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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

1 serving (2 each) equals 243 calories, 14 g fat (8 g saturated fat), 33 mg cholesterol, 174 mg sodium, 30 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 2 g 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

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (2 each) equals 243 calories, 14 g fat (8 g saturated fat), 33 mg cholesterol, 174 mg sodium, 30 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 2 g protein.

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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!"

Reviewed Dec. 22, 2010

"Excellent! Love the topping with a bit of crunch in the cookie. Made these for a cookie exchange and they were a hit."

Reviewed Dec. 21, 2010

"Was disappointed with this - was expecting more of a German chocolate taste - and the only taste of that is the coconut icing - otherwise it's like a chocolate chip cookie - Had trouble with the chocolate drizzle - had to add a small amount of butter to get it to actually drizzle"

Reviewed Nov. 17, 2009

"sooo good! rich and chewy, I'm making them for my cookie exchange this year. Make sure you read the ingredients amounts very carefully I almost used a hole can of milk(8oz), other than that I did everything the same. I see why they are a blue ribbin winner. Love them thanks"

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