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Coconut Cookies

Creamy coconut takes center stage in this sweet treat from Maury Rubin of Birdbath Bakery.

  • Yield: Makes about 2 dozen
Coconut Cookies

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, May 2010

Ingredients

  • 2 cups (4 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into small pieces, room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups packed light-brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 3/4 cups plus 4 teaspoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • Pinch of fine sea salt
  • 8 cups coconut chips

Directions

  1. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or nonstick baking mats; set aside.

  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together butter and granulated sugar; add brown sugar and mix until well combined. Add eggs and mix until fully incorporated.

  3. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt. Add half of the flour mixture to the butter mixture and mix to combine. Add remaining flour mixture and mix to combine. Add half of the coconut chips; mix to combine. Add remaining coconut chips and mix to combine.

  4. Using a 2-inch ice cream scoop, scoop out balls of dough onto prepared baking sheets at least 3 inches apart; using the flat bottom of a drinking glass, flatten dough slightly. Transfer baking sheet to refrigerator; let chill for 30 minutes.

  5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  6. Transfer baking sheet to oven and bake until golden brown, 14 to 16 minutes. Remove from oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool. Let cool at least 20 minutes before serving.

Reviews (37)

  • SiranSweet 20 Oct, 2011

    I just made this cookie and it is amazing! Yes 2 cups of butter is alot, but with the proportion of flour and all the coconut, they came out chewy and not too buttery. I also substituted 1/2 cup flour for coconut flour and added 1/2 tsp of vanilla and 1/8 tsp coconut strong flavor (from king Arthur flour). These are a keeper recipe!

  • DavidBondarchuck 17 Feb, 2011

    Last Season I wrote to Martha and asked for this recipe. It comes from Maury Rubin of City Bakery in NYC. These cookies are great, I tried them when i visited. However I am confused, in the recipe its listed as granulated sugar, yet in the video its explained by Maury that is both light brown and dark brown sugar. The key here is to chill the dough balls prior to baking, however I do get excessive "spreadage".... MSLO, please check this recipe. I truly think it is published here wrong.

  • DavidBondarchuck 17 Feb, 2011

    Last Season I wrote to Martha and asked for this recipe. It comes from Maury Rubin of City Bakery in NYC. These cookies are great, I tried them when i visited. However I am confused, in the recipe its listed as granulated sugar, yet in the video its explained by Maury that is both light brown and dark brown sugar. The key here is to chill the dough balls prior to baking, however I do get excessive "spreadage".... MSLO, please check this recipe. I truly think it is published here wrong.

  • ansleyandanna 6 Oct, 2010

    Maybe you should make the recipe before commenting on it's inaccuracy? I just made them (halved the recipe) and they are perfect. Also, 2 dozen cookies (if you READ in step four) is with a GIANT ice cream scoop. My third pan is in the oven. This recipe is AMAZING and these cookies are AMAZING. We have an obesity problem in this country because people don't get off the couch, not because of a few tablespoons of butter.

  • redwine48 5 Oct, 2010

    Coconut chips are dried flaked coconut. You can get them in health food store and some farmers markets. Whole Foods may have them. .

  • melnb 5 Oct, 2010

    Coconut chips are different than shredded coconut. Watch the video and it will talk about the difference.

  • gloriajbersaasnelson 5 Oct, 2010

    I am thinking that coconut chips refer to shredded coconut I have never heard of coconut chips..

  • dimoms 5 Oct, 2010

    If you go to the search feature on this website and enter "coconut chips" like I did you'd find the answer.

  • venie711 5 Oct, 2010

    A pound of butter is crazy! And 8 cups of coconut chips??? Just what is a coconut chip?

  • maggi13 5 Oct, 2010

    You are looking at cookie recipes. THey are not supposed to be a health food.

  • mgiles 14 Jul, 2010

    Wow...this is one unhealthy cookie...!

  • skinnynrich 18 Jun, 2010

    Guess I won't be trying these. What an expensive inaccuracy. I agree someone should be monitoring these. How about an opportunity to email questions?

  • Bigsister 18 Jun, 2010

    Thought I'd try these until I saw the butter amount. That is one stck of butter for every six cookies! And we have an obesity problem in this country.

  • mickey2756 18 Jun, 2010

    I have to say as many cookie recipes I have baked I never used 2 cups unless I was doubleing the recipe. This is not the 1st time I have found one of the recipes incorrect when posted. I agree someone needs to monitor the postings

  • mickey2756 18 Jun, 2010

    I have to say as many cookie recipes I have baked I never used 2 cups unless I was doubleing the recipe. This is not the 1st time I have found one of the recipes incorrect when posted. I agree someone needs to monitor the postings

  • pmelros 18 Jun, 2010

    the butter amount sounds excessive, it would be nice if someone from MS monitored this site.

  • missdebbie61 18 Jun, 2010

    YEAH, THATS SOUNDS LIKE ITS TWICE THE AMOUNT OF BUTTER I'D USE.

  • marymmay 18 Jun, 2010

    how about some chocalate chips in these!!

  • mykele 18 Jun, 2010

    I am sorry but am I reading the recipe correctly? ONE POUND of
    BUTTER??? A bit too rich for most sensible eaters even for
    a rare treat and I love anything with coconut. Mykele

  • TheDailyCookie 18 Jun, 2010

    Oops... sorry for repeated comment below -- my mistake!

  • TheDailyCookie 18 Jun, 2010

    There is no mention of the texture of this cookie on the description... does anyone know what to expect ~ crunchy, chewy, soft, crumbly...?

  • TheDailyCookie 18 Jun, 2010

    There is no mention of the texture of this cookie on the description... does anyone know what to expect ~ crunchy, chewy, soft, crumbly...?

  • Robbiegail 18 May, 2010

    I am surprised by the confusion of your coconut recipe. Martha is usually very exacting. It looks like there were discrepancies between what Maury Rubin said on the show and what the recipe called for. Could you please be more accurate about the ingredients as well as the steps to bake these. I am making these for a graduation party this weekend and do not want to be disappointed.

  • Bonnae 17 May, 2010

    What a disappointment. If a recipe is going to be posted it must be accurate.

  • gramboo 16 May, 2010

    What are Coconut chips ?

  • elysee 16 May, 2010

    I couldn't agree more with the comments by Andrew Taylor about inconsistencies in some of these recipes. It's time consuming and expensive when you go by the printed version of a recipe only to find out that there's pieces of the puzzle missing and have to validate accuracy by watching the video.

  • hdelauro 15 May, 2010

    Regardeing the cookies being flat and spreading out, he did mention at the beginning of the segment that it was like a Florentine.

  • AndrewTaylor 12 May, 2010

    I also noticed that in the video he didn't mention anything about flatening the cookie and chilling it for 30 minutes in the refridgerator before baking. I guess I'll just have to experiment. I wish Martha's people could not make it so confusing for me with all of the inconsistancy's between the written recipe

  • elysee 11 May, 2010

    I agree with TastebudsRgreat about the cookies spreading way out. However, i didn't add any extra flour but instead, watched the video of the show and the receipe above is wrong in stating that graulated sugar should be used. Maury Rubin didn't use granulated sugar, but instead only used light and dark brown for a total of 2 3/4 cups. Also, Whole Foods sells the coconut flakes and they work wonderfully in this recipe.

  • TastebudsRgreat 10 May, 2010

    Chips are unsweetened. The cookies will be way too sweet using regular flaked coconut. Also, I made them this morning and I used almost a whole cup of extra flour and 1 more tsp baking soda since the first pan spread way out and did not set up due to the huge amount of butter.

  • MSLO_Sara 10 May, 2010

    Also, coconut chips are only unsweetened. AndrewTaylor, the above recipe is the way to go, with granulated and light-brown sugars.

  • MSLO_Sara 10 May, 2010

    Coconut chips are basically big pieces of coconut -- they are not a "chip" like a chocolate chip, and they are not shredded coconut. They are sold at most grocery stores, and can usually be found near the produce department as opposed to on a baking aisle.

  • mary07760 9 May, 2010

    was the coconut sweetened or UNsweetened?

  • AndrewTaylor 8 May, 2010

    On the show today he used Light brown and dark brown sugars, and I don't think he used any granulated sugar., which the above recipe calls for. I'm going to make these tomorrow and I'm not quite sure which way to go...

  • martinez3 7 May, 2010

    They used flaked coconut instead of shredded. Basically the same, just bigger pieces.

  • martisavaglio 7 May, 2010

    Coconut chips? I had to leave the house after the muffin recipe this morning and was looking for the cookie recipe. Did they explain this on the show?

  • gborian 7 May, 2010

    What are coconut chips?

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