Oatmeal Coconut Cookies

(from 37 reviews)
Oatmeal Coconut Cookies

Last week my husband suddenly had cravings for oatmeal coconut cookies. He picked one pack from the store, but I put it back in the shelf because if he does not like it, he will not touch it and I have to finish it. Moreover I try as much as possible to avoid buying baked goods for health reasons and also I don’t want to miss a chance to bake.

So as soon as I came home, dug out my Cookies book and started searching for coconut cookie recipes. That book has 1001 cookie recipes (published by Readers Digest) and there were a lot of types of coconut cookies and I narrowed down to this one because it was simple to bake, used little butter when compared to the other recipes and also it included oats.

If it had been my early days of baking I would have searched for recipes for oatmeal cookies without eggs. But now that I know the ins and outs, I guess almost, of egg substitution I just look for recipes and decide which substitute to use depending upon the ingredients in the recipe.

Actually I did find 2-3 no egg oatmeal cookies recipe, but most of the time I do not like blogging the exact same recipe without any changes. So in recipes like that I see if I can make any changes, if not, I choose recipes with eggs and make it mine by coming with an egg substitute.

As for this recipe, the original recipe was for eggless coconut cookies. I didn’t have to think of any egg substitute but just did a minor change. I used honey instead of light corn syrup. So if you want to make it egg free oatmeal cookies as well as vegan then use maple syrup or agave nectar or corn syrup itself.

As usual my husband did not relish these oatmeal coconut cookies immediately but started liking it very much after a couple of days when it was almost over and started asking for more. It was an instant hit with my son and I too loved it.

If you are still wondering how to make oatmeal cookies without eggs, I have a separate page for egg free oatmeal cookies.


Oatmeal Coconut Cookies Recipe

Prep TimeCook TimeMakes
15 Mins20 Mins21 Cookies
Oatmeal Coconut Cookies
4.9 from 37 reviews
This oatmeal coconut cookies without eggs is very easy to bake, even novice bakers can get it right. It has an amazing texture, crisy around the edges and chewy in the middle. A good snack anytime of the day.
  • 1 cup All Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 cup Shredded Coconut (I used sweetened)
  • 1 cup Quick Cooking Oats (I used large flake)
  • 1/2 cup Butter
  • 3/4 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Honey
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F for 15 minutes. Butter two cookie sheets. I used one extra large cookie sheet I recently purchased from Walmart. It was a dark coated non stick pan. Usually cookies baked on such dark coated sheets turn brown very quickly, so I lined it with parchment paper and then greased it with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl sift together the flour, baking soda and salt. Stir in the coconut and oats.
  3. Melt the butter with the sugar and honey in a small saucepan over medium heat. Remove it from the stove and let it cool for 2 minutes.
  4. Pour the melted butter mixture to the dry ingredients and mix well with a spatula.
  5. Roll into balls the size of walnuts and place 1 inch apart on the baking sheet and flatten it slightly with a fork.
  6. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown. If using 2 cookie sheets, shift racks halfway through the baking to ensure even browning. Mine turned golden brown after 13 minutes itself. I think it’s because of the dark coated cookie sheet.
  7. Let the cookies cool on the sheets until they firm slightly. Then using a spatula carefully lift the cookies and transfer it to a cooling rack to cool completely.
  1. These oatmeal coconut cookies were very sweet. Initially it was crisp around the edges and chewy in the center. After 2-3 days, it started getting soft around the edges too. It also smells very buttery when consumed immediately. We did like the taste and I will make it again but will definitely do something to reduce the sweetness. My son liked it very much, but my husband did not like it in the beginning. He started liking it after 4 days when it was more chewy.
My Notes:
  1. The recipe did not mention whether to use sweetened or unsweetened coconut. I had the sweetened one, so I used it. I think if I had used the unsweetened variety the sweetness of the cookies would have been perfect for us.
  2. Light corn syrup was mentioned in the recipe. I had that in hand, but I anticipated that some of you might ask what can be substituted for it. So I used honey. I think either omitting this or reducing the quantity of sugar to 1/2 cup will also work if you want less sweeter cookies.
  3. These coconut cookies spread a lot, so be sure to leave enough space while placing the dough on the baking sheets.
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This recipe has been updated and republished from the 2009 archive.

Egg Free Oatmeal Coconut Cookies

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  1. Maninder

    Do I need to refrigerate them for storing as I made a big batch by doubling the recipe as my son loved them?

    • Madhuram

      Not necessarily, Maninder. Store it in an air-tight container in room temperature.

  2. Maninder

    I religiously followed the recipe with unsweetened coconut. They turned out to be a super hit. My family loved them, especially my son.

    • Madhuram

      Thanks for trying the recipe, Maninder.

  3. Priya

    Is the coconut mentioned in the recipe a fresh coconut or dessicated coconut?

    • Madhuram

      Dessicated coconut Priya.

  4. Kanchan

    Tried these cookies today and they came out just perfect. I had halved the ingredients to be on safer side but now will have to make again πŸ™‚ …My son and hubby loved them.. Thanks for sharing

    • Madhuram

      You’re very welcome Kanchan.

  5. Saloni

    Hello Madhuramji.
    I made these cookies today, it came out really tasty. Due to little over baking, it got dark from the bottom. But the taste is awesome.
    A query, when we melt butter and the sugar, do we need to caramelize sugar or just melt the butter?
    Thank you☺️

    • Madhuram

      Thank you for the feedback Saloni. You just have the melt it, caramelizing is not necessary.

  6. Surbhi

    Can i use whole wheat flour instead of all purpose? How much will it affect the taste ??

    • Madhuram

      Yes you can use, Surbhi. I’m pretty sure that the difference in taste won’t be noticeable.

  7. Niharika

    Awesome recipe ! Turned out so crispy! Many thanks.

    • Madhuram

      You’re welcome Niharika.

  8. Carol Hancock

    I was looking for an eggless recipe and came across yours. I didn’t have any coconut so I used chocolate chips. Some melted as I didn’t think about the warm butter mixture but they came out great. My husband loves them and they are crispy. All I can say is DELISH and will be saving this recipe. This is a 5 star rating to say the least!!!

    • Madhuram

      Wow! Thank you so much for the positive feedback Carol! πŸ™‚

  9. Kimberly Wheeler

    Great recipe. Used unsweetened coconut and added chocolate chips! Made them a bit small and baked for 14 minutes. Very delicious! Hard to stop eating!

    • Madhuram

      That’s a great idea Kimberly.

  10. Vasu

    Thank you for sharing this recipe. I am a newbie and followed the recipe as is. I baked them yesterday and they came out good except for it tastes a little charred towards the edges and bottom on few. Was it the double side heat setting, with fan a problem? or the timing.

    • Madhuram

      Probably both. I think you are using a convection oven. In that case baking time has to be reduced.

  11. Teri

    Delicious cookies!

    • Madhuram

      Thanks Teri.

  12. Rosemarie Koss

    I added butterscotch chips to my cookies. I’m glad that I did
    Mmmmmm. Yummy

    • Madhuram

      Thanks Rosemarie.

  13. Ritu

    Tried these cookies…these came out well and were instant hit among my family and friends…loved baking them …this was my first ever try for making cookies…in first batch I made 10 and those were finished in an hour so made another batch of 14….the recipe was so easy and the results were too irresiatable…thanks again

    • Madhuram

      You’re very welcome Ritu.

  14. Nimrah

    Hello. Can i use equal amount of olive oil instead of butter?

    • Madhuram

      You have to use less oil because of it’s liquid content. I’m thinking 1/3rd of a cup of oil should be enough.

  15. Divya

    Hi, How much butter did you use in grams? Thank you

  16. Grishma

    I tried many recipes but none of them worked! Thank you so much for your recipe!! Hurray worked!!
    Tastes delicious…..

    I added 1-1/2 tsp of cinnamon powder and 1/2tsp of vanilla extract . Tastes absolutely yummy. πŸ™‚ Satisfied. Thank you again πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    • Madhuram

      You’re very welcome Grishma.

  17. Viola

    Thank you for sharing this recipe. I used 2 tablespoons of golden syrup instead of honey and added 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon and 1/2 teaspoon of ground nutmeg because I really like spices. My husband can’t stop eating them since taking them out of the oven and he doesn’t like sweets πŸ™‚ I will definitely make these more often πŸ™‚

    • Madhuram

      You’re very welcome Viola.

  18. Agomonee B Chetia

    I baked about 20 of them last evening and they disappeared by today morning. Loved by guests and family. Thank you. I’m gonna make them more often now.

    • Madhuram

      You’re very welcome. πŸ™‚

  19. Vahini Manohar

    Oatmeal is more nutrient comparing to other fast foods & combining with coconut gives a real taste to the recipe of Oatmeal Coconut Cookies. Yummy to eat. Healthy to live.

    • Madhuram

      Yes it is.

  20. Lauren Tartaglia

    Do you think I can add chocolate chips to the recipe?

    • Madhuram

      Yes you can Lauren.

  21. Sandeep

    I was looking to try one of the eggless version for a long time. Tried this today. Came out very good but not chewy. I just ate while it is still hot and could not control. Kids are muching on it already. Don’t think they will last till evening. πŸ™‚

    Thanks Madhuram.

    • Madhuram

      You’re very welcome Sandeep and thanks for the feedback.

  22. Preeti

    Hi Madhuram!
    I tried this recipe and cookies came out well. My daughter loves these cookies.
    I replaced honey with 2% milk and used unsweetened coconut.
    Cookies were just perfect, neither dry nor chewy.


    • Madhuram

      You’re very welcome Preeti.

  23. Valerie

    I made these oatmeal coconut cookies at high altitude. They were wonderful. I did modify the recipe slightly. Instead of white sugar, I used brown sugar (reduces spreading when baking) and omitted the honey. If I make them again, I will definitely reduce the sugar to about 1/2 cup packed brown sugar. Thanks for the recipe!

    • Madhuram

      You’re welcome Valerie.

  24. Jhe

    Are you sure that oatmeal and flour are 1 cup? Coz I made this and followed the recipe it turned to dry. Ingredients were barely wet.

    • Madhuram

      It’s right Jhe. These cookies spread quite a lot, so it should’nt be a problem even if the dough is a bit stiff.

  25. Lady

    Hi Madhuram, I substituted the white sugar with brown sugar and used treacle instead of the honey. baked until they were golden (13min). They have come out chewy and delicious!

    • Madhuram

      That’s great Lady.

    • Nathan

      I was about to post similarly. This recipe is pretty close to that of ANZAC Biscuits, which are great!

  26. deepti

    My mom usually make oatmeal cookies and they are delicious and she uses more or less the exact same ingredients you do. only thing different is that she uses unsalted butter then it makes the cookies less crunchy and more chewy. maybe you should try that.

    • Madhuram

      Thanks for the tip, Deepti.

  27. Faseela

    yummy cookies dear

  28. Megha

    Hi Madhura,

    Thanks for the wonderful cookie recipe which I would love to prepare for my 16months old son who just loves oats cookies.I live in U.K and would like to give a try at home with all basic stuffs available.Please could you kindly let me know how much is one cup measurement in gms/mls. I would be very grateful if I can hear from you asap as I am planning to prepare them tomorrow.
    Thank you in advance!

    Best wishes,

  29. Carol

    Hi, thank you for this recipe! I didn’t know how big a walnut was so I made them too small and therefore crispy, but at least I know what to do next time. Luckily I love crispy cookies and they taste wonderful. I took your advice on lowering the sugar amount and the sweetness is perfect!

    • Madhuram

      You’re welcome Carol. About a tablespoon of dough for each cookie should be fine. Do rate the recipe when you get a moment.

  30. sara

    hi madhuram

    i frequently browse your site as i don’t eat eggs but like to bake for my family…am going to try this recipe but thought i’d mention that cooking honey is not recommended by ayurveda, the ancient indian healing science, as it become toxic when heated above a certain temperature. i guess maple syrup might be a good substitute as far as sweetness ans texture are concerned, and its not as expensive in canada as it is here in spain!


    • Madhuram

      You are right Sara. I too have read that in a Ayurveda book, but I see a lot of Western recipes which require the honey to be heated.

  31. Kay

    easy to make and a hit with all family and friends! delicious!!! thanx

    • Madhuram

      You’re welcome Kay.

  32. Sara

    Substituted organic coconut oil for the butter and added 1/4 cup of unsweetened chocolate powder. Cooking time was a bit shorter, and absolutely delicious. Thanks for the recipe!!

    • Madhuram

      You’re welcome Sara.

  33. BlueMist

    I was searching for coconut cookies recipe and came across yours. Just wanted to ask the sugar , butter and honey syrup is enough too make the cookie dough. Because I did not see that you mentioned water anywhere.

    Yes, the original recipe did not call for any water.

  34. Preetha Karthik

    Hi Madhuram,

    This cookies are my Husband’s favorite. I have been doing this Cookie for the past 6 months, every week.
    Thanks a lot for a wonderful recipe.

    For a change I added 1/2 cup banana puree this time and also grinded the oats coarsley. It was very good. Just wanted to share this with you and in my Blog. Thank you πŸ˜›

    Thank you very much for trying the recipe Preetha. I’m so happy that its a hit in your house.

  35. SR

    Thanks for your inputs. will try that next time. Can we substitute apple sauce for butter as I thought that was a lot of butter in them, even if I made it for my kids.

    You could substitute applesauce but the cookies will not be crisp. I have done it for chocolate chip cookies and the texture was more like flat cakes/muffins. You may try non-hydrogenated margarine spreads instead.

  36. SR

    Hi Madhuram,
    I wanted to try these out for a long time now, since my friend mentioned about them and the ones she had made were just too good. However mine turned out pretty hard. Not so hard that one can’t bite into them but crunchy like a rusk. Wonder what went wrong? My dough was dry even though I stuck to your exact proportions, so i added li’l bit of milk to make it moist enough to roll and flatten. baked for 17 mins. Can you help? They taste great nevertheless… I am a big fan of all your recipes as I cannot eat eggs and these recipes are a blessing to me..

    Thanks for your compliments SR. I’m guessing that the baking time was more for your oven. Each oven has its own mind and I find that mine usually bakes quicker than the time mentioned in the original recipe. Moreover cookies continue to bake even out of the oven for another 3-5 minutes. That’s why we don’t remove it from the cookie sheet immediately. We let it cool and then transfer it to the wire rack. So I think you should have taken it around the 14th-15th minute itself. The next time you bake cookies why don’t you test bake 2-3 cookies first and seeing how it comes out and then you can bake the rest. Unlike muffins and cakes where the batter has to be put inside the oven once it is prepared so that it will rise properly, cookies don’t have that constraint. Remember we can freeze cookie dough and bake it after months also. So I would suggest test baking for cookies.

  37. Yojana

    Hi Madhu

    I just baked these cokies.. I reduced the sugar to 1/2 cup and they are perfect for our taste. The color of my cookies is light but they are brown at the bottom. Also I made balls and pressed them slightly not much, so my cookies are not flat as in the pic here but they a dome shape and are thick. do you think I should press them well before baking ?
    Once again thanks for all your recipes and detailed instructions. You rock 😎

    Yojana, thanks again. I guess you could have flattened it a little more and spaced them well apart to get thinner cookies but not end up sticking together.

  38. saima

    Hi Madhuram,

    I was just browsing for recipes when I came across yours. Which is not only easy, but absolutely delicious! I am allergic to gluten, so I substituted the flour with Brown Rice, Tapioca, and Potato flour, but still kept it one cup. Thanks so much for sharing this great recipe!

    You’re welcome Saima. You should also try the gluten free chocolate chip cookies, it is absolutely delicious and no different from the usual chocolate chip cookies. Just make sure to use finely ground cornmeal. https://www.egglesscooking.com/2009/12/21/gluten-free-cookies-chocolate-chip/

  39. Raksha

    hey, thanks for ur eggless choclate cake recipe.its was my daughter’s 10th b’day. she just loves choclates. so….i tried ur eggless chocolate. my daughter was so delighted to eat it she said mom its yummy……………….all her friends were not ready to believe that it’s a homemade cake. thank u so much……………….can u send me some chocolate recipe (only chocolate) like market made chocolates i.e dairy milk, 5 star etc…. thanks again

    Thank you very much Raksha. I’m happy to know that your daughter liked the cake. As of now I have not tried my hands on chocolate making but when I try I will be definitely posting it in the blog here. You can subscribe for my email feeds, so that you will receive my posts as and when I post it in the blog.

  40. Sharmilee

    I want to try this one…is it suitable for a baby baker like me…:) Or is it complicated to get the texture?

  41. Heather

    These were wonderful, I only had buckwheat honey so I used that. I find the buckwheast honey very strong but a great ingredient in these cookies!

    I’m glad you liked these cookies, Heather.

  42. Rajeshwari

    Hi Madhuram
    These cookies came out delicious.. instead of shredded coconut i used dessicated coconut powder..honey gave the cookies very nice flavour..now your coconut macaroons are next in my baking list πŸ™‚

    Thanks Rajeshwari.

  43. Catherine

    I tried this recipe with some of the modifications you suggested to reduce the sweetness for those of us using sweetened coconut. The first time, I cut out the 2 tablespoons of honey and the resulting cookie dough was not moist enough, difficult to roll into balls and when I baked them, they didn’t spread at all! My sweet husband ate them anyway, but I insisted on redoing it (at 11pm). So the second time, I kept the honey but cut back on sugar to half a cup and the result was much much better (looked almost like your photo!) I think the honey is necessary to get the right batter consistency so for anyone else who is trying to cut down on sweetness, leave the honey in and just make changes in the amount of sugar used.

    Thank you very much Catherine for trying the recipe the second time too and for recording your feedback here about the honey. It will be helpful to so many of us who want to try the recipe.

  44. Rajeshwari

    These cookies look yummy..am going to try them soon…I baked your wonderful apple and raisins muffins and they turned out very delicious…thanks for ur recipes…

    Rajeshwari, you’re most welcome.

  45. Happy Cook

    That just looks so beautiful and yummy

  46. Yamini

    Hi Madhuram,
    gotto give it to you – you always upload amazing recipes with nice photos! i find this to be an excellent post – the process is very simple, and the caloric value of the cookies is balanced by the addition of oats. my dad likes oats, so im going to make this for him πŸ˜€

    Thanks Yamini.

  47. Sanghi

    Delicious cookies..! Will follow ur recipes..!:)

    Thanks Sanghi.

  48. Kalpana

    Hey Madhuram,

    WOW…baked the cookies – Awesome.I gave it an immediate try,i thought the cookies would last over the weekend…well what do i say the jar is empty πŸ™‚


    Thank you very much for trying it Kalpana.

  49. Lalitha

    Hi madhuram .. im new to ur blog .. and i must say tht ur a great inspiration to my cooking cos my family ppl dont eat eggs but i do. I was greatly thrilled to see a site posting eggless recipes. by the way i live in chennai. i wanted to know if i can bake these cookies in the pressure cooker as i dont own an oven and buying one will take time. also i’ve seen ur other recipes which require Ener-G egg replacer .. i wanted to know if i could find them here in chennai (Nuts & Spices or Nilgiris or Sathosh Supermarket in anna nagar)
    another thing .. i baked banana & nuts muffins tht u had posted.. i couldnt call it muffins cos i baked it in a medium sized aluminium vessel but it turned out great and i baked this in a pressure cooker. thanks a million for tht recipe :mrgreen: !! sorry but i have another Q – did u use desiccated coconuts for the cookies?

    Thanks Lalitha. I have not baked in pressure cooker at all, so I’m not sure if it’s possible to bake these cookies in it. I think you can get a microwave oven with baking options. Regarding EnerG, you have to look for it in the stores because it’s long time since I have done grocery shopping in Chennai. We get sweetened shredded coconut here but you can use desiccated coconut too.

  50. Supriya Nair

    Hi Madhuram, Mouthwatering cookies you have here. Please accept Over-the-top blog award from my blog. Congrats.

    Thanks Supriya. I surely will.

  51. Cynthia

    Your baking exploits are an inspiration and outrageously good!

    Thank you very much Cynthia.

  52. Vaishali

    Madhuram, that bit about your husband not eating the cookies and you having to finish them made me laugh because that’s exactly the kind of argument I have with Desi all the time πŸ™‚
    The cookies look seriously good– do you use sweetened coconut flakes?

    Vaishali, how do you think I have put on so much weight? Yes I used sweetened flakes.

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  54. Shri

    Looks delicious Madhuram!The coconut flakes on top add to the beauty:)

  55. Sadhana

    Looks absolutely delicious. Madhu, received the extracts today. Thanks for the same.

    You’re welcome Sadhana. Hope you like these extracts as much as I do.

  56. Cilantro

    Thank You Madhuram,
    I am glad you like the chutney. Hope the measurements were correct.
    I love cookies with coconut. Adding oats should be a healthy one too.

  57. jayasri

    coconut and cookies must be very delicious, as i love coconut i will make this..again i did some baking for your event hope i will post it, all the time i make something and never send it right on time!!

  58. Sweatha

    Looks great Madhu.I have added coconut in cakes and found it delicious,never tried in cookies.Looks perfect.They taste better a few days after baking,no wonder your H found it delicious then.Enjoy

    It’s the other way round for me. I have not tried it in cakes.

  59. Sharmilee

    Oats and coconut in cookies nice combo, sharp and neat click!!

    Thanks Sharmilee. The pictures were taken by my husband.

  60. Keerthana

    wow, the cookies look perfect. Nice presentation and pics! i love cocnut cookies, addition of oats is new to me. Wish I could lay my hands on them πŸ™‚

    Welcome to my blog Keerthana.

  61. vidhya

    cookies look really chewy and love the coconut decoration.

    Thanks Vidhya.

  62. Sonu

    What a coincidence!!! I am munching Coconut cookies bought frm store just now..and here I m looking at your nice cookies. πŸ˜€

    That’s indeed a coincidence.

  63. Divya Vikram

    I just lurvvvv coconut cookies. Nice way to incorporate oats along with the yummy coconut cookies!

    I know that Divya. When I posted the coconut macaroon recipe you had mentioned it.

  64. Madhu / Ruchii

    It must have smelled heavenly..Love coconut in cookies. Pics looks yum.

    Sure it did Madhu.

  65. Priya

    Wow cookies looks gorgeous, love the addition of coconut..

  66. abc

    Hi Madhuram
    These are gorgeous cookies. Can you tell me the dimensions of the cookie sheet that you brought from WalMart?

    Thank you

    It’s a Wilton pan. I measured it with my inch tape and it comes to approx. 16×18.