I would not recommend a different oil. Coconut oil is unique in that it turns to a solid while at room temperature. That’s what we want, and you can’t get that from another household oil. If you don’t want to purchase it, I would suggest just using butter. Again, it will change the flavor a bit.

Can I use unsweetened coconut? You sure can. You will want to increase your sugar by 1/4 cup though. Or if you prefer a less sweet cookie just swap 1:1.

My coconut oil clumped up. Honestly, you will be okay. It will melt as the cookies cook. It may produce a flatter cookie, but it will still taste good. Next time make sure your coconut oil is SOFTENED not melted. The creaming of the sugar, butter, and coconut oil with help it not clump or hardened when you add the eggs.

Chewy Coconut Spiced Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, softened
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/2 brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded sweetened coconut

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream together butter, oil, and all 3 types of sugar. Mix together until light and fluffy.
  3. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and add in the eggs and vanilla. Mix again until well combined, about 1-2 minutes.
  4. Add in the remaining dry ingredients and mix until all combined and coconut is evenly distributed.
  5. Scoop on to a large baking sheet and bake for 9-11 minutes, or until the edges look golden brown.
  6. Remove from the oven and let cool on baking tray for 10 minutes.
  7. I made 11 LARGE cookies with my dough, but smaller size will work great as well.

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