Double Dark Chocolate Coconut Pecan Cookies

all photos in this post courtesy of Annie at An Unrefined Vegan

So I made an incredibly delicious batch of cookies a couple weeks ago, but I didn’t even attempt to photograph them for the blog because quite frankly, I thought that they looked like poo. Sometimes when I have a great recipe like this that doesn’t end up here, I’ll email it to my best friends because I want them to have it to enjoy, even if I can’t make it look pretty.

Would you believe Annie at An Unrefined Vegan baked some right up AND then photographed them for me? Now that’s what you call true blogging buddy love. Somehow she managed to make the cookies look a lot prettier and a lot less like poo than my batch. Perhaps that had something to do with the fact that she didn’t have a scrap of coconut in the house to add to them.

Double Dark Chocolate Coconut Pecan Cookies

  • 1 C. whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/4 C. cocoa powder
  • 1/4 C. chopped pecans
  • 1/4 C. shaved dried coconut (not the itty bitty kind, and toasting the coconut makes it even more delicious)
  • 1/3 C. dark chocolate chips
  • 1/2 t. baking soda
  • 1/3 C. agave
  • 1/4 t. sea salt
  • 2 T. coconut oil
  • 2 T. almond butter
  • 1/4 C. non-dairy milk of choice
  • 2 t. vanilla

Method: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix flour, cocoa powder, salt and baking soda together. Cut in almond butter and coconut oil (solid) until crumbly. Add soy milk, vanilla, agave, coconut, chocolate chips and chopped pecans. Stir  with a wooden spoon until combined. Form 12 big cookies, place on a baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack for a few minutes before eating.

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102 comments

  1. Oh, Somer, you made me laugh so hard!!! I have several things that I’ve posted that I hated to put the picture up with the recipe because it looked too much like dogfood. Some things just aren’t pretty, but still taste good. Annie is such a good friend to get good pictures for you. :D Granted, I am not a detail person, but I was too busy looking at the cookies to notice the hot dogs and hamburgers on the “cookie plate.” lol Now that I know it, it just adds to the fun and laughter!! Thanks for the wonderful laughter. :D

    Oh! And thank you, Somer, for the Soy Curls. They arrived yesterday.

    1. She’s truly amazing and a talented photographer for sure. I’m so lucky to have her as a friend. There’s a lot that doesn’t end up here because of the dog food/poo problem! Food’s gotta look appetizing, especially when we vegans are trying so hard to make vegan look good!

      Can’t wait to see what you think of the Soy Curls! I’m glad to hear they arrived!

      1. I’m glad it’s not just me! Sometimes I just post it without a picture because it tastes so good – or with a disclaimer under the pic. lol Too bad you can post smells…then a poo-looking cookie would still tempt you if you could smell the chocolate! lol

        I love soy curls! :D They are perfect for the gluten-free vegan’s arsenal. So many of the processed fake “meats” are vital-wheat-gluten based. These are fantastic. Thanks again!

  2. Thta’a great gesture from your dear friend Annie! Lucky you!

    These cookies look to die for! Could you , if you made the dough, wrap into cling-film, place it in the fridge for 30 minutes, reroll it out & make & use cookie cutters? thanks! :) ???

    1. She is pretty darn amazing. She’s over an hour away in Utah at the moment and every once in a while we meet somewhere in the middle at a vegan restaurant. It’s a hoot. I love her!

    1. Split pea vomit is a classic around here! You can use a little less cocoa if you don’t like the dark chocolate for yourself, maybe 2 tablespoons to 1/4 cup :)

  3. Somewhere, Cookie Monster is going wild… Yea, I will definitely try this one! Maybe for Christmas. the Dirty Hippie LOVES chocolate cookies! :)

    1. He’s totally going wild! Cookies are getting smashed everywhere! Isn’t it he that invented “Nom, nom nom”!!!??? Oh yes, you must make these for the Dirty Hippie. It’s a small batch and comes together really quickly!

    1. Isn’t it the worst!? it doesn’t matter how good your camera is, brown food is brown food! Annie has got some real talent to showcase these like she did.

      Can’t wait to see your road apples. Tee hee!

    1. I added them somewhere in the middle, but you can add them whenever! :) You could absolutely sub brown rice syrup. Its a bit thicker and less sweet than agave so you may need a tiny bit more syrup and less non dairy milk. Maple is thinner than agave so you may also need to use less non dairy milk if you go with that. It’s hard to ruin this recipe though, go for it!

    1. They are simply yummy and fairly frugal since it’s a small batch :) I have dark woods and red walls in my kitchen and dark slate floors. It’s really visually stunning, but makes for dark photography and dark photography makes brown things look simply awful! Maybe I need to try the white sheet trick? :)

      1. White sheet trick? What is this you speak of? This post had me laughing Somer as I just love your ability to state things as you think them — never change! PS – these do look amazing :)

        1. Oh! When Nick moved into his new flat he was having lighting issues. He wrote in one of his posts that his girlfriend had to hold up white pillows to reflect light while he took photos, then later in another post, he pegged up a white sheet. My kitchen is pretty dark so Nick and I have been bantering back and forth about solutions ;)

          And you would love these cookies! They are my new favorite, plus the small batch is perfect to restrict overeating!

  4. Annie is so nice to take those photos!! That recipe sounds to die for too…I think you’ve figured out I’m a fellow chocoholic too, ESPECIALLY dark chocolate. I love the addition of pecans…they are my favorite nut. I just made an apple crisp but added pecans for more depth of flavor and to be different. Pecans add such a dimension. I’m soo making these cookies! I love the plates too, lol! :D

  5. Oh and I saw your comment about the white sheet…try it. When I photographed my dark chocolate biscotti, it had the poo thing going on…lol….but I used white poster board to offset that and it helped to brighten the photos a lot! Otherwise they had a tendency to be
    turd-ish, hahaha!

  6. YUM! This goes on the NEW list of holiday cookies. I’m the provider for holiday cookies for this part of the family and I’ve been looking for exceptional little treats that still won’t make ME feel like poo. Lovely. :-)

  7. A batch of these gorgeous looking reasons for hips sans pecans and complete with walnuts is going to be made post haste! (can you actually get fatter from looking at vegan food porn? I am SURE I just felt my thighs swell!)

    1. I’m positive that phenomenon with the vegan food porn has happened to me before, but Fran this is a small, relatively innocent batch! And walnuts will be lovely in this.

  8. Thses look nuts! I think I’m going to force the Blonde to make these tomorrow (I don’t bake). Awesome shots by Annie too. See, you could tweet these pics amd thank Annie there…

    1. Shhh, I signed up for the twitter account last night after being chastised, but don’t know what the heck or how the heck to use it yet. I’ll get to it, I swear! Yes, make the blonde make them. You’ll love them.

        1. Haha! I really need to figure it out then!!! Starting a 2 day fast today for Shira at In Pursuit of More’s Not So Fast Program. Wish me luck. I’m gonna need it!

    1. Thanks Rosalie, I have been wanting to put together a “healthier” chocolate cookie recipe for a while now, I was terribly disappointed when they turned out so ugly. Annie has a real gift, for baking and photography!

    1. Hope you enjoy them as much as I did. Agave works really well in lots of baking applications, it just takes a bit to figure out how to adjust the liquid.

      1. I know – I once tried to convert an omnivore recipe for rainbow cookies to vegan using agave with disastorous results. The cookies looking like poo were the least of my worries, they tasted horrible! I’m hoping the guidance of your recipe will lead me to success this time, as long as I can convert the measurements to British equivalents correctly :)

  9. Somer! This is evil! Oh nooooos! I am trying to stay away from cookies. Saving up the points to veg out for Thanksgiving! Until I see these…I want them…NOW! :)

  10. I’ve had cookies that looked about like that too.. And then there was the first time I painted the nursery, yellowish underneath and browny sponge paint overtop.. Which just looked like monkeys flung poo at the walls. I painted over it all the very next day and never attempted sponge painting again (that was 12 years ago and sponge painting was out of date then too).

    These cookies look amazing, though!

    1. Oh my. I can imagine the nursery… Haha! The cookies are incredible. I’m so glad she saved them and let them appear here. They really did need to be shared!

  11. I must run before eating those cookies. An extra five minutes per cookie. I know why. One will lead to another. Those look so good!

  12. Vegetables are so easy to photograph and make them look delicious, colorful and beautiful. Chunky chocolate cookies? Not so much! But Annie somehow made these look so tasty!

  13. i am in for anything dark chocolate! that is so cool than Annie made these! i edit the pictures massively if i dint like how they look. or do a black and which picture or funky effects or something:)

    1. Your new gravatar and blog photo are so pretty Kristy!

      Annie is absolutely the best. We just spent the afternoon together making soap. I’m a lucky girl! And I think pecans are topping cashews for me right now by just a smidge!

  14. Now I don’t know if these sound good or not, I mean with the poo analogy. I’ve made gluten free cookies that could be used door stops and paperweights. Still I know how fantastic your food is, so I will give these a whirl :)

    1. Made these last night and they were amazing! Justin gave them two thumbs up….it was hard to keep from eating all the batter ….I ended up with 11 cookies. :)

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