Chocolate Coconut Crunchers

This recipe for Chocolate Coconut Crunchers was a winner in the 1994 Bake-off contest. It was created by a former WAC named Betty, who used her prize money to buy a car which she named “The Chocolate Coconut Cruncher”. Every time I come across this recipe I picture Betty cruising down the highway in The Cruncher, so I figured it was high time to try the cookies.

I had half a box of cake mix (Devils Food) that needed using and decided to make a half batch. A half batch was still 30 cookies, so I changed my mind and scaled the recipe down even more to make 15 cookies. Things worked out well.

Chocolate Coconut Crunchers

Using a 1/4 of a box of cake mix isn’t as ridiculous as it sounds because you can always use the rest of the cake mix in other things…..such as more cookies. I measured the cake mix after I weighed it and ¼ box ( 4.5625 oz) was about 1 cup plus ½ tablespoon.

Update:  This recipe might need some adjustment, as the amount of cake mix in 1 box has changed.

Chocolate Coconut Crunchers
An old recipe for chocolate coconut cookies
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
  • 18.25 oz German Chocolate Cake Mix (See Note)
  • 2 sticks (8 oz) salted butter, softened
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup sweetened flaked coconut
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts pecan
  • 1 cup crushed corn flakes cereal or other cereal flakes
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 11/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Combine cake mix, butter and eggs in a large mixing bowl; mix well. Add coconut, walnuts, corn flakes, rolled oats and chocolate chips; mix well.
  3. Drop dough by tablespoons onto ungreased or foil lined cookie sheets. Flatten with glass dipped in sugar.
This is a great recipe, but it's an old one and it originally called for an 18.25 oz box of cake mix. Most cake mixes come in smaller boxes, so if you want to make the full batch you'll have to buy two boxes of cake mixes and weigh out 18.25 oz of cake mix or halve the recipe and weigh out 9.1 oz from 1 box.



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  1. says

    Very good and clever recipe. And I especially like the smaller batch you came up with…I mean, that’s ALL I really need in this house! Big batches give me stress about who to give them to! Love the image of “The Cruncher” – hilarious!

  2. says

    Catherine and JEP, I feel the same way about small amounts — fifteen cookies is the perfect amount…unless there’s a bake-sale or something.

  3. says

    The cookies look great. I ahve never heard of using a cake mix for cookies before though – I may have to try it for myself.

  4. says

    Is there a more blissful combination than chocolate and coconut? I submit that there is not. Nicely done, keep up the good work!! 🙂

  5. Tara says

    I’m a huge coconut fan, but alas, my husband is not. =( Do you think I could just leave it out, or should I substitute it with something?

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