Chocolate Chip Cookies with Coconut Oil

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Craving cookies? These chocolate chip cookies with coconut oil are soft on the inside and crisp on the edges for one perfect snack!

My kids love that I spend my days testing recipes, because it means that they get to taste-test anything that comes out of the kitchen.

Dessert days are their favorites of course. If they come home from school and there is a tray of something cooling like apple pie bars, they’re ready to give their practiced opinions.

It’s hard to resist a homemade chocolate chip cookie, especially still a little bit warm from the oven to have the chips be melty but not gooey.

plate of chocolate chip cookies

My family gobbled up most of these in a day, so I think it’s safe to say this is one of the best cookie recipes I’ve done!

Coconut oil in cookies

Coconut oil is such a great substitute for butter in cookies. I use solid coconut oil — don’t melt it! 

If your kitchen is warm, you might want to pop the coconut oil in the refrigerator for a bit to harden.

You don’t want it to be super hard. It should be similar to the softness of room temperature butter — you should be easily able to scoop it with a spoon.

The coconut flavor in these cookies is very faint. It’s offset by the chocolate chips and the whole wheat flour, so chances are your family won’t even notice.

Look for virgin coconut oil, which is minimally processed, or expeller-pressed coconut oil. The latter has the scent and flavor removed to make it a more neutral-tasting oil, but you might still get a slight coconut aroma.

chocolate chip cookies on a cooling rack

Using whole wheat pastry flour in cookies

I love to use whole wheat pastry flour when baking things like scones, muffins, or cookies. 

Whole wheat pastry flour has a lower protein content, which means it makes baked goods light and tender, while still being a whole grain.

It’s made from white soft wheat instead of the hard red wheat that regular whole wheat flour is made from. 

Because it is so light, it is a good substitute for all-purpose flour without requiring additional ingredients.

Everyone will love this recipe for chocolate chip cookies with coconut oil. Add it to the top of your to-bake list!

chocolate chip cookies on a white plate

Making chocolate chip cookies with coconut oil

These cookies are super easy to make and are just like regular chocolate chip cookies.

First, stir together the dry ingredients in a bowl. Mixing these separately ensures the salt and baking soda are evenly distributed among the cookies.

In another bowl, stir together the coconut oil and brown sugar. The coconut oil will melt somewhat as you blend the two, and that’s OK! 

I use all brown sugar here to make a perfectly chewy cookie. You can use light or dark brown sugar — whichever you have on hand.

Add the vanilla and an egg to the sugar mixture and mix well, then add the flour mixture and stir until there are no dry bits left.

Stir in chocolate chips. I use milk chocolate chips, which goes well with the slightly nutty flour and the brown sugar. 

You can use any kind of chocolate chip or chunk, or even try this recipe with cinnamon or butterscotch chips.

If the dough seems too sticky, you can chill it in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes. Chilling the cookie dough will make it spread less and result in a softer, puffier cookie.

When you’re ready to bake, scoop it out onto lined baking sheets. I use silicone liners or parchment paper when I bake cookies to prevent any sticking to the pan.

Bake until browned, let cool slightly on the pan, and then transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.

chocolate chip cookie dough in a bowl

Recipe substitutions

If you don’t have whole wheat pastry flour, swap in all-purpose flour. 

I have made these cookies with a blend of all-purpose flour and white whole wheat flour, and they turn out a bit more puffy and dense.

Both the coconut oil and brown sugar are important here, so don’t swap those. Dark brown sugar has a deeper flavor if you like that.

You can also add in other mix-ins with the chocolate chips, like chopped walnuts or pecans. Dried cranberries or cherries would also be great!

plate of chocolate chip cookies on woven hot pad

Storage tips

If you want to bake these later, scoop out the dough and freeze it on sheet trays. Bake from frozen at 350°F for 12-15 minutes.

The baked cookies will keep in a cookie jar or other container for about 5 days at room temperature. 

Keep in mind that they do tend to soften while being stored, so be sure they are completely cooled before transferring to a jar to prevent the cookies from sticking to each other.

But don’t worry, they won’t last that long!

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chocolate chip cookies on a white plate

Chocolate Chip Cookies with Coconut Oil

These chocolate chip cookies with coconut oil are soft on the inside and crisp on the edges for one perfect snack!
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Cookies
Cuisine American
Servings 24
Calories 129 kcal

Ingredients
  

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • Mix together flour, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl and set aside.
  • In a large bowl whisk together coconut oil and sugar, then beat in egg and vanilla. Add flour mixture. Stir in chocolate chips. If dough seems too sticky, chill for 30 minutes.
  • Scoop or drop by spoonfuls onto cookie sheets and bake 8-10 minutes. Let cool on pan slightly before transferring to a rack to cool completely.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 gCalories: 129 kcalCarbohydrates: 14 gProtein: 2 gFat: 8 gSaturated Fat: 6 gCholesterol: 11 mgSodium: 97 mgFiber: 1 gSugar: 10 g
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16 Comments

    1. Me either funny Cz I make casseroles trifles breads but my cookies idk lol but I love to eat them lol

  1. this is my kind of cc cookie — crispy and almost caramelized at the edges, chewy and gooey in the middle. i wonder if you could substitute applesauce for the oil or a ground flax and water slurry for the egg to make it even healthier? i used to work at a school that did that for their baked goods. the kids stayed none-the-wiser, and loved everything just as much as before.

    cheers,

    *heather*

    1. Heather, I thought of replacing the egg with flax and water, but I didn’t want to replace too many things in one recipe. Coconut oil is actually fairly healthy so I don’t worry about it too much.

      1. @Megan, just musing on a memory — I’m still very tempted by the cookies, and once I get my hands on coconut oil, will be baking them. Thanks for your response, though!

        Cheers and happy Friday!

      2. I use olive oil and they come out delish! The coconut oil is high in saturated fat and I tried to stay away from that

  2. I’m very excited to try this recipe! I love a good chewy cookie. I also have some disks left over from a visit to Jacques Torres’ shop in NYC. (I might even try the 24 hour resting period he recommends with these cookies, and see what that does to the oil, just for the hellovit). Cannot wait!
    And I LOVE ww flour in my cookies. I’ve gotten to where I prefer that very slight nuttiness. I bet it will be amazing with the coconut oil.
    Thanks for posting this! I agree with your assesment of the need for more choc chip cookie recipes – always!
    -Emily

    1. Hmm, Emily, I worry that the oil would seep out while it was sitting in the fridge. Maybe it would be OK and you could just mix it back in? Not sure.

  3. I’m able to almost taste this already, too bad I don’t have the ingredients at home is moment or else I would’ve prepared one right now.

  4. Actually, the perfect texture for a cookie is having a crunchy outside and a chewy and tasty inside. That what cookies are all about! Especially, if the cookies are chocolate cookies or peanut butter cookies. damn, really tempting!

  5. I’m on a diet! Lol! I can’t resist it anymore! Your cookies are really tempting and indulging. I will surely bake some of this and stock this for some mid night snack.

  6. This is indeed a yummy chocolate cookie! It is crispy in the outside but chewy in the inside. Thanks for the recipe! I just hope that when I try this one I do the right thing that’s in the recipe.

  7. I tried this recipe tonight! They were delicious but my cookies didn’t really melt and take on traditional cookie form. It stayed the ball shape i dropped them in and was crispy texture all over… This was my very first time cooking with coconut oil. Is it because I should have melted the oil before mixing it with the sugar?

    It was delicious either way!

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