Coconut Oatmeal Cookies

Cookies · Desserts · Recipes · October 24, 2017

Coconut Oatmeal Cookies - so soft, chewy, tasty and impossible to only eat one!

We love baking cookies in our home, like A LOT!! The kids love helping and we love all eating!! One of our all-time favorites is this Oatmeal Coconut Cookies recipe. I will admit that I was a little hesitant to try them at first because they seemed so plain, but oh mama, they were good!! And what’s crazy is I do not think it’s possible to eat just one. For reals! There is something so addicting about these oatmeal cookies that it’s so hard to contain yourself and not eat too many. We got the recipe from my mom’s friend, Pat, years ago and have been making them ever since. Yes, I understand that many like to have those extra ingredients like chocolate chips or M&Ms, but these cookies are perfect as is. They’re simple too which makes them even more popular. πŸ˜‰

Not sure why the coconut and oatmeal combination is so good, but it is!! I sometimes throw in a teaspoon of almond extract too just for a little something more and they always turn out so good. πŸ™‚

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Let me know if you decide to try these coconut cookies out. Although there is a cup of coconut, it’s not super coconut-y. And they always turn out so soft!! Also, ever oven is so different but it just depends on yours and where you live but sometimes they bake in 7 and sometimes 10 which is a huge difference, so you may just need to keep an eye on them until they are very slightly browned. πŸ™‚

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Oatmeal Coconut Cookies
These Coconut Oatmeal Cookies are so soft, chewy and tasty! They're also simple and always gone in minutes.
Recipe type: Cookies
Serves: 2 dozen
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 - 2½ cups flour
  • 2 cups oatmeal
  • 1 cup coconut
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract (optional)
  1. Cream together butter, sugars, eggs and vanilla. Set aside.
  2. Mix all dry ingredients together in a separate bowl.
  3. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix well.
  4. Spoon onto greased baking sheet. Bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes. ENJOY!


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Β {Lily enjoying these delicious cookies!!}

Chewy Coconut Oatmeal Cookies - these cookies are so addicting!!
Recipe Notes:

My hubby begged me to add a few additional ingredients to this recipeΒ to make White Chocolate Coconut and Craisin Cookies.Β They were pretty awesome, and I’m guessing 1 cup of raisins would make amazing Oatmeal Raisin Cookies!! To make the white chocolate version just add:

  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup craisins
  • OR 1 cup raisins for Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

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    Did I miss the recipe? I didn’t see it here. Thanks.


    I’d love to try these! I am new to your site, and was wondering where you are…. because I’ve tried some recipes from people baking at dea level just just haven’t worked out at my high altitude location. I wanted to check before I try!

      Lil' Luna

      I’m in Arizona. Does that help?

    Leigh Ann

    Mmmm! These sound delicious! My husband doesn’t like coconut so maybe he’ll let me have them to myself!


      I also add 1 cup of Rice Krispies.

        Lil' Luna

        Oooh – never done that before! Will have to try that for extra crispy-ness. πŸ˜‰


    This is a thousand dollar recipe, I’ve been looking for something like this for awhile!


    These look delicious and would love to try. Did you simply add one cup coconut to your oatmeal cookie recipe? I’m thinking some chocolate chips would be a nice addition as well!

    Jen T.

    Where’s the recipe?


    I don’t see the recipe on this page. I checked your other recipes and the actual recipe step do appear for other recipes, but not for this Coconut Oatmeal recipe. Can you email me the recipe please.

      Lil' Luna

      Recipe is now up. Wasn’t home to see what the issue is, but it’s there now. πŸ™‚


    I also can’t find the recipe. Wish I could…

      Lil' Luna

      It’s up now. πŸ™‚


        At least you know we are looking at the site…and waiting to use your ideas… I will be making these Sunday morning For the sake of mentioning it, a bakery here makes an oatmeal cookie I love….has oatmeal, raises, and peanuts, and I always thought adding coconut would be great. Y’all might try those additions as well.


    These look great and I would love to make them, but where’s the recipe?

      Lil' Luna

      Recipe is back in the post. πŸ™‚


    OK! I’m on my THIRD cookie! I live in Miami, Florida and Hurricane Issac is on his way… to keep myself from becoming a nervous wreck, I’m testing recipes for my son’s 1st birthday. I have the last tray in the oven as I type this, lol! They are freak’n DELICIOUS! I even added in 1/2 a bag of white chocolate chips! YUM to the yum, yum, yum! Thank you for posting these delectable goodies, I will certainly be making these for his birthday in the fall πŸ™‚


    What type of oatmeal did you use—regular, five minute or quick (one minute)?

    Jessica Cooley

    Hey girl, so I made these yesterday…super good, but didn’t turn out quite right texture wise. The batter seemed dry (I only did 2 c flour). They were perfect fresh out f the oven, but were hard the next day. What’s my deal?


      I just made these tonight and thought the texture was dry also – my cookie didn’t look as pretty as your picture – It really looks dry. But – they do taste great. I am just hoping they won’t be hard in the morning like yours were Jessica.


    These Coconut Oatmeal Cookies look yummy. I can’t wait to make some. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

    Lauren Hooley

    made these tonight! so good! thanks!

    Randi - Dukes and Duchesses

    We LOVE coconut … I can’t wait to try these!


    I looooove oatmeal cookies. So need to try these, SOON! Thanks for posting the recipe. Your cookies look like they are perfectly baked. They have that awesome chewy-soft look, like if you hold it in your fingers too long the cookie will slooooowly bend…

    Cathy O

    Made these cookies today for a BBQ. I used Regular oats (not instants/quick cooking). They tasted great and were a hit. However, mine were a bit crispy on the outside, to ensure they were cooked in middle. I was almost tempted to turn the temperature down to 350. I will try a sheet of them at the lower temperature next time I make them. Mine were not dry. I used 2 cups of flour. Thanks for the recipe.

    Natalie Kennedy

    HELP! I was just wondering what kind of coconut to use!? Sweetened or Unsweetened? Thanks πŸ™‚

      Lil' Luna

      Hi Natalie!! Now that you ask, I have no idea. I don’t have any on hand but I’ve always just bought the shredded coconut in a bag and didn’t even realize there was sweetened or unsweetened, but if I had to guess I would say sweetened. Sorry I’m not more help. :/

        Tom M.

        I made this after my daughter-in-law sent me this recipe and it was great. Made it exactly like the recipe and it made about three dozen cookies . I used sweetened coconut and the overall sweetness seemed perfect.

      Janice ryall price

      This is almost the exact recipe I make that my grandma made more than 50 yrs ago , I use unsweetened coconut as there is plenty of sugar in the cookies .


    Do I use salted or unsalted butter?!!!

      No one

      Hi there, I know this is a year after you posted that comment but I hope this helps.;-) when I use salted butter I usually leave out the salt in th recipe. So use whatever’s on hand I guess.:) I’m gonna try this things…we are coconut FREAKS:)


    Just made these Coconut Oatmeal Cookies tonight for my family! They absolutely loved them and is their new favorite cookie! Which is saying a lot because my mom makes homemade cookies all the time to ship off to my brothers at college, for every holiday. Absolutely delishhh! they actually tasted better cooked than the dough surprisingly. Were very soft, moist, and fluffy. YUM YUM YUM. <3


    Baked these today, came out delicious. Only used 2 and 1/3 cups of flour and added a little more coconut.
    Going to add chocolate chips in the last few batches. Pair great with a white wine. πŸ™‚

      Lil' Luna

      YAY!! SO glad you liked them. They are definitely a family favorite. πŸ™‚


    Just wondering if any one has tried to freeze these would love to make a bunch in advance for a holiday party ..thanks


    These cookies were amazing. I added mini chocolate chips… they tasted great,but they didn’t look very pretty.

    Mary Lee

    How much flour for the oatmeal coconut cookies? Is it two and a half cups or is it 5 cups?


    OMG. just made these for a get together at my house tonight.. Don’t think they will last. I threw in some white chocolate chips to spice them up and they are to die for. And really friggen easy. <3 it!


    These cookies are great as is our as base. We have made them exact to recipe and have added chopped pecans, or dried cranberries or chocolate chips even a couple combinations. They are great.


    I LOVE the coconut oatmeal cookie recipe! I’m certain I’ve made them more than 10 times now. My husband and I are starting to work on less processed food in our diet, so recently I replaced the normal grocery store sweetened coconut with unsweetened coconut. I had been told that it was not good to bake with, but I wanted to test it anyways. It works perfectly! I really love the nice big flakes of coconut, and the fact that it’s a “tad” healthier for us..LOL..still a cookie, but I love to bake, so I have to figure out ways to still bake and be healthy-ish ;). If you are interested in trying it out just stick to the 2 cups of flour, the additional 1/2 cup isn’t necessary because unsweetened coconut is dry. We also started adding a cup of dark chocolate chips and it’s really great! Thanks for such a yummy recipe, it’s become part of my cookie arsenal. πŸ™‚

      Lil' Luna

      Oooooh, it sounds delicious. I will definitely give it a try. Thank you, Bonne! πŸ˜€


    By far the best cookies ever!!!! I got tons of raves about them when I made them from multiple functions. My husband doesn’t like coconut but these are now his favorite cookies! I under bake them so they are nice and chewy! Saw a tip once to put sugar on the tops before baking and it’s just a little added baked goodness!

      Lil' Luna

      Oh, I just love to get comments like these!! SO glad you guys like them. Not sure if I mentioned it in the post but I don’t like coconut either, and these are one of my favorites! I will definitely be sure to sprinkle sugar on top next time I make them – great tip. Thank you for stopping by! XO

    Carolyn M

    I love these cookies. I made them today and my boyfriend thought they were the best he had ever eaten. I added cinnamon to the recipe. I will be making these again.:)

      Lil' Luna

      Oooooh – cinnamon would be a great addition! Can’t wait to add it next time I made these. Thanks for the suggestion!


    I found this recipe through pinterest, and I just made them, and I love them! They are delicious!
    I made one substitutions though – I like to bake with coconut oil, so i used that instead of butter – which just adds a tiny bit extra coconut flavour, but I like baking with it! I only found they were a bit dry before I once I combined the ingredients, so i added some water (just eyeballed it), until it was a desirable texture, that made them need to cook a bit longer (I cooked them for 13 minutes).
    End result: Delicious cookies! Thank you for the recipe! I will for sure make these again!!

      Lil' Luna

      SO glad you liked it. I’ve never cooked with coconut oil so I’ll have to give it a try some time. πŸ™‚


    I love, love, love coconut oatmeal cookies! I make mine with cold pressed virgin coconut oil instead of butter to give that extra coconut flavor.

    Mary @ A Productive Endeavor

    Just made these this afternoon and they were yummy!!! Thanks for the recipe!! It reminded me of sugar cookie with a little extra texture. Very good!


    Just made these cookies and they turned out great! Delicious and perfectly round! I have 3 week old twins and haven’t cooked/baked in months so I was looking for a easy new cookie recipe to try. They say oatmeal is good when breastfeeding so when I saw these I had to give them a try! Thank you for this recipe!

      Lil' Luna

      Hi Emily! Thank you so much for stopping by and for the kind words. SO glad you liked them. Congrats on your 3 week old twins – you’re supermom for being in the kitchen so soon after delivery! πŸ˜€


    Oh Yummy Kristyn. Coconut Pie and Cookies are my favorites too. Second yummy pie is cherry. Thanks so much and hugs to Lily.


    I just have to say: YUM! These were sooooo good!

      Lil' Luna

      YAY!! I’m so glad you liked them, Ashley!! They’re pretty addicting, huh?? πŸ˜‰



    I measure all of my ingredients on a scale – do you happen to have weight measurements for your recipe?


    Coconut Oatmeal cookies were great!
    I added 5 minutes to the baking time, they didn’t look done enough at 10 minutes.
    I cut back a little on the butter and added 1/4 cup cream of coconut….just because I had it.
    Very, very good!


    I am obsessed with coconut so I had to try these, OMG! they are so yummy! Added (1) cup of chopped walnuts. They are so soft and chewy. Thank you Kristyn.

      Lil' Luna

      YAY – so glad you liked them! They’re definitely one of our favorites!! πŸ˜€

    gladys bain

    very good cookies with coconut and quaker oat!!!!!


    I made these tonight… amazing.. but mine didn’t flaten out like yours in the picture. My first batch was hard πŸ€”so I added some milk as the batter seemed quite dry and crumbly. the rest turned out great. Still not pretty and flat. But delicious. I’m not sure what I did wrong.


      Lil' Luna

      I honestly don’t know what would have made them dry and crumbly. Are your ingredients fresh? Sometimes that can make a difference in how cookies turn out.


    I am quickly reading through this recipe that I pinned a while ago so maybe I’m missing it, but approximately how many cookies does this recipe make? I need to make 5 doz for a cookie swap on Sunday and I do not want to go into this blind having to scurry to make more πŸ™‚
    Thank you!

      Lil' Luna

      If you need 5 dozen, I would double the recipe. Can’t remember how many it makes exactly, but I know it’s not 5 dozen. Good luck and thanks for stopping by!!

    Staci Staples

    OMG I made the coconut cookies with crabs is and white chocolate chips! I substituted the sugar with Splenda and brown sugar Splenda (diabetic in the house) and they were so fabulous! Thank you

      Lil' Luna

      That makes me so happy to hear!! Thank you for trying them πŸ™‚


    I made these cookies and they are DELICIOUS 😍😍 Thanks a lot for the recipe

      Lil' Luna

      You are welcome!! They are our favorite oatmeal cookie recipe! Thank you for sharing!


    Okay, not to toot my own horn but I consider myself a pretty accomplished baker. I do however have a baking nemesis, I have yet to bake an oatmeal cookie to my liking. They either turn out flat, hard and greasy, or like dry, powdery puffs. That is until today! Omg these are perfectly crisp on the outside and chewy on the inside. Thank you so much, I love the coconut. They are amazing.

    Kathleen Jensen

    Very delishlesh !!! I used organic virgin coconut oil( more of that taste). I tesp almond and 1tesp. Of coconut flavoring. Also the last batch in the oven now added crushed pecans.

    Jen Pepler

    Made these cookies tonight. They turned out really nice cookies. I think next time I would put in colored sprinkles to jazz them up a bit. I followed the recipe to a tee (including the almond extract which was a great touch). I however got 21 big cookies out of the batch. If you make them, I would recommend mixing ingredients as stated above, however when adding the coconut and oats, I would use hands to fully incorporate. The dough is think and easier to incorporate the oats and coconut with your hands. As well, when placing them on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet, I would make them quite small as they do get bigger with cooking. I also flattened & shaped them in the palm of my hands and then set them on the cookies sheet where I flattened again. The dough was too thick to use a cookie scoop. It took 15-20min cooking time with the larger 21 cookies I got. They are a nice cookie that is not too sweet, but soft and chewy. Thanks for sharing.

      Lil' Luna

      Thanks so much for sharing and thanks for the tips! I’m so glad you liked them!

    Jana gana mana 52

    Yummy going to try these soon!!!

      Lil' Luna

      Thank you! I hope you will..they are delish! Let me know what you think πŸ™‚

    Patricia Alexander

    I think ji may be the Pat that your mother got this recipe from. It was The Kentucky Living Magazine’s Christmas cookjie. For 2004.. It was our family favorite cookie for yearß! I wish I had a dime for every cookie we have made. I submitted this cookie in her memory. I was so happy when it was selected. I have been using Crsisins in them for a long time. I think I will try some of your recommendations. And a funny thing about the coconut, my husband hates coconut! But he loves the cookies and he can’t even taste the coconut. Get in touch if possible, I am on FB. Patricia


    What kind of coconut ? Freshly grated, chips, desiccated?

      Lil' Luna

      I just use flaked sweetened coconut, that’s in the baking aisle. I hope that helps you πŸ™‚ Thanks for stopping by!


    Oh yum!! I love coconut!

      Lil' Luna

      Then you’d love these!! Let me know what you think, if you give them a try πŸ™‚ Thank you!


        Will do! And I missed the white chocolate and craisins picture the first time. That looks even better!


    This recipe looks amazing, can’t wait to try!! Did you use regular or quick oats? Thanks!!

      Lil' Luna

      It is amazing!! I used quick oats, but I’m sure either would be ok. Hope that helps! Thanks!


    Great recipes just wondering what type of oil you used with the chocolate chip cookies? Thanks

      Lil' Luna

      I always use vegetable oil when baking or sometimes canola oil. Hope that helps πŸ™‚ Thanks for stopping by!


    Do you use old fashion oats or quick cooking oats?

      Lil' Luna

      I just used quick oats. I’m sure either would work πŸ™‚ Hope you like them! Thanks!


    Yummy πŸ˜‹. This was my FIRST oatmeal cookie recipe and the search is over.these cookies were DARN GOOD! Soft, chewy and not too sweet.the only change I made
    I did 1/2c of white sugar , 1 1/2 c br sugar( i heard br sugar makes a chewier πŸͺ)

      Lil' Luna

      So, glad to hear that!! Thanks so much for letting me know!!


    What size scoop did you use. These look delicious!


      Lil' Luna

      It was just a regular sized one. Not mini, but not large. Hope that helps & yes, they are delicious!



    It does not say what kind of oatmeal to use?
    Thank you,

      Lil' Luna

      I used the quick oats, but I think either would be ok. Hope that helps!


    Made these yesterday. Soooo good! Husband and son love them. People at work also enjoyed. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

      Lil' Luna

      Glad to share!! I am so glad everyone liked them! We love them around here πŸ™‚ Thank you so much for letting me know!


    Love these cookies.

      Lil' Luna

      I am so glad you like these! They are pretty tasty πŸ™‚ Thank you!

    Noel Tozer

    Best Oatmeal cookies I’ve made since I helped my Aunt make Oatmeal cookies when I was a child!!!

      Lil' Luna

      Awe, thank you so much!! They are our favorite oatmeal cookie recipe!

    Sara Lee

    Made these tonight and I was debating to add choc chips but didn’t and glad I didn’t bc these are delish on their own..Kid tested and approved by my 3 girls :)..This is a great recipe that is good on its own but can also add extra’s if you like.

      Lil' Luna

      Thank you for sharing Sara!! You are so right about not needing to add anything else! Glad your girls liked them!


    Just about anything with coconut is yummy, but these, despite the fact the recipe is basic, are so good. I knew when I read the ingredients that I may as well dbl the recipe the first time around, so glad I did! New on our favorites list! Thank you for sharing.

    JoAnn McCaffrey

    The coconut oatmeal cookies were delicious. We will be making them again as part of our cookie routine. It’s great to find recipes that call for ingredients always in your pantry. Thank you for sharing. I will also be making some of the other recipes you listed.

      Lil' Luna

      Don’t they make for the best recipes, when you have everything? Thank you for giving them a try πŸ™‚

    Jordan Needham

    Delicious! Turned out perfect, will definitely be making again!


    I use ground dried unprocessed coconut and chopped dates, and they are soooo good!


    Oh my gosh, these cookies looks so good! I’m for sure gonna make them asap πŸ™‚

      Lil' Luna

      Let me know what you think. I hope you like them as much as we do!!

    Patti Hart

    I tried out the oatmeal and coconut version and loved them. I was thinking about adding roasted pecans next time. Thanks!


    Made these tonight and they were excellent. Thank you for this lovely recipe. I wasn’t patient enough to press the cookie dough into more of a rounder shape, but nonetheless they were super delicious and that’s all that matters.

      Lil' Luna

      Yes, that’s all that matters!! I’m glad you liked them! Thank you for sharing!


    Yummy but a bit too sweet for us. I’ll definitely try half the sugar next time. A must try recipe! Thanks Lilluna! πŸ‘πŸ»


    I made these TWICE in the past month! Yes, they are that good.

    I use flaked unsweetened unsulphured coconut, and 1 minute Quaker Oats that are chopped up oats (for quicker cooking) rather than the giant whole oats (which I think are too big for baking purposes). I am extremely happy with the result of using both.

    Definitely keep an eye on these cookies between 8-12 mins, checking for browning.

    Sooooo good with milk!

    Michelle Weber

    These sound delicious! I’m so gonna make these. Just wanted to ask what kind of coconut to use. Sweetened or unsweetened shredded..or fresh cocount?

      Kristyn Merkley

      I like to use sweetened πŸ™‚ I hope you like these, as much as we do! Thank you & ENJOY!

    Trine Ommen

    Hi, I live in Norway and made these yesterday. I like them a lot. One question, how long aprox. du you cream the “wet” ingridients? My cookies did not become as flat as yours and they are crispy not chewy. Maybe it has something to do with how long butter and sugars are worked together…

      Kristyn Merkley

      It’s just until they are mixed together. Doesn’t take long at all. A minute or less. You don’t need to over mix. Hope that helps! Glad you like them!


    My dad and I make these for Thanksgiving every year and they are the best! We only make them once a year, usually, because we have a large family and we double/triple (if not more) the recipe. The recipe we have is just a little different as ours calls for 3 cups of oatmeal, a little more sugar, more brown sugar..but basically the same. But do you have the recipe for the cream filling? To make them sandwich cookies? Our family would think that we committed a crime if we didn’t make the cream filling! Lol! But thanks for sharing this and I’ll save it in case we ever lose the recipe we have.


    Followed the recipe, only used 2 cups of flour and mine look nothing like yours. They did not spread at all, just sort of puffed up and they are very dry. I notice there are others who have said the same, seems like something is missing from the recipe to make them moist. I have never made an oatmeal cookie that was dry. Any Ideas? They taste good, just way too dry.


    10/10 amazing! I make jumbo cookies with a 1/4 c measuring cup, and bake for about 20 minutes at 325F

    deanna crabtree

    Made them…..awesome!


    Can I use instant oatmeal for the coconut oatmeal cookies?


    I’m making your Oatmeal Coconut Cookies. Does the coconut need to be sweetened or unsweetened, maybe it doesn’t matter…


    These are delicious! Thanks for sharing!

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