1 ¼cupall purpose flourregular or gluten-free measure-for-measure flour blend
½cup (1 stick)unsalted buttersoftened
½cuplight brown sugar packed
1 ½cupsweetened shredded coconut + some extra for topping the cookies with
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. If not using a non-stick baking sheet, spray baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray or line with a piece of parchment paper.
In a small bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
In a large bowl, using a hand mixer or in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar until creamy (3-5 minutes).
Mix in the egg and coconut extract.
Add the flour mixture and continue beating until a dough has formed and it’s no longer crumbly. Don’t over mix, just beat until the crumbles are gone.
Fold in the shredded coconut and vanilla chips (or any other mix ins you choose to use).
Scoop the cookie dough with a ¼ cup measuring cup, flatten it slightly in your hand, and top it with a little bit of shredded coconut. Repeat to use all the cookie dough.
Place onto the cookie sheet about 3 inches apart. NOTE: These cookies don’t spread much but do take up space in size. Bake for 13-15 minutes, just until the tops no longer look wet and the coconut topping has started to become golden brown.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes before moving to a cooling rack. Store covered at room temperature.
Ingredient NotesThis recipe includes sweetened coconut. This cookie has a BIG coconut taste but not overly sweet. Other options:
To use unsweetened coconut: increase the granulated sugar to ½ cup.
To use half sweetened and half unsweetened coconut: the sugar amounts can be kept them same as written.
VariationsReplace the vanilla chips with chocolate chips. Or with chopped dried pineapple.For a Mounds candy bar flavor drizzle melted chocolate chips over the top or dip the cookie on it’s side.How to StoreStore in an airtight container at room temperature or in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.