Coconut, Pecan & Chocolate Chip Cookies

If you follow me on twitter, you may remember me saying that I was on a mission to use up a bunch of stuff in my fridge and pantry before buying more items from the grocery store.

Well, this mission includes baking. I have set out to use all the coconut, nuts, sweetened condensed milk, peanut butter, baking chips, etc I have acquired in the past few months. Today’s recipe will be the first installment of my Clean Out the Pantry series!

If you are at all like me, you see recipes, you pick up the ingredients, you make the recipes and then you are left with random odds and ends that never seem to amount to much. Well, that is where the allrecipes ingredient search and google come in mighty handy my friends. Just plug in what you have on hand, and they do the searching for ya – sift through the recipes and have dinner or dessert on the table in no time, with no extra trips to the grocery store.

I made these cookies BIG – exactly 2.1 ounces each measured out with my beloved digital scale. These cookies came out super delicious and were gobbled up by Bri’s co-workers and most importantly, did not cost me any extra cash or trips to the grocery store!

Stay tuned for my next Clean Out the Pantry recipe for Rocky Road Ice Cream!!! Have a fabulous day and thanks for stopping by!

Coconut, Pecan & Chocolate Chip Cookies

Yield: 18 large cookies


2 cups all-purpose flour (280 gms)
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour (20 gms)
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
12 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled until warm (170 gms)
1 cup packed brown sugar (light or dark, 236 gms)
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 large egg yolk, from a large egg
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips (semi-sweet, milk chocolate or any combination, 300 gms)
1 cup of chopped pecans
3/4 cup sweetened flaked coconut


1. Place oven racks in the upper and lower 1/3′s of the oven.

2. Pre-heat oven to 325°F. (I baked these at 350°F)

3. Cover 2 large cookie sheets with parchment paper.

4. Mix flour, baking powder & salt in a bowl or bag and set aside.

5. Mix butter and sugars with with a mixer until blended and smooth, add egg, yolk & vanilla; mix until incorporated.

6. Add dry ingredients and mix until just combined.

7. Stir in chips, pecans and coconut.

8. Divide into 18 equal balls, a 2″ cookie scoop works just about perfectly, about 60 gms each (2.1 ounces). (After rolling the balls, I flattened them slightly with the palm of my hand)

9. EVENLY space 9 on each cookie sheet.

10. Bake for 12-18 minutes, rotating front to back and top to bottom after 8 minutes. (Mine baked for 14 minutes)

11. Cool on sheets to maintain chewy texture.


25 Responses to “Coconut, Pecan & Chocolate Chip Cookies”

  1. How To Eat A Cupcake — June 20, 2009 at 10:38 am

    Oh good lord I LOVE that pic of the cookie dough…. yummm! ;D


  2. Maria — June 20, 2009 at 10:44 am

    Great way to clean out the pantry!


  3. Ingrid — June 20, 2009 at 10:51 am

    I need to follow suit. My pantry is over flowing with all kinds of baking supplies that I bought for a recipe and then didn't make because something yummier came up!

    I'll be back for the ice cream!


  4. CJ — June 20, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    These look SOOOO good! And what is better than to have some cookies on hand to munch on while cleaning out the pantry ;)


  5. Tracey — June 20, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    I've been doing the same thing but only with my fridge/freezer – not my baking ingredients. I think you've inspired me to try to clean out my pantry of all my random odds and ends too! Your cookies look terrific! I'm pretty sure I have some coconut kicking around with my chocolate chips :)


  6. La Table De Nana — June 20, 2009 at 5:54 pm

    I could eat the whole batter bowl! Gorgeous pic!


  7. Martha — June 20, 2009 at 6:53 pm

    I've been working on the whole clean out the fridge, freezer, and pantry thing too, as I soon leave for summer in northern Wisconsin.

    These cookies look really yummy! What a wonderful use of ingredients :-)


  8. Kerstin — June 20, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    I need to follow your lead and clean out the baking stuff in my pantry! I literally have stuff falling out when I open the doors – sigh. Your cookies look very tasty!


  9. chocolatecup — June 21, 2009 at 3:49 am

    lol! yays for clean up pantry recipes:)


  10. Jennifer — June 21, 2009 at 6:00 am

    This is my kind of cookie!!! YUM!!! Great pics!


  11. Heidi — June 21, 2009 at 8:07 am

    Now that is a cookie!


  12. bigsis — June 21, 2009 at 8:48 am

    You couldn't have come up with a better group of ingredients for me! I bookmarked this on delicious so I can make it later…when it isn't 102 degrees here in Dallas!


  13. Carol — June 21, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    Your cookies look SO good! And your idea is a FANTASTIC one! I keep threatening to do this…use ONLY what I have in the house and just buy the fresh stuff.
    You've inspired me……I'm on a mission….let it begin this week….wish me luck!!!! :)


  14. Jo — June 22, 2009 at 1:56 am

    Fabulous idea to clean out the pantry before buying new stuff. I usually buy and buy and before I know it, have 2 or 3 of the same things. I should adopt your habit too. By the way the cookie dough looks yummilicious and good enough to eat straight from the bowl too!


  15. bakingblonde — June 22, 2009 at 5:17 am

    YUM, that combination sounds wonderful, what a perfect cookie!


  16. Mary — June 22, 2009 at 6:23 am

    Great idea to clean out the pantry…I look forward to your next post!


  17. Siobhan — June 22, 2009 at 8:35 am

    These look fabulous! I can taste the pecans.. mm… :) And I just realised I have all of these ingredients in my pantry too! I know what I'm baking tomorrow night… :D


  18. BeccaChris — June 23, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    I had to make these since I had these same ingredients in my pantry. They are very good (and I don't like pecans in my cookies or flaked coconut). My mom said they were the best cookies she had ever had and demanded the recipe! Thanks for a great cookie recipe!


  19. oneordinaryday — June 23, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    Sure is a delicious way to clean out your cupboards!
    Love the pic of the cookie dough. Raw cookie dough makes me woozy.


  20. Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes] — June 24, 2009 at 2:42 am

    These look sooo good! And the picture of the dough… If it were upto me, I dont think there'd be any left to bake, I'd eat up the entire dough!


  21. Risa — June 25, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    These sound and look delicious!


  22. Me! — June 28, 2009 at 7:40 am

    i seem to be in a constant state of trying to use up stuff in the fridge/pantry. Those cookies look delicious, I could even buy stuff to make them!


  23. Lesli — February 1, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    So, these cookie were a big hit for my family over the holidays. I added the cocnut to whatever looked right to me (I didn’t measure it, but I think less than called for) and I made the cookies smaller so as to have more for everybody. I couldn’t even keep them long enough to store some for the next day, so I ended up baking a double batch for three nights in a row, on the request of my family of course! So good! Thanks for the great recipe.


  24. Jackie — April 26, 2010 at 11:37 am


    Why were these cookies baked at 350 instead of 325 as per the original recipe.



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