Coconut Chocolate Chunk Cookies with Sea Salt

Chewy cookies with shredded coconut and chocolate chunks throughout, sprinkled with flaked sea salt for the perfect finishing touch.

Chewy coconut chocolate chunk cookies, topped off with flaked sea salt. A must try cookie from @bakedbyrachel

I’m never totally amazed by the weather, because something strange is always happening. But I swear this year has been particularly out of whack or maybe just more intense all around. Beyond everything that occurred over the winter months, is it just me or does it seem like this spring has been pretty dramatic already too? From the severe and frequent storms throughout the middle region of the country (and I can’t even just say mid-west because it’s the entire center, north to south), to several feet of snow in other areas. Just crazy.

But then the other day we went from 86 degrees in New England, very out of the norm for this time of the year, to a seemingly frigid high of 50. Brrr. Seriously, I felt it waiting at the bus stop. I’m ready for things to stay warm. No more ups and downs please.

Chewy coconut chocolate chunk cookies, topped off with flaked sea salt. A must try cookie from @bakedbyrachel

And in the meantime…


Because cookies are good for the soul and make our bellies happy.

It’s also been exactly a month since my last cookie recipe so it was just time for another one.

Chewy coconut chocolate chunk cookies, topped off with flaked sea salt. A must try cookie from @bakedbyrachel

These cookies are not only easy to whip up but are pretty quick too, compared to others I tell you to chill overnight. And I know how much some people loathe waiting to bake cookies, but sometimes it’s just necessary. These ones have a much shorter chill time, it’s still required so don’t skip that detail or your cookies may spread or cook too quickly and won’t turn out as they really truly should.

Perfect chewy cookies with sweetened coconut and chopped chocolate throughout! Let’s not forget the finishing touch of a sprinkling of flaked sea salt, for a fun salty addition to an otherwise sweet cookie. It’s the perfect combination.

Add these cookies to your baking plans! You won’t regret it!

Chewy coconut chocolate chunk cookies, topped off with flaked sea salt. A must try cookie from @bakedbyrachel

Coconut Chocolate Chunk Cookies with Sea Salt

Chewy cookies with shredded coconut and chocolate chunks throughout, sprinkled with flaked sea salt for the perfect finishing touch.
Prep Time2 hours 5 minutes
Cook Time12 minutes
Total Time2 hours 17 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cookie
Servings: 12


  • 1/4 C unsalted butter softened
  • 1/4 C granulated sugar
  • 6 Tbsp light brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp powdered sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 C sweetened shredded coconut
  • 3/4 C all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp coarse sea salt
  • 4 oz semi-sweet chocolate baking bar roughly chopped
  • Flaked sea salt


  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together butter and sugars. Mix in egg and vanilla, followed by coconut, coarse sea salt, baking powder and baking soda. Scrape bowl as needed. Slowly add flour, mixing until smooth and all ingredients are fully incorporated. Stir in chopped semi-sweet chocolate by hand. Chill for at least 2-3 hours.
  • Preheat oven to 375°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment or a silicone baking mat.
  • Using a medium cookie scoop, scoop and place dough 2-inches apart on the prepared baking sheet. Lightly sprinkle with flaked sea salt. Bake for 11-12 minutes or until deep golden. Immediately transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Store cookies in an airtight container.


*Coarse sea salt and flaked sea salt are available in your grocers baking aisle or through the links above.
Adapted from Bon Appetit

More cookies to try:
Perfect s’more cookies
NY Times chocolate chip cookies
Funfetti chocolate chip birthday cookies
Potato chip cookies with chocolate and sea salt
Soft batch chocolate chip cookies
Vanilla oatmeal chocolate chip cookies
Cake batter funfetti chocolate chip cookies
Oatmeal chocolate chip cookies

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62 Responses to “Coconut Chocolate Chunk Cookies with Sea Salt”

  1. #
    Mir — May 14, 2014 at 6:17 am

    See, this is a perfect cookie. All the flavors and textures (coconut and sea salt, hello!) with those crisper edges and the softer middle. Love this recipe!

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      Rachel — May 14, 2014 at 3:46 pm

      Thank you! :)

  2. #
    Chloe @ foodlikecake — May 14, 2014 at 6:34 am

    Mmm, these cookies look good. I love the coconut and sea salt :-)

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      Rachel — May 14, 2014 at 3:46 pm

      Thanks Chloe!

  3. #
    Marie @ Little Kitchie — May 14, 2014 at 6:40 am

    These sound amazing!! Love the salty goodness on top. Pinned to make ASAP!

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      Rachel — May 14, 2014 at 3:46 pm

      Thanks so much Marie :)

  4. #
    Medeja — May 14, 2014 at 6:51 am

    Irresistible cookies! And they look very addictive :)

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      Rachel — May 14, 2014 at 3:47 pm

      Thank you, and they absolutely are! :)

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    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness — May 14, 2014 at 6:58 am

    I am just finishing up a coconut mocha, so clearly I love chocolate and coconut. I am imaging how much better it would be in a cookie form…and totally craving these! Pinned!

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      Rachel — May 14, 2014 at 3:47 pm

      Thanks Taylor! You’d definitely love these!

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    Jennifer G. — May 14, 2014 at 8:16 am

    Ohh, those look good. I’ll add them to my queue of new recipes. I know what you mean about the weather; a coupe days ago my suburb of Boston hit the 90s, and now the 50s seems cold.

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      Rachel — May 14, 2014 at 3:48 pm

      Thankfully it picked back up today. Maybe if we keep our fingers crossed, yesterday is the last of the cold weather for a while. Hopefully not wishful thinking ;)

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    taylor @ greens & chocolate — May 14, 2014 at 8:22 am

    The weather has been strange this year…we had near 80’s last week too and now we’re in the 30’s and 40’s…not a fan! I am, however, a fan of these cookies…I love the combo of chocolate and coconut and with the sea salt?! I’d have no control around these!

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      Rachel — May 14, 2014 at 3:48 pm

      Brrr!! Seriously, so ready for the warm weather to stick around!

  8. #
    sally @ sallys baking addiction — May 14, 2014 at 8:32 am

    BEST COOKIES EVER. Enough said!!

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      Rachel — May 14, 2014 at 3:48 pm

      Thanks Sally!! :)

  9. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — May 14, 2014 at 9:29 am

    OMG. I seriously LOVE everything in this cookie. Coconut, chocolate, and sea salt have got to be the most amazing flavors in a cookie. I may or may not make this soon :)

    • #
      Rachel — May 14, 2014 at 3:48 pm

      You should. You’d love them! :)

  10. #
    Michelle @ Healthy Recipe Ecstasy — May 14, 2014 at 11:08 am

    Those looks soo good. I love anything and everything with sea salt!!

    • #
      Rachel — May 14, 2014 at 3:48 pm

      Thanks Michelle!

  11. #
    Alyssa {Cake, Crust, and Sugar Dust} — May 14, 2014 at 11:24 am

    I love a little sea salt on a sweet cookie! These look chewy and perfect! Pinning!!

    • #
      Rachel — May 14, 2014 at 3:49 pm

      Thanks Alyssa!

  12. #
    Wendy Arrington Postil — May 14, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    As a child, I hated coconut but love it now. Why do so many share this experience? My husband still hates coconut. I will NOT let that stop me because these look Delicious! By the way, the weather has been just as crazy here in Los Angeles. Today, it’ll be 100 degrees..! I DO love hot weather, but we’ve had no real respite from it, and my water bill is ridiculous. The flowers all bloomed a full month ahead of schedule. (On the bright side, I’ve had no heating bill..!)

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      Rachel — May 14, 2014 at 3:50 pm

      I still don’t love it on everything. It’s the stringy factor that gets me so in these cookies manage to hide that well! :) And I do not envy you one bit for the 100 degree weather. Wow!!!

  13. #
    Jennie @themessybakerblog — May 14, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    I have no words for the weather. It is a bit wackadoodle. It was 90 here yesterday and 60 today. Yeah, so, I’ll be needing several of these cookies. Ya know, for the soul.

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      Rachel — May 14, 2014 at 3:51 pm

      Wackadoodle is the perfect description for the weather ;)

  14. #
    Matt Robinson — May 14, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    Sweet and salty with coconut, amazing!!!

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      Rachel — May 14, 2014 at 3:51 pm

      Thanks Matt! :)

  15. #
    Jocelyn @BruCrew Life — May 14, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    Sweet and salty, coconut, chocolate…oh, my word this cookie has all my favorites in one. I puffy heart love them!!!!

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      Rachel — May 14, 2014 at 3:51 pm

      Thanks so much Jocelyn! :)

  16. #
    amanda @ fake ginger — May 14, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    Mmm, I had a chocolate & coconut protein bar earlier and have been craving the combo ever since. Now I want cookies!

    • #
      Rachel — May 15, 2014 at 7:51 am

      You definitely need cookies then ;)

  17. #
    Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking — May 15, 2014 at 12:22 am

    These sound magical! I have been on a coconut kick recently but I have yet to put it in a cookie…so now I MUST! And these cookies look like the place to start! Mmmm sea salt and chocolate and coconut! Pinned!

    • #
      Rachel — May 15, 2014 at 7:51 am

      You must try them!

  18. #
    Emily @ Life on Food — May 15, 2014 at 6:50 am

    Cookie perfection right here. Love the coconut and chocolate combination and the salt on top probably gives it just a little zing in the end. Lovely!

    • #
      Rachel — May 15, 2014 at 7:51 am

      Thanks Emily!

  19. #
    nicole @ I am a Honey Bee — May 23, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    I haven’t made cookies in a long time. I need to fixt that situation asap.

  20. #
    dina — May 26, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    they look delicious!

  21. #
    D.M. — August 20, 2014 at 11:10 am

    Is it really only 1/4 c butter? Find that hard to believe if the cookies are supposed to be chewy? Can’t wait to kine these divine sounding cookies!

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      Rachel — August 21, 2014 at 7:42 am

      Yes, this is a reduced batch of cookies so 1/4C is correct.

  22. #
    Clairen — September 30, 2014 at 9:57 am

    Hi there! From the pictures the texture of these cookies look much different than other cookies I’ve seen on blogs before, and different than other cookie recipes on your blog. To me they look almost like the Paradise Bakery cookie kind of texture with the crackled top and the middle dough looks almost gooey! When I look at the ingredients the only significant difference that I see between that and other cookie recipes is the addition of the powdered sugar in addition to the other two sugars…do you have any explanation on this? It would be interesting to do a cookie comparison of normal chocolate chip cookies with the addition of powdered sugar to see how it effects the texture!

    • #
      Rachel — September 30, 2014 at 12:50 pm

      Different sugars, or even a blend of them, give different textures to cookies.

  23. #
    Lauren — October 3, 2014 at 9:38 am

    These look delicious! We have a family gathering tomorrow night and I’m thinking about making them. Can I chill the dough over night or will that affect their consistency? Thank you!

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      Rachel — October 3, 2014 at 2:51 pm

      Chilly overnight should be fine. Just remember to pull it out of the fridge a bit early so it’s not rock solid when you need to scoop the dough. Enjoy! :)

  24. #
    Katie — December 7, 2014 at 9:17 pm

    I made a quadruple batch of these tonight for a cookie swap. I”m going to bake most of them tomorrow, but I had to do a couple of testers. It’s a good cookie. My husband and I both liked the salt. But we really couldn’t taste the coconut. Mostly we could taste salt. Tomorrow I’m going to try leaving the extra salt off the tops so it’s not so overpowering. Recipe scaled beautifully.

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      Rachel — December 8, 2014 at 7:29 am

      If too much salt is added to the top, I can understand that. They shouldn’t be overly coated, but definitely cut back as desired for your personal preference! :)

  25. #
    Katie — December 22, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    Update: Made a bunch with varying levels of salt on top, some with no salt. As a chocolate chip cookie, it was great. But I could have asked 10 people and probably 9 of them wouldn’t have guessed there was coconut in the cookies. Next time I would try maybe using coconut oil or adding a drop of coconut extract. I was looking for a coconut cookie, so in that regard I was disappointed. But they were still eaten up in no time.

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      Rachel — December 22, 2014 at 4:29 pm

      Because shredded coconut is pretty bland on it’s own, there shouldn’t be an expectation for it to have even a mild coconut flavor. It’s primarily used for texture in most recipes, when used on it’s own. If you’re in search of a stronger coconut flavor, definitely add some coconut extract or substitute some of the butter with coconut oil as an experiment. I’m glad you still enjoyed them. Good luck with your coconut flavor mission. :)

  26. #
    Tina — March 27, 2015 at 6:29 pm

    I made these today with my mom, baking is one of our favorite past times. While they aren’t coconut-y they are very tasty. I love the salt with the chocolate! I bet using a super dark chocolate would turn out awesome.

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      Rachel — March 28, 2015 at 8:15 am

      So glad you enjoyed them! As for the coconut, it typically doesn’t give a really bold coconut flavor, it’s mostly for texture. You could always try experimenting with coconut oil in the future if you’re looking for a bolder coconut flavor.

  27. #
    Sarah — March 12, 2016 at 8:45 am

    I have made these several times now, and as a coconut lover, I wanted more of that flavor. Adding a tsp of coconut extract does the trick! They’re also great with white chocolate.

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      Rachel — March 13, 2016 at 8:03 am

      That’s a great way to add the coconut flavor you’re seeking! Shredded coconut typically just ads texture in baked goods like this, not so much flavor. I’m glad you’ve enjoyed them! Thanks for sharing, Sarah.

  28. #
    Lisa — July 1, 2017 at 7:08 pm

    haha! I just read the post with this and sadly, three years later the weather in New England is doing the same thing! It’s been in the 50s and the 80s during the day all in the same week! Either way, these cookies are dessert tonite!

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      Rachel — July 3, 2017 at 7:15 am

      Our weather is consistently inconsistent. At least we know to expect that! I hope you enjoyed the cookies! :)

  29. #
    Heather M — February 3, 2018 at 7:16 pm

    These cookies are fantastic. Perfect texture. I love coconut so I did add 1/2 tsp of coconut extract. I also used semi sweet chocolate chunks. Lastly, I did not have (and could not find) flaked sea salt so used regular on top. Delicious! The salt added a nice contrast

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      Rachel — February 4, 2018 at 8:04 am

      So glad you enjoyed them, Heather!

  30. #
    Laura Thompson — June 23, 2019 at 8:15 pm

    I’m reading the recipe but that last 4 ingredient show up as a lot of unknown characters, almost like a link link….??? Can you help, please? Thanks! Would live to make them.

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      Rachel — June 24, 2019 at 7:30 am

      If you refresh, you should be able to see them now. Enjoy!

  31. #
    Jeanne — April 1, 2020 at 5:28 am

    Can I use dessicated coconut? I can’t find sweetened shredded coconut here in Spain. Thanks

    • #
      Rachel — April 1, 2020 at 7:58 am

      I imagine that should work okay.

  32. #
    Ava — March 31, 2023 at 3:30 pm

    Hi there, can you just confirm that this recipe needs 1/4 C of butter? That seems low and the Bon Appetit recipe calls for 1/2 C. Tks.

    • #
      Rachel — April 2, 2023 at 8:43 am

      This recipe yields a reduced quantity. The ingredient amounts listed are correct.

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