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
“On the 12th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…
An insane hit of THC.”
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. We ain’t complaining.
And 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 cannabis cookies.
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We’ve put together a list of standout edible cannabis recipes you can bring to any holiday party (with due warning).
The creaminess of a coconut almond macaroon or the kick of a 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 and seeing a lot of purple or something.
Now that’s good baking. These 12 cannabis cookie recipes will have you in a Happy Holidaze quicktime.
While those used to the effects of edibles may have a simple swell time with these recipes, people who are new to them may find it hard knowing how much to eat.
Due to their delayed effect (you’ll feel their buzz between 30 minutes and 2 hours later), edibles have a high potential for overdose, and their effects can last a long time compared to smoking.
Especially when home baking, the THC content can be hard to track. Take it slow and know your limit.
The “I don’t feel anything, just one more” mentality is fine until it all kicks in simultaneously. Whoever you’re sharing cookies with, provide fair warning of what’s afoot.
1. Gingersnap cookies with medicated caramel frosting
Topped with a layer of weed-enhanced 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 that grandma would never have thrown in.
Made with cinnamon, molasses, and ginger, the tasty delights only need 10 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.
(And a little cannabis-infused coconut oil.)
They’re drizzle-coated with chocolate, so, as you can imagine, that combination is killer. These treats are vegan and gluten-free too, made with coconut oil, coconut milk, gluten-free all-purpose flour, and brown rice syrup.
But, as another reminder before licking the delicious spoon too many times — there’s definitely cannabis-infused coconut oil in here. So if you want to finish the bake without getting baked, then it might be wise to refrain from spoon-lickage.
3. Cannabis chocolate chip cookie dough balls
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. Not today, belly bother!
This recipe is sans egg but needs cannabutter, brown sugar, granulated sugar, milk, vanilla extract, flour, and semisweet chocolate chips.
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
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Oatmeal cookies are always a hit on the dessert table. These dense treats come to life as a result of raisins, oats, pecans, and the wild-card ingredient of cannabis-infused butter.
Bake these (very) bad boys until they’re slightly browned and serve. But do let the people know what they’re biting into — they’re in for one heck of a journey.
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. Who doesn’t love that soft, chewy, peanut buttery-ness?
This recipe, based on a grandma’s very old recipe, provides a bunch of protein alongside a touch of cannabutter.
6. Cranberry, cannabis, and chocolate chip cookies
Wrapping presents, arranging food, trying to get everything finished at work before you get to put your feet up — the holidays can be super chill, but the weeks before can be mad. And the holidays themselves aren’t always happy.
Don’t worry though — 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 that you’re biting into something healthyish.
And also where you put your Santa hat.
7. Marijuana toffee chocolate chip cookies
Toffee isn’t a flavor everyone wildly craves through the holidays in the same way as 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 is just a good-ass cookie generally, but its nuttiness (and overall woozy vibes) lends itself well to holiday-themed tomfoolery.
(If people really have an issue with its lack of “holiday flavors,” just cut it into the shape of a Christmas tree.)
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. And intoxicating.
If the intended recipient of your cookie is fine and dandy with the surprise ingredient of cannabis butter, we see these as the perfect gift for any holiday visit.
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
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With toasty coconut on the outside and dense almond on the inside, these medicated macaroons are a fun 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, instant espresso, honey, dried coconut, and cocoa.
And a knob of cannabutter doesn’t hurt either.
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. Although he might not end up getting around to all of those houses if he chows them down in front of the fireplace, so maybe tell him to hang onto the cookies until he’s back at the North Pole.
12. Weed snickerdoodles
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Cinnamon is a classic wintry spice, and snickerdoodles are among the best cinnamon delivery systems imaginable. Pair that with a hit of marijuana-y fun, and you might just have completed Christmas by making these.
This recipe uses kief, or cannabis pollen/crystals, so that the flavor remains nutty and avoids the herbiness of many weed cookie recipes.
Cookies are excellent. Some people maintain that weed is equally so. Combining the two in a seasonal way may make you a holiday hit worthy of Mariah Carey.
If you’d prefer a less… contemplative cookie, look no further than our bumper guide to creating holiday cookies.
Get right into the winter spirit with these 12 holiday cookies that are a bit stronger than last year’s. Weed cookies may be what makes your holiday season merry and bright in 2020.