My Kids' Favorite Cookies Recipe
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My Kids' Favorite Cookies Recipe

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When I made these cookies for my boys while they were growing up, it was a real challenge to keep them away from the kitchen to let these cookies cool. I still make these mouthwatering morsels for my "boys" today. —Ardys Smith, Palo Alto, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES:60 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES: 60 servings


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 1 cup flaked coconut
  • 5 milk chocolate candy bars (1.55 ounces each)

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 91 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 12mg cholesterol, 71mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (6g sugars, trace fiber), 1g protein Diabetic Exchanges:1 starch, 1/2 fat


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Combine flour, baking soda and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Beat in oats and coconut.
  2. Roll into 1-in. balls. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets; flatten slightly. Bake 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned.
  3. Break each candy bar into 12 pieces; press a chocolate piece into the center of each warm cookie. Remove to wire racks. Yield: 5 dozen.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested with Hershey’s premier baking pieces.
Originally published as My Kids' Favorite Cookies in Taste of Home August/September 2009, p49

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Reviewed Oct. 30, 2015

"Very tasty cookies. My granddaughter helped me and she loves sprinkles so that was an addition I made. Otherwise I stuck to the recipe. I stored them in an air tight container and they remained soft and delicious. I'll definitely be making these again."

Reviewed Aug. 23, 2014

"Great cookies. I made them with my grandkids. There were lots of jobs they could do."

Reviewed Nov. 17, 2013

"Just made these and they're delicious. I made them exactly as directed and flattened slightly as stated using a fork dipped in flour. I'm guessing the cookies in the photo are made extra large because you only get 12 chocolate rectangles in each candy bar; 5 x 12=60 pieces. There's not enough chocolate to put two on each cookie and not enough room on each cookie to put more than one piece. I'll be making these again at Christmas!"

Reviewed Nov. 2, 2013


Reviewed May. 4, 2013

"Very tasty, very easy and I ended up with exactly 5 sheets of 12 cookies."

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