Chewy Coconut-Lime Sugar Cookies

Soft and chewy sugar cookies packed with shredded coconut, lime juice and lime zest  for a tropical spin on the traditional sugar cookie. During the summer you can’t beat a good lime flavored treat. Whether it be Key Lime Pie or Margarita Cupcakes, adding limes to a recipe just screams summer. These cookies are phenomenal! Leave it to the geniuses at Cook’s Illustrated out to create the perfect chewy texture for a sugar cookie. Their promise of a cookie with a soft, chewy center and a crackly-crisp top delivered. I was a little surprised to see that cream cheese and vegetable oil are used in this sugar cookie recipe and wondered how they would turn out. If you are a chewy cookie lover, then this one’s for you! 😉

In other news, I was pretty excited last night when I found out that someone nominated Sweet Pea’s Kitchen for the Parent Magazine’s Best Food Blog Award! Thank you so much to whomever nominated me! I would have never thought that my little food blog would gain so many followers in less than a year and a half! Voting is open until October 15. Click Here to vote for me! 😀

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Chewy Coconut-Lime Sugar Cookies

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  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar, plus 1/3 cup for rolling dough
  • 2 oz cream cheese, cut into 8 pieces
  • 1/2 cup sweetened shredded coconut, chopped fine
  • 1 teaspoon lime zest
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and still warm
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice


  1. Adjust the oven racks to the upper- and lower-middle positions and heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, coconut, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
  3. In a large bowl, combine 1 1/2 cups of sugar, lime zest, and cream cheese in a large bowl. Pour the warm butter over the cream cheese mixture and whisk to combine. Whisk in the oil, egg, milk and lime juice until smooth. Use a rubber spatula to fold the dry ingredients into the wet, until a soft dough comes together.
  4. Place the remaining ⅓ cup sugar for rolling in a shallow bowl. Roll two heaping tablespoons of dough into ball between your palms, roll the ball in the sugar, and then place it on the prepared baking sheet spacing the balls about 2 inches apart (you should be able to fit 12 cookies on each sheet). Butter the bottom of a drinking glass and then dip the bottom of the glass in the remaining sugar. Flatten the dough balls with the bottom of the glass until they are about 2 inches in diameter, dipping the glass in sugar as necessary to prevent sticking (after every 2 or 3 cookies). Sprinkle the tops of the cookies with the remaining sugar, using about 2 teaspoons per sheet of cookies.
  5. Bake until the cookies one sheet at a time until golden brown around the edges and their center are just set and very lightly colored, 11 to 13 minutes. The tops will be puffy and slightly cracked. Transfer the baking sheet to a wire rack and let the cookies cool on the sheet for 5 minutes then using a wide metal spatula, transfer the cookies to the rack to cool completely.

Yields: 24 cookies

Source: Tracey’s Culinary Adventures, originally from Cook’s Illustrated November/December 2010

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40 Responses to “Chewy Coconut-Lime Sugar Cookies”

  1. #
    Karen — August 12, 2011 @ 2:41 pm

    This recipe will be a keeper! The lime and coconut comb is soooo good, and packed into a chewy cookie – I can’t wait to try these! Good luck on the Parents’ Magazine award. You deserve to win it!

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    Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide — August 12, 2011 @ 2:42 pm

    What a great twist on a cookie classic!

    • Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide replied: — August 18th, 2011 @ 9:27 am

      Hey very cool this is on FoodPress!

      • Christina replied: — August 20th, 2011 @ 1:19 am

        Sweet! Thanks for letting me know! 😀

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    jennknee — August 12, 2011 @ 3:33 pm

    I do not normally eat coconut – but you make me want to eat it!! How do you do that!? 🙂 Good luck with the award!!

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    The Teenage Taste — August 12, 2011 @ 4:09 pm

    These look oh-so Summer-y! Thanks for sharing, Christina! And congrats on the nomination! 😀

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    KitchenGeisha — August 12, 2011 @ 5:13 pm

    YUM! Love lime, love coconut! Makes me think of the Muppets – “Put de lime in de coconut, and drink ’em both up…”. 🙂

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    katshealthcorner — August 12, 2011 @ 5:23 pm

    Your cookies are the BEST! 😀

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    Maris (in Good Taste) — August 12, 2011 @ 7:57 pm

    Soft & chewy is exactly how I love my cookies!

  8. #
    Hester aka The Chef Doc — August 13, 2011 @ 2:03 am

    I agree with Maris. This type of cookie is just perfect! Congratulations on your nomination 🙂 Have a great weekend!

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    Tina@flourtrader — August 13, 2011 @ 5:31 am

    Nice tropical flavor and I love the texture of the cookie! bookmarked.. Congrats on the Parents Magazine nomination, nice surprise going into the weekend. Have a good one!

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    Vicki @ WITK — August 13, 2011 @ 7:15 am

    Congratulations on the nomination! These cookies look fabulous because I love a soft cookie!

  11. #
    muppy — August 13, 2011 @ 7:36 am

    Yum, these look really delicious.

  12. #
    Judy — August 13, 2011 @ 9:37 am

    Voted for ya! These cookies are so tempting, I love lime and coconut so this one has to go on my “try it” list 🙂

  13. #
    Deanna — August 13, 2011 @ 11:19 am

    I don’t usually like sugar cookies, but the lime and coconut sound so good that I might have to try these!

  14. #
    Peas — August 13, 2011 @ 11:26 am

    I’m making these cookies now! They look like the perfect summer cookie. Thanks for posting!

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    Baking Serendipity — August 13, 2011 @ 1:35 pm

    Love lime in the summer 🙂 Such a fantastic sugar cookie twist! Congrats on the nomination…it’s definitely well-deserved!

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    Anne@frommysweetheart — August 13, 2011 @ 9:39 pm

    I agree with you….lime and coconut to me really do feel like summer. Those cookies look perfect and I imagine how sweet and chewy they are! Beautiful…. : )

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    Kelsey @ Snacking Squirrel — August 13, 2011 @ 10:44 pm

    oh YUM! i used to get chewy coconut cookies from the store but they stopped selling them a year ago 🙁 they didn’t have lime in them tho, now that would be amazing!

    xoxo <3

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    Lisa { AuthenticSuburbanGourmet } — August 14, 2011 @ 7:07 pm

    Love these lime cookies and the fact that they are soft, even better! I need to make these REALLY soon. TY for sharing!!

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    Jess @ littlegirlbigappetite — August 14, 2011 @ 7:12 pm

    These look awesome! Lovin the flavors!

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    Nicole@HeatOvenTo350 — August 15, 2011 @ 12:55 pm

    I’ve been meaning to make these ever since I saw them on Tracey’s site. They sound so wonderful! Thank you for reminding me of them again.

    Congrats on your nomination! I’m crossing my fingers for you.

  21. #
    RavieNomNoms — August 15, 2011 @ 2:06 pm

    You had me at chewy! I love chewy cookies…they are so yummy..not to mention I love you flavor combination you have going on here

  22. #
    Carolyn — August 15, 2011 @ 3:36 pm

    Mmmm, great flavour for a sugar cookie. So much more interesting that a regular one.

  23. #
    sheelbeel — August 15, 2011 @ 10:47 pm

    I love sugar cookies! And I feel adding coconut will make them even better! Mmmm…

  24. #
    canalcook — August 18, 2011 @ 3:37 pm

    Lovely idea, I always go to lemon flavours, never think of lime but these look gorgeous

  25. #
    amanda14747 — August 18, 2011 @ 9:33 pm

    These sound delicious!! I can’t wait to try these out – combining coconut and lime… two of my favorites!

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    northwestchefs — August 20, 2011 @ 8:08 pm

    I have always thought that sugar cookies are better when they are chewy!

  27. #
    thewonderingchef — August 22, 2011 @ 2:13 pm

    mmmmmmmmmmmm cookies! They sound SO delicious!

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    Ginny — August 28, 2011 @ 8:49 pm

    These are by far the best sugar cookies i have ever eaten. Loved loved loved them.

    • Christina replied: — August 31st, 2011 @ 8:47 pm

      Yea! I have to agree these cookies are incredible! I am so glad that you enjoyed them…thanks so much for letting me know how they turned out for you! 🙂

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  30. #
    yumm to all — December 18, 2011 @ 5:13 pm

    these are so good and even as good with other citruses 🙂

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    Fern — August 18, 2012 @ 9:26 pm

    I made these tonight and they are so good. Not sure what was better: the crispy outside or the chewy middle. (I better eat another to decide!) I will be making these again. They came out huge. On the first sheet they touched each other.

    • Christina replied: — August 19th, 2012 @ 10:40 pm

      I am so happy to hear that you enjoyed these cookies! They are one of my favorites to make this time of year! 🙂

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    Becky — September 5, 2012 @ 7:56 pm

    I’m making these for the 2nd time right now at the request of my mon who can’t stop thinking about them. INCREDIBLE. Lime and coconut? RIDICULOUS combo. Why didn’t I think of that?! Love them! Thanks so much!!!

    • Christina replied: — September 8th, 2012 @ 9:43 pm

      I am so happy to hear that you enjoyed the cookies Becky! 🙂

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    Simi — January 31, 2013 @ 10:20 am

    I want to make these for my son’s preschool class for their special snack. I have a few questions? 1) Can I omit the lime zest/juice? I know it’s what makes the cookie so unique, but I am not too sure how it will go over with his particular classmates. 2) They are currently learning about the arctic. I wanted to ice the cookies and put shredded coconut (to look like snow)…do you have a good frosting or icing recipe i could use?

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