Oatmeal Coconut Chewies

These are my new favorite cookie. There, I said it. And I hope this cookie and this cookie and this cookie aren’t jealous since I’ve declared them all to be my favorite in days gone past.

This new love is my Aunt Laurie’s recipe (sister to the famed Aunt Marilyn), sent to me by Stacey, my cousin, Laurie’s daughter. Following?

Anyhow, Cousin Stacey and Aunt Laurie instantly catapulted to favorite-extended-family status after I made this recipe. And then I instantly demoted them based on the number of calories I consumed after making and devouring these cookies twice in one week.

These cookies are buttery, soft, chewy, filled with coconut and oatmeal…and that all adds up to being some of the best cookies ever. Plus, the baked cookies freeze wonderfully. Not that they’ll make it that far.

Oatmeal Coconut Chewies

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Oatmeal Coconut Chewies

Oatmeal Coconut Chewies

Note: A couple of the times I’ve made these, I have substituted white wheat flour for the all-purpose and they turned out delicious!


  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened to cool room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 cup shredded, sweetened coconut
  • 1 cup quick oats


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl cream together the sugar, eggs, butter and vanilla until light and fluffy. Add the dry ingredients and mix until combined. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto a greased or lined (silpat or parchment) baking sheet.
  2. Bake at 350 degrees for 9-11 minutes, until the cookies are set but not overly browned (bake a few minutes longer for a crispier version).

Recipe Source: my Aunt Laurie via my cousin Stacey B.

175 Responses to Oatmeal Coconut Chewies

  1. Emily says:

    Oh Mel, another winner! My 7-year-old just made these with me, they were so easy he did most of it on his own… and so yummy! I subbed 1 cup whole wheat flour in and used unsweetened coconut flakes. So good! These are totally going in the rotation. Not too sweet, buttery delicious, and just enough coconut flavor. The texture of these cookies is perfect. The oats give a good bite. Thanks!

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  3. Julie Williams says:

    I want to love these cookies. The look and sound delicious. Mine turn out like flat, discs. I have tried them twice. What am I doing wrong?

    • Mel says:

      Hi Julie – if they are turning out flat, try adding a couple tablespoons more flour (or making sure your butter isn’t too soft). They aren’t an overly puffy cookie – mine are on the flat end of the spectrum, too. They are thin and chewy.

  4. Emily says:

    These are hands-down the best cookies I have ever made! My husband cannot get enough of them, I have to make double batches just so they last the week. I make them with a few additions: 1/4 teaspoon of coconut extract and dark chocolate chips. For my next batch I thought I would throw in some macadamia nuts as well, introducing the Carribean Cookie!

  5. kristin says:

    Hi Mel. I feel like we are best friends since your name is just part of the family around here. My husband will ask each night, “what’s Mel making us tonight?” And my sisters and I talk about you and your yummy recipes like your just one of us. So thanks. You have taught me so much, and my family will forever thank you for meal after meal and treat after treat. I must tell you that I just tried your carrot cake cheesecake and made it mini version. I made it in mini cheesecake pans and we will be serving it at a wedding party for my sister. It was delicious and turned out better than i could have ever expected. What a brilliant recipe. I’d love to send you a photo, they turned out really great.

  6. Belinda says:

    Thanks Mel,
    They’re onto the short list for next weeks baking.

  7. Nicole says:

    holy cow! these are so good. One of my faves from your site, and from my collection of tried recipes too. I made them with 1t. vanilla dn 1t. coconut extract, and they are coconut heaven. Highly recommend this to anyone who loves coconut too.

  8. Karyn says:

    I may or may not have just made these into ice cream sandwiches with coconut frozen yogurt. Oh. My. Word.

  9. Erin C says:

    These cookies were great! Thanks for posting the recipe. I used half sprouted whole wheat flour and half organic all-purpose. I also used unsweetened coconut and it was PLENTY sweet. I made a half batch and I used a 1 tbsp scooper. It made large cookies because they spread out a bit…and I ended up with almost 2 dozen cookies!!

  10. April says:

    These are fantastic! Thank you and Aunt Laurie!

  11. Kim says:

    I love these cookies! I am a chocolate girl at heart but these cookies are so delicious that they are a happy replacement to my favorite chocolate chip cookie. I made these for a party and they were gobbled up almost as quickly as I set them out. I grew up in Minnesota outside of the Twin Cities so I love hearing your Minnesota stories now that I’m living in Utah with my family. I love your recipes and your blog!

  12. Abby G says:

    I thought I had already commented on this recipe, but I guess not. These cookies are AWESOME! New all-time favorite for my husband and me. I prefer them as is, but he prefers them with chocolate chips stirred in, so I usually do half and half. I have also tried drizzling with melted chocolate before and that is delicious too. Thanks for sharing such a great recipe!

  13. Army of 7 says:

    Oh my word! I am so delighted I came across this cookie today. I made your broccoli salad for dinner & I thought a dessert may influence my little ones to clean their plates. So my almost 10 year old made these on her own & they are perfect! She used half the sugar but they came out soo buttery & delish. I wouldn’t add a thing, the flavors are so complimentary. Oh also every child gobbler that broccoli salad without a peep!

  14. Natasha says:

    Absolutely delicious! Made these with blended regular oats and white wheat. The coconut and oats are not over powering…just perfect!

  15. Shellie says:

    I don’t ever post comments on recipes but for these cookies I had to… I was looking for a cookie recipe with coconut and oatmeal that was chewy and came across your blog and let me just say I’m glad I found you these are the best cookies I have ever tasted. Thank-you for sharing I have saved you to my facebook and I am looking forward to more delish recipes.

  16. viktoriya says:

    Can I use vanilla powder instead of extract?

  17. viktoriya says:

    When a recipe says brown sugar, does it usually mean packed?

  18. Julia says:

    I’ve made these a few times this month because my kids and I love them. I add chocolate chips and pecans to part of the dough for my husband. Last time I made them dairy free by subbing coconut oil for the butter. I added a few tablespoons of flour and an egg so they wouldn’t be crumbly like cookies sometimes get with coconut oil. They turned out great! Soft and chewy and not too flat.

  19. Juliette says:

    Can you tell me how many cookies this recipe makes please? I will be making them for a cookie exchange and need to know if I need to double or triple the recipe. Thank you!

  20. Suzanne says:

    Made these cookies this afternoon, they are delicious… Thanks, Suzanne…S.C.

  21. Jen says:

    AWESOME. as a choco-holic, I just HAD to add a little chocolate and they are KILLER. I added 1 cup of mini chocolate chips and they add *just* the right amount of chocolate without overwhelming the cookie.

    The key is definitely timing them perfectly— take them out just in time and you’re left with a chewy BENDABLE (that’s key for me with a perfectly chewy cookie!!!) cookie that is so delicious and made up of so many flavor notes. Take them out a minute too late and a bit too browned, and they turn crunchy and like a completely different cookie.

    I made them and packaged them up— after hubby ate them in his lunch, he came home later that day and IMMEDIATELY went to searching for more. LOL. That’s a winner in my book!

    I think the consistency is so awesome. And, at least in mine, the coconut flavor is very very subdued— so much so, that I think I’m going to try using this base recipe and adding a little cinnamon/nutmeg and raisins and see how it works as an oatmeal raisin cookie, too!

    • Jen says:

      oh, and also, I should note it is YET ANOTHER winner from your recipe arsenal. 🙂 I’ve never found a site before that I can consistently get one winner after another. So much so that when my husband likes a new recipe, all I have to say is, “It’s one of Mel’s” and he knows what Mel I’m talking about. LOL

      I just love how you use regular “real people” ingredients and no-nonsense ways of cooking!

      Oh, also— I have also made it a point to follow your guide for raising non-picky eaters—- so far, my 18 month old daughter eats like a HORSE and, so far, so good, she is willing to eat almost everything put in front of her! Can’t wait to get her cooking with me in the kitchen like your kids do, too!! 🙂

      • Mel says:

        So happy you loved these babies, Jen! And thanks for your kindness. I’m thrilled (and I really mean it) that you are loving the recipes. It totally makes all the time spent blogging worth it. Thank you!! (And super awesome about your 18-month old – love that!)

  22. Diana says:

    I added an extra tsp of vanilla and a bag of skor bits. This recipe booted my long-time favorite cookie out of its #1 place instantly. Delicious!

  23. Praveena says:

    I just have to say, these are fabulous! Im usually not very good at making chewy but soft cookies but this recipe worked so well even I got great cookies out of it! I did do only half the recipe and lessened the sugar into 2/3c, and had only white granulated sugar and omitted the baking soda.. definately a recipe for keeps 🙂 Thank you 🙂

  24. Kris says:

    Just made these today. Now they are my favorite cookie!!! Incredible. I shouldn’t be left alone in the house with them. Lol. Thank you

  25. Genne says:

    Do you have any tips for packing these to ship for Christmas?

  26. Charity says:

    i followed the recipe exactly except i put in coconut and vanilla extract, and my cookies didnt spread out at all they just turned into puffy solid little pucks….. 🙁
    I’m not sure what i did wrong?

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