20 Great Coconut Oil Recipes

What to make with coconut oil? Here’s a collection of the best coconut oil recipes for every meal of the day, both sweet and savory.

Coconut oil recipes

What to make with coconut oil? There are so many tasty recipes to make with this cooking oil, both sweet and savory! This versatile oil is an especially great substitute for butter to make dairy free and vegan baked goods. But it’s not just for that: coconut oil is great for sauteing, cooking, and savory recipes like soups, stews and more. Really, there’s nothing coconut oil can’t do!

Here’s a collection of our best coconut oil recipes, from sweet to savory! There’s everything from our favorite coconut oil cookies to pie crust, mashed potatoes and the best cornbread you’ll have. Let’s get cooking!

And now…the top coconut oil recipes to try!

Is coconut oil healthy?

Coconut oil has had some contention around it: it’s both gotten a bad wrap and been lauded as super healthy cooking oil. So is it healthy? Per Harvard Medical School, “coconut oil is neither superfood nor poison.” That means: it’s a cooking oil that’s best consumed in moderation: just like most other cooking oils! So it’s perfect for occasional use in baked goods and cooking, much like you’d use butter.

Wondering how it stacks up against olive oil? Go to Coconut Oil vs Olive Oil: A Breakdown!

Refined vs unrefined coconut oil

What type of coconut oil to use in the recipes above? Refined coconut oil. Why? Here’s a breakdown of how to use both types:

  • Unrefined coconut oil: Virgin coconut oil has a very strong coconut flavor. Use it in recipes where you want a coconut flavor. You can use it in baking and body care.
  • Refined coconut oil: This oil is much more versatile because it has a neutral flavor! Use it in body care, vegan baked goods, for sauteing and stir fries, and more.
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Coconut oil peanut butter cookies

Coconut Oil Cookies Recipe


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 35 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: 24 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

These coconut oil peanut butter cookies are soft and perfectly crumbly, with just the right salty sweetness! One of the best ways to use this tasty oil.


Ingredients

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  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup milk of choice (2%, almond milk or oat milk)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. In a small saucepan over low heat, stir together the coconut oil, milk and vanilla extract until warm and combined. Pour into a large mixing bowl and add the peanut butter and sugar. Stir until well combined (small peanut butter lumps are ok). Add the flour, baking soda, baking powder and kosher salt and stir with spatula until combined into a cohesive dough.
  2. Transfer the dough to a covered container and refrigerate for 25 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  4. Remove the bowl with the dough from the refrigerator. Make 24 1 1/2 tablespoon-sized balls (using a size 40 cookie scoop, if you have it) and place them onto the baking sheet. Roll the balls between your hands to make them as spherical as possible. Place them 2 inches apart on the baking sheets.
  5. Use a fork to flatten the balls and make a criss-cross pattern (it’s helpful to dip the fork into a small bowl of water before each one to prevent sticking). Sprinkle the tops with a little sugar.
  6. Bake each tray separately, about 13 to 14 minutes total, (rotating halfway through at about 6 minutes) until edges are just firm. Cool for 5 minutes on the tray, then remove to a cooling rack. (Baking the tray separately gets the most even bake.) Serve once cooled to room temperature. Store in a sealed container at room temperature for up to 4 days, or freeze for 3 months.
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Cookies

Keywords: Coconut Oil Recipes

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

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