Double Chocolate Coconut Cookies

When school started up again last year after the October holidays I finally gave in to the children’s requests to have packed lunches instead of school dinners. School dinners are expensive, working out to be approximately £100 per child per term. We have three children, so with all three having packed lunches that’s a whopping £1200 per school year!We_Should_Cocoa_V3

I’m pretty sure I can make three healthy packed lunches for a significantly lower price; lunches they’ll actually eat. So, I picked up some nifty Bento boxes and now I can say I am fully into the swing of lunch making. My husband even gets one to take to work!

I’m always looking for sweet treat ideas for these packed lunches, and this week I took up Choclette’s We Should Cocoa blogging challenge for this month, hosted by the lovely Laura over at I’d Much Rather Bake Than… This month’s challenge is to combine chocolate with coconut.

I found a quick chocolate chip coconut biscuit recipe in my daughter’s Cookery Book for Girls (2011) and massively adapted it to make these double chocolate coconut cookies. Recipes are only guidelines anyway, aren’t they?

These cookies have a lovely chocolate base flecked with coconut encasing gooey chocolate chunks. The day you make them the outside has a nice sugary crunch while the inside is soft, but the following day the outside softens nicely. I may have eaten more than my fair share of them, but they did last for three school lunches, so that’s ok. :)

Double Chocolate Coconut Cookies
Chunks of dark chocolate and coconut encased in a chocolate cookie base. Ideal for lunch boxes!
  • 75 grams unsalted butter
  • 110 grams caster sugar
  • 50 grams light brown muscovado sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 140 grams self-raising flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 30 grams cocoa powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 tbsp full fat milk
  • 150 grams plain chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 50 grams dessicated coconut
1. Preheat oven to 180 C and line a baking sheet with baking paper or a silicone baking mat.
2. Cream together butter and sugars until very light and fluffy.
3. Add egg and vanilla extract, mixing well.
4. Sift in the flour, baking powder and salt and stir, with a wooden spoon until combined.
5. Add milk and mix further until ingredients are well incorporated.
6. Fold in chocolate and coconut.
7. Drop by the heaped teaspoonful onto the prepared baking sheet, leaving a 5 cm gap between each cookie.
8. Bake for 10-12 minutes, until set. Leave on the tray for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: Makes 28


  1. says

    Elizabeth, your photos are just beautiful. The cookies look so chunky and delectable and generally wonderful that I can almost imagine how sinking my teeth into one would feel. And of course recipes are nothing more than guidelines!

  2. says

    these look perfect for lunchboxes – we have started on lunchboxes this year – still need to look out a bento box – at Sylvia’s school there is only 3 days she can buy lunch but she is so fussy she loves having her own lunchbox – I know she would love these bikkies in it (and E is also enjoying all the lunchbox treats at work)

  3. says

    Wow – I love coconut, pinning this!

    I have a few people on Instagram that do Bento boxes for their kids and they are amazing – hoping I can be as inspired when D is big enough for school.

    • says

      Parents can get quite creative with those Bento boxes. I have to admit to being lazy most of the time and just sticking a sandwich in it, but every now and again inspiration strikes. I hope sweets like these make it all ok! :)

  4. says

    Wow – I can’t believe the price of the school dinners. I’m not sure what they cost down here but I prefer packed lunches anyway. Your children must love you for making such tasty treats. They look delish!

    • says

      It is very expensive, I think, but then they do provide healthy and nutritious meals. Sometimes I wish I could nip to the school for a hot lunch! :) I certainly hope my children appreciate the effort I go through to make their lunches!

  5. says

    Those cookies sound really good and lucky packed lunchers I say. Glad you didn’t miss out though 😉 Thanks for playing along with WSC – always love your entries. I made some chocolate coconut macaroons yesterday. I took them out of the oven, tried one (luckily took some photographs), decided they needed a couple more minutes in the oven and forgot about them – charcoal biscuits are not delicious :(

    • says

      Aw thanks for hosting such a fab challenge! It’s always an inspiration :) Sorry to hear about your macaroon tragedy! I always use a timer because I’m terribly forgetful and all my bakes would have that fate!

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