Soft and Chewy Oatmeal Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies
There’s no butter in these cookies.
There is, however, chocolate oozing everywhere.
The cookies are made with coconut oil and if you’ve never baked with it, it’s time to start. I love the taste, texture, and subtle flavor it lends.
Because I used melted coconut oil, I was able to make the cookies without a mixer in one bowl. Cookies without a mixer and the related dishes. Score.
My results with melted coconut oil have been just as good as if I creamed it, and since it’s much quicker and easier to melt it and whisk the ingredients together, that’s what I did.
It’s also a smaller-batch recipe, making just 16 medium-small cookies, perfect when you don’t want or need dozens of cookies laying around.
I have oodles of recipes for oatmeal cookies, but these are new favorites. They’re re soft, moist, chewy, filled with tons of texture from coconut flakes and oats, and are loaded to the max with chocolate.
To make them, whisk together melted coconut oil with sugars, egg, and cinnamon, before adding shredded coconut, oats, flour, baking soda, and chocolate chips. My kitchen stays warm enough that my coconut oil is usually in the liquid state, but if you need to melt yours, nuke a hunk in the micro until you can measure out 1/2 cup, the same way you’d measure 1/2 cup of any other oil.
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You must use old-fashioned whole-rolled oats, not instant or quick cook. The later behaves more like flour because it’s finer and more broken down, and if you use quick cook, the dough will become dry and crumbly.
In most recipes, a little extra chocolate won’t hurt. Not only won’t it hurt, it’ll probably help. However, don’t exceed the amount called for. Too many chocolate chips will fall out and the slightly oily yet slightly crumbly dough won’t hold together if it’s overwhelmed with chips.
The cookies were so chocolaty that my 6 year old looked like she’d gone to the Willy Wonka factory because she was so messy from just one cookie.
The easy recipe, the chewy oats, the brown sugar-dominant dough, the sweetness from the shredded coconut, and subtle tropical flavor from the coconut oil made these disappear very quickly.
The batch didn’t even last one day.
Soft and Chewy Oatmeal Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies
There’s no butter in these soft, moist, chewy cookies that have tons of texture from shredded coconut and oats, and are loaded to the max with chocolate. It’s a smaller-batch recipe, making just 16 medium-small cookies. I used melted coconut oil and made the cookies without a mixer in one bowl. Use whole-rolled old-fashioned oats, not quick cook or instant. The dough must be chilled before baking so the coconut oil can resolidify, no exceptions, or you’ll have oil puddles not cookies. Don’t exceed the 3/4 cup chocolate chips called for because the chips will slip out and the dough won’t hold together. The chewy oats, the brown sugar-dominant dough, the sweetness from the shredded coconut, the subtle tropical flavor from the coconut oil, the abundance of chocolate, and the ease of the recipe make these an automatic new favorite.
1 large egg
1/2 cup melted coconut oil
1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon cinnamon
pinch salt, optional and to taste
1 cup sweetened shredded coconut, loosely laid in
1 cup old-fashioned whole rolled oats (not instant or quick cook)
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- In a large mixing bowl, add the egg, coconut oil (if it’s solid, briefly microwave enough to obtain 1/2 cup melted/liquid state oil, measured like you’d measure any other cooking oil), sugars, vanilla, cinnamon, optional salt, and whisk to combine.
- Add the shredded coconut, oats, flour, baking soda, and stir to combine.
- Stir in the chocolate chips. They’ll have a tendency to slip out of the dough and fall to the bottom of the bowl, but keep folding them into the dough.
- Using a medium 2-inch cookie scoop or your hands, form 16 equal-sized mounds, about two heaping tablespoons of dough each. Gently squeeze the mounds to ensure the dough is tightly packed and the chocolate chips are well-embedded. The dough is slightly crumbly yet oily, but comes together when squeezed.
- Place mounds on a large plate, cover with plasticwrap, and refrigerate for at least 3 hours, or up to 5 days, before baking; no exceptions. The coconut oil needs to re-solidfy in the fridge. Do not bake with warm dough because the cookies will spread and bake thinner, flatter, and you could have oil puddles.
- Preheat oven to 350F, line baking sheets with Silpats, or spray with cooking spray. Place mounds on baking sheets, spaced at least 2 inches apart (I bake 8 cookies per sheet). Bake about 9 minutes, or until edges have set and the tops are just beginning to set, even if undercooked, pale, and glossy in the center. The shredded coconut is prone to burning so keep a close eye on the cookies. Do not bake longer than 9 to 10 minutes for soft cookies because they firm up as they cool, and as the days pass they’ll dry out quicker. Allow cookies to cool on the baking sheet for about 5 minutes before removing and transferring to a rack to finish cooling.
- Store cookies airtight at room temperature for up to 1 week, or in the freezer for up to 4 months. Alternatively, unbaked cookie dough can be stored airtight in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or in the freezer for up to 4 months, so consider baking only as many cookies as desired and save the remaining dough to be baked in the future when desired.
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