Sunday, April 1, 2012

The Ultimate Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies (with Coconut Oil)

I first shared these cookies last year, after my introduction to coconut oil, but they're such a festive favorite that I thought I'd share them again! Coconut oil is a healthier substitute for shortening and butter, so you can bake these for your Easter baskets without any guilt!

I know I've shared a few different Chocolate Chip Cookies on the blog (dark ones, light ones, fat ones, skinny ones - even famous ones) but I really can't rave about this recipe enough. If you love chewy cookies, you really can't do better than these - and the coconut oil will make your kitchen smell divine during baking (who needs a trip to Hawaii, right about now?).

While you can taste a hint of coconut in the dough, the flavor practically disappears as the baked cookies cool, which means the greatest difference is in the texture. I have yet to find a recipe that turns out such consistently soft cookies, even if you over bake them slightly as I did - in my opinion, that's high praise.

You can use ordinary chocolate chips for these cookies (I also think a White Chocolate-Macadamia Nut version would be out of this world!), but it's worth springing for the Easter M&Ms if you can get them - they're so pretty! Also, I'm fairly sure that pastel-colored calories don't count...but don't quote me on that, okay?

Chewy Chocolate Chip Coconut Oil Cookies

1/2 cup coconut oil
2 large eggs, room temperature
3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
12 oz chocolate chips or M&Ms candies (dark chocolate nicely complements the slightly sweet oil!)

Pre-heat oven to 375°F. In a large bowl, combine coconut oil, eggs and brown sugar until well mixed (mixture may not 'fluff' as much as butter-based versions). Stir in vanilla, baking powder, baking soda and salt until combined. Add flour in increments until completely incorporated.  Stir in chocolate chips or candy pieces by hand to prevent breaking.

Spoon dough into 1-1/2 inch balls and place on a baking sheet about two inches apart. Bake for 7-11 minutes (8-9 minutes seems to be the sweet spot for perfectly chewy cookies).  Edges will brown slightly when done. Remove from oven and allow cookies to set on baking sheet for 1-2 minutes before removing. Eat warm for extra, coco-nutty goodness or allow to cool for a gorgeously chewy, more traditional cookie.
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  1. What a good idea! I'm going to have to get some coconut oil and try these! I'd like to invite you over to my link party, Sweet & Simple Sunday!

    Hope to see you there!!

  2. I've never used coconut oil before, but cookies sound like a good place to start :)

  3. I just bought some coconut oil! I'll have to try these! I would love for you to share it at my party at Jillify It on Tuesday!

    I'm a new follower!


  4. These cookies look fantastic. I know they would be a hit at my house. Come visit us. We have some wonderful things for Easter this week.

  5. These look amazing! Thanks for sharing! Found you via Topsy Turvy am now following via GFC. Love your ideas here. I would love for you to stop by The Vintage Milk House if you have the time! Have a great day! - Kali

  6. I can't wait to try the coconut oil! I found you thru Whimsy Wednesday :)

  7. Hmmm coconut oil?! I will have to try this! Thanks for sharing at oopsey daisy!

  8. I keep seeing coconut oil recipes and I want to try them! This recipe especially, it looks SO good. Where can I find coconut oil? Probably Whole Foods or somewhere?

  9. I definitely need to try coconut oil. Thanks so much for sharing at Whimsy Wednesdays. Have a wonderful Easter.

  10. yum! i would love for you to link this post or any other posts you want up to my weekly link party called spread the love. it's a weekend wrap up party where you can share anything and everything you want! there is also a really awesome vinyl giveaway going on there right now too, so go check it out!
    have a wonderful weekend!
    {love} lauryn @

  11. I'm a huge cookie fan...I think these look great! Thanks for sharing!

  12. Love these cookies! We loved having you join our "Strut Your Stuff Saturday." Hope to see you next week! -The Sisters

  13. they look so good!!! I love M&M and I love coconut oil! Would love to invite you to share this recipe in my "all coconut oil related" link up. Hope to see you there!!!