Secret Ingredient Chocolate Chip Cookies

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In the food world, there are few things as elusive or sought after as the perfect chocolate chip cookie. This recipe from my friend Carrie has my vote. When she first sent it to me, I thought “Geez, she sure threw the whole kitchen sink in there.” But Carrie is a great baker so I tried them, and I don’t think I’ve ever had a better chocolate chip cookie.

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To be fair, there are several “camps” when it comes to the perfect chocolate chip cookie: there’s the flat and crispy, the soft and chewy, the puffy and cakey, the nuts or no nuts, the list goes on and on. What I love about these cookies is that they have that amazing combination of crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside; they’re not too flat and not too puffy, they’re chock full of all kinds of stuff — they’re just right.

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The secret ingredient? Actually, there are two. The first is oatmeal, which – I know – is not so secret, but in this case it’s finely ground so that it lends the desired chewiness without drawing too much attention to itself. Brilliant!

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The second, believe it or not, is shredded coconut! Weird, I know, but trust me – you can barely taste it and it makes these chocolate chip cookies out of this world. Enjoy!

Choc chip cookies

Secret Ingredient Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Servings: About 25 cookies
Total Time: 30 Minutes


  • 3/4 cup old-fashioned rolled oats, ground in a food processor or blender until very fine
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour, spooned into measuring cup and leveled-off
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, softened but still cool
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 - 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup sweetened dried coconut
  • 3/4 cup pecans, chopped


  1. Adjust racks to upper- and lower- middle positions and preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the ground oats, flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  3. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugars at medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula. Add the egg and vanilla; continue beating until combined, about 40 seconds. Scrape down sides of bowl. Add the dry ingredients and beat at low speed until just combined, about 20 seconds. Add chocolate chips, coconut and nuts; stir to combine. Do not over mix.
  4. Working with 1-1/2 tablespoons of cookie dough at a time, form balls and place on parchment-lined cookie sheets, leaving at least 2 inches between them. (Keep remaining batter cool in refrigerator while first batch cooks.) Bake, reversing position of cookie sheets halfway through baking, until edges of cookies begin to crisp but centers are still soft, 13-15 minutes. Cool cookies on baking sheets for 1 minute, then transfer to racks to cool completely. Repeat with remaining batter.


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  • Debbie Greenspan

    Hi Jenn,
    I have been using Earth’s Best Organic Whole Grain Oatmeal Cereal for years in my chocolate chip cookie recipe and it saves an enormous amount of time grinding oatmeal. Hope your readers find that tip helpful. We’ll stick with our yummy organic recipe but yours looks wonderful too.
    Thanks, Deb

  • Delish cookies. Love the “secret”!
    Oatmeal AND coconut! yum

  • Deborah Greene

    I think I have the world’s best cookie but I cannot wait to give this one a try! Thus far, I have L O V E D all of your recipes.
    Keep up the good work.


  • Chris

    I reduced the oat flour to 1/2 cup, and threw in 1/4 cup of wheat germ. The addition of the coconut keeps the cookie tasty fresh and chewy even after a couple of days. :)

  • kat

    Yummy! I baked these and brought them to work and they were gone in under 30 minutes. So delicious – I love the consistency and buttery-ness.

  • Inger

    Just be careful to let people know what is in these…hiding coconut could trigger someone’s allergic reaction (unknowingly sent a dear friend to the hospital this way).

  • bethy

    thank you for the best choc chip cookie ever! it is so yummy and delicious~perfect! i’ll use this recipe from here on out!

  • Home cook

    These cookies turned out great! I had to make half without the coconut (hubby doesn’t like it), but they are so addictive!

  • virginia

    Thanks for the secret ingredient chocolate chip cookies that you share and send it to me. I will try to follow these ingredient of coming semistral breake. I will send you the result. To tell you I really love cooking or making cake or cookies.

    Respectfully your’s

  • I did find a box with a decent amount of quick-cooking brown rice in it. I used the microwave directions to prepare a couple cups. By adding the brown rice and some extra salt, pepper and vinegar to the salad, I made dinner.

  • These cookies sound wonderful. I’m usually not a fan of coconut but I think I will have to give these a try. It also helps that I have little cookie monsters in my house with my two girls and husband. I know they would love these! Thanks for sharing.
    I love your blog so beautiful!

  • Thanks for revealing that secret ingredient , we will have to believe that it would be truly special when baked.

  • Erica

    Dee-licious cookies! Thank you!

  • Kelly

    I was craving coconut and chocolate one day – so I made my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe and added coconut…I thought I was really onto something all by myself! My hubby was not a big fan. But others who I shared them with loved them as much as I did. And I always make my cookies as organic as possible with my ingredients.

  • Emily

    me and my friends are doing a baking class project. she found this and we’re planning on using it. wish us luck!

  • Kathy

    These are hands down the best chocolate chip cookies ever! I have made these for all my family and friends and they fight over who will get the left over cookies.

  • ritu

    just made these cookies. They are really very YUM !!
    I replaced egg. (with flaxmeal + water) combination.
    Will def make them again. Thank you

  • Interesting. I’ve never thought to put coconut in a chocolate chip cookie before. I’ll have to give it a try! :D They look great!

  • Andrew

    These cookies were a big hit at the office, even though I cooked them a touch too long. I just upgraded my cookie sheets though, so I should probably test them out with this wonderful recipe. Very moist, flavorful cookies.

  • GJ

    Can’t wait to try this one!

  • Susan

    Made these several times and everybody loves them, especially my hubby. Moist and chewey!

  • Erin

    I was surprised that my coconut-adverse fiance loved these so much! The coconut added moisture without taking over the flavor – a great recipe!

  • Janda

    Looking forward to trying this “secret”. Love softer cookies!

  • Cassie

    What an interesting twist on a classic! I like the way you think and will defiantly try this soon!

  • Karla Jalowiecki

    I will be trying this recipe this weekend! Thank you!!!

  • Becca L

    Will definitely be trying these in the very near future!

  • Gisela

    Delicious, this will become an heirloom recipe.

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  • Maria Malaveci

    These were delicious. I will definitely be making these again!


  • Jody in California

    These are to die for! This has become my “GO To” recipe for Chocolate Chip Cookies.
    Thanks a million!!!

  • Grace DeShaw-Wilner

    I ground the oats in a Magic Bullet saving clean up of the food processor. These are amazing, chewy cookies with crisp outer edges. Definitely a “keeper” recipe!

  • LindaK

    My husband considers himself a bit of a chocolate chip cookie connoisseur and this were a huge hit with him. Quite a testimonial coming from him!!!

  • Valerie

    I love the secret, I’m not usually a fan of coconut but these were soooo good!

  • Jennifer

    These were a big hit at a BBQ I brought them to last weekend. I made the cookies a little smaller (not quite 1 T each), so they cooked a bit faster.

  • Meredith Loveless

    These are perfect just the way they are! The kids loved them even thought they dont like coconut and nuts!

  • This is THE BEST chocolate chip cookie recipe I have ever made, and my entire family agreed! I even featured it on my Pinspiration in the Kitchen series on my blog- link to
    I left out the pecans because I didn’t have any in the house, but they were still amazing! My husband and my son said that I have to only make this chocolate chip cookie recipe from now on. ;)
    *This is one of my entries for the Anolon Cookware giveaway.*

  • Arianna

    Review: 5 star on taste, love the buttery, chocolatery, nutty taste….I did not taste the coconut at all, the only thing is that I don’t know if I overcooked them because they were kind of hard…I am an amateur in the kitchen though lol

  • Liz

    I love these cookies, I make batches and send them with my husband to work. His co-works all love you for the best cookies.

    Thanks Jenn

  • Jennie

    These are great cookies! The coconut is not overwhelming, but it seems to add a chew and a more heavenly flavor! I like them slightly under baked!

  • Andi

    I’m a big fan of this recipe. I love the balance of chewiness and crispness it has. I usually make a double batch and freeze the dough balls so whenever I feel like having some I place them in the oven and, voila! I have fresh baked cookies!!!

  • Kathleen Steffanic

    Great recipe! I used it to make Truffle stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies with blueberry balsamic vinegar truffles. Turned out great.

  • Dee

    FIVE STAR RATING. Made these yesterday and they are GREAT!! I’m an avid baker of cookies and these hands down are the BEST chocolate chip cookies I’ve made.

    Not too sweet, yet sweet enough. The coconut is in the background — you can’t really taste it though it does add that hint of something oh so wonderful.

    Crispy on the outside, chewy on the inside. Hubby loved them. Definitely a keeper!

  • Heather Lampman

    I thought my chocolate chip cookie recipe was that elusive “best”. Crispy on the outside, but chewey in the middle. Gonna try this though! I’m always up for improvement! Just a thought….I have been using Geridelli bittersweet chips and the troops have informed me that the cookies are WAY better with these chips. Also, Land ‘O Lakes unsalted and King Arthusr flour. Great ingredients=great product!

  • Yvonne

    These were delicious, however, mine didn’t spread as nicely as yours pictured. I followed the recipe so not sure what I did wrong. Oh well, it didn’t stop us from eating them!

    • Jenn

      Hi Yvonne, Glad you enjoyed the cookies. Did they spread too flat or were they too puffy?

  • Yvonne

    They stayed puffy and in effort to have them flatten out I left them in the oven a few minutes longer so they dried out a little more than I would have liked. Thanks for any tips I can use for the next batch! Yvonne

    • Jenn

      Hi Yvonne, I’m wondering, did you chill the dough before baking? If it was cool, that would definitely make the cookies puffier. Also, be sure to use to “spoon and level” method of measuring flour (spoon the flour into the measuring cup and level-off); otherwise, you will have too much flour, and that would also make the cookies puffy.

  • Yvonne

    Thanks Jenn!

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