Oatmeal Coconut Cookies

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A delicious twist on the classic oatmeal cookie! These Oatmeal Coconut Cookies are so soft, chewy, tasty – it’s impossible to only eat one!

Just a little bit of coconut really steps up the game on these cookies! If you enjoy the flavor and texture of coconut, you might like coconut cream pie, or coconut cake as well!

stack of coconut cookies on a white plate

A coconutty twist

We love baking cookies in our home, like A LOT!! The kids love helping and we all love eating!! One of our all-time favorites is this Oatmeal Coconut Cookies recipe (they’re different from our Classic Oatmeal Cookies recipe, which we love too).

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 oatmeal coconut cookies are perfect as is.

They’re simple to make too which makes them even more popular. πŸ˜‰

oatmeal coconut cookie dough scoops on a baking sheet

The answers to all your coconut cookie questions

What do I do if the cookie dough seems too dry? If your cookie dough seems dry, add 1/2 tsp liquid such as applesauce, vegetable oil, milk or butter. Be very careful not to add too much.

Also, be aware that adding ingredients may cause a flavor change. Your best bet is to use an ingredient that is already listed in the recipe.Β 

Should I use sweetened or unsweetened coconut?Β  The two are interchangeable. If a recipe doesn’t clarify which to use it generally means to use sweetened as it is more widely known and available.

However, if a recipe specifically calls for one or the other I would stick to their suggestion as the other ingredients may have been adjusted to take the coconut into account.Β 

What kind of oatmeal should I use? Since quick oats are just smaller pieces of rolled oats you can use them interchangeably. Deciding which to use depends and what texture you are going for. You can even use half of one and half of the other.

Why such a large window for baking time? Every oven is so different, but it just depends on yours and where you live. Sometimes these cookies 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™‚

stack of homemade Coconut Cookies on a white plate

Store in any form

Cookie dough: If you’ve whipped up a batch of dough, but aren’t quite ready to make them all you can store the dough in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.

For longer storage use the freezer. Simply form the dough into balls, place them on a baking sheet and freeze for about 2 hours. Then, transfer the dough balls into an airtight freezer safe container. You can freeze them for 3-6 monthsΒ 

How to store baked cookies: Allow the cookies to cool and store in an airtight container. The cookies will keep for 3-5 days at room temperature or for 6 months in the freezer.

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!!

For more oatmeal cookies, check out:

Oatmeal Coconut Cookie Recipe

4.83 from 34 votes

A delicious twist on the classic oatmeal cookie! These Oatmeal Coconut Cookies are so soft, chewy, tasty - it's impossible to only eat one!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 24 cookies
Calories 200 kcal
Author Lil' Luna


  • 1 c butter
  • 1 c sugar
  • 1 c brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 c flour up to 2 1/2 cups if needed
  • 2 c oatmeal
  • 1 c coconut
  • 1 tsp 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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Kristyn Merkley

My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty β€œLil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative – from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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    1. The recipe is just below the video on how to make the cookies and before the picture of the girl eating one.

  1. 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!

  2. 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!

    1. I added some mixed dry berries…raisins, cherries, cranberries and blueberries. OMG delicious!! I also am trying my new convection oven for the first time so baking is going to be a learning lesson. My only issue was how long to leave on the pan before removing from the pan….any answers??

      1. Update…..I left them the cookies on the baking pan until it cooled and the cookies came out great!! I was surprised that in a convection oven it took 12 minutes to bake hem to a light brown!! I might need an oven thermometer to check it out!! Thanks for a great recipe!!

    1. The recipe is just below the video on how to make the cookies and before the picture of the girl eating one.

  3. 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.

      1. 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.

  4. 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™‚

  5. 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?

    1. 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.

      1. My dough was extremely dry as well!! I saw a comment where someone added a bit of whole milk and they turned out good. I added milk to mine and the dough was much better. Waiting for them to cool to taste. The recipe also calls for 2 eggs….med? Large? Extra large? I used large and the dough still was dry.

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

  7. 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…

  8. 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.

    1. 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. :/

      1. 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.

    1. 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:)

  9. 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

  10. 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™‚

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

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

  13. 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!

  14. 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.

  15. 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™‚

  16. 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!

    1. 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

  17. 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.:)

  18. 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!!

  19. 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.

  20. 5 stars
    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!

    1. 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˜€

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

  22. hi,

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

  23. 5 stars
    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!

  24. 5 stars
    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.

  25. 5 stars
    I made these tonight… amazing.. but mine didn’t flaten out like yours in the picture. My first batch was hard ????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.


    1. 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.

  26. 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!

    1. 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!!

  27. 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

  28. 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.

  29. 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.

  30. 4 stars
    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.

  31. 5 stars
    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

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

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

  34. 5 stars
    Yummy ????. 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 ????)

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

  36. 5 stars
    Best Oatmeal cookies I’ve made since I helped my Aunt make Oatmeal cookies when I was a child!!!

  37. 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.

  38. 5 stars
    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.

  39. 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.

  40. 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.

  41. Yummy but a bit too sweet for us. I’ll definitely try half the sugar next time. A must try recipe! Thanks Lilluna! ????????

  42. 5 stars
    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!

  43. 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?

  44. 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…

  45. 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.

  46. 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.

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

  48. I just move to a higher altitude and was glad to find some cookie recipes for me to make since my personal ones made cow pies. Thanks

  49. It’s a good recipe. I just made this with some modifications. I found the recipe is too sweet. Instead of whole sugar, I substituted with maple syrup by half and it’s still too sweet. Next time I would make it 1/3. I also substituted half of the butter with avocado oil to reduce saturated fat. Used 2tsp baking powder, no baking soda.

  50. This recipe looked like a favourite my mom used to make. The baking temperature and time given was not enough to produce good cookies. The cookies were pale and raw looking. I increased the temp to 375 and cooked them for 13 minutes, a much better result. Also, I flattened them slightly using a forl.

  51. Absolutely LOVE these!!! Of course I added raisins to make them seem a bit healthier…lol. The coconut was just GENIUS ! So thank you so much for sharing this recipe. …also…I wanted to mention a Coconut BUNDT cake recipe that is RIDICULOUSLY WONDERFUL. You can find it right here on Pintrist made by the Five Fab Boys …I tweaked it a bit by adding only 2 eggs (instead of 3) to make the cake a bit more dense and I completely omitted the icing and I refrigerated the cake as well. The cake develops this kind of “crunchy ” top (thanks to using REAL butter and sugar) and it is just TOO AMAZING!

  52. 5 stars
    This was our first attempt and we followed the recipe, but only needed 2 cups of flour to get the right texture. We did add a tsp of Almond Extract as well. They turned out perfectly. What a yummy cooky. Thanks for posting your recipe. They will definately be on the top of our cookie list from now on.

  53. 4 stars
    I just made these yummy cookies, with a number of substitutions and additions. Instead of white and brown sugar, I used light and dark coconut sugars, reduced to 3/4 C. each. Because it takes coconut sugar longer to in corporate into butter, I creamed those two items in the food processor for several minutes before I added the eggs. Also, instead of all vanilla extract, I used 1 1/2 t. of vanilla extract, and 1/2 t. lemon extract. For extra flavor, I added the zest of 1/2 each orange, lemon, and lime, plus 2 T. orange juice after I added the eggs. I substituted 2 C. white whole wheat flour for the all purpose flour. When I added the coconut, I did use my hands to make sure it was evenly incorporated in the dry ingredients.

  54. 5 stars
    Late one evening, I was surfing the web for oatmeal cookie recipes… once I saw yours and started baking, yummy! They are flavorful, chewy, light and crispy all in one. I use Splenda for white sugar & either the Splenda or Truvia blend for brown sugar… ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS!!! Omg, not kidding the best ever! Thx!

  55. I made these cookies this morning and the batter tasted delicious! However the cookie dough was very dry, and I don’t know if I miss read the recipe, but I pier to have made it correctly. So I added about a quarter cup of coconut milk to moisten the batter. I bake them for about nine minutes 30 seconds and took them out when the edges were just lightly browned and let them cool for about one minute on the cookie sheet and then move them to foil to finish cooling in to help remain soft and chewy.

  56. 5 stars
    I made the oatmeal coconut cookies! They were amazing! I am giving to my colleagues today.

  57. 5 stars
    A happy little accident πŸ™‚ I was all ready to make these with my grandchildren when I realized I was out of oatmeal. But my grandson saved the day when he suggested we use the instant oatmeal packets. We used 6 packets of apple cinnamon oatmeal and the cookies were fantastic!

  58. 4 stars
    The recipe references eggs, but I don’t see them listed in the ingredients. How many?

  59. The ingredients does not have eggs listed and needs to be adjusted. I put in 2 eggs based on other recipes reviewed.

  60. 4 stars
    Hello-I love these cookies, they are wonderful and always a hit when I make them. Your recipe however is missing the eggs in the ingredients. πŸ™‚

  61. There aren’t eggs listed in the recipe except for on the directions. How many do I need?

  62. 5 stars
    These are so yummy! I added some dark chocolate chips too and they were especially tasty. Thank you!

  63. 5 stars
    I love these cookies! I substituted half the butter with shortening and toasted the coconut! It is awesome and I with some little chocolate chips, it kind of skin to an Almond Joy!

  64. These are absolutely a family favorite! I made them for other family members and now they want them all the time! They are worth every star!???????????????????? 5 star!

  65. Lost my recipe for these cookies — so this looks pretty close giving it a try… it is snowing out side… playing monopoly later.. thought it would be better with some fresh baked cookies.

  66. 4 stars
    Tasty. Replaced sugars with Swerve and coconut sugar to make it more liw carb

    There were no instructions on how to get the flat cookies in the Pic. I dropped about 1 tablespoon and they came out fat in The middle. What is trick to getting them flat like pic?

  67. 5 stars
    This recipe is a great base recipe for an oatmeal cookie, but adding coconut just elevates it even more! I have taken to adding Chocolate chips for that extra special kick and they are a fave at home and at work! Thanks Kristyn!

  68. 5 stars
    These are FABULOUS!! I was short on the oatmeal by 1/4 cup so used instant steel cut oats to make it up , which i think added a nice bit of texture to them. I decorated mine with dried cranberries and almond slivers since im bringing them to a holiday cookie swap .
    They made twice as many cookies as stated in your directions ; i got 52 cookies out of this recipe . Thank you !

  69. 5 stars
    This is the first time i have made a recipe that looks exactly like the oRiginal post. My hUsband absoLutely hates coconut and CoUldnt believe how much he likes them!

  70. Hi Kristyn. I just baked the coconut oatmeal cookies. my sons loved it. however, i noticed the cookies are very cakey. I used fresh grated coconut, is it alright? i combined both white & brown sugar and make 1 cup as i do not want it to be too sweet. your cookies, the ones you posted looked so nice and round, mine all odd sizes and shapes! the dough really spread quite far/large. Thank you very much for this recipe. easy to make and delicious to taste.

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