Black and White Chocolate Chunk Coconut Cookies

Preparation info

  • Makes

    2½ Dozen

    • Difficulty


Appears in

Get in There and Cook: A Master Class for the Starter Chef

Get in There and Cook

By Richard Sax

Published 1997

  • About

My mother remembers well cutting up a bar of chocolate to bake cookies when she was a teenager. Then, in the 1930s, the Nestlé Company (which had bought the rights to Ruth Wakefield’s recipe for Toll House Cookies) began manufacturing a prescored chocolate bar that could be broken into pieces just the right size for Toll House Cookies.

The morsels were introduced in 1939, and the rest is history.


  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons packed dark or light brown sugar
  • ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons sifted all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 3 ounces best-quality semisweet chocolate, cut into coarse chunks (you can also use ½ cup semisweet chocolate morsels)
  • 3 ounces best-quality white chocolate, cut into coarse chunks
  • 1⅓ cups (one -ounce can) shredded coconut


    1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Lightly butter 2 baking sheets; set aside.
    2. In an electric mixer, cream, or beat together, the butter with the brown and granulated sugars at medium speed until light, about 3 minutes. Add the egg and then the vanilla and ¼ teaspoon water, mixing until blended.
    3. Meanwhile, sift the flour with the baking soda and salt onto a sheet of wax paper. Lower the mixer speed and add the flour mixture to the butter mixture, mixing just until blended, no longer. Add both types of chocolate chunks and the coconut, mixing just until evenly distributed.
    4. Drop well-rounded teaspoonfuls of the dough onto the prepared baking sheets, spacing them about 2 inches apart.
    5. Bake the cookies for 10 to 12 minutes, or until lightly golden. Carefully transfer the cookies to a wire rack and let cool completely.