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Coconut Oatmeal Cookies

June 14, 2012Teresa

Coconut Oatmeal Cookies are wonderful. Oatmeal Cookies have never tasted as good as these ones loaded with coconut! They were always a childhood favorite growing up. My mom used to make these cookies for us regularly when we were kids.

I would gobble up three or four cookies and a glass of milk in no time. Mom used to make her cookies a lot smaller than I do. Mom’s cookies were about the size of a 50 cent-piece. So, one and a half of her cookies equals about one of mine! Still we exercised so much as kids. (Not intentionally, we just played hard back then and TV was still a novelty). We were all skinny as rails and ate all the time!

I have no idea where she got the original recipe. She used to use a fundraiser cookbook from the Belleview, Washington, school district, circa 1950s a lot when she baked cookies. It was 11 inches tall but only about 3 or 4 inches wide with a blue cover.

Many of the teachers, staff, even principals submitted cookie recipes for this book. You can tell it was printed on one of those old ditto machines common in that era. (Most of you probably have no idea what I’m talking about!)

Anyway there is a recipe for Coconut Oatmeal Cookies in that book. But if that is the one my mom used, she made substantial changes to it. (Which was never typical of my mom. She usually followed a recipe to a T).

It has most of the same ingredients but both white and brown sugar instead of just brown, and a significantly lower amount of oatmeal. That recipe also called for the recipe to be refrigerated and then sliced and baked. Mom never did that. So I have no idea when and where she found this recipe.

This recipe has to be made with shortening, NOT BUTTER!!! I made that mistake about ten years ago and the cookies all ran together on the cookie sheet. It was a disaster.

This is a very simple, inexpensive recipe. Granted, I keep a larger pantry than most people, so I can have stuff on hand to make meals for people at a moment’s notice. Most of these ingredients are ones most cooks would keep on hand, too.

If you’re looking for a quick, easy, and economical cookie recipe, this one sure is. It’s also tasty and delicious, and as I said earlier, one of my favorite cookie recipes.

It has been 13 months since I first posted this recipe the second day I began this food blog. I’ve remade these cookies (July 2013). I’ve added some fresh pictures to help you see the step-by-step process I used in making these great cookies.

Coconut Oatmeal Cookies were probably my most requested cookie recipe growing up. My mom made them frequently, and I’ve made them a good bit down through the years too. If you like coconut and oatmeal,  I think you’ll enjoy these cookies if you try them.

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Coconut Oatmeal Cookies are a wonderful treat for after school snacks. I loved eating these when I got home from school every day.

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No, Mom NEVER let me eat this many in one sitting. 

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Coconut Oatmeal Cookies are pretty easy to make up. Each batch makes about 3 1/2 dozen cookies. Unfortunately, these cookies won’t set up properly if you use butter. They will flatten out entirely, so you must use Crisco shortening in these cookies to get them to turn out correctly.

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These cookies are terrific for potlucks or family reunions.

Here’s what I did.

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Place Crisco shortening in a large mixing bowl. I was making a double batch so the ingredients are multiplied here. Add sugar, brown sugar, eggs and vanilla.

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Add baking powder, baking soda and salt. Cream with an electric mixer until smooth. You can see the difference in the texture using shortening versus butter. Shortening whips up more volume and is fluffier to work with.

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Add UNBLEACHED all-purpose flour. Bleached flour toughens baked goods. 

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Add coconut and oatmeal.

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Stir ingredients with a wooden spoon to combine.

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Roll dough into balls and place on cookie sheets that have been lightly sprayed with cooking spray. Press dough lightly with fork in criss-cross pattern. Don’t be heavy handed with the fork or the cookie dough will break apart and lose its round shape.

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Bake at 375 for about 15 minutes — uh, this batch was DONE in six minutes so check your time. Your oven may bake these up fast!

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Coconut Oatmeal Cookies are so delicious. I can eat, eat, EAT them! 

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Coconut Oatmeal Cookies are a great snack for picnics because they transport well.

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 These cookies also freeze well if you need to bake them ahead of time. 

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This is a superb oatmeal cookie. If you like coconut, the combination of coconut and oatmeal is wonderful.

Here’s the recipe.

COCONUT OATMEAL COOKIES

(Recipe from my mom, Helen Mattis, Titusville, FL)

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These delightful cookies are a childhood favorite of mine. Coconut and oatmeal go so well together in this fantastic dessert. Great for holiday baking, tailgating parties, potlucks and backyard barbecues. Every bite will have your mouth watering.
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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Coconut Oatmeal Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these were my favorite #cookies growing up. #OatmealCookies with #coconut are so delicious! Every bite will have you drooling. Great for #tailgating parties, potlucks or #ChristmasCookieExchanges. #dessert #CoconutOatmealCookies #Fall #FallBaking
Instructions
  1. Cream shortening, sugars, eggs, vanilla, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  2. Add flour, coconut and oatmeal, and stir with a wooden spoon to combine.
  3. Bake for 15 minutes at 375°.
Recipe Notes

NOTE: You cannot substitute butter for shortening in this recipe or the cookies will run together.

NOTE: My oven cooked these cookies in 6 minutes, so watch your time!

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[b]Coconut Oatmeal Cookies[/b]
 
Recipe Type: Cookies, Brownies and Bars
Cuisine: American
Author: Teresa Ambra adapted from my mom, Helen Mattis, Titusville, FL
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 40
These delightful cookies are a childhood favorite of mine. Coconut and oatmeal go so well together in these great cookies. Great for holiday baking or tailgating parties.
Ingredients
  • 1 cup coconut
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup [url href=”http://www.crisco.com/” target=”_blank” title=”crisco”]Crisco [/url]shortening
  • 1 ½ cups old-fashioned oatmeal
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 cups [url href=”http://www.goldmedalflour.com/” target=”_blank” title=”gold medal flour”]Gold Medal [/url]UNBLEACHED all-purpose flour (bleached flour toughens baked goods)
  • 1 cup sugar
Instructions
  1. Cream shortening, sugars, eggs, vanilla, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  2. Add flour, coconut and oatmeal, and stir with a wooden spoon to combine.
  3. Bake for 15 minutes at 375°.
 
Notes
You cannot substitute butter for shortening in this recipe or the cookies will run together.[br][br]My oven cooked these cookies in 6 minutes, so watch your time!
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Ah, Coconut Oatmeal Cookies with a tall glass of milk. That’s the ticket!

Coconut Oatmeal Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these were my favorite #cookies growing up. #OatmealCookies with #coconut are so delicious! Every bite will have you drooling. Great for #tailgating parties, potlucks or #ChristmasCookieExchanges. #dessert #CoconutOatmealCookies #Fall #FallBaking

Coconut Oatmeal Cookies have been one of the cookies I’ve made almost every year for our Christmas Cooking Baking Extravaganza. We bake between 4,000 and 5,000 cookies each year and give them away to family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers.

Coconut Oatmeal Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | my favorite childhood #cookies! These #oatmealcookies are filled with #coconut. #dessert
Coconut Oatmeal Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these were my favorite #cookies growing up. #OatmealCookies with #coconut are so delicious! Every bite will have you drooling. Great for #tailgating parties, potlucks or #ChristmasCookieExchanges. #dessert #CoconutOatmealCookies #Fall #FallBaking

This is a sweeter oatmeal cookie than many recipes, because it has both white sugar and brown sugar, plus the coconut. Take a tray of these cookies to your kid’s school and they’ll be gobbled down instantly! 

You may also enjoy these delicious cookies!

Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies

Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these fabulous #chocolatechipcookies are filled with #chocolate chips & #coconut. They're are absolutely heavenly. Perfect #dessert for #tailgating parties, potlucks or #holiday baking.

Oatmeal Scotchies

Oatmeal Scotchies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this vintage #recipe is still the best comfort food if you enjoy #OatmealCookies. These include #ButterscotchChips & #cinnamon. Delightful for #tailgating parties, school lunches, potlucks & backyard BBQs. #Oatmeal #cookies #dessert #OatmealScotchies #ButterscotchDessert

Cinnamon Cookies

Cinnamon Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these sensational #oatmeal #cookies have a delicious #cinnamon frosting to die for. We love this recipe. #dessert
Print Recipe
Coconut Oatmeal Cookies BigOven - Save recipe or add to grocery list Yum
These delightful cookies are a childhood favorite of mine. Coconut and oatmeal go so well together in this fantastic dessert. Great for holiday baking, tailgating parties, potlucks and backyard barbecues. Every bite will have your mouth watering.
Coconut Oatmeal Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these were my favorite #cookies growing up. #OatmealCookies with #coconut are so delicious! Every bite will have you drooling. Great for #tailgating parties, potlucks or #ChristmasCookieExchanges. #dessert #CoconutOatmealCookies #Fall #FallBaking
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Coconut Oatmeal Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these were my favorite #cookies growing up. #OatmealCookies with #coconut are so delicious! Every bite will have you drooling. Great for #tailgating parties, potlucks or #ChristmasCookieExchanges. #dessert #CoconutOatmealCookies #Fall #FallBaking
Instructions
  1. Cream shortening, sugars, eggs, vanilla, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  2. Add flour, coconut and oatmeal, and stir with a wooden spoon to combine.
  3. Bake for 15 minutes at 375°.
Recipe Notes

NOTE: You cannot substitute butter for shortening in this recipe or the cookies will run together.

NOTE: My oven cooked these cookies in 6 minutes, so watch your time!

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