Crispy Chocolate and Coconut Cookies

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It’s still Superbowl week here at the Table and now we are talking about … desserts – which in my house typically means “cookies”. Yep, my husband and teenage sons  are certified “cookie monsters” and can polish off 3 dozen cookies in a single evening. So, for the Superbowl  the choice of what “dessert” to have on hand was easy  – cookies!! But not just any cookie. Nope, no dainty little shortbread numbers or decorated sugar cookies for this soiree. No sirree.  This event demands  something a bit more substantial… and I came up with what I think(?) is the perfect cookie.

Based on a traditional Ranger cookie I “tweaked” it  a little here and there – I added a little cinnamon, pecans and chocolate chips which resulted in a higher “goodies to dough” ratio – the cookies aren’t as dense as a traditional chocolate chip and have a decided “snap and crackle” from the puffed  rice cereal.  The coconut provides a little additional moisture and chewiness and the chocolate and pecans… well, they are just in there because I love them!!!! If chocolate isn’t  quite your “thing” you could easily substitute dried cranberries, cherries, dates or apricots. You could also add crushed potato chips or pretzels  instead of the rice cereal – after all, it’s the Superbowl and substitutions are allowed!!!


Crispy Chocolate and Coconut Cookies

Because of the high “add in” to dough ratio of these cookies, this  dough is going to be crumbly – that’s ok, it’s how it is supposed to be! Unlike regular chocolate chip cookies, you can’t drop these with just a teaspoon,  it won’t work – use a 1 oz. (that’s a #30) scoop. If you don’t have a scoop, wet your hands and form the dough into balls and place on the cookie sheets.

(Makes 3 dozen)

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 2 cups crisp rice cereal
  • 1 cup shredded coconut (sweetened or unsweetened)
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 chopped pecans


  1. Pre heat the oven to 350 degrees and line 3 sheet pans with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a mixer (or a large bowl if using a hand mixer) add the butter for one minute.
  4. Add both sugars and beat until light and fluffy.
  5. Add in the egg and the vanilla and beat until thoroughly combined.
  6. Add the flour mixture and beat until incorporated.
  7. Stir in the cereal, coconut, chocolate chips and pecans.
  8. Using a 1 oz. scoop, pack the dough into the scoop and drop onto a sheet pan lined with parchment in, spacing about 2 inches apart.
  9. Flatten mounds slightly with your hand.
  10. Bake in a 350 degree oven for approximately 10 minutes or until the edges are golden brown.
  11. Cool on a rack. Store in an airtight container.



    • says

      I hope you do – I am going to with the next batch … as soon as the “moratorium” is lifted – my husband declared “no more cookies” after I made these since he can’t stop eating them!! I tried the Momofuko recipe and didn’t like it – maybe I made them incorrectly but they were greasy and the “crunchy” parts weren’t crunchy!! These however, retain their crunchiness!!!

  1. says

    I have a recipe for potato chip cookies and as weird as it ‘may’ sound…they are wonderful and I’m betting a wonderful addition to these too. Some crunch and some salt…yummlalicious!

  2. says

    hiya, you forgot to add in the egg into the ingredients list even though recipe directions have them included. i’m sure your family will enjoy watching the game while eating these!

    • says

      Hi Sweetie,

      Thanks so much for not only catching this but letting me know!! That’s the problem with being your own proof reader! My crew is definitely looking forward to noshing on these cookies!!

    • says

      Me too!! My husband actually said after I made these that I couldn’t make any more until the Superbowl because he was eating too many of them!

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