Orange Coconut Cookies

December 20, 2016

The second new cookie recipe I tried this year I found through my Facebook feed. I almost ignored it primarily because it comes from Whole Foods (’nuff said?). The recipe also uses coconut oil rather than butter and everything in me just said, “Whyyyyyyy??” But I ended up trying them and they turned out quite well. I had a few people tell me it was their favorite of the cookies I made this year.

Of course I made some minor modifications as I went along. I did consider replacing the coconut oil but instead decided that it would boost the coconut flavor. And rather than use the mandarin oranges the recipe called for, I used a navel orange I already had in my kitchen.

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Orange Coconut Cookies

  • Author: Whole Foods Market
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 36 1x


This is a lovely little cookie with bright citrus and tropical coconut flavors. It is modified slightly from Whole Foods’ Mandarin Coconut Cookies recipe.


Units Scale

1 orange

1 1/4 cup sugar, divided

3/4 cup coconut oil (not the triple filtered), melted and cooled slightly

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

3/4 cup finely grated unsweetened dried coconut, divided

3 tablespoons cornstarch

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt

2 1/2 cup all-purpose flour


Preheat oven to 325°F.

Zest the orange to obtain 1 tablespoon zest. Juice orange to obtain ¼ cup juice. Set aside.

In a large bowl, beat 1¼ cups sugar and coconut oil on medium speed for 1 minute.

Add juice, zest and vanilla and beat again.

Add flour, ½ cup coconut, cornstarch, baking powder, and salt; beat again until combined.

In a bowl, combine remaining ¼ cup sugar and ¼ cup coconut.

Form dough into 1½-inch balls. Arrange 2 inches apart on a parchment-paper or Silpat lined baking sheet. Dip a flat-bottomed glass in water and then in sugar mixture. Press down firmly on each cookie, re-dipping the glass as needed. Bake until golden brown and just firm, about 15 minutes.

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Cookies
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 cookie
  • Calories: 120
  • Sugar: 8 g.
  • Sodium: 40 mg.
  • Fat: 6 g.
  • Saturated Fat: 5 g.
  • Carbohydrates: 16 g.
  • Fiber: 0
  • Protein: 1 g.
  • Cholesterol: 0

Keywords: orange, coconut

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