Oatmeal Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies

Patty Griffin has a song about making pies. There’s a lot to the story of her song, but one part I took away from it was the social connections and routine of being in the kitchen making pies. I think I should write a song called Making Cookies because that’s what I oftentimes find myself doing when I want to feel socially connected. Whether we have family or friends over. Whether they’re here as a scheduled event or on the spur of the moment. Whether they’re hungry or not…I find myself in the kitchen conjuring up some variety of cookie dough. Today’s cookies are no exceptions. Family stopped by recently and these Oatmeal Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies were the result.

Oatmeal Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies

Sometimes my cookie creations are more about circumstances than inspiration. An impromptu gathering prompts me to head to the kitchen to pull something special together from what I have on hand. There are times when I’m lucky enough to have the ingredients I need. Other times, I have to try to make do…or hop in the car for my own impromptu activity; a trip to the store.

Oh, how many last-minute trips to the store do I make? I wish I could buy stock in our local chain.

Delicious and lightly sweet Oatmeal Cookies with Chocolate Chips and Coconut

On this day I was guided by  oatmeal and coconut – two flavors from seemingly distant lands. At least that’s what I imagine. I see oatmeal growing in the fields of the Midwest and coconut being cultivated in the tropics of Hawaii. I realize that by today’s farming standards, things may have changed.

Regardless of where they’re grown, it still seems like two unique and distant flavors coming together. In one magnificent cookie.

At least that’s they way I see it.

Oatmeal combined with Coconut and Chocolate Chips form the perfect vega cookie

Can we be a part of making life better by making cookies? Well, it may not be a monumental shift, but it can be a part of the overall plan.

 

 

 

Oatmeal Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients

  • 3/4  cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4  dairy-free margarine, softened*
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, softened*
  • 1  tablespoon ground flax seed
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch
  • 1/4  cup water
  • 1  teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon coconut flavoring (optional)
  • 3  cups quick, uncooked oatmeal
  • 1  cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 -2 cups dairy-free chocolate chip (depending on your preference for the amount of chocolate)
* You can substitute 3/4 cup of Earth Balance’s Coconut Spread in place of the margarine and coconut oil

Directions

  1. Warm your oven to 375°F.
  2. In large bowl, beat sugars, margarine and coconut oil with an electric mixer until light and creamy.
  3. Add flax seed, corn starch, water, vanilla and coconut flavoring. As Michael Jackson used to sing, beat it, just beat it…some more with that electric mixer. Set aside.
  4. In a separate bowl combine the oats, flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt; mix well.
  5. Pour the flour mixture into the wet ingredients and stir well. Add chocolate chips.
  6. Use a cookie dough dispenser to drop measured balls of dough onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 9 to 10 minutes. You’ll know the cookies are done when your kitchen smells fabulous and the edges of the cookies are golden brown.
  7. Use your oven mitts to remove the cookie tray from the oven. Allow the cookies to cool on the pan for a couple of minutes and then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.
  8. Repeat this process until the dough is all gone; or you can store the rest of the dough in the fridge and make another fresh tray of cookies tomorrow. See? Life is good!

Yield: About 5 dozen cookies

Enjoy…hopefully with family and friends nearby!

Posted 2 years ago by Marly on Monday, March 4th, 2013 · Permalink

14 Responses to Oatmeal Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies

  1. These looks scrumptious, wholesome and the perfect thing to challenge my tea dunking fingers to on a prospective cold rainy day when we are studying. At the moment it’s too hot to even think of firing up the oven to make them BUT we are being promised that this autumn will be nice and cold and we deserve it after the summer that we have had…roll on autumn and the chance to bake all of the amazing things that I have been finding on wonderful blogs like yours :). My omni husband thanks you from the bottom of his chocolate loving heart. He loves it when I find “normal looking” recipes for him to try. Nothing like putting your hand into the cookie jar and pulling out miso, sesame, sweet potato and taro cookies and deciding that you might not actually want something sweet with your cup of coffee after all ;)

    • I think we might have been at the same whole food cooking hangout or something! My hubby will hardly even taste the smoothies I make anymore for fear of what may be inside. But I haven’t tried miso in a cookie…yet.

  2. I’d like one for each hand. :)

  3. These look absolutely delightful Marly! I love the oatmeal and coconut combination, and of course everything is better with some chocolate added in!

    • Thanks, Anna! I am in the same chocolate-loving boat too!

  4. This is definitely my kind of cookie – I LOVE all these flavors and textures together!

  5. I’m pouring myself a glass a milk and hoping these show up on my doorstep.

  6. All of my favorites, I know I’d totally eat a plate of these cookies!

  7. I love oatmeal cookies…LOVE that you added coconut to it too!

  8. Love the addition of the coconut in these cookies!

    • Thanks, Tara. Isn’t it funny how a little tweak can make such an impact?