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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


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.

Adapted from Recipezaar

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  1. Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes] says:

    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!

  2. oneordinaryday says:

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

  3. BeccaChris says:

    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!

  4. Siobhan says:

    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

  5. Mary says:

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

  6. bakingblonde says:

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

  7. Jo says:

    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!

  8. Carol says:

    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!!!! :)

  9. bigsis says:

    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!

  10. Heidi says:

    Now that is a cookie!