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Coconut Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

For years I’ve been insisting that I hate coconut. Ever since those crappy Almond Joys and Mounds bars started taking up valuable real estate in my orange plastic pumpkin during childhood Halloweens, I convinced myself that coconut was to blame.  Assaulting me with it’s odd texture that wasn’t quite crunch and wasn’t quite chewy and it definitely was not caramel.  

And with the loathsome of all Trick or Treat offerings, the Neapolitan Sundaes as a side kicks in my Trow Away pile of post Halloween candy sorting, my distain was cemented. I hated coconut. 

Even when I discover Malibu Rum in college, and I would only buy coconut scented sunscreen because the smell made me blissfuly happy, I still wouldn’t release my grudge. 

And even, after years of growing up with the idea that International Cuisine was Costco Lasagna and Taco Bell, I figured out that I adored Chicken Panang so much I wanted to bathe in it, still my aversion persisted. 

And when I waitressed in dozens of mid-level family style restaurants, with shrimp shooters and extreme fajitas avoiding conversation about my Flare, and I was introduced to the white trash joy of Coconut Shrimp, it changed nothing.

I hate it, I’m serious. 

It wasn’t until I read a post from my friend Julia that It all clicked. I don’t hate it. I hate crappy candy. Huge difference. 

I went directly to my nearest store and bought some Bob’s Red Mill Coconut and set out to bake. 

I made these for some friends who came over for a poker night, one of whom said, "No thanks, I don’t like coconut."

After I begged and pleaded for him to just take one tiny taste, he ate five cookies. Afterwards, he said to me: "I totally thought I hated coconut until I ate these cookies."

I have no idea what you mean. 

Other than the fact that these cookies rule. And so does coconut. 

My husband and I at Poker Night, not exactly winning,but having a great time. 

Coconut Chocolate Chop Oatmeal Cookies

1 stick of butter

3/4 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup white sugar

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla

1/2 cup coconut milk fat (scraped off the top of a full fat can of coconut milk)

1 cup oats

3/4 cup bread flour

3/4 cup all purpose flour

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp corn starch

1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut (Bob’s Red Mill strongly recommended) 

1/4 cup sliced almonds

3/4 cup dark chocolate chips

In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter and both sugars. Add the egg and vanilla and beat on high until well combined. Add the coconut milk and beat until well combined. 

In a separate bowl, add the remaining ingredients (other than the almonds and chocolate chips) and stir until well combined. 

Add the dry ingredients into the stand mixer and mix on low until just barely combined. Add the chocolate chips and the almonds and mix again until barely combined. 

Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper. 

Using a cookie scoop or an ice cream scoop, scoop out balls approximately the six of a golf ball and place evenly on the baking sheet. 

Refrigerate for 2 hours, up to 24. 

Preheat oven to 350. 

Bake for 20-22 minutes or until lightly golden brown. You don’t want to over cook these, so start to check on them at about 12 minutes in case your oven cooks way faster than mine. Especially if you skip the refrigeration step, room temperature cookies will be done a lot sooner. Once you pull them out of the oven, slide the parchment paper onto the counter and allow to cool. 

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Cassie June 4, 2012 um 8:44 am

I’ve always "hated" coconut too but the truth is that I sorta, kinda, actually do like it, just not by itself, and not raw. Weird. As long as it’s at least toasted, I can handle it. And I love the flavor that it adds. I can’t wait to try this, Bob’s Red Mill is the best too!


claire @ the realistic nutritionist June 4, 2012 um 11:36 am

Love that picture of you and your hubby!! Plus, these cookies look divine!


Julie @ Table for Two June 4, 2012 um 12:38 pm

awww what a cute picture! and i love coconut and chocolate together! it’s so good!


Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies June 4, 2012 um 12:50 pm

Well, we’re on the same wavelength again. I made muffins with coconut and oatmeal this weekend–I’m posting the recipe next week. 🙂 And it’s funny, because I feel the same way about coconut! I always liked the smell, but I couldn’t stand that shredded coconut. But yes, it’s that overly-sweet, weirdly textured kind that’s gross, not the real stuff!


Jackie June 4, 2012 um 1:57 pm

That’s it. We need to bake together! Seem like very week our post have tons in common 🙂


Katie June 4, 2012 um 1:31 pm

I love coconut (but hate crappy candy), and oh man, the idea of using coconut milk fat in baking? I’m having an epiphany right now! Thanks for the recipe, I can’t wait to try it out.


Jackie June 4, 2012 um 1:58 pm

Thanks Katie! It was by pure accident that I happened to have a can just lying around.


Deanna June 4, 2012 um 2:48 pm

I love coconut. Even crappy coconut candies. I’m snacking on coconut chips from Whole Foods right now. I’ll be making these cookies soon…probably with some pecans instead of almonds.


Russell at Chasing Delicious June 4, 2012 um 5:17 pm

Yummy! I love cookies like this!


myfudo June 4, 2012 um 7:17 pm

This is an exotic recipe, the coconut added texture and flavor. I like! Looks like you are really having a great time at poker night. Keep posting!


Anna @ hiddenponies June 4, 2012 um 8:28 pm

I love chocolate chip cookies any which way! I had a coconut whipped cream once with coconut extract and toasted coconut that changed my opinion on coconut…now that I know how it’s meant to taste, I love it!


Katie June 4, 2012 um 10:05 pm

Do you know if coconut oil would work instead of the coconut milk fat?


Jackie June 5, 2012 um 9:58 am

I’m not sure, but because they are so different, I would have to say no. Maybe sub the coconut fat for greek yogurt and 1 tbs coconut oil? But since I haven’t done it, I can’t say one way or another for sure


Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious June 5, 2012 um 4:58 am

I felt the same way about coconut! But now, I’m definitely a coconut fanatic, which means I’m making these cookies ASAP!


chinmayie @ love food eat June 5, 2012 um 10:50 am

Love the last photo of you and your husband! Cookies look great too!


Lori @ RecipeGirl June 5, 2012 um 6:07 pm

I totally need poker night in my life! Looks like you’re having a great time there in that pic. Love the idea of coconut milk tucked into a chocolate chip cookie! Brilliant!


Valerie @ From Valerie’s Kitchen June 5, 2012 um 10:10 pm

I’m so glad that you worked out your coconut issue. I love coconut and it makes cookies complete! These look amazing. Pinning!


Baker Street June 6, 2012 um 3:54 am

I LOVE coconut! I always divide my batter and add coconut to a batch that I can enjoy! These cookies sounds great. Would pair perfectly with a glass of milk this morning. 🙂


The Jersey Wife June 8, 2012 um 5:49 am

I LOVE coconut! Half of the family hates it though. I’m thinking these cookies will push them over to at least the "like" column. I hope so.


Senior Care Lockport IL June 12, 2012 um 12:30 pm

Yummmm… coconut is my mom’s favorite! I will make these the next time I need to sweet talk her!


Megan {Country Cleaver} June 13, 2012 um 7:57 am

I adore the Bob’s Red Mill coconut! It’s perfection! And if it’s added to my fave cookie of like, all freakin' time – I know it’s a winner.

Loved seeing you and sharing a beer. Definitely a must do again when you come back up here 🙂


Julia July 23, 2012 um 8:58 am

This is my husbands favorite kinda cookie, hands down! Even though he says he hates coconut. We’re complicated creatures.


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