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Coconut Oil Chocolate Chip Cookies

April 28, 2020 Last Modified: September 10, 2020 by Regina | Leelalicious 20 Comments

These Coconut Oil Chocolate Chip Cookies are a dairy-free version of everyone’s favorite classic cookie recipe. They are a soft and chewy cookie filled with chocolate chips for a decadent sweet treat!

Originally published June 2013. Last updated April 2020

About these Coconut Oil Chocolate Chip Cookies

These coconut oil chocolate chip cookies are tender and chewy and studded with chocolate chips. They are a little unusual in that the chocolate chip cookie dough is made with coconut oil rather than butter. It imparts a really great coconut flavor that makes the cookies incredibly addictive.

Otherwise, these are quite similar to ordinary chocolate chip cookies in that the dough includes all-purpose flour combined with white sugar, brown sugar, an egg, vanilla extract, and baking soda. Readers have tried substituting gluten free flour blends with great success in this chocolate chip cookies recipe.

The white sugar provides that signature sweetness while the brown sugar adds a caramel-like depth of flavour and softness to the cookie texture. Baking soda helps the chocolate chip cookies puff up and lightens their texture.

You can use any vanilla extract in your cookie dough that you can get your hands on, but real vanilla is best. Try to avoid artificial vanilla flavorings. Pure vanilla extract just has a much better taste than the artificial kind.

Can Coconut Oil be Used in Cookies?

Obviously, the answer to this question is yes! Coconut oil is tremendous in this coconut oil chocolate chip cookie recipe because it adds a hint of coconut flavor. It is also excellent if you are doing dairy-free or vegan baking, as butter wouldn’t be a suitable ingredient in that case

A major difference between butter and coconut oil is their melting point. Butter’s melting point is 32–35°C (90–95°F) and coconut oil’s melting point is 24°C (76°F).

To be able to incorporate the coconut oil with the other ingredients in this coconut oil chocolate chip recipe, it needs to be liquid or at least somewhat softened. If it is winter (or your kitchen is just cold) and the coconut oil is solid at room temperature, you will need to melt it first before incorporating it into these chocolate chip cookies. You can do that in a small saucepan on the stove or in short bursts in the microwave.

Chilling Cookie Dough

Once you have finished making the cookie dough, it should be chilled to ensures that the coconut oil doesn’t completely melt out of the cookies, making them spread too much and resulting in too flat and completely crispy cookies.

Don’t chill the coconut oil cookie dough in one big blob though. Because coconut oil turns rock-solid in the fridge, it will be impossible to shape individual cookie dough balls from the chilled dough batch. Instead, use a cookie scoop or shape cookie dough balls by and chill those.

You can even freeze the individual dough balls to have a stash on hand that you can freshly bake up as needed. Then place the cold (or frozen) cookie dough on a lined baking sheet and bake in the preheated oven.

Egg Versus Flax Egg

The only component of this cookie recipe that makes it not vegan is the fact that it contains an egg. I have given the option of using a flax egg, too, though, which makes the recipe entirely suitable for vegans. An egg or flax egg is essential in these cookies because it helps bind the mixture.

Read more about how to make a flax egg substitute HERE. The flax egg version of these cookies usually is a little flatter and crispier, but still absolutely delicious.

The Benefits of Cornstarch in Baked Goods

Another key ingredient of this recipe is cornstarch. I have tried these cookies with all-purpose flour and cornstarch and with just the all-purpose flour. While the version without starch is good, the cookies have a little bit of a crisp to them, especially on the first day. I like my cookies soft and prefer the recipe including cornstarch.

What Kind of Chocolate Chips Should I Use?

Feel free to use whichever chocolate chips you like the best or what you have on hand. Dark, semi-sweet or milk chocolate chips are the classics, however, white chocolate chips, peanut butter, or butterscotch chips could work too. If you would like to get extra fancy, you could even mix different types together to add to your cookie dough.

Another great option would be to chop your favorite chocolate bar into chocolate chunks and use these as add-ins.

Lining the Baking Sheet

Whenever I tried to bake the coconut oil chocolate chip cookies directly on the sheet, the bottoms browned too quickly (even at a lower temperature). Once the tops were set (they don’t have to be fully baked), the bottoms were too dark even before the total time was up. I always use parchment paper or a silicon mat like the Silpat to line my baking sheets.

If you love cookies, you have to try these incredibly soft and chewy dairy free Coconut Oil Chocolate Chip Cookies.

12 Days of Cannabis Cookies for an Extra-Happy Holiday

Baking sweet treats is serious business around the holidays. The oven is basically a revolving door with trays of stacked cookies flying in and out. Whether you’re a purist with a family recipe that still shines or a new baker looking for something bold to whip up, there’s a special batch you may want to consider. Yep, we’re talking about cannabis cookies.

We’ve put together a list of standout edible weed recipes you can bring to any holiday party (with due warning). The kick of coconut almond macaroon or gingersnap will mask the taste of cannabis, leaving your strait-laced uncle to ask, “Is there even weed in here?” while reaching for his third. Now that’s good baking. Have a Happy Holidaze with these 12 weed cookie recipes.

1. Gingersnap Cookies With Medicated Caramel Frosting

Topped with a layer of weed-induced caramel frosting, these molasses-spiked morsels are the sweets you never expected would find their way into your holiday baking—but are glad you gave em’ a shot. Think of them as the perfectly spiced gingersnaps grandma used to make, only with something a little extra in order. Made with cinnamon, molasses, and ginger, the tasty delights only need10 minutes in the oven. One batch makes 30 cookies, so put on a pot of tea, throw these in the oven, and freeze any leftover dough for next time.

2. Cannabis-Infused Almond Laced Cookies

If you need a break from classic gingerbreads, we hear you. There’s definitely a time and place for crispy snowflake-like cookies with a different kind of look and zing—one of fresh orange zest and almond. They’re drizzle-coated with chocolate so, as you can imagine, that combination is killer. Made with other ingredients like coconut oil, coconut milk, gluten-free all-purpose flour, and brown rice syrup, these treats are vegan and gluten-free too.But, as a reminder before licking the delicious spoon too many times— there’s definitely cannabis-infused coconut oil in here.

3. Cannabis Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles

When cookie dough cravings hit, cookies that require zero baking are a must. Usually sneaking a chunk of cookie dough means risking the chance of a belly ache after eating raw egg. This recipe, on the other hand, is thrown together sans egg, with weed butter, light brown sugar, granulated sugar, milk, vanilla extract, flour, and semisweet chocolate chips. These truffle bites aren’t finished until they’re doused in chocolate too, a step we will never, ever skip. You can store them up to a week in an airtight container, which is also ideal for a cookie you should refrain from devouring more than one or two of at once.

4. Oatmeal Canna Cookies

Oatmeal cookies are always a hit on the dessert table. These dense treats are made with raisins, oats, pecans, and the wild-card ingredient of cannabis-infused butter. Bake until slightly browned and serve. But do let the people know what they’re biting into!

5. Marijuana Peanut Butter Cookies

Peanut butter cookies are a no-brainer. They’re both salty and sweet, and we often reach for them when a classic chocolate chip just isn’t cutting it. This recipe, based on a grandma’s very old recipe, is protein-filled with a touch of weed butter.

6. Cranberry, Cannabis, and Chocolate Chip Cookies

Feeling stressed through the holidays? These cookies can take the edge off. Packed with brown sugar, vanilla, oat flour, oats, cinnamon, ginger, dried cranberries, dark chocolate chips, and cannabis-infused coconut oil, you’ll forget your biting into something healthyish.

7. Marijuana Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookies

Toffee isn’t a flavor you wildly crave through the holidays like a gingerbread or shortbread. But once you get a taste of the butterscotch-like bits, it’ll be in your baking rotation for some time. This medicated recipe is sweetened up with a toffee chip-chocolate chip combination and nutty with your pick of walnuts or pecans.

8. Cannabis-Infused Sugar Cookies

You wait all year to stuff your face with sugar cookies so might as well make them gorgeous. If your cookie recipient is cool with the surprise ingredient of cannabis butter, we see these as the perfect hostess gift for any holiday party. Plus, you can regulate how potent your sweet treats come out by swapping out any portion of the cannabutter with standard butter.

9. Coconut Almond Macaroon Edibles

Toasty coconut on the outside and with dense almond on the inside, these medicated macaroons are a fun go-to when taking a break from your spiked eggnog. These fancy-looking desserts are vegan and gluten-free too.

10. No-Bake Stoner Chocolate Balls

Not all chocolate-filled desserts are as unhealthy as you think. These chocolate bites are on the healthier side thanks to wholesome oatmeal, salty peanut butter, a dose of cannabutter, instant espresso, honey, dried coconut, and cocoa.

11. Gluten-Free Medicated Holiday Cookies

Gluten-free, festive, and most importantly, delicious. The base of these cookies is made up of chia seeds, brown rice flour, and garbanzo bean flour, and they’re coated in a frosting packed with citrus zest, cannabutter, sugar, and maple syrup. Santa will be thrilled if you leave these out for him.

12. Sriracha and Peanut Butter Cannabis Cookies

Peanut butter and Sriracha are a match made in heaven on any chicken satay or in a noodle dish. Never did we think to marry the two in a dessert, but combined with flaxseeds and brown sugar, sweet meets spicy and that little oomph is just what our dessert lineup needed.

Get right into the winter spirit with these 12 holiday cookies that are a bit stronger than last year's. We're talking about weed cookies to make your holiday season merry and bright. ]]>