Coconut Oatmeal Cookies

Coconut Oatmeal Cookies

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I promised!

Yes, not too long ago I promised to build up my “cookie” category because who doesn’t want more cookies?  Today’s Coconut Oatmeal Cookies are made just for me!  That’s right, they’re not Christmas cookies made for giving, chocolate chip for my husband or spicy oatmeal for my brother.  Nope, they’re golden with crispy, buttery edges and a slightly chewy centre. Pure coconut and oatmeal goodness, and they’re just for me. This wonderful Coconut Oatmeal Cookie is MY favourite and not made enough in my opinion.  It’s wonderful to bake for others and I truly love to do so, but today I’m thinking of myself.  I really don’t need to eat a bunch of cookies all by myself, but these are oh so good and I do like to have a little treat once in a while. Luckily they freeze wonderfully!!

What makes a good cookie?

I suppose one could say that depends on what kind of cookie your making, but many cookies start off in a similar manner by creaming the butter and sugar first.  So here are a few tips,

1. Use room temperature butter, do not substitute margarine or shortening. Sure they will work, but butter just tastes better.

2. Cream the butter and sugar well, ensuring the sugar crystals are evenly coated. This helps give a tender texture to the cookie.

3. Mix dough until just incorporated and dough sticks together. 

4. Measure out dough or use an Amazon cookie scoop where applicable for each cookie to ensure each one is the same size for uniform baking.

5. Do not overcrowd on the pan.  Allow the cookie enough room to spread and brown evenly all around.

6. Do not over bake.  This can be difficult as cookies are still soft when removed from the oven so it’s hard to judge sometimes.  I bake one tray first according to the recipe and adjust if needed before baking more.

7. Use parchment paper or Amazon Silpat mat  to prevent cookies from sticking.

8. Bake one tray at a time using the middle rack.  This takes a little more time, but every cookie will be the same.

Author: Compelled to Cook, recipe adapted from Best of Bridge BL’s Cookies.

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Coconut Oatmeal Cookies rest on a blue and white striped napkin that is draped through a white wooden tray. A small glass bottle of milk sits to the side and a canister of cookies lays in the background.
Coconut Oatmeal Cookies
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    Servings Prep Time
    54 cookies 20 minutes
    Cook Time
    10-12 minutes
    Servings Prep Time
    54 cookies 20 minutes
    Cook Time
    10-12 minutes
    Coconut Oatmeal Cookies rest on a blue and white striped napkin that is draped through a white wooden tray. A small glass bottle of milk sits to the side and a canister of cookies lays in the background.
    Coconut Oatmeal Cookies
    Print Recipe
      Servings Prep Time
      54 cookies 20 minutes
      Cook Time
      10-12 minutes
      Servings Prep Time
      54 cookies 20 minutes
      Cook Time
      10-12 minutes
      Ingredients
      Servings: cookies
      Instructions
      1. Preheat oven to 350℉.
      2. In a medium bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, spices and salt. Set aside.
      3. Using an electric mixer or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream together butter and sugars.
      4. Add egg and molasses and beat to fully incorporate. Stir in vanilla.
      5. Add flour mixture, oatmeal and coconut. Mix until just combined and dough comes together.
      6. Line baking trays with parchment or silpat mat. Using a 1 ounce cookie scoop, scoop out dough, spacing 2 inches apart.
      7. Bake one tray at a time on the middle rack for 10-12 minutes.
      8. Remove from oven and allow cookies to cool on tray for 2-3 minutes before moving to a cooling rack to cool completely.

      Spicy Oatmeal Cookies

      Spicy Oatmeal Cookies

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      Spicy Oatmeal Cookies are one of my brother’s favourites and for good reason.  Soft, chewy and golden with spice makes them rather addictive. They’re the perfect autumn cookie in my opinion.

      Flipping through my recipe index, I quickly realized I’m in need of more cookie recipes.  I know!  How is it possible that I have so few in my collection? Cookies are generally simple, easy, and photograph well. It should be bursting with recipes, but sadly it’s not…  

      Problem number one, is my head down, pushing to make what’s in season, holiday food, game day snacks, etc.  Sometimes cookies aren’t the best fit for all that happens throughout the year.  Problem number two, not everything screams cookies to me, in fact, I’m a savoury, snack kind of gal. So for these reasons, I’m often opting to make other things.  Now that it’s fall, I’m actually thinking about baking and holiday treats, therefore cookies are on my brain, making it easy.  But I see now that I need to bake them more often for a variety of different reasons, so there’s plenty of recipes for everyone to pick from.  There’s a ton of cookies to be made and with a little focus, I’ll get the cookie category plumped up a little.

      Now that I’m done making excuses, let’s have a look at what makes Spicy Oatmeal Cookies wonderful.  Molasses, ginger and cinnamon create a richly spiced bite and the plump raisins add to their chewiness.  They’re a tasty change from regular oatmeal cookies and possibly your new favourite too.  Enjoy!

      Recipe for Spicy Oatmeal Cookies adapted from Company’s Coming Cookies

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      Spicy Oatmeal Cookies
      Print Recipe
        Servings Prep Time
        4 dozen 20 minutes
        Cook Time Passive Time
        8-10 minutes 10 minutes
        Servings Prep Time
        4 dozen 20 minutes
        Cook Time Passive Time
        8-10 minutes 10 minutes
        Spicy Oatmeal Cookies
        Print Recipe
          Servings Prep Time
          4 dozen 20 minutes
          Cook Time Passive Time
          8-10 minutes 10 minutes
          Servings Prep Time
          4 dozen 20 minutes
          Cook Time Passive Time
          8-10 minutes 10 minutes
          Ingredients
          Servings: dozen
          Instructions
          1. Preheat oven to 350℉. Bring one cup of water to a boil and pour over raisins. Allow to soak for 10 minutes. Drain well and set aside until ready to use.
          2. In a small bowl, whisk together oats, flour, cinnamon, baking soda, ginger and salt.
          3. Cream together butter and sugar using the paddle attachment of a stand mixer, electric mixer or wooden spoon. Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each until incorporated. Stir in molasses.
          4. Add dry ingredients all at once and mix until all dry ingredients have been incorporated. Stir in raisin.
          5. Using a one-ounce cookie scoop or tablespoon, drop dough onto parchment lined baking trays, spacing 2" apart. Flatten each cookie slightly with damp fingers or palm of your hand. Bake on middle rack for 8-10 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes before moving to a cooling rack.
          Recipe Notes

          -recipe yields 48 2 1/2" cookies.

          -for best results, bake each tray separately on the middle rack.

          -you can skip the plumping of the raisins, however, it does make for a very nice chewy cookie.