Browned Butter Toasted Coconut Cookies

Cookies are like people. No two cookies are the same 🙂
Clever, right?

These cookies are great. They have browned butter in them.

If you’re bored, check out Joy’s post on these cookies. She has pretty pictures. She also talks about grenades. Not the Jersey Shore kind.

And now that I’ve made enough references to current pop culture, I’ll share this recipe with you 🙂

Brown Butter Toasted Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies

Yield:  just over 2 dozen cookies


1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted and browned to about 3/4 cup butter
1 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon salt (depending on how salty you like things)
1 large egg
1 large egg yolk
1/4 cup toasted coconut (I used unsweetened, but sweetened will work as well)
1 cup dark chocolate chunks


Place a rack in the center and upper third of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees F.  Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.  On one baking sheet, spread out shredded coconut.  Toast coconut for about 6 minutes, until browned and fragrant.  Remove from the oven, place in a small bowl and let cool.

Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat.  The butter will begin to foam and crackle.  That’s a great sign.  That means that the water is evaporating from the butter.  Once the crackling subsides, keep an eye on the butter.  The butter solids will begin to brown.  You’ll smell the butter as it browns.  Once well browned, immediately remove the butter from the flame and place in a small bowl.  Removing the butter from the pan will ensure that it doesn’t continue to cook and burn in the hot pan.  Allow the butter to cool for a few moments.

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and salt.  Set aside.

In the bowl of an electric stand mixer, fitted with a paddle attachment, measure granulated and brown sugar.  Add the brown butter and beat together, on medium speed, for about 2 minutes.  The sugar may still look grainy.  That’s ok.

Add the egg and egg yolk and beat on medium speed for 2 minutes.  The mixture should become silky smooth.  Add  vanilla extract and beat.

With mixer on low speed, add the dry ingredients.  Beat until just incorporated.  Remove the bowl from the mixer and use a spatula to fold in the toasted coconut and chocolate chips.  Dough will be thick.

Cookies can be baked immediately, or the dough can be left in the refrigerator to chill for 30 minutes.

Spoon balls by the tablespoonful onto the prepared baking sheets.  Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until golden brown but still slightly soft in the center.  Remove from the oven.  Allow the cookies to cool on the pan for 5 minutes, before removing to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container.

Source: Joy the Baker

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  1. Oh I just saw cookies made with brown butter, online at least. I love that there’s coconut in there too. They sound wonderful.

  2. I always add coconut and pecans or walnuts to my husband’s chocolate chip cookies. Mainly so I won’t eat them. I will definitely try this recipe because I have always wanted to do the “browned butter thing”. Might I add, your cookies look great! Even when I use a cookie scoop, I still can’t get mine to look this pretty! Great job and thanks for sharing!

    • Thank you! I actually don’t have a cookie/dough scoop, so I just took a tablespoon measuring spoon and packed dough into it to form a mini ball and they turned out like this 🙂

  3. I love any kind of baking with browned butter. These look amazing!

  4. Lianna, these look perfect!! Any more than that and they would be factory made and who wants that!! The browned butter is actually similiar to the ghee I make and use. I always have a batch on hand as it can be left unrefrigerated for quite a long while. I love that it adds an intense nutty taste, just like what you did in these cookies!

  5. How did I MISS THESE gorgeous things Lianna? What crazy girl I am for coming her a little late to the party…BUT I will make them SOON and then report back here because they look sinfully good!


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