Chewy Key Lime Coconut Cookies

These cookies are seriously amazing! They are so soft and chewy and just bursting with flavor! These cookies are made with key limes and coconut and some cream cheese for chewiness.

Originally Posted on Carolyn’s Homework!

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Before I introduce these amazing cookies, I want to say something…

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to the BEST little boy in the world!!

Yes, today is my little guy’s birthday, he is turning FOUR!

I can’t believe how fast the time has gone by. Seems like I just brought him home from the hospital. Just a teeny tiny, red, adorable baby. Now, he is four and still so adorable!

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We are actually in Disney World today! It will be his first time meeting mickey (that he will remember!) I can’t wait to share our trip and the adorable cupcakes that I made for him!!

For now, enjoy these cookies because they are one of his favorite cookies!

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If you like coconut or feeling like you are in paradise while biting into a cookie, these are definitely THE cookies for you! It is so incredibly easy to make these cookies and everyone loves them.

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Yield: About 12 - 15 cookies


  • 2-1/4 cups unbleached, all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 oz. cream cheese, room temperature, cut into small pieces
  • Zest of 1 key lime
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted and still warm
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 Tbsp. whole milk
  • 1 Tbsp. of key lime juice
  • 1/2 cup of powder sugar for rolling cookies


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 and line the cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Place sugar, cream cheese, and lime zest in a large bowl.
  3. Pour warm butter over sugar and cream cheese and whisk until all combined.
  4. Add egg, milk, and lime juice, whisk well.
  5. Add flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder and coconut. Mix with rubber spatula until completely combined.
  6. Form 1-inch balls and lightly coat them in powder sugar.
  7. Place the cookies on the baking sheet about 2 inches apart.
  8. Bake for 11 to 12 minutes.


Recipe from Lyuba

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  1. Lime and coconut together sounds wonderful!
    What fun to go to Disney on the little guy’s birthday…enjoy your day!

  2. Saw these in my BlogLovin’ feed and had to check them out – YUM! Pinned them to my cookie board – you have the greatest recipes (and photos!) Happy birthday to your little man!
    Ang, Juggling Act Mama

  3. Would love to make these NOW but I have no cream cheese…any substitutions I can make? Can I omit the cream cheese?

    • Rose, cream cheese is what actually makes these cookies chewy in the center. It’s pretty vital to the recipe. Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you try the cookies soon :)

    • I substituted cottage cheese for the cream cheese. Equal parts in substitution. Just needs to be pureed or put thru a food processor.

  4. Love this recipe…and I love making cookies! My oldest is coming home to visit this weekend, so I’ll have to whip these up for him. Hope you are having a blast celebrating this weekend! They get so big…so fast! Your little one is absolutely adorable…I love this age! Then they turn 22 yrs old! (=

  5. Wow Lyuba! These look amazing! I have been a bit obsessed with lemon lately, so I wonder if I could replace key lime with some lemon… I’ll have to try this!

  6. I would love to try these, but what is “sugar7″. Thank you!

  7. I adore chewy cookies! Even better that yours have coconut in them. This is the perfect combination for me.

  8. YUM! I Love lime and coconut together – cannot wait tor try these

  9. You had me at Key Lime!!! Yum!

  10. Hi Lyuba! Just found this recipe on Think Pink Sunday! I love anything to do with coconut and these cookies look just as soft and chewy as you describe! Thanks for sharing, pinning and sharing some FB & twitter love!

  11. Oh Lyuba! these look heavenly! you always make the yummiest eats! :)

  12. These look and sound absolutely scrumptious!

  13. Yum! My mouth started watering! Stop by my Friday’s Five Features and link up this post (and others)!

  14. These look and sound yummy, My husband loves Key Lime anything. I can’t wait to try them.

  15. These cookies look amazing and I LOVE the combination of key lime and coconut. :) Happy Birthday to your little boy- I am so jealous you all are at Disney right now. ;) I can’t wait to take baby girl, but yes… we are waiting until she is actually old enough to remember it too!
    Thank you for sharing at Marvelous Mondays this week!

  16. These look spectacular! I love key lime anything, so I’m definitely pinning these.

  17. I hope you had a good time at Disney! It’s always fun when it’s a kids first time going. :)

    These look fabulous! Pinning and sharing on FB and Twitter tomorrow. Thanks for sharing at MM, Lyuba!

  18. Hey Carla, Courtney from I love this recipe! Hope to see it on My Recipe Magic!

  19. I love lemon cookies so I’m pretty sure I’d dig these Key Lime ones. :) They look so refreshing!

  20. Can I sub the butter with raw coconut oil?

  21. Lime and coconut-what a great combination of flavors!

  22. Those sound delicious! Happy Late Birthday!

  23. These look so yummy!! Pinning now!

  24. Awesome combination – lime and coconut! I’m trying these this weekend. Think I could substitute almond milk for the whole milk?

    • I think you can, I had to sub soy milk for the whole milk and it tasted amazing!

      • Thanks, Kristy! I think you should be ok too, Terri. I’ve never tried almond milk (although I keep meaning to) but I don’t see why I would harm the recipe :)

  25. These cookies are delicious! We even had to sub the flour for gluten free flour, and they still turned out amazing! Thank you for the recipe!

  26. My baby just turned 4 today! Time flies!

    ps Your cookies look delish! :)

  27. Could there be a more perfect cookie? Key Lime and Coconut. YUM! I would LOVE to have you share these at my link party! Following you via facebook!

  28. This looks absolutely yummy!

  29. Key lime and coconut is such an awesome combo! I love how puffy and chewy these cookies look! Have fun at Disney with your cute little guy!!!

  30. Yum! These sound great! I’m a new follower by way of Diana Rambles Pin Me linky party. have a great weekend!

  31. Fabulous! Want one now!

  32. I love key lime and loving how soft these cookies look! They look amazing Lyuba!

  33. Hi Lyuba,
    I have had my eye on these cookies since you brought them to the table, I must fill my cookie jar with these awesome cookies. Thank you so much for sharing your delicious recipe with Full Plate Thursday.
    Have a great weekend!
    Miz Helen

  34. Oh man! These cookies sound amazing!! Yay for Disney World!

  35. These look delicious! What a great combination of lime and coconut. Can’t wait to try.

  36. Sounds like a fantastic birthday for your little guy! Thanks for linking these amazing cookies up with What’s Cookin’ Wednesday!

  37. Key Lime is my husband’s favorite thing ever!! These will be on our list for sure.

  38. These are perfection! Have a great time with your little guy!!!

  39. I thought I pinned these cookies when I first looked a this recipe. Need to do that now… great flavor. Thanks for sharing them with us on foodie friday.

  40. love these cookies and wanted to make them for my glutin free friends,, can you help?

    • Thank you so much, Valerie!
      Try gluten free flour may be? I’m sorry, I don’t know anything about gluten-free because no one in my family has gluten sensitivity.

  41. Chewy cookies are my FAVORITE!! The combo of lime and coconut sounds so yummy! I will be trying these out soon :)

  42. they look yummy!

  43. I am featuring this recipe on foodie friday today and will be pinning and tweeting it too.

  44. Christine says:

    I just made these and they are delicious!!! I did substitute coconut cream for the whole milk and it worked out fine. To all your lemon lovin’ friends… I have a similar recipe for lemon cookies so yes, you could substitute, and they too are delicious!

    Hope you and your family had a happy birthday celebration!!!

  45. These are delicious. I rolled then in granulated augar instead of powdered sugar so they would stand up a little better for packing. Great recipe! Thank you.

  46. These cookies were a bit underwhelming. In reading back through the recipe, I realized that I had left out the salt. It was listed in the ingredient list but not in the instructions. Maybe those should be updated so no one makes a similar mistake.

  47. Loved the concept of these cookies! It wasn’t tangy enough with regular limes (key limes were a task to find in NJ) so I created a glaze to seep into the cookies after they were done baking. Juice from 1 lime + 1 tbsp lemonade mix + dash of water. It turned out delicious. Hopefully my boyfriend will enjoy them for Valentine’s Day. Thank you!

    • What a great fix! I hate it that key limes are not in season right now, I miss them :)
      It would like a great fix and quick thinking! I’m sure he will love the cookies!

  48. I love your recipes! My Mom was Polish and so many of the Russian ones you include remind me of her! Thank you SO much for bringing her back through your delicious recipes!

  49. Tomas Olivas says:

    I made these last night and used double the lime juice in an effort to make them tart and i still could not taste the lime at all. Any suggestions on making the taste more citrusy or tart?

    Thank you!

    • Tomas Olivas says:

      Maybe a key lime glaze? How would I make it?

      • Tomas, most of the lime flavor and tartness comes from the zest not juice. Juice alone has a mild flavor when baking, so you should definitely use zest. How much zest did you put in?

        • Tomas Olivas says:

          I put the zest of 2 limes.

          • Oh wow, and they weren’t tart enough? Hmmm, my only suggestion would be to add more zest if you want a strong flavor. I don’t think that they sell a lime extract. I wouldn’t suggest adding more lemon juice because the flavor won’t be much stronger but it will be too much liquids. Make sure to use just the green part of the skin and not white (that part is bitter). May be see if you can find a fresh lime at a farmer’s market, they might be stronger in flavor that grocery store.
            I hope this helps!

  50. These cookies need to happen soon! Lovely!

  51. Hi Lyuba, I baked the cookies today. I just now realize that I should have coated them in powdered sugar before baking but did it afterwards. However, they turned out just wonderful and we love them. Coconut and lime is a great combination. Thank you very much for sharing the recipe. I definitely will make these cookies again :).

  52. Sweetened or unsweetened coconut? Making these tomorrow and heading to the grocery store now.

    • Hi Karen,
      I usually use sweetened coconut because I haven’t seen unsweetened in my stores. So for these cookies, I used sweetened. Enjoy!!


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