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My Kids' Favorite Cookies Recipe

My Kids' Favorite Cookies Recipe

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 YIELD: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 sweetened shredded coconut
  • 5 milk chocolate candy bars (1.55 ounces each)


  • 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.

Recipe Note

Editor's Note: This recipe was tested with Hershey’s premier baking pieces.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 91 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 12mg cholesterol, 71mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1/2 fat.

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ebramkamp User ID: 702841 235984
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."

maryked User ID: 7061082 79479
Reviewed Aug. 23, 2014

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

dflack628 User ID: 6932371 158195
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!"

alicat387 User ID: 4418920 158190
Reviewed Nov. 2, 2013


kleescraga User ID: 3865772 171934
Reviewed May. 4, 2013

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

eyeball4 User ID: 2602555 99094
Reviewed Apr. 25, 2013

"can you substitute something for the coconut which all my kids won't eat?"

GrandTina User ID: 967414 136001
Reviewed Nov. 7, 2012

"It's amazing how many people will change a recipe without trying it first! When I saw this recipe I knew I had to try it. At Halloween time because we only get about 12 treaters I buy the full size Hershey bars. This year I had a package left and the next day is when I saw this recipe. I love coconut and oats are good for everyone. I love these cookies. They are a little crunchy on the outside, but very moist on the inside. They were a snap to mix up. I did not change a thing when making them. My kitchen was very warm so I put them in the refrig, to harden the chocolate before stacking. I will add them to my Christmas cookies list and I'm thinking of trying to add milk chocolate chocolate chips to the batter or spreading the bar to make them a little more atractive for gift giving. Thank you Ardys for sharing."

sheiladiaz User ID: 4231892 101787
Reviewed Mar. 21, 2011

"These cookies are so quick and easy to make. They taste really good with or without the chocolate!"

rivirats User ID: 5794840 170633
Reviewed Jan. 30, 2011

"I bake cookies often and pondered about making this cookie for a long time before finally baking them last week. They went like wildfire and the boys are begging for more. "

maggieaw User ID: 4163584 110251
Reviewed Sep. 4, 2010

"I was skeptical about how good these would be. The recipe name can lead me astray. Shouldnt have worried- these cookies are yummy! Will be making them again!"

juicyfruit007 User ID: 1404522 171933
Reviewed Mar. 6, 2010

"These were good but not my kid's favorite. In fact, she wouldn't even eat them! I did substitute a few chocolate chips for the candy bar on top, so I'm sure they were less chocolatey that they are supposed to be. I might make them again, but I doubt it."

[email protected] User ID: 77962 171932
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2010

"Well, I changed these a bit (cut the sugar in half, substituted 1 c. white whole wheat flour for 1 c. of white), but they were delicious! Light, not dense, a little crispy."

JES_62522 User ID: 3925921 209412
Reviewed Dec. 13, 2009

"I bake cookies at least every 2-4 weeks year round and about 5-8 batches for the holidays and I think this might be the best recipe I've tried. They're incredible. I almost passed right over them because the title didn't say much. Don't. I would call them Everyone's favorite cookies. Make these and try them. Wow! I followed the recipe exactly."

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