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.

154 Responses to Oatmeal Coconut Chewies

  1. Kim in MD says:

    These cookies look so good, and I just happen to have all of the ingredients to make them in my pantry! Although I am trying not to turn my oven on much this summer, I will break my rule for these cookies today! Thanks for sharing, Mel! :-)

  2. Jeni says:

    have you every substituted fresh cocnut in recipes? I have a couple and I’m wondering if they would work…perhaps just not as sweet a result?

  3. Amber says:

    These look delicious! I wonder if I could sub half whole wheat flour (then I could justify eating double!!)?

  4. Amy M says:

    These look great. I’m assuming it’s sweetned shredded coconut that should be used in the recipe????

  5. Julie R says:

    Do you think these cookies would “suffer” from the addition of m&ms or chocolate chips? I’m looking for some kind of cookie with chocolate chips or m&ms with oatmeal and coconut.

  6. I’m always looking for recipes that I can use whole wheat flour in! Glad to know you can substitute. Thanks!

  7. Julie R–try cowboy cookies or ranger cookies. Both cookies have chocolate chips, oatmeal and coconut in them. Google it! :)

  8. Camille says:

    Oh, these little devils! I can eat the whole batch myself and I don’t normally love cookies! I actually prefer eating them frozen!

  9. Melissa says:

    i was also wondering if you could substitute fresh coconut as well. the cookies look heavenly!

  10. Melanie says:

    These cookies are awesome!! I was planning to make cookies today anyway so when I saw this recipe I knew just what to do. So, so good! I may have to make a second batch before the day is over since I can’t see them lasting very long with 5 hungry kiddos. Thanks for sharing!

  11. Mel says:

    Melanie – well, that is officially the fastest response for someone making a recipe I’ve posted! Thank you for the review…I’m so glad the cookies were a hit!

  12. Mel says:

    Julie R – heavens, no! As delicious as they are simple and dare I say, plain, they would also be delicious with m&m’s or chocolate chips. Let me know if you try it!

  13. Mel says:

    Amy – yep, you are right.

  14. Mel says:

    Amber – your comment made me realize I had forgotten my “note” – that I actually have subbed whole wheat flour (white wheat) several times that I’ve made these. Delicious results!

  15. Mel says:

    Jeni and Melissa – I am an absolutely novice with fresh coconut so I can’t give you any direction on subbing it for the already shredded. I’m guessing it would work but would be less sweet than using the shredded sweetened variety. Let me know if either of you try it!

  16. These look wonderful, can’t wait to make them!

  17. Mistie Barfus says:

    Mmmmm…I bet these would be really good with butterscotch chips!

  18. grace says:

    i can see these becoming my favorite cookies as well, and that’s based solely on these pictures and your description of them. i’m thinking perhaps adding some butterscotch chips might be the perfect touch for me. :)

  19. TaLaisa says:

    Those look so yummy. I have a big soft spot in my heart for oatmeal cookies (and a couple on my derriere as well).

    I’ve used fresh coconut for baking and the sweetness isn’t the only place there is a difference. Sweetened shredded coconut is also dehydrated a little, while fresh is not. The extra moisture in the coconut will change the texture of the cookies. You can either shred, sweeten with a sprinkle of sugar and toast it very lightly (as in little color) to dry it out or use it wet and add a little more flour. Adding more flour with ultimately make the cookies less chewy and possibly cakier.

  20. Mel says:

    TaLaisa – you are funny (derriere comment…) and smart, too! Thanks for weighing in on the coconut issue.

  21. Brittany says:

    those look super yummy! You make me laugh with your comments… your relatives being catapulted to popularity then demoted… haha! :)

  22. Karissa says:

    OMG. I’m always baking for other people, and rarely make things FOR ME. These cookies, however, are most definitely one of the exceptions!! AMAZING.

  23. Those sound wonderful. Just the thing for a nice, cozy snack with a book and a glass of milk!

  24. Shauntel says:

    So I was skeptical – coconut can really either make or break a recipe for me. But because I love everything that appears on your blog and because the photos of the cookies looked edible, I thought I’d give it a try.

    Yum. Yum. Yum. If you’re a cookie dough lover (like me), you may not want to try the dough. Because it’s possible very few cookies will make it to the oven.

    Although they are equally delicious.


  25. Mel says:

    Shauntel – I’m glad that despite your skepticism these cookies turned out delicious! Thanks for checking in to let me know.

  26. Lori says:

    Yummy! Made these for the family and then for today to give all the daddies at Chruch for Father’s Day!

  27. Nicole says:

    ha ha, I got on here to get the recipe for magic in the middle cookies for father’s day and lo, another cookie recipe I have to try. coconut just went on my grocery list… I’m sure the calories will be worth it! Thanks Mel. Kind of :)

  28. Kellie says:

    Mel, Okay first of all, I haven’t changed to the new address, so I haven’t been getting your posts, and I’ve been missing you… (since I’ve never even met you) and I must say I just LOVE your commentary. You are so funny, and wonderful at describing everything you make, you make me want to try it all!!! I think you are terrific!

  29. Mel says:

    Lori – wow, what a lot of work to make these for all the dad’s at your church! I’m glad that they were well received (or at least I hope they were!).

  30. Ann says:

    I made these. They are good. I added chocolate chips to half of them, and they turned out very tasty both ways.

    Oh, and I made them with unsweetened coconut (because I have it on hand). I wasn’t missing any extra sweetness, so I think it’s safe to say that both will do.

  31. Alison says:

    DELICIOUS!!! I made these today and they’re amazing. The texture of these cookies are perfect. Too bad my husband hates coconut and I’ll be forced to eat the whole batch. This may be my new favorite cookie. Next time I’ll think I’ll substitute the coconut for chocolate chips and see how they turn out. Another great recipe from you!!

  32. Sonya says:

    I’ve bookmarked these and will be heading to the store for some coconut! :)

  33. TaLaisa says:

    Made these yesterday and oh boy were they fantastic. They are just like my favorite ‘secret’ recipe oatmeal cookies, only better. Because the secret is the fact that they’re a Betty Crocker pouch mix. And I love the coconut! I’ve tried to find something from scratch to replace ‘the package’, but lost hope after 5 oatmeal cookie recipes fell short and I gained 8 (more or less) pounds sampling.

    These are on my short favorite list now as well. Thank you!

  34. Sally says:

    These cookies were so tasty and definetely pretty. They baked perfectly and looked good enough I could send them across the country for a birthday gift. I must agree that the dough was some of the best!

  35. Kaitlyn says:

    Do you think you could use regular oats instead of quick oats in this recipe? It’s all I have on hand. Thanks!

  36. Mel says:

    Kaitlyn – I’m sure you could, although the texture may be a bit different. If I were you, I’d grind the regular oats up a bit in a blender or food processor and then use them.

  37. Mel says:

    Sally – I’m so glad the cookies worked out well enough to be shipped off across the country!

  38. Mel says:

    TaLaisa – happy to hear these met up to the standard of the pouched mix!

  39. Mel says:

    Alison – that’s too bad your husband is not a coconut fan, although more for you, I guess! Enjoy each and every bite!

  40. Mel says:

    Ann – I’m excited to try the chocolate chip version. Thanks for adding your comment about the unsweetened coconut.

  41. Jordan says:

    I also made these yesterday! The whole family loved them! I don’t think they need anything else added to them, they are PERFECT the way they are. Great change from the old chocolate chip cookie!

  42. Tobi says:

    omg!!!! i just made these and all i can say is…thank you very much! i now have a new favorite cookie :) tomorrow on the elliptical i’ll be cursing this recipe but for now the warm, coconuty, oatmealy goodness is SO worth it!!!!!!!!!!

  43. Ali says:

    These were amazing. SO, so good. :)

  44. Mel says:

    Thanks, Ali!

  45. Mel says:

    Tobi – just curse the recipe, not me. :) I’m glad these cookies will be well worth the pain of working them off!

  46. TaLaisa says:

    No. Mel. They are a million times better than the pouch! Sorry I wasn’t clear on that. It’s a texture I’ve been unable to duplicate with a scratch recipe, until now.

  47. Susan says:

    I’ve never seen these before–after all of my browsing, it is a delight to find something new (at least to me) Thanks for the inspiration.

  48. G. says:

    I made these this past weekend and they received rave reviews!

  49. Kara says:

    I LOVED these (as did my family)! These are for sure a keeper. I used the recipe as my recipe of he week on my blog! Thanks for the great one!!

  50. Mel says:

    Thanks, Kara!

  51. Mel says:

    Thanks, G.!

  52. Cat Berner says:

    As soon as I saw these I knew I was going to have to make them. So I did, and they were delicious! I’m definitely going to make these again. Thanks so much for sharing the recipe.

  53. Mel says:

    Thanks, Cat!

  54. Lorie says:

    Hi! These cookies were delish! I froze most of them to serve at our bbq this w/e. Should I take them out the morning of and just keep them in a tupperware? How did you defrost? I want them to taste fresh!


  55. idahomichele says:

    Melanie– These were simple to make and oh- so-yummy! I made them on the fly for a thank you gift and then thought– we had better taste these before we give them away and they received three thumbs up from the taste testers (me included!) I added raisins to half of the batch and liked them that way– maybe macadamia nuts next time. . . Great cookie! thanks.

  56. Mel says:

    Michele – I’m so glad you and all the taste testers liked these. I never would have thought to add raisins but I love that idea!

  57. Mel says:

    Thanks, Lorie – so glad you liked the cookies! When I am ready to use cookies from the freezer, I take them out 4-5 hours before serving and keep them in the tupperware or ziploc bag they were frozen in and let them come to room temperature while they sit, covered, on the counter.

  58. Elizabeth says:

    OH MY GOODNESS! I just made these cookies and all I can say is WOW, they have a carmelly/butterscotch flavor that, combined with the coconut is super! Thanks for sharing another great recipe!

  59. Mel says:

    Thanks, Elizabeth!

  60. Rachel says:

    Absolutely divine!!! These are melt-in-your-mouth wonderful!

  61. Mel says:

    Thanks, Rachel!

  62. Anj says:

    Hey there. I happened upon your recipe from Donna at My Tasty Treasures. I made them today and posted to my blog with a link to yours. I hope that is okay. These were really great. I toasted the coconut and added some toasted pecans. Thanks for a great recipe!

  63. Mel says:

    Thanks, Anj! I’m glad you liked this recipe and I think the addition of toasted pecans is brilliant!

  64. Alycia says:

    Just made these today! For some reason I thought the recipe called for lime, so I bought one specifically to make these cookies. Since I had it, I added a little bit of lime juice and zest to these! They are absolutely delish! I can see why they are your favorite! Mine definitely won’t make it to the freezer, but maybe next time I’ll make a double batch and try to freeze them. Thanks for the great recipe again!

  65. Mel says:

    Alycia – what a brilliant idea to add lime zest and juice. I bet the coconut/lime combo was delicious. I’ll have to try that!

  66. Allison says:

    Another great recipe Mel! I love your site and these cookies were no exception. They’re great chewy and they’re even great if you get distracted with three kids under 5 and they end up a little crispy!!! Made them for a church function today and they were gobbled down quickly! Will be an easy go-to cookie recipe for me!

  67. Mel says:

    Thanks, Allison!

  68. Reyna says:

    These couldn’t be easier to throw together and the flavor is fantastic. I love all things coconut and oatmeal, so this combination made my little heart go pitter pat. Even my husband who is pretty much of the “if-it-doesn’t-have-chocolate-in-it-it’s-not-a-cookie” mindset said these were really good. Then he asked me if I made the recipe up. Then I laughed. Then I said I got the recipe from the same place I get 99% of my recipes. And then I froze the rest of the batch so I could hide them from my kids. Cuz I’m a good mom like that.

  69. Mel says:

    Reyna – glad these cookies were a hit, especially with your choc-cookie-loving hubby. Uh, and hiding food (especially cookies and decadent desserts and the like) from the children is definitely approved on this blog.

  70. Stephanie says:

    I can’t stop eating these…. wonderful cookie!

  71. Mel says:

    Thanks, Stephanie!

  72. Kim F. says:

    OOOOO these sound and look perfect. I better not show this to hubby i will be making these alsong with the Zucchini Apple Bread that’s in the oven right now.

  73. Pauline says:

    OK, now THESE are the BOMB!!!! Holy smokes….so so so good! And just because I felt the oatmeal was starting to make these cookies tilt towards the “healthly” column (I used old-fashioned oats, not quick cooking oats), I had to add a bit more fat grams by adding walnuts. Healthy fat, though, right? Who cares…..chew chew chew….yum yum yum!!!!

  74. Mel says:

    Pauline – so glad you liked these cookies (hopefully they redeem the banana pudding crisis!).

  75. Amber says:

    Been a fan of your blog for a while now. My family and I moved from the US to South Africa and I needed something that reminded me of home. Made these cookies and it hit the spot. Now they are going to be asked for daily. Thanks for the wonderful recipes.

  76. Kelly says:

    AMAZING!! These cookies are Exactly what you say!! So yummy. This will be added to my family’s favorite cookie list!

  77. Jane says:

    Thank you! These are beyond yummy, a new favorite. I ate way too many, it was impossible to stop.

  78. Mel says:

    Thanks, Kelly!

  79. Kensi says:

    I made these for a party yesterday and they were a hit!! I love how chewy they were. I will definitely be making these again.

  80. Mel says:

    Glad you liked these, Kensi! As always, I love to see your comments pop up. Thanks for trying so many recipes!

  81. Suzanne says:

    These might be my new favorite cookie, too. Definitely top 5, at least. So delicious! I made them for a girls’ night/dinner the other night. I made some plain, some with butterscotch chips, and some with butterscotch and chocolate chips. They were all so delicious! I think the butterscotch was my favorite, though. Luckily I was smart enough to freeze half the dough for later as I have eaten way too many of these babies! Thanks for the fabulous recipe (and the great use for the bags of coconut I’ve had sitting in my pantry).

  82. Mel says:

    Suzanne – I love the idea of butterscotch chips! I’m glad they were a hit for your girls’ night!

  83. Sonya says:

    I made these today and they came out puffed up.. almost cake like. I couldnt figure out what I had done wrong..I finally figured it out. I left out the sugar and only used brown sugar!! LOL with that being said..these were awesome! mine came out super soft,airy and cake like. So incase anyone else doesnt have regular sugar..you can infact get away with using the 1 cup of brown sugar. I plan to make these again with the correct amount of sugars :) Thank you for an awesome recipe!!

  84. Mel says:

    Sonya – thanks for the tips on the sugar! I’m glad they still worked out despite the missing white sugar…they still sound delicious!

  85. Lindsay says:

    My sister by mistake thought these called for lime and bought a lime when she was going to make them. Well she decided to throw in some lime juice and zest and they were amazing….I made them that way too! LOVE THEM! She added some extra flour since the lime juice was too wet without it.
    So here is the recipe with lime added and the extra flour:
    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 soda
    1 teaspoon baking powder
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    2 3/4 cups flour (was 2.5, added 1/4 with lime juice addition….just don’t want it sticky)
    1 cup shredded coconut

    1 lime zested and juiced
    1 cup quick oats
    Bake the same as the original recipe

  86. Mel says:

    Love the variation, Lindsay!

  87. Lindsey says:

    I made these cookies tonight with my 21-month old daughter. We had a blast and they turned out perfectly! Delicious recipe – thanks!

  88. Mel says:

    Thanks, Lindsey! Any mom who makes cookies with their kids deserves a special award (b/c let’s be serious, it’s not always “helpful”!).

  89. Nicole says:

    these are one of my new favorite cookies too- WOW! soooo yummy and easy, and totally good even with all whole wheat flour!!!

  90. Lorie says:

    Hi Melanie, if I use the old fashioned oats and just grind them, will that work the same?

  91. Lorie says:

    Also (unrelated) I want to make another one of your recipes which calls for buttermilk. I had some in the fridge that expired on Monday, that I was going to use tomorrow…what are your thoughts on that? I’ve read you can use it a few days after expiration, but I’m not sure.

  92. Abby H. says:

    I made these last week and they are so so yummy! I was craving an oatmeal cookie and my hub loves coconut, so I thought this would be perfect!
    It’s funny actually, my mom sent me this almost exact recipe saying I needed to try it. Her friend had given her a plate of cookies, and she liked it so much.
    Yum yum.

  93. After making these last week for someone, I’m concocting another batch tonight for my son’s school bake sale tomorrow! They were amazing. I’m going to add M&M’s this time to make them look more enticing for the students. Thank you! I LOOOOVE coconut!

  94. natalie says:

    I whipped these up to bring to a friend at the last minute. I love how easy they were and how they’re just a little different. I thought the texture was perfect and the flavor was just subtle enough that you can eat like ten of them without getting tired of them…well, I’m not sure I like that part now that I’ve eaten way too many…but it was really great at the time. =) Thanks for another great recipe.

  95. YUMMY!!! I have made these twice in the last 10 days. They are addicting!

  96. [...] serious coconut lover and my hubbie is a huge oatmeal cookie guy.  So when I found these babies on Mel’s Kitchen Cafe, I knew it meant to be.  And oh, I was not disappointed!  I have made these twice in the last ten [...]

  97. Audra says:

    Just made these, because I love coconut, and let me tell you these are AMAZING!!!! Also…my kidlets love them!

  98. Pauline says:

    If I missed it, can you please tell me again about how many cookies these made? I’d like to make them for my husband’s office and need to figure out if I need to triple, quadruple, etc. the recipe. Thanks!

  99. Mel says:

    Pauline – these cookies make about 2 to 2 1/2 dozen, depending on how big you make them.

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