Monday, February 18, 2008

Oatmeal Coconut Walnut Cookies

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My mom believes that a cookie without chocolate is always better for you than one that contains chocolate. I don't know where she got that idea, but I learned long ago not to argue with her on this point (as well as many other points). Anyways, she likes these oatmeal coconut walnut cookies and doesn't mind if my niece and nephews have more than one cookie at a time. As the name implies, these cookies have oatmeal (grain), coconut (fruit) and walnuts (good fat, some protein), but they also have lots of butter and sugar. I'm not really complaining since butter and sugar are the cornerstones of a super yummy cookie. This time I made the cookies following the recipe but in the past I've also made them with chopped chocolate in place of half of the walnuts. But please don't tell my mom.

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Oatmeal Coconut Walnut Cookies
(adapted from Tish Boyle's "The Good Cookie")
(makes 5 dozen cookies)


2 1/3 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
3 1/2 cups quick cooking rolled oats
8 ounces (2 sticks/1 cup) unsalted butter, softened at room temp
1 1/2 cups light brown sugar
1/3 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 1/4 cup sweetened shredded coconut
1 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped

Preheat oven to 375F. Grease or line your cookie sheets with parchment paper.

Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Stir in oatmeal. Set aside dry ingredients.

In the bowl of a stand mixer on medium speed, cream butter and both sugars until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Mix in vanilla extract.

On low speed, add flour-oatmeal mixture and mix until just blended. Add coconut and walnuts and mix until just combined.

Drop tablespoonfuls of dough onto your prepared cookies sheets, spacing them about 2 inches apart. Flatten the mounds of dough slightly. Bake at 375F until golden brown, about 12-14 minutes. Cool cookies on sheets for 5 minutes then transfer to a cooling rack.

38 comments:

TadMack said...

Ha! I'm pretty sure your mother and mine went to the same school. Mine would have added raisins for the iron and called it good. These look yummy!

caitlyn said...

This is my favortie oatmeal raisin cookie recipe. Normally I don't even like oatmeal raisin cookies, but I love these! They always get rave reviews. I actually cut out the 1/3 cup granulated sugar and I use chopped pecans instead.

breadchick said...

Sounds like the type of cookie I would like. Especially as I love oatmeal butterscotch cookies. These sound right up my alley.

Storybook Woods said...

This made me laugh Mary because I am always saying something is healthy if it has bittersweet chocolate but not other chocolates. They look yummy. We will try them (and add bittersweet chocolate !!) Clarice

Peabody said...

Anything with oatmeal makes it healthy!
Those look good.

Terri @ Burning Kitchen said...

These look wonderful!! Nice change from the usual chocolate chip.

Half Baked said...

Wow, we must have been born under the same moon sign... I just made(and blogged about) oatmeal cookies too. Yours look YUM! I'll try this recipe when I finish the ones I've got!!!

Coffee & Vanilla said...

Those cookies look really healthy... I would love them with or without chocolate ;)

Have a good day, Margot

marye said...

they look perfect!

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Love the oatmeal cookies Mary. Mom's just are made with odd ideas. I always put chocolate chips in my oatmeal cookies. I won't tell if you don't.

Shandy said...

Your story about your Mom and chocolate is soo cute! I am also sure that your Niece and Nephew adored the cookies with or without the chocolate. They DO look absolutely delicious! =D
Shandy@Pastry Heaven

Meeta said...

Mothers are the best - I think I morphed into one LOL! I love everything about these - the texture and flavor perfect!

Patricia Scarpin said...

Mary, these are delicious!!
And although I don't agree with your mom, I get her - my mom used to tell my brother and I to eat carrot cake instead of chocolate cake. ;)

Janet said...

For making the "Almond Bar Cookies", what can i use to substitute the packed almond paste as i can't find them, but i really want to make some.

Brilynn said...

Those cookies look almost perfect! (I'm sure the addition of chocolate would make them complete...)

Cheryl said...

Well I do love my cookies with chocolate, but coconut and oatmeal also sound pretty darn good to me.

VeggieGirl said...

oats, coconut, and walnuts - sounds like my kind of cookie!! wholesome and delicious!! :0)

Annemarie said...

I absolutely love oatmeal cookies. I usually sneak a bit of cinnamon into mine, so it's like a big bowl of oatmeal for breakfast but, of course, better.

Mrs. L said...

These look absolutely yummmy! And since my husband doesn't like coconut, I could make them and eat them all myself!

robin from 'caviar and codfish' said...

My mom believes that too! I'm always like "what, have you never eaten a suagr cookie before!?!"

Can't wait to try your cookie recipe!

Anonymous said...

Hi,
The cookies look scrumptious. But the instructions don't mention where the oats need to be added to the cookie dough.

Thanks.

Madam Chow said...

I will have to try these - I love Tish Boyle's book. I baked several cookies out of it this past Christmas, and they were all a hit.

Susan from Food Blogga said...

Coconut and walnut are perfect together. Thanks for elevating the ordinary oatmeal cookie to something truly special!

Mary said...

Janet - You can make your own almond paste. Here's a link: http://www.baking911.com/recipes/other/almondpaste.htm

Anon - Thanks for catching it. I corrected the recipe.

Miss Michelle said...

These look amazing. Would fresh shredded coconut add a good taste? Of should I use the sweetened?

Amanda said...

These cookies were enough to get me out of bed and into the kitchen after a long week of battling the flu!

I'm baking the rest up right now and they are delicious! Really homey; perfect for cheering up dampened spirits.

I made a half-batch, and added 3/4 c. of butterscotch chips, as a few people suggested. I love the added flavors it takes on with the coconut and walnuts too. That really tranforms it from your traditional oatmeal cookie.

thank you for another wonderful post!

Mary said...

Miss Michelle - I'm not sure if freshly shredded coconut would work. It might add too much moisture. Perhaps slightly toasted and cooled would be nice.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

They look very tempting! A nice combination! I love this book...

Cheers,

Rosa

Cakelaw said...

These look great Mary. And how about those anti-oxidants in chocolate - now there's a good reason to include it ;)

Dana said...

These sound sooooo good!! I love coconut and oatmeal in just about anything. I'll have to make these soon.

Tartelette said...

The cookie look wonderful! I am always on the lookout for a great oatmeal cookie!

Aran Goyoaga said...

I love to bake "healthy" cookies and breads. It makes me feel like a better mom. These cookies look really good. I have Tish Boyle's cookbook but I haven't opened it in a long time. Maybe I should do that!

Terry B said...

It's 1:50 in the morning on a Sunday here in Chicago, and God help me, I would commit a misdemeanor--possibly a small felony--for one of these cookies.

Nadine said...

If you add dark chocolate then they are super healthy! These sound amazing and I'm going to the kitchen to make them right now! Thanks for the recipe.

Anonymous said...

I made these cookies and absoulutely loved them. I found that it was a bit short on the dough to hold everything together, though. I only changed one ingredient (Shortening vs. butter). Maybe that's the issue ( I am abit of a novice). If not, are there any thoughts to increasing other ingredients.

A Diver's Mom said...

Just made these cookies (they are still warm) added craisins, a pinch of allspice and nutmeg to the spices and used unsweeten coconut instead of sweetened. They are getting a thumbs up here!

Anonymous said...

Would love to be able to post this to pinterest...but sadly, no photos are pin-able.

h2olovngrl said...

Made these tonight. I needed to make some cookies for a charity function, so I Googled walnut and coconut, which I had in my cupboard, and came upon this recipe. The only things I changed were: I was out of vanilla extract so I substituted some vanilla flavoring like they pump in your coffee at Starbucks that someone had given me, (I know, random, right?) I was also out of brown sugar so I substituted in white sugar plus one tbsp molasses, which worked great. Lastly, I added a bit of nutmeg. The dough is pretty dry, so my daughter and I found it easier to roll the dough in balls, then flatten them a bit. Short story long, my kids thought they were great, and we will definitely make them again. They are also a perfect carrying cookie as they are pretty sturdy and don't crumble easily. Thanks for sharing this delicious recipe.