Coconut Pecan Cookies

by Erin

These chewy coconut pecan cookies are delightfully sweet and nutty with the texture of an oatmeal cookie. Even coconut haters enjoy them!

Coconut Pecan Cookies.

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I’m a little behind when it comes to cable TV shows since I don’t have cable or internet at home (poor graduate student status), but I am slowly making my way through Big Bang Theory, How I Met Your Mother, and New Girl.

The most recent episodes (#23 and 24) of New Girl that I have watched, solidified my obsession with the character Nick Miller. It went from an enjoyment of the character to full blown wanting to jump through the screen.

Apparently I am not alone in this phenomenon – back off ladies! I’m just kidding, but seriously I don’t think I’ve ever been obsessed with a fictional character before.

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But let’s move on to things that exist in the real world, such as delicious coconut pecan cookies.

These were a huge hit with everyone at my cousin’s beach bachelorette party last weekend. Two girls even claimed to not be cookie people but continued to eat them every single day and I caught many being eaten first thing in the morning. With how chewy these coconut pecan cookies are I cannot say it was a surprise.

There was the perfect amount of coconut flavor which paired exceptionally well with the toasted pecans. Surprisingly even someone who claimed to dislike coconut thoroughly enjoy them! Despite containing 3 cups of coconut, these coconut pecan cookies are not overly coconut-y and instead are texturally similar to an oatmeal cookie.

Dig in and make that fantasy I know you’re having about these coconut pecan cookies a reality.

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Coconut Pecan Cookies.


Yield: 3 dozen Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp butter flavoring
  • 1/4 tsp almond extract
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 1 rounded cup toasted pecans, roughly chopped
  • 3 cups coconut, lightly packed


  1. In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add flavorings and extracts, along with the egg, and beat to combine.
  3. Add the flour mixture to the creamed mixture and mix just to combine. Fold in pecans and coconut.
  4. Scoop by rounded tablespoon (or use a medium cookie scoop), and place on a plate or tray. Cover tightly and chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours. (For best flavor, age the dough overnight.)
  5. When ready to bake preheat oven to 350 degrees and line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  6. Place cookie dough 2 inches apart onto prepared cookie sheets. Bake 10-12 minutes or until they no longer look wet in the middle and are lightly browned.
  7. Let cool on sheet for 5 minutes and then remove to cooling rack.
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Source: Adapted slightly from Baking Better.

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Coconut Pecan Cookies

Post updated 4/14/2023, photo above is the original.

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Marisa December 6, 2015 - 10:01 pm

I love the cookies from my local Winn-Dixie and had been looking for a recipe to make at home, so I made these tonight as a test batch before Christmas baking next weekend at my mother-in-law’s. They were amazing! I did leave out the butter flavoring and did not feel it was missed. My daughter does not normally like coconut and she even loved them. I will definitely be making these again – thanks for the recipe!

spiffycookie December 6, 2015 - 11:00 pm

Yay I’m so glad to hear that Marisa! Especially that your daughter enjoyed them.

Jo Anne Konecki November 14, 2013 - 9:29 pm

FINALLY got around to making these… and am so glad I did! They are wonderful. I made only one minor adjustment. I didn’t have butter flavoring, so I used coconut extract instead. I was reading the other responses, and thought about chocolate… perhaps as a ganache drizzle… but these are so good it might only be gilding the lily! Anyway, the cookies are great. I am putting together a box to send Alison and these are going right in!

spiffycookie November 15, 2013 - 9:06 am

Yay I am so glad you liked them! Glad to be the inspiration for a goodies sent to Alison :-)

Edee January 1, 2015 - 11:18 pm

Can molasses be put in these cookies?

spiffycookie January 3, 2015 - 10:57 pm

It depends, how much molasses are you wanting to add? Adding too much liquid in place of the sugar (which I assume is what you are wanting to do, substitute for the sugar) will change the consistency of the dough and may require more flour to compensate.

Vicki @ WITK May 31, 2013 - 7:38 pm

This sounds like an amazing combination! I think I even have all the ingredients!

Kayle (The Cooking Actress) May 31, 2013 - 11:03 am

Mmm I love the combo of coconut and pecans-I bet these are perfectly chewy yet crisp!

Sinead May 31, 2013 - 5:59 am

Love coconut and pecans – these sound like perfect cookies :-)

Nancy @ gottagetbaked May 31, 2013 - 1:10 am

I used to watch hours and hours of tv everyday but am so busy now, I’m so behind on all my favourite shows! This post makes me want to make a batch of these fabulous cookies and sit my butt in front of the tv. I love chewy coconut cookies and I can just imagine how perfectly the pecans pair them them!

Jo Anne Konecki May 30, 2013 - 3:51 pm

I am so excited to try these! My girls and I love coconut and I frequently add it to various recipes… and Kristin loves chewy cookies. . Although both my girls are currently living in other states, I regularly send them care packages, and always include some of Mom’s homemade goodies. I will let you know how everyone loves these cookies! P.S. Love your website Erin… am very impressed.

spiffycookie May 30, 2013 - 4:03 pm

Aww thanks so much! I hope you enjoy them :-)

Jackie @ Domestic Fits May 30, 2013 - 12:58 pm

I watched Safety Not Guaranteed on a flight the other day and I was SO hoping for him to be like Nick Miller in that movie and he was more of a smarmy douche bag, it made me sad (but it was still a cute movie). I love that show, he’s so cute in it! And I loooove coconut and pecan together, beautiful.

spiffycookie May 30, 2013 - 1:10 pm

I enjoyed that movie! But definitely not a Nick Miller character. I find myself gravitating to more of his movies though since New Girl came out.

natalie@thesweetslife May 30, 2013 - 12:56 pm

totally want to make these but add chocolate chips :)

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar May 30, 2013 - 8:06 am

Mmm what a lovely recipe!

steph@stephsbitebybite May 30, 2013 - 7:24 am

Chewy cookies that are packed with coconut and pecans…HEAVEN


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