Soft and Chewy Coconut Oatmeal Toffee Cookies

Last week I was having one of those afternoon cravings for a snack, and I wasn’t exactly sure what I wanted, yet nothing I had on hand was really striking my fancy. Necessity is the mother of invention so I made these cookies.

Soft and Chewy Coconut Oatmeal Toffee Cookies - There's toffee, chocolate chips, and butterscotch chips in these easy cookies full of texture and rich coconut flavor!

I wanted something sweet (duh) but I didn’t want to make a huge batch of anything. I try to make smaller batches of desserts whenever possible since variety is the spice of life, and this cookie recipe makes just one dozen smallish cookies.

I also didn’t want to dirty too many dishes or haul out The Beast, and mixed the batter by hand.

Soft and Chewy Coconut Oatmeal Toffee Cookies - There's toffee, chocolate chips, and butterscotch chips in these easy cookies full of texture and rich coconut flavor!

I wasn’t exactly sure what I had in mind but when I opened my baking cabinet and saw a partially-used bag of Heath Bar bits, I knew I would toss those in because I am a huge toffee fan.

And I just happened to have a bag of coconut that was crying for some attention. The coconut flavor in the cookies is present but not overpowering, similar to the coconut in the Baked Orange Banana Coconut Donuts, which is present but doesn’t overtake the flavor palate.

The cookies are just as oat-ey as they are coconutty, and the oats give them a nice heartiness and chewiness.

The toffee bits melted, the butterscotch chips and chocolate chips softened, the coconut toasted, the oats got chewy.

Soft and Chewy Coconut Oatmeal Toffee Cookies - There's toffee, chocolate chips, and butterscotch chips in these easy cookies full of texture and rich coconut flavor!

These were a good little afternoon snack project.

Craving satisfied.

Soft and Chewy Coconut Oatmeal Toffee Cookies - There's toffee, chocolate chips, and butterscotch chips in these easy cookies full of texture and rich coconut flavor!

One benefit to these cookies is that they used up the odds and ends lining the shelves of my cupboards.

Soft and Chewy Coconut Oatmeal Toffee Cookies - There's toffee, chocolate chips, and butterscotch chips in these easy cookies full of texture and rich coconut flavor!

From bags of butterscotch chips and Heath Bar Bits, to sprinkles and chocolate-covered dried strawberries, to coconut flakes and almond flour to green food coloring, I have so many odds and ends that take up valuable cupboard space.

Looks are deceiving. My kitchen is 3 feet wide by about 6 feet long and that’s if you count the countertop extension.

Anytime I can make something that uses a half cup of this or a third of a cup of that and use things up, I am happy.

Soft and Chewy Coconut Oatmeal Toffee Cookies - There's toffee, chocolate chips, and butterscotch chips in these easy cookies full of texture and rich coconut flavor!

These made me happy.

Soft and Chewy Coconut Oatmeal Toffee Cookies - There's toffee, chocolate chips, and butterscotch chips in these easy cookies full of texture and rich coconut flavor!

Soft and Chewy Coconut Oatmeal Toffee Cookies - There's toffee, chocolate chips, and butterscotch chips in these easy cookies full of texture and rich coconut flavor!

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Soft and Chewy Coconut Oatmeal Toffee Cookies

These soft and chewy cookies are loaded with texture and flavors. There's Heath Bar Bits, chocolate chips, and butterscotch chips. While the recipe calls for many different baking chips, but all are optional. No need to buy a bag of chips just for 2 tablespoons. If you have a variety of baking chips on hand use them, but if not, don't worry about it and use what you do have, or simply use all chocolate chips. Keep a close eye on them while baking because coconut is prone to burning in the last moments of baking.

Yield: about 1 dozen small cookies or about 8 med/large

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 to 13 minutes

Total Time: about 1 hour, for cooling

Ingredients:

1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened

1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed

2 tablespoons granulated sugar

1/2 large egg, cracked and beaten

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/8 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 cup shredded coconut (I used sweetened shredded coconut flakes)

1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour (6 tablespoons)

1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon whole rolled old-fashioned oats (9 tablespoons)

3 tablespoons toffee bits (I used Heath Bar Bits 'o Brickle baking pieces)

3 tablespoons chocolate chips

2 tablespoons butterscotch chips

2 tablespoons white chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, or diced candy bar pieces - optional

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine the butter and sugars and stir (I did this by hand because this is a small batch of cookies, but use a mixer if you prefer).
  2. Crack one egg in a small bowl, beat it, and add half the egg to the butter and sugar mixture. Discard the other half or save for another use. Stir in the egg and beat the mixture until creamy.
  3. Add the vanilla, baking soda, coconut, flour, oats, and stir. Add the toffee bits and baking chips and fold to incorporate. Put the bowl in the freezer for 10-15 minutes and allow the dough to chill.
  4. Remove the bowl from the freezer and scoop one-inch sized balls on cookie sheets, at least 2 inches apart.
  5. Bake cookies for 10 to 13 minutes, or until they are barely browned; watch them closely because coconut burns easily. The cookies will continue to firm up as they cool out of the oven. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for about 10 minutes.
  6. Cookies will keep airtight at room temp for up to 5 days or up to 4 months in the freezer.

Related Recipes

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

And if you want to get buzzed while eating your dessert, there’s Dark Rum Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Or if you prefer oatmeal bars, try Chocolate Peanut Butter Oat Squares (No-Bake, Vegan, GF). Easy and fast to make and they wrap up really well for snacks and lunches.

If you like coconut and like Girl Scout Samoas Cookies, try Samoas Bars (with Vegan & GF options). They’re very rich and dense.

   

68 Responses to “Soft and Chewy Coconut Oatmeal Toffee Cookies”

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    Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) — February 19, 2012 at 10:54 am

    Those cookies sound awesome Averie! I love both coconut and toffee :-)

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    • Averie @ Love Veggies & Yoga replied: — February 19th, 2012 at 11:39 am

      I know you’re a coconut fan. I think you’d really like these because they’re also not a super sweet dessert either, which I know you don’t have a huge sweet tooth.

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    Jenny@vegetarianhatesvegetables — February 19, 2012 at 11:12 am

    Such a gorgeous kitchen. Certainly much smaller than I had envisioned!

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    • Averie @ Love Veggies & Yoga replied: — February 19th, 2012 at 11:39 am

      That’s the most flattering pic, too. Turn around and you miss it. Urban living at its finest!

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    Erica — February 19, 2012 at 11:26 am

    I love making smaller batches of treats too. Plus it means you get to bake more often! Pumpkin chocolate chip are the go tos in our house right now (Josh is obsessed). Love coconut. Toffee I’m give or take on!

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    • Averie @ Love Veggies & Yoga replied: — February 19th, 2012 at 11:38 am

      Small batches are a must when trying out lots of new recipes and food blogging them all :)

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    brandi taylor — February 19, 2012 at 11:34 am

    Hi have been a lover of heath bars since birth, its true. :-) coconut has been a more recent love of mine. The fact that you create recipes that make smaller batches is wonderful! Especially when it is just two of us home for the night. Usually what I make for a quick go to snack is your banana blueberry oats. Delicious and quick!

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    • Averie @ Love Veggies & Yoga replied: — February 19th, 2012 at 11:38 am

      Small batches are so key. People always ask if I eat everything I make…well, not the entire batch, but if I have a couple cookies, and the family has a couple, they are gone within a day…small batches are a must when trying out lots of new recipes and food blogging them all :)

      Glad you like the blueberry oat cake!

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    Paula — February 19, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    I’m a fan of coconut, toffee and every kind of chip out there. Those cookies have it all! Love your recipes for small batches as I like trying out lots of different things and we can’t live on dessert alone, right?!?! Oh, if only….

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    Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. — February 19, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    you really know how to tempt me! I love coconut anything…

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    Angela@veggievinyasa — February 19, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    I’m not a huge coconut fan when it comes to dessert, but I recently tried shredded coconut in salad (with walnuts and apples). It was delish! A go-to quick snack is a handful of dark chocolate chips.

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    lindsay — February 19, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    love toffee and all the odds and ends you put in these cookies. When’s your cookie recipe book coming out? I want to buy it. You need one!!

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    Brooke — February 19, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    Who wants to send some of those to the NICU in Florida for me?

    :)

    Brooke
    http://www.MarvelousLoveBlog.com

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    Anna @ On Anna's Plate — February 19, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    So many of my favorite flavors in here– anything with toffee bits is always good with me :-)

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    Clare — February 19, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    These look incredible Averie! I like making smaller batches of desserts too – one bowl, little mess, and you’re right, the more variety the better! I love coconut and toffee, haven’t tried them together but these sound perfect :)

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    • Averie @ Love Veggies & Yoga replied: — February 19th, 2012 at 11:21 pm

      Smaller batches are the ONLY way, really, if I am going to turn out 4+ recipes a week and blog about it!

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    Saya at Saya's Soulful — February 19, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    Toffee… caramel…. all that buttery and sweet goodness definitely pushes my ‘let’s indulge!’ button. Yummo! Salty toffee is definitely a favourite of mine. And cookies with oats and coconut are such a great combination! Last night I was indulging on toffee candy…. perfect timing to share my sweet love .. thank you xo

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    Cassie — February 19, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    These sound sooooo good. I love toffee chips in cookies!

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    Angela / Canned Time — February 19, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    These cookies look so good. I love when I’m experimenting with putting in a little of this and that when I need to use things up too. My problem is I’m not as smart as you and don’t write down how much I put in so I can’t make them twice. Will try these soon as I live for toffee. I’ve been using toffee flavored Stevia lately and it’s a little ‘chemically’ but I still use it just to get that Toffee fix. BTW, is it really 1/2 of an egg in the recipe? President’s Day off so I will be sleeping in, that’s the best part. Thanks!

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    • Averie @ Love Veggies & Yoga replied: — February 19th, 2012 at 11:23 pm

      Yes you really do use half which is why I wrote this part in the recipe “Crack one egg in a small bowl, beat it, and add half the egg to the butter and sugar mixture. Discard the other half or save for another use.” If you used the whole egg, you’d have to increase the dry ingredients, thus making a bigger batch than I wanted :)

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      • Angela / Canned Time replied: — February 20th, 2012 at 7:31 am

        My fault. Sorry for not reading more closely. Thanks!

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    Sally — February 19, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    yum! these look fantastic averie. i love all the flavors comined into one cookie! and it’s nice to find recipes for only 1 dozen or so cookies!

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    Joss — February 19, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    love coconut and toffee! This post is full of deliciousness :D My go to baking is usually shortbread or sugar cookie recipes!

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — February 19, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    I need more coconut cookies in my life! These look fabulous!

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    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — February 19, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    The cookies look wonderful! I have been having cravings all week too, and I ate two batches of your peanut butter chocolate chip dough balls, and now I have none left and that makes me sad, yet I have no motivation to make anything. I hate when I’m that way!!

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    • Averie @ Love Veggies & Yoga replied: — February 19th, 2012 at 11:20 pm

      That’s why I made these cookies…b/c I didnt want to make a federal case over making something..and these were born.

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    Michele Sparrow — February 19, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    Those cookies look awesome! I absolutely love coconut and toffee, so I am sure the combination would be outstanding. Making these this week for sure cause I have all the ingredients already…SCORE! :-)

    My go-to snack is usually a frozen coconut water or a small salad with nooch. Boring, I know, but it’s what I love to eat when I am hungry! Have a great weekend, Averie!!

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    Sarah @ The Healthy Diva — February 19, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    I loooove coconut. I recently switched over to drinking unsweetened coconut milk. ever tried it? It’s yumm! My go to snack is really boring lol…celery with pb and craisins…I’m such a kid I know! But if it’s easy baking I’m after I go to my banana bread recipe. Just dump everything into my blender, mix and bake. So easy

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    Gina @ Running to the Kitchen — February 19, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    How do you keep your counters so free of clutter!? Teach me! haha We have a long peninsula in our kitchen that is always piled high with mail and other stuff. It drives me nuts but the second it’s cleaned off it somehow accumulates more!
    Love the addition of coconut in these :)

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    • Averie @ Love Veggies & Yoga replied: — February 19th, 2012 at 11:18 pm

      super small space and clutter makes me antsy! I HAVE TO keep it neat or else…I can’t even think straight!

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    Molly — February 19, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    your desserts always make me drool. :)

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    MegSmith @ Cooking.In.College — February 19, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    Your posts and plethora of pictures always makes me smile. All of these look delicious!

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    Heather (Where's the Beach) — February 20, 2012 at 6:44 am

    Yum. I love toffee. I’m not so much a fan of coconut, but if it’s baked in the right cookie, I’m ok with it.

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts — February 20, 2012 at 9:27 am

    Oh yeah, these would definitely fill cravings! I love toffee, these look delicious!

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    Anna @ The Guiltless Life — February 20, 2012 at 9:28 am

    Ooh I am in love with all the different add ins you threw in there! They sound like the ultimate in treats!

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    Christine (The Raw Project) — February 20, 2012 at 9:30 am

    These cookies sound amazingly fabulous, awesome job creating them! It’s so much fun playing MacGyver in the kitchen with limited resources, that always seems to inspire creativity for me too.

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    Katherine Martinelli — February 20, 2012 at 9:36 am

    These cookies look frickin amazing!!! I love the mix of ingredients.

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    Amber K — February 20, 2012 at 10:59 am

    Funnily enough I like coconut milk and coconut ice cream, but I don’t like actual coconut. I haven’t tried coconut flour yet, but I think I like the taste, just not the texture of the stuff. I always hated almond joy’s and mounds candy bars. Too much coconut. Now coconut in a cookie? I have no clue if I’d like it or not. Guess I’ll just have to make a batch of cookies ;)

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    Stacy @ Say It With Sprinkles — February 20, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    OHmyGoodness!! I’m still going crazy over anything & everything coconut, and love oats with a passion, so these cookies are pretty much a dream come true!!

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    • Averie @ Love Veggies & Yoga replied: — February 20th, 2012 at 1:02 pm

      And very easy to veganize, too! Half an egg? Applesauce or even peanut butter or AB I bet!

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    Elva @ Gluten Free — February 22, 2012 at 4:04 am

    Awesome pic!!!! I can sniff mouth-watering tang from your pics!

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    Betsy — February 24, 2012 at 10:06 am

    Girl, you know the way to my heart! Heath+coconut. Sounds like a dream! Not to mention using up odds and ends. That’s so my style :) Happy weekend

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    Deborah — February 25, 2012 at 8:39 am

    These look delicious – I could go for one right now!

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    foodie@foodieportal.com — April 6, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    I love your pictures and recipes, they are mouth watering. Would love for you to share them with us at foodieportal.com. We are new but at foodieportal.com we are not photography snobs, we are just foodies.

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    arianna Kotlier — January 18, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    Hi Averie-

    Made these cookies last night because of a MAJOR coconut toffee craving, and my Mom and I have practically eaten the whole batch already. These are exactly as you described them- moist, chewy, and a little crispy on the edges. (We also used Heath Bar and it was the bomb.

    -Arianna

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — January 18th, 2014 at 3:19 pm

      I’m glad they’re a hit, almost gone, & exactly as I described :) Thank you for trying them & LMK!

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    Winter — March 2, 2014 at 9:01 am

    I happened to stumble across this and had to try it! We have freezing rain at the moment so I had to tweak the recipe to use what I had on hand- omit the toffee and white chocolate and instead doubled up the dark chocolate chips and butterscotch chips. I also subbed coconut oil for the butter. Amazing! Definitely fit the bill and I plan to take some into work tomorrow so I don’t eat them all! Thanks for posting!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — March 2nd, 2014 at 1:54 pm

      Thanks for trying them and working with what you have in your pantry – wish more people improvised like that :) Glad you loved them & that they need to be re-homed, asap. I understand!

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