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Coconut Pecan Cookies

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
    6-1/2 dozen


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


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • In a microwave, melt the remaining chocolate chips; stir until smooth. Spread frosting over cooled cookies; drizzle with melted chocolate.
Nutrition Facts
2 each: 243 calories, 14g fat (8g saturated fat), 33mg cholesterol, 174mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (23g sugars, 2g fiber), 2g protein.
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  • manga
    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.

  • keely27
    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

  • rhondachase123
    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.

  • lorirn0000
    Dec 14, 2014

    I just made these. Absolutely delicious!

  • chevy604
    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!

  • dgmenm6
    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.

  • GranBTX
    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

  • raybruce93
    Dec 15, 2009

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  • LadyA_
    Dec 5, 2009

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  • black44
    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