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Toasted Coconut, Dark Chocolate & Cherry Cookies

Sweet toasted coconut, rich dark chocolate and tart cherries come together for one fabulous cookie.  My Toasted Coconut Cookies are nothing short of awesome.

Toasted Coconut Cookies! These babies are packed to the brim with cookie goodness! / Running in a Skirt

I know, the title for this one is a mouth full.  I grappled with calling them simply Toasted Coconut Cookies or Coconut Dark Chocolate cookies, but I just couldn’t stop myself there.

Toasted Coconut, Dark Chocolate AND Cherry Cookies.

Toasted Coconut Cookies! These babies are packed to the brim with cookie goodness! / Running in a Skirt

You really couldn’t leave any of these out.

Now you may be wondering why I am tempting you with cookies on a “healthy” living blog.  It is because I believe in living in moderation and enjoying the holidays.  These cookies are a little healthier than most (Just a little- not going to lie here) because the sweet stuff has some redeaming qualities.

The dark chocolate is full of antioxidants.

The dried cherries are full of vitamin c.

And the coconut has some fiber… and some sugar too….

Anyways.

Toasted Coconut Cookies! These babies are packed to the brim with cookie goodness! / Running in a Skirt

I feel like they are little better than a straight chocolate chip cookie and they are made with love and care at home.  So you can control what goes in them.

Plus the cherries just scream festive to me!

Toasted Coconut Cookies! These babies are packed to the brim with cookie goodness! / Running in a Skirt

You start by toasting the coconut.

Toasted Coconut Cookies! These babies are packed to the brim with cookie goodness! / Running in a Skirt

You then mix the dry and wet ingredients separately before mixing them all in the blender.

Toasted Coconut Cookies! These babies are packed to the brim with cookie goodness! / Running in a Skirt

Then you use a small ice cream scoop to make equal proportion bites.

Toasted Coconut Cookies! These babies are packed to the brim with cookie goodness! / Running in a Skirt

Pop them in the oven and you have cookie magic!

Toasted Coconut Cookies! These babies are packed to the brim with cookie goodness! / Running in a Skirt

These babies got two thumbs up from the hubs!

Toasted Coconut Cookies! These babies are packed to the brim with cookie goodness! / Running in a Skirt

5 from 1 vote
Toasted Coconut Cookies
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
12 mins
Total Time
27 mins
 
Sweet toasted coconut, rich dark chocolate and tart cherries come together for one fabulous cookie. My Toasted Coconut Cookies are nothing short of awesome.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Amercian
Servings: 2 dozen cookies
Author: Julie Wunder
Ingredients
  • 3/4 cup flaked sweetened coconut
  • 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 ounces dark chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries
  • Parchment Paper
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  2. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and toast coconut for 7 minutes. Watch carefully so it does not burn.
  3. In a bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  4. In a stand mixer or separate bowl, beat the sugar and butter until creamed. Add the vanilla and egg and beat until well combined.
  5. Slowly add the flour mixture into the stand mixer allowing the mixture to form the dough.
  6. Carefully fold in the toasted coconut, dark chocolate and cherries.
  7. Using a small ice cream scoop drop cookies on parchment lined cookie sheet.
  8. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until just turning brown along the edges.

Your turn!

What are your favorite cookies? (Pick me! Pick me!- j/k)

Do you bake?

By | 2018-06-28T14:27:54-05:00 December 9th, 2014|All Vegetarian, Dessert, Food|27 Comments

27 Comments

  1. Libby January 27, 2015 at 7:28 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    Julie, thanks for sharing this recipe. I baked these cookies for a luncheon a couple of weeks ago, and they were a huge hit! Not a one left! I am going to make them again for Super Bowl Sunday. I think it is my new favorite!

    A long time favorite of mine has been “Sandies” from my old Good Housekeeping cookbook. Kind of a shortbread cookie with pecans and rolled in powdered sugar. Yum!

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  3. Lean Lena December 11, 2014 at 9:34 am - Reply

    Julie, these look SO awesome! Pinning to our Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board 🙂 Thanks for linking up!

  4. Jenny @ apples & kale December 11, 2014 at 8:01 am - Reply

    These look amazing! I have been looking for a few new cookie recipes for the holidays and these are definitely on the list! Yum! 🙂

  5. Eydie December 10, 2014 at 11:04 am - Reply

    Julie, these cookies look so good. Do they come out crunchie or soft?

    • JulieWunder December 10, 2014 at 2:07 pm - Reply

      Sort of chewie with the coconut all throughout!

  6. Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction December 10, 2014 at 9:20 am - Reply

    I love toasted coconut in cookies! Great idea to combine it with dark chocolate and cherries!

  7. Jaime December 9, 2014 at 3:30 pm - Reply

    I love baking and these sound amazing. My favorite cookies are the peanut blossoms (peanut butter cookies with the Hersheys kisses!)

  8. pretty much anything chocolate! These look good too thanks for sharing

  9. Annmarie December 9, 2014 at 10:15 am - Reply

    UM these look amazing!

  10. Cailee December 9, 2014 at 9:46 am - Reply

    Oh my word. I need these! I mean I really do! …not only do they look amazingly delicious, but I’m sick so I need the Vita C in the cherries! Haha… great recipe girly!!

  11. Cate @meaddthree December 9, 2014 at 9:41 am - Reply

    These look great, and the cherries I’m sure add a nice festive touch. The holidays are for letting go a little anyways… 🙂

  12. Susie @ SuzLyfe December 9, 2014 at 7:25 am - Reply

    OH EM GEEE. Yum. YUM yum yum yum yum

  13. Jenny December 9, 2014 at 7:20 am - Reply

    I’m an equal opportunity cookie monster and these sound just perfect! I couldn’t pick a favorite if I absolutely had to, but these would definitely fit the bill! Is there anything better than toasted coconut and chocolate? And cherries? Seriously. You nailed it.

    • JulieWunder December 9, 2014 at 9:17 am - Reply

      I agree- I have never met a cookie I don’t like!

  14. Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie December 9, 2014 at 7:17 am - Reply

    Oh, these look yummy!! I normally and somewhat decent at baking, but last night I managed to mess up two batches of cookies I was making for a Christmas cookie swap. After that, I just threw my hands up in the air and gave up. Store bought cookies will have to do lol

    • JulieWunder December 9, 2014 at 9:17 am - Reply

      Oh… I’ve been there girl. I cook more than bake, so I’m never entirely sure what will happen when I try to bake… but these turned out perfectly!

  15. Jessie December 9, 2014 at 6:48 am - Reply

    Life is too short to enjoy “unhealthy” cookies. Especially during the holiday season. I wish people would realize it’s okay to enjoy some fatty treats. As long as you don’t go overboard, they won’t wreck your diet or lifestyle.

    I do love to bake. Favorite cookies will always be either snickerdoodles or pb blossoms.

    • JulieWunder December 9, 2014 at 9:16 am - Reply

      I totally agree. Moderation and a healthy balance!

  16. Robin @ Simply Southern Baking December 9, 2014 at 6:40 am - Reply

    These cookies look amazing Julie! Love the combination. It’s hard for me to pick a favorite cookie since I’m such a cookie lover. One that comes to mind at this time of year though is Santa’s Whiskers, which have red & green candied cherries, pecans and coconut.

    • Jenny December 9, 2014 at 7:18 am - Reply

      Oh, my goodness, Robin! The thought of those cookies just took me right back to huge Christmas gatherings at my grandmother’s! I never knew what they were called, but my aunt always made those exact cookies!

  17. Blane Sherer December 9, 2014 at 6:15 am - Reply

    I agree completely : festive and home made to be enjoyed in moderation ( or at least try to keep it in moderation / smile ). I bet these cookies are awesome !

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