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.

176 Responses to Oatmeal Coconut Chewies

  1. Tee says:

    Have to say I am disappointed with this recipe, the photos are misleading because my
    Cookies did not flatten at all, they stayed puffy and round and not chewy and dense like the picture shows. I am an avid baker and question the high amount of flour and the need for the baking soda AND baking powder? Especially if this cookie was supposed to flatten out and be chewy. The addition of leaveners only added height to my cookies that never flattened down. after the first batch I made another thinking I must have done something wrong but I got the same result. Puffy fluffy cookies not the fallen slightly greasy and chewy cookies in the picture. So that was a waste of 30$ worth of ingredients.

  2. 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?

  3. Genne says:

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

  4. 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

  5. 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 🙂

  6. 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!

  7. 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!)

  8. Suzanne says:

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

  9. 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!

  10. 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.

  11. viktoriya says:

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

  12. viktoriya says:

    Can I use vanilla powder instead of extract?

  13. 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.

  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. 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!

  16. 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!

  17. 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!

  18. April says:

    These are fantastic! Thank you and Aunt Laurie!

  19. 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!!

  20. Karyn says:

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

  21. 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.

  22. Belinda says:

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

  23. 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.

  24. 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!

  25. 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.

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  27. 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!

  28. Mel says:

    Liliana – I know there are a ton of comments so it makes reading through them cumbersome, but I think several people have commented that they have used rolled oats just fine. I always use quick oats because sometimes when I’ve subbed rolled oats, the cookies spread more.

  29. Liliana says:

    I would love to make these.. Would it be possible to use rolled oats instead of instant oatmeal?

  30. Felicia says:

    I added chocolate chips and loved them! Thanks so much for the recipe!

  31. Samantha says:

    These were good! I like that they were chewy. I shared them on my blog with credit to you of course! 😀

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  33. Mel says:

    Lisa – I always use salted butter and in the rare cases I use unsalted, I’ll make sure and specify in the recipe. Hope your cookies turned out well with the blueberries!

  34. Lisa says:

    I used salted and omitted the salt- I also put blueberries in some of them. They are currently in the oven so I’m not so sure of the results yet!

  35. Lisa says:

    Does this recipe called for unsalted or salted butter?

  36. Wen says:

    I’ve made these several times already and each batch never fails to impress a crowd! They are definitely one of my favorites. I’ve altered the recipe a bit by doubling the amount of coconut (love the stuff) and toasting it first before adding it into the dough mixture. Thanks for the recipe!

  37. Emily says:

    I have made quite a few of your recipes just since I found out about your website a few weeks ago. Every single recipe has been delicious! I have made these cookies a few times now and they are wonderful! My dads aid they are his favorite.

  38. Dianna Wiley says:

    I added about 3/4 cup of toffee bits to these and they were delish!! Great after-school snack!

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  40. Katy says:

    The best cookies ever! I’ve made them several times and they turn out wonderfully each time!

  41. Jess S says:

    OH MY WORD!! YUM! I found this recipe on Pinterest. I gave my FIL a dessert coupon book for Christmas and this is the recipe I used for March. I couldn’t stop eating the dough and I’ve had more than my share of cookies as well. I’m still trying to convince myself that I need to give him more cookies. LOL! He loved them as well. He isn’t a fan of chocolate and loves coconut so these were perfect! I also drizzled a tiny bit of powdered sugar glaze on top at his request. I also want to thank you for ruining my attempts at eating better…hehe. I’m off to see what other tasty recipes I can find on your site.

  42. Rachel says:

    I came across your recipe on Pinterest. These are absolutely DELICIOUS!!!!!!! They are very refreshing and you don’t get an overwhelming taste of either the oatmeal or coconut!! It’s a perfect blend of everything!! The batter was hard not to eat… 🙂 The only “issue” is that I put them in for the full 11 minutes but the centers were still all raw… had to bake them an extra 7 or more minutes! Not sure if I did something wrong, or that’s just the way my pan and/or oven is. I was able to get 41 cookies out of this using an Oxo brand medium cookie scoop.

  43. jen says:

    I saw this recipe and wanted to make them right away and did! I made a mistake in the recipe which turned out to be a delicious mistake! I accidentally put only 1 1/2 cups of flower instead of 2 1/2 but they turned out even more amazing! I brought them to work and they were gone in an instant! Next time, I may have to add some chocolate chips, yum!

  44. Rebecca says:

    I made these for my co-workers yesterday and they were a big hit! My boys loved them as well and my husband said “Maybe the best cookie EVER.:” Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  45. Courtney says:

    Hi, Mel,
    As always your recipe was divine! I posted about it, gave you credit, and linked back. 🙂 In case you want to check it out… http://cookingmisadventures.com/2012/02/21/oatmeal-coconut-chocolate-chip-cookies/ Happy Tuesday! ~ Courtney

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  47. Shana says:

    Officially addicted to these cookies – I am going to have to force myself to make any other cookie! Are there any other cookies on your site that are as chewy and delicious as these… just wondering? 🙂

  48. Kelly says:

    I saw these on Pinterest last night and made them immediately. They are delicious! I ran out of vanilla so I substituted 2 tsp of maple syrup and couldn’t tell the difference. Yum!!

  49. Tara Garmon says:

    AMAZING!!! new favorite cookie!!!! Thank you so much!!

  50. Laura Gail says:

    Oh my gosh, we just made these and they are amazing! I personally wouldn’t add anything to them. It’s just the perfect combo of sweetness. These would be great to take to a new mom in the hospital or to have for tea or at a shower. I’m excited to try more of your recipes Mel – I’m new to your blog.

  51. Melanie says:

    These are my new favorite cookies! I added white chocolate chips…delicious!

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  53. Renee says:

    I made these yesterday and they were delicious! I don’t know how I didn’t see them before because I have been following your blog for awhile now. I must have overlooked them somehow. I also want to take a second to say thank you for doing what you love with character and integrity. So many bloggers use there blog as a soapbox to talk about a lot of things that have nothing to do with food. They rant about their spouses or social media and then have some strange segue into their recipe. I greatly appreciate the fact that you don’t. Thank you so much!!

  54. Britt J. says:

    I’m making these today…pretty excited!

  55. Brooke says:

    This is a fabulous recipe and has become a favorite in our house! Thank you so much! I just love this blog and look forward to trying more of your recipes!

  56. Lulu says:

    These are in the oven stinking up the house with delicious scent as I type! The dough was tasty, so I know the cookies are going to be good. Thanks for sharing.

  57. Kathy Reynolds says:

    Mel – while I am never disappointed in your recipes – I have to submit the following recipe for you to try. While your cookies were good …. I think you should try these !!!
    1/2 c. shortening (not liquid)
    1/2 c. white sugar
    1/2 c. lite brown sugar
    1 egg
    1/2 tsp vanilla (Watkins user !)
    2 Tbl milk

    cream the above adding 1 ingred at a time. Then stir/mix on low speed the following:

    1 c. flour
    1/2 tsp soda
    1/4 tsp baking pwdr
    1/4 tsp salt

    Stir in following:
    1 c. quick oats
    1 c. rice kris pies
    1 c. coconut

    Drop by spoonfuls on ungreased cookie sheet – I use parchment paper
    Bake 375 – 10 +/- min or until lite golden brown. Cool on wire rack.

    this recipe makes 3 doz – doubles nicely. Cookies freeze well.

  58. Marcie says:

    These are SO good!! It was hard not to sit down and just eat them all with a tall glass of milk! Making them for a baking exchange this week. Hope everyone loves them as much as I do.

  59. Jane Dees says:

    We Love Love Love these cookies, I added white chips to the recipe and they were delicious!

  60. Multimeg says:

    Delicious discovery tonight! We did half plain and half with dried cranberries. I keep taste testing to see which I like better. More research required now that kids are in bed…

  61. Tess says:

    I was searching for cookies and stumbled upon these. These are Perfect in every way..taste, texture totally my new favorite…we couldn’t stay out of them!! Such an easy recipe and soooooooo goooood!!! Thank you for sharing your Aunt’s recipe.

  62. Amy says:

    My 2 1/2 year old son and I made these this morning. I’ve eaten 4 already, and he said “These are good cookies”. Yup, they’re delicious!!! Thank you for the recipe!

  63. n82 says:

    My new favourite cookie! I loved the coconut in these. I put choc chips in half the batter and they were really good too. Thank you.

  64. 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!

  65. Audra says:

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

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

  68. 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.

  69. 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!

  70. 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.

  71. 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.

  72. Lorie says:

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

  73. 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!!!

  74. 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!

    • 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”!).

  75. 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

  76. 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!!

    • 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!

  77. 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).

  78. 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.

  79. Jane says:

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

  80. Kelly says:

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

  81. 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.

  82. 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!!!!

  83. 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.

  84. Stephanie says:

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

  85. 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.

    • 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.

  86. 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!

  87. 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!

    • 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!

  88. 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!

  89. Rachel says:

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

  90. 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!

  91. 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.

    • 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!

  92. 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!


    • 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.

  93. 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.

  94. 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!!

  95. G. says:

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

  96. 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.

  97. 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.

  98. Ali says:

    These were amazing. SO, so good. 🙂

  99. 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!!!!!!!!!!

  100. 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!

  101. 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!

    • 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.

  102. 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!

  103. 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!

  104. Sonya says:

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

  105. 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!!

  106. 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.

  107. 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!

  108. 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 🙂

  109. Lori says:

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

    • 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!).

  110. 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.


    • Mel says:

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

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

  112. 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.

  113. Brittany says:

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

  114. 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.

  115. 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. 🙂

  116. Mistie Barfus says:

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

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

  118. 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!

    • 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!

  119. Melissa says:

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

  120. 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!

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

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

  123. 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.

    • 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!

  124. Amy M says:

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

  125. Amber says:

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

    • 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!

  126. 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?

    • 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!

  127. 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! 🙂

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