Oatmeal Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies
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Sometimes you just have to bake cookies.

It’s been a busy summer.  I’m going through some pretty serious life changes – stressful life changes.  But as we all know, life never slows down to let us deal with tough situations.  The world doesn’t stop spinning just because you need a break.  So sometimes, in the middle of everything, you’re the one that has to stop.  Yesterday, in the middle of an afternoon filled with a million other things I was supposed to be doing, that’s just what I did.

Then I baked cookies.

We all need a break sometimes.  Stop.  Make a cup of tea.  Bake yourself a batch of cookies.  Go to a movie in the middle of a weekday afternoon.  It’s the times when you feel that it would be impossible to take a break that you should probably do just that.

Oatmeal Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups rolled oats
1 cup sweetened coconut flakes
12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large bowl, beat together butter and sugars until fluffy.  Add eggs and vanilla and beat well.  In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.  Add flour mixture to butter mixture and beat until well combined.  Stir in oats, coconut, and chocolate chips.

Drop by rounded spoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheets (or line sheets with parchment paper for easier clean-up) and bake for 10-12 minutes.  Cool for a minute on baking sheet then remove to a wire rack to cool completely.  Store in an airtight container.

Makes about 4 dozen cookies.

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41 Comments
  1. Amber

    Nicole, I know exactly what you mean. One of my favorites is the movie in the middle of the day.. something about going into a dark theatre when it’s bright outside, and coming out two hours later is so.. rejuvenating.

    I’m glad you’re taking a timeout for yourself. You deserve it.

    11:07 am  Sep 13th, 2010
  2. Kate

    I couldn’t agree more! I’ve been feeling the same way lately but have resisted the urge to bake for fear it would leave to another stressful event (aka. not fitting in my jeans) .. but I’m diving in this afternoon. Hang in there! Just keep being your awesome self, Nicole. Baking always helps. :-)

    11:48 am  Sep 13th, 2010
  3. Rachel

    It’s true. The times when a break doesn’t seem possible are the times we need them the most. Doing something methodical yet creative and satisfying, like baking, is such great therapy. I think I need a cookie baking break too. Maybe I’ll make these! They look delicious!

    12:12 pm  Sep 13th, 2010
  4. Joe @ Eden Kitchen

    Yes I need a break today and these cookies look just perfect! Thanks :)

    12:46 pm  Sep 13th, 2010
  5. Dea-chan

    Good luck keeping your sanity together! The cookies look tasty, and I hope you enjoyed your tea and snack.

    2:32 pm  Sep 13th, 2010
  6. Shelley

    You’re so right about the stopping and the break-taking and all that. Your cookies look delicious and I hope they gave you the lift you needed to plow back into life again.

    2:36 pm  Sep 13th, 2010
  7. UrMomCooks

    Something warm and sugary in the kitchen makes everything better! My daughter has baked for me every weekend since my youngest child (her brother) left for college!!! It is somehow grounding to bake and eat warm yummy things together! Plus these cookies look absolutely delicious! Might need to whip up a batch!

    3:25 pm  Sep 13th, 2010
  8. Nancy@acommunaltable

    I think you are expressing what a lot of people are feeling right now and baking cookies is a wonderful way to deal with it!! These cookies look wonderful – especially since they feature three of my favorite things!!!

    Hope all in your life is well – take care of yourself!!

    5:10 pm  Sep 13th, 2010
  9. Joanne

    Oh babe, I’m so sorry to hear that you’re stressed! I always bake in the days before a test. Partially because I need a distraction and partially because I need comfort food!

    These cookies sound like they are a perfect palliative!

    5:22 pm  Sep 13th, 2010
  10. natalie

    We just bought chocolate chips and coconut to make some very similar cookies! We call them cowboy cookies in the south. ;)

    5:31 pm  Sep 13th, 2010
  11. Jessica

    OMG !!! These are soo good. I am going through a tough time too and I totally needed a yummy cookie to help. Thanks for the awesome recipe!!

    5:33 pm  Sep 13th, 2010
  12. Rhonda ( The Dainty Baker)

    I just discovered your blog and love it!! your photography is amazing!

    6:10 pm  Sep 13th, 2010
  13. Elizabeth

    Sometimes you have to stop everything to tell someone how they brighten your day, so Nicole, that’s just what you do, in ways personal and practical, you brighten my day!

    6:30 pm  Sep 13th, 2010
  14. Andrea

    Sorry that life-changing things are stressful. I’m glad you baked, though! Baking does keep some of that stress away
    These look delicios! Oats, chocolate, and coconut are favorites of mine. :)

    7:19 pm  Sep 13th, 2010
  15. Cookie Maker

    Cookies are my type of therapy! Hope they helped! Recipe looks perfect, the butterscotchiness of brown sugar, chocolate and coconut, butter. Beautiful stuff.

    7:47 pm  Sep 13th, 2010
  16. Betty

    Often I find that cookies are the best medicine for many ailments. These look wonderful- I love chocolate and coconut together.

    7:58 pm  Sep 13th, 2010
  17. Amanda

    YUM. Adding chocolate and coconut to desserts is alllways a good idea. Best of luck with your life changes; I’d imagine that these cookies would cheer anyone up.

    8:13 pm  Sep 13th, 2010
  18. Elizabeth

    Major life changes here, too. Couldn’t sleep, so I got on the internet and -hooray! A new blog post! You managed to peg three of my favorites-oatmeal, coconut and chocolate. Definitely making these tomorrow!

    9:27 pm  Sep 13th, 2010
  19. LimeCake

    everyday like clockwork i’ll have cookies with a cup of tea or coffee around 3pm. these look so delicious!

    2:57 am  Sep 14th, 2010
  20. The Nervous Cook

    Beautiful little cookies — that might be exactly what I need these busy days, too! Time to get bakin’…

    5:49 am  Sep 14th, 2010
  21. Kate

    Man oh man, all my favorite things in one cookie! Thanks for sharing these!!

    6:08 am  Sep 14th, 2010
  22. Kristy

    Those cookies look so yummy!!

    8:43 am  Sep 14th, 2010
  23. Eve

    Sometimes it takes baking cookies to reset and realign. Best wishes to you.

    8:51 am  Sep 14th, 2010
  24. Jannifer

    You’ve inspired me to put aside my crazy life right now and go home and bake these cookies. Good luck with everything.

    12:52 pm  Sep 14th, 2010
  25. Trish

    Yum! I never thought about adding coconut to my chocolate chip cookies. Love the chocolate chip and oatmeal combo. Thanks for the recipe idea. Good luck to you.

    11:01 pm  Sep 14th, 2010
  26. Stephanie

    Made these today and they turned out amazing! I’m baking with a different type of brown sugar because the US type brown sugar is not easily available where I live but they still turned out pretty tasty. Thanks for posting and as someone who recently went through major life changes as well I say keep your chin up… things always get better!

    3:57 am  Sep 15th, 2010
  27. Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction

    These cookies look fantastic! I’ll definitely be giving them a try!

    4:14 pm  Sep 15th, 2010
  28. Emily from ReadyToWait.com

    It’s raining and the hours drone on here at home with my 6 year-old! We just made these cookies and everyone is happier!

    3:27 pm  Sep 16th, 2010
  29. heddy

    these sound so delicious, and i can certainly relate to your state of being- so for both reasons, im gonna try these out!

    9:07 pm  Sep 18th, 2010
  30. tara

    I just made these cookies and they are FABULOUS! They’re a great study food!

    1:11 pm  Sep 19th, 2010
  31. Avanika (Yumsilicious Bakes)

    So sorry to hear about your stress. I’m going through a major low phase too, so the one thing I keep remembering to get me going is that it can’t get any lower than this, so life’s bound to look up soon!

    5:05 am  Sep 26th, 2010
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    These look really good! A fresh twist on the classic cookie.. I’m excited to try them out!

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    Personally, I love adding cherry chocolate chips (usually readily available in grocery stores around V-Day) with the coconut. Very yummy twist :p

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