Put the Lime in the Coconut: Coconut Lime Chewy Cookies

By Jeannette Ordas of Everybody likes Sandwiches

I wanted to make my favourite chocolate chip cookies for a friend's birthday but was all out of chocolate chips. I know. Zero chocolate chips + me = serious sad face. But I didn't get bummed for too long, because I found a cookie recipe that called for coconut and lime. How summery and delicious does that sound? Plus, I had recently watched a documentary about the life of Harry Nilsson and had that dang "She put the lime in the coconut and shake em both up" lyric in my head. That was the push I needed. Coconut lime cookies it is!


These cookies were pretty simple to put together though I think next time I make these, I'll be adding in more lime juice or a few drops of lime oil extract. I like a cookie with more of a citrus kick. 

To make the toasted coconut, take regular unsweetened coconut and place it in a small skillet. I use a heavy one made from cast iron which doesn't allow the coconut to burn so quickly. Turn on the heat to medium-high and stir it around a bit until it becomes mostly golden brown and toasty. It will start smelling really, really good. Remove it from the pan so it doesn't burn and let it cool. Then, start the cookie recipe.

Once baked up, these result in a very soft and chewy cookie. Pack them up in a large glass mason jar for a friend or keep them for yourself. I think they'd make nice ice cream sandwiches too with a little vanilla ice cream or raspberry sorbet!

Coconut Lime Chewy Cookies
(recipe adapted from My Baking Addiction)

2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened toasted coconut
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup salted butter, softened*
1 1/2 cups white sugar
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
zest from 1 lime
3 tablespoons of fresh lime juice

1/4 cup sugar for rolling cookies

Preheat oven to 350F. Line cookie sheets with parchment or silpat. 

Mix together flour, toasted coconut, baking soda, baking powder, and salt together in a medium mixing bowl. Set aside. 

In a large bowl, combine the butter and sugar together until fluffy. Add in the egg and mix well, along with the vanilla, lime juice and zest. Slowly mix in the dry ingredients until combined. 

Roll dough into teaspoon-sized balls and then roll in sugar. Flatten slightly and place on lined cookie sheets two inches apart. Bake for 10 minutes or until bottoms are lightly browned. Cool for a few minutes before moving to a wire rack to cool completely.

* I used salted butter here and really liked the hit of extra salt that came through in the finished cookie. You can use unsalted & they'd be great too.

Jan Halvarson


Unknown said...

oh my .... yum!

Reshma at masalamangomantra.blogspot.com said...

A very great recipe! Thanks!

Magpie Mimi said...

Think I'll go make some now! Thanks for the recipe!

seelvana said...

las voy a intentar!

Pinecone Camp said...

I made a something similar once, but I have to say, I quite like the word "chewy". Must try out your recipe!

Joanne said...

mmmm good heavens!!!

Anonymous said...

Looks amazing, I love coconut and just harvested all my limes off my tree! Thank you!

Julia G said...

I will definitely be making these! I bought limes at the market and I know I have coconut in my cupboard. Thanks!