Coconut Pecan Cookies Recipe
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Coconut Pecan Cookies Recipe

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These golden brown cookies will remind you of German chocolate cake, with chocolate chips and coconut in the batter and a yummy pecan-coconut frosting. A drizzle of chocolate tops them off in a festive way. -Diane Selich Vassar, Michigan
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 10 min. + cooling
MAKES:39 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 10 min. + cooling
MAKES: 39 servings


  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 can (5 ounces) evaporated milk
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1-1/4 cups flaked coconut
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups (24 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips, divided
  • 1/4 cup flaked coconut

Nutritional Facts

2 each: 243 calories, 14g fat (8g saturated fat), 33mg cholesterol, 174mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (23g sugars, 2g fiber), 2g protein


  1. For frosting, in a large saucepan, combine the egg, milk, sugar and butter. Cook and stir over medium-low heat for 10-12 minutes or until slightly thickened and mixture reaches 160° or is thick enough to coat the back of a metal spoon. Stir in coconut and pecans. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in 2 cups chips and coconut.
  3. Drop by tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool for 10 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely.
  4. In a microwave, melt the remaining chocolate chips; stir until smooth. Spread frosting over cooled cookies; drizzle with melted chocolate. Yield: 6-1/2 dozen.
Originally published as Coconut Pecan Cookies in Taste of Home December/January 2004, p31

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Reviewed Jan. 12, 2016

"There were a lot of steps, and the only coconut tasting part was the icing. Without the icing, it tasted like a normal chocolate chip cookie."

Reviewed Dec. 28, 2015

"These are good cookies, but the long ingredient list and amount of time to prep means I probably won't be making them again"

Reviewed Dec. 9, 2015

"The frosting recipe calls for an egg, slightly beaten. It needs to be corrected to say egg yolk. When I followed the recipe the egg white started to actually cook in the mixture, messing up the whole thing. Im surprised nobody mentioned that in their reviews. Please proof-read recipes when putting them out there, one mistake can mess up a whole recipe."

Reviewed Dec. 14, 2014

"I just made these. Absolutely delicious!"

Reviewed May. 9, 2011

"These cookies are wonderful! If you like coconut, you will love these! I made them according to the directions, I baked for 10 minutes, cookies were soft & chewy. The frosting I felt was a little scant, would probably 1 1/2 or double recipe next time...and might try brown sugar in the frosting next time. But truly a hit in my book, will definately become a favorite at family gatherings!"

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