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Chewy Oatmeal Coconut Cookies

Oatmeal Coconut Cookies

If you love oatmeal cookies, there’s even MORE to love in these Oatmeal Coconut Cookies! They’re chewy, tender and melt in your mouth delicious.

See how these cookies are stacked? That’s how many you’re gonna want to eat when you taste these oatmeal cookies.

Oatmeal Coconut Cookies

These cookies are similar to oatmeal raisin cookies except they’re chocked full of coconut flakes. If you even remotely like coconut these will make you swoon.

Nothing beats the flavor of fresh baked cookies.

They taste completely different than store bought cookies and these – well they’re easy enough to make that you’ll add them to your cookie baking rotation.

Straight out of our family cookbook, welcome to Grandma’s Oatmeal Coconut Cookies!

Grandma’s original recipe made 7-8 dozen – yes, I said DOZEN cookies! We love a good cookie but that’s A LOT of cookies!

In Grandma’s defense she did have nine kids so seven dozen cookies was just another day in the kitchen for her.

To scale down the recipe just a bit, I halved her original recipe.

These cookies were almost always in her cookie jar and I never really thought about what kind of cookie they were.

One bite into these melt in your mouth oatmeal coconut cookies and it totally took me back to her kitchen.

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Why I love Oatmeal Coconut Cookies:

  • They have two kinds of sugar making soft and pliable. I don’t know if pliable has ever been used to describe a cookie but it has now!
  • They literally melt in your mouth.
  • I don’t care for coconut but I love it in these cookies
  • They’re an old fashioned cookie. Make them and you’ll know what I mean. No fancy ingredients, just wholesome and downright delicious.
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Ingredients:

  • Softened butter – plays a major part of the melt in your mouth factor
  • White sugar and brown sugar – a one two combo to keep the cookies sweet and chewy
  • Eggs – at room temperature, if you can remember to pull them from the fridge before you start
  • Vanilla extract – for extra flavor
  • Flour, baking powder, soda and salt – pretty standard cookie ingredients 
  • Coconut flakes – you can use sweetened or unsweetened
  • Oatmeal – Grandma’s original recipe calls for quick but you can use quick oats or old fashioned

How to make Coconut Oatmeal Cookies:

Step 1: Cream together ingredients. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the softened butter and two kinds of sugar. Mix until they’re light and fluffy.

Add the eggs and vanilla and mix again. Make sure to scrape down the sides and bottom of your mixing bowl.

Step 2: Add the dry ingredients. Add the flour first, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Mix well to incorporate. 

Why add the flour first? 

Some recipes call for you to blend the dry ingredients before adding to the wet ingredients but in my opinion, it doesn’t make a difference in this recipe as long as they’re well mixed. And that’s also why we add the flour first. This way there’s no pocket of the other dry ingredients.

Step 3: Add the coconut flakes and oatmeal. Here’s the trick to adding the oatmeal. Don’t overmix or you’ll end up with tough cookies. The idea here is to mix the coconut and oatmeal just until they’re incorporated.

It will be a drier matter than say, a chocolate chip cookie dough.

Step 4: Drop the cookies and bake. You can drop the cookies onto a greased baking sheet in tablespoon portions, or you can roll a tablespoon of dough into a ball and place it on your cookie sheet.

I like to roll them for more uniform cookies. If you drop them, they’ll still be delicious. Your edges may be a little more cragged but they’ll still taste amazing!

Oatmeal Coconut Cookies

Recipe Tips and Variations for Oatmeal Coconut Cookies:

  • Store cookies in an airtight container for several days. 
  • Remember not to over mix when the oats are added or your cookies will be tough.

Should I use sweetened coconut flakes or unsweetened coconut? 

Either works for this recipe. You’ll have a sweeter cookie if you use sweetened coconut.

Obviously.

I say use whatever kind you have in your pantry.

Should I use quick oats or old fashioned oats?

The quick oats are chopped a little finer and are what I used in these recipe photos. The old fashioned oats have larger flakes and will add a little more chewiness to the cookies.

Again, use whatever kind you have on hand. 

It’s not rocket science here, these are fun cookies!

Other Cookie Recipes You’ll Enjoy:

stacked oatmeal coconut cookies
Oatmeal Coconut Cookies

Chewy Oatmeal Coconut Cookies

Yield: 3 dozen
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 cup coconut flakes
  • 3 cups oatmeal (quick or old fashioned)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375° F. In a mixing bowl, cream together butter, sugar and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla and mix again, scraping down the sides and bottom.
  2. Add flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt to the creamed mixture. Mix well.
  3. Add the coconut flakes and oatmeal and mix just until blended.
  4. Roll dough into balls the size of walnuts (about the size of a small bouncy ball) or drop by tablespoons and place on an ungreased cookie sheet.
  5. Bake at 375 for 10-11 minutes. Until lightly browned (do not over bake).

Notes

  • 3/4 cup of butter is a stick and a half.
  • Store cookies in an airtight container for several days. 
  • Remember not to overmix when the oats are added or your cookies will be tough.

Should I use sweetened coconut flakes or unsweetened coconut? 

Either works for this recipe. You’ll have a sweeter cookie if you use sweetened coconut.

Should I use quick oats or old fashioned oats?

The quick oats are chopped a little finer and are what I used in these recipe photos. The old fashioned oats have larger flakes and will add a little more chewiness to the cookies.

Nutrition Information
Yield 36 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 129Total Fat 5gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 21mgSodium 124mgCarbohydrates 19gFiber 1gSugar 11gProtein 2g

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6 Comments

  • Reply
    Dannii
    December 17, 2020 at 11:12 am

    Chewy cookies are a must and these look delicious.

  • Reply
    Jess
    December 17, 2020 at 11:53 am

    I will never make plain oatmeal cookies again. Coconut is a must!!

  • Reply
    Priya Lakshminarayan
    December 17, 2020 at 11:58 am

    Made these cookies today! Loved it…they turned out perfect

  • Reply
    sherry brubaker
    December 17, 2020 at 12:34 pm

    I love coconut anything!! These cookies are perfectly flavored, chewy, and so good! Proud to report there were none leftover, ha!

  • Reply
    Annie
    December 17, 2020 at 10:22 pm

    These cookies melt in your mouth! They’re one of my favorite all-time cookies! I love the subtle sweetness and chewiness!

    • Reply
      Deanne Frieders
      December 22, 2020 at 9:59 pm

      So good, right Annie?!? Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

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