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Aunt Myrtle’s Coconut Oat Cookies

These oatmeal coconut cookies are the stuff of happy memories. They have such a rich flavor and texture. Store them in your best cookie jar. —Catherine Cassidy, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Bake: 10 min./batch
  • Makes
    about 5 dozen


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2-1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 cups sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 cup old-fashioned or quick-cooking oats
  • 3/4 cup chopped walnuts, toasted


  • Preheat oven to 375°. In a large bowl, cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla. In another bowl, whisk flour, salt, baking soda and baking powder; gradually beat into creamed mixture. Stir in coconut, oats and walnuts.
  • Drop dough by tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake 8-10 minutes or until light brown. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool.
Editor's Note
To toast nuts, bake in a shallow pan in a 350° oven for 5-10 minutes or cook in a skillet over low heat until lightly browned, stirring occasionally.
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  • pugdog98
    Apr 9, 2020

    These cookies were very dry and almost no flavor !

  • Michelle
    Feb 26, 2019

    This cookie is perfect, soft and moist, not too sweet. I made it exactly as written except I didn't have the nuts. Love the coconut and oatmeal together. A new family favorite.

  • jkcoach98
    Jun 2, 2017

    This was an ok cookie. My family thought there was too much coconut in the cookie. It probably would be a good cookie for someone who really loves coconut.

  • Cinderellahasherfella
    May 25, 2017

    Really good cookies. I substituted coconut oil for butter and got the most amazing light crunchy cookie ever. I call them my health food cookies ??

  • Briadona
    May 22, 2017

    The coconut really puts these oatmeal cookies over the top! Requested often.

  • lorrielu
    May 22, 2017

    I made these this morning and they are so delicious great job Auntie Myrtle! easy and had everything on hand.........excellent!

  • austinweeone
    May 8, 2016

    Could these be the world famous ANZAC cookies from Australia during WWII ? Can't wait to try this recipe and compare to the ANZAC cookies I had a couple of years ago.

  • menkens
    May 6, 2016

    Made these the other day substituting Almond flavoring for the vanilla; and substituting 1-cup M&Ms for the walnuts. Used 50% white & 50% dark sugar also ... These were very good cookies but next time (tomorrow) will increase M&Ms by 1/2 cup and maybe use 100% brown sugar.

  • shannondobos
    Jun 1, 2015

    The whole family loved these cookies, as did the hosts of the BBQ we brought these to. I made exactly as written except omitted the walnuts as I didn't have any. They are the perfect soft and slightly chewy texture. I think what makes these stand out is the full 2 cups of coconut. I feel like my usual recipe uses 2 cups oats to 1 cup coconut, and switching that ratio around is exactly what I've been looking for I think! I will definitely keep this recipe handy.

  • janeenj
    Apr 26, 2015

    Good staple cookie to make with pantry ingredients. I made with Texas pecans instead of walnuts. Great change of pace from usual Toll House.