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My Kids’ Favorite Cookies

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
    5 dozen


  • 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)


  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes. Beat in egg and vanilla. Combine flour, baking soda and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Beat in oats and coconut.
  • Roll into 1-in. balls. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets; flatten slightly. Bake until lightly browned, 10-12 minutes.
  • Break each candy bar into 12 pieces; press a chocolate piece into the center of each warm cookie. Remove to wire racks.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested with Hershey’s premier baking pieces.
Nutrition 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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  • meaganteal
    Mar 18, 2018

    A nice cookie, and very simple. The only issue is that the cookie itself didn't have much flavor.

  • ebramkamp
    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
    Aug 23, 2014

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

  • dflack628
    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!

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  • kleescraga
    May 4, 2013

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

  • peggy_brow
    Apr 26, 2013

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  • lcookd
    Apr 25, 2013

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  • eyeball4
    Apr 25, 2013

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

  • GrandTina
    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.