White Chocolate Coconut Oatmeal Craisin Cookies

It’s always interesting to post a recipe on here with white chocolate since many of you are white chocolate haters. I tend to be loyal to those cookies wherein real, live chocolate chips reside also. However, I have a hard time turning my nose up at these beauties. They are tasty! It’s almost like white chocolate and dried cranberries kind of belong together (like in this cranberry bliss bar recipe with that amazing whipped white chocolate frosting).

Quite honestly, the real issue I have when cookies don’t have chocolate chips is when I spy a cookie that looks like a chocolate chip cookie, take a bite (ok, a large bite) and realize it’s actually a raisin or a date and not chocolate. Oh my gosh, it’s completely traumatizing. At least with these cookies, you know what you are getting yourself into. And I promise, they are fabulous.

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It’s definitely a mouthful for a cookie recipe title but it would be unfair to leave any of the deliciousness out of the spotlight, don’t you think? Although in favor of that theory, I should probably throw butter up there in the title, too, because heaven knows, as always, it adds to the yumminess.

These cookies are exactly what they seem: a soft, chewy cookie chock full of oatmeal, coconut, dried cranberries (or cherries – yum!), and white chocolate. They are straightforward and simple and a nice way to break out of the old chocolate chip cookie rut.

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White Chocolate Oatmeal Craisin Coconut Cookies

Yield: Makes 3-4 dozen cookies

White Chocolate Oatmeal Craisin Coconut Cookies


  • 1 cup (2 sticks, 16 tablespoons, 8 ounces) butter, softened to room temperature (see the Great Cookie Experiment: Butter Temperature here)
  • 1 1/3 cups light brown sugar (9.25 ounces)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar (3.5 ounces)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 cup coconut (3 ounces)
  • 2 cups rolled oats (8 ounces)
  • 2 cups flour (10 ounces)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups white chocolate chips (12 ounces)
  • 1 - 1 1/2 cups craisins (2-3 ounces)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl with a handheld electric mixer or in the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter and sugars until light and fluffy, 1-2 minutes.
  3. Add the eggs and vanilla and mix for another 1-2 minutes until the batter is light and creamy.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together, the coconut, oatmeal, flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the wet batter and mix for a minute or so. With dry streaks remaining, add the white chocolate chips and craisins and mix until combined.
  5. Drop the batter by rounded tablespoonfuls onto a lightly greased or parchment/silpat-lined baking sheet, about 2 inches apart.
  6. Bake for 10-12 minutes.

Recipe Source: from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe

41 Responses to White Chocolate Oatmeal Craisin Coconut Cookies

  1. Sandra says:

    My family loves these cookies! I made a few and froze the rest for fresh baked cookies anytime. Thank you for sharing. I love the texture the addition of coconut adds. This is something I haven’t seen before.

  2. Rachel Russell says:

    may be best cookies that I have ever made- these are AMAZING

  3. Sandy says:

    I made these cookies today for a cookie exchange tomorrow and OMG, they are fabulous! I did add 1/2 cup of chopped macadamia nuts also. Thanks for the delicious recipe Mel. I can’t wait to share them!!!!

  4. Krissy says:

    This recipe sounds great. Do you think it would be possible to exchange the white chocolate for plain chocolate chips? I’m not a fan of white chocolate, but I really want to try these! Thanks for posting this!

  5. Gen says:

    I loved these. I made the recipe as written and they were excellent. I think the coconut just takes these cookies over the top! Thanks for such a great cookie recipe.

  6. Gail says:

    I made these this morning to send to my boys at school…fabulous!! I’ve made a similar cookie before which my boys liked but I always thought…”meh…just okay” but these I really enjoyed. I think it was the amount of brown sugar in these. It adds a wonderful depth of flavor. No more need to try another recipe…these are perfect!

  7. Cammee says:

    These are calling my name! Dang you Mel!

  8. Hi Mel, confession here. I’m not a white chocolate hater, but I do love dark chocolate. I subbed out half the white chocolate for 1 cup of dark chocolate chips and then followed the recipe exactly. This cookie is wonderful, just wonderful, and is now my new favorite, replacing my “Death Bed Chocolate Chip Cookies” which has been part of my identity for 25 years. When you mentioned Bliss Bars, I knew I had to try them. Now, if you could just turn your Coconut Tres Leches Cake Trifle into a cookie, then I’d know what heaven is like, and honestly, it’s not a salad, even though I just printed out that recipe. Thanks so much to your devotion to cooking. In the past week I used one of your potato salad recipes and your cole slaw recipe, too.

  9. nancy k says:

    I made these the other day andwas so disappointed…they looked nothing like your photo. They were dense and thick and barely spread. I had to bake them much longer then the suggested time and even then, they were very undercooked. My initial reaction, when reading the recipe, was that the amount of add-ins…coconut, chips and craisins, was too great for the amount of butter.egg/dry ingred ratio. I know my oven is fine, I used good quality butter so, any thoughts on what might have happened?

    • Mel says:

      I’m not entirely sure, Nancy. Sorry they didn’t work out for you. It sounds as though maybe the dry ingredients were over-measured. I usually measure out my dry ingredients by fluffing up the ingredients, dipping the measuring cup in and then leveling off with a flat edge.

      • nancy k says:

        Thanks, but that is exactly how I measure as well. I think I might try lesser amounts of the add-ins and see what happens. BTW…I ahve mdd your Whole Wheat Coconut Oil Choc Chip recipe numerous times and they are always a big hit…so yummy.

  10. Bobbi says:

    I would just like to comment to all those white chocolate haters. Most of the white chips and other coatings that you might think are white chocolate in the grocery store have no
    cocoa butter or anything else related to real chocolate. Another giveaway is when the item
    is snow white. Real white chocolate is ivory in color probably from the cocoa butter. Many times I resort to buying blocks of real white chocolate by the pound in an upscale candy
    store and chopping it up myself to use in cookies etc. Try tasting the difference yourself !

  11. Frannie says:

    I made these gluten free and they are fantastic. The only change I made: substitute the following for the 2c flour: 1c white rice flour, 1/2 c brown rice flour, and 1/2 c sorghum flour. Beautiful and delicious!

  12. Susan from WA says:

    Quick question, Mel: between sweetened coconut or organic, which would you recommend?

    • Mel says:

      I’ve made these with both and I actually really loved them with unsweetened coconut flakes so if you can find those, I’d recommend! Otherwise, the sweetened flakes, which are more widely available, are delicious, too.

  13. Teri Smith says:

    Delish! Is this printing out weird for anyone else? I’m getting a picture and the recipe on two pages instead of the slick recipe-in-a-box that I’ve come to know and love.

  14. Katrina says:

    These are so good!! The coconut is very subtle, but it’s all so good together. I love a chunky cookie, and this one rocks that.
    I’m going to share them at my husband’s office so I don’t eat them all!

  15. Lori in North Dakota says:

    I made these cookies last night. I had one (I mean, 4) while they were still warm. The flavor combination is amazing. I knew I was going to have a problem with them, so decided to pack them up and bring them to work to share. My husband refused to let let me take them all, so I saved a dozen for him at home. My coworkers raved about them this morning! Thanks, Mel!

  16. heather krcha says:

    yum! so great we might not make it past the dough 😉

  17. Sarah says:

    Made these today, and I’m eating one right now. Sooo good!! Thanks for another great recipe!

  18. Staci says:

    Haha so that explains why I haven’t been able to find “The Best Oatmeal Raisin Cookie” recipe anywhere on your site. Just made these today with my kiddos and they were great! I like the combination of flavors. Well done.

  19. I’m not always a big white chocolate fan but these cookies seem like the perfect place! I don’t think you can go wrong with the cranberry / oatmeal/ white chocolate fan. I’m hooked!

  20. Carla says:

    This is so unlike me, but stop posting cookie recipes and give me that salad recipe you posted a pic of on instagram! I’m dying for a new salad!

  21. grace says:

    i’m a white chocolate lover and i think these are magnificent! MAYBE even my ideal cookie! 🙂

  22. I’m not a fan of white chocolate at all, but you’re right, it really does go with cranberries! That’s the one time I like it – and these cookies look absolutely divine!

  23. Lindsey L. says:

    Sounds delicious! We just made your chocolate chip oatmeal coconut cookies…one word: addicting. We seriously cannot stop eating them. Can’t wait to give these a try.

  24. Jen T says:

    Love white chocolate anything. These look yum!!! I love oatmeal in cookies. thanks Mel!!

  25. Helen says:

    I looked at this recipe just an hour before my hubby had to head back to the airport for another flight and another week in Boise.. he was hopeful I could have them made before he left … He loves cranberry and white chocolate cookies .. But I was in the middle of making “beef and bean freezer burritos” and “baked chicken tacquitos” so the cookies didn’t happen. The up side is this will be the perfect welcome home treat next weekend .. Can’t wait to make them .. Thanks for this one.. They look divine!!

  26. Ellen says:

    I love white chocolate! I actually prefer it to regular chocolate.

    I’ll be trying these for sure. Thanks for the recipe!

  27. YUM! These look awesome!!! This is one of my favorite flavor combinations! Sometimes I’ll throw in some macadamia nuts for crunch too!

    Best Kitchen Wishes!

  28. Mel, what’s up with your site and my Feedly reader? Now when I click to read your posts in my reader, it pulls up your site. This isn’t a huge problem when I’m on my computer (I almost always click over to your actual site anyway), but it’s a pain when I’m on my phone because it takes a long time to load. Was this a site traffic decision, or is my reader on the fritz? Thanks!

  29. Connie says:

    For Christmas every year I make oatmeal cookies with dried cranberries and orange zest, and sometimes I make the cranberries with white chocolate chips but never coconut. Sounds like a great addition! After Christmas I was pretty stoked to pick up some bags of Ghirardelli White Chocolate Chips for $1.50 each at Target.

  30. kellie says:

    Mel thanks so much for being a food blogger who posts cookies and chocolate recipes in January and says “meh” to New Years resolutions. It has been incredibly refreshing. I think you keep a great balance already without having to post only “diet January food” and I love it!! Thanks!

  31. Ohhhh… I was trying so hard to avoid all yummy sweets! This is awfully tempting. Maybe I’ll make just for my kids and just try one little sample.

  32. I love white chocolate. I’ve had some in the pantry since before Christmas and some mini pretzels. Maybe this week I’ll do something with that……these cookies for instance.

  33. Kim in MD says:

    White chocolate and dried cranberries are a delicious combination! I make a similar cookie that doesn’t contain coconut. I can’t wait to try your recipe, Mel!

  34. Everything to love in a cookie is here! Perfection.

    Pinned. Have a great week Mel!

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