Coconut Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

CATEGORIES: Cookies, Sara

I’ve always wanted to make a great cookie with steel cut oats, but the fact that steel cut oats themselves take a good 30 minutes to cook on the stove-top made that an impossible dream.  When I learned Quaker was coming out with a new 3-minute variety, I knew immediately what I was going to do with them.  Make oatmeal.  Just kidding, cookies.  Because why start with breakfast when you can start with cookies?


Steel Cut oats are whole oat groats that have been chopped into pieces.  They have an entirely different texture than regular old fashioned oats, and I knew they would be really great in a cookie.


You can make this recipe with all steel cut oats, but I found I especially liked it with a combination of steel cut and old fashioned.  It’s just more great texture and the old fashioned oats help give the cookies a little shape. But I’ve made them several times both ways, and they’re super delicious with all steel cut as well.  My family was split on which version they like better.

This recipe is a little different in that it uses oil instead of butter.  I prefer coconut oil here because it lends well to the mellow coconut flavor in the cookies, but you can substitute vegetable oil here as well.  See how many options I’m giving you here?  I’m all about options.  Anything that helps you all get cookies on your table.


You’ll want to melt your coconut oil, since it’s a solid at room temperature, and then mix it up with some dark brown sugar, regular sugar, egg, vanilla, and a little coconut extract if you have some (it’s optional).


After mixing in the dry ingredients, you’ll add this trio of loveliness: the oat combo, shredded coconut, and chocolate chips.


The combination of textures and flavors here are amazing.


Scoop it into balls and place on a cookie sheet.  (My go-to cookie making supplies are a cookie scoop and a silicone baking sheet.)


And bake them until they’re just underdone.  They tend to finish cooking really nicely as the cool on the pan and you want them to stay soft and chewy.


These are awesome warm, with a glass of cold milk.  If you use coconut extract in them, you’ll find that shines through when they’ve cooled.

Chewy Coconut Cookie

Either way, these are super good cookies with soft, chewy centers and slightly crisp edges.  Perfect for some weekend baking!

Chewy Coconut Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies




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  1. Oh im definitely gonna keep my eyes out for these to try. I have quick cooking steel cut oats every. Single. Morning so I’m always looking for new ones to try!! Eek hope I win! 40 weeks, 5 days here and this would be great for baking up some ” nursing” cookies. ( just an excuse to eat lots more cookies while nursing, right?!)

  2. Steel cut oats are my new obsession so these look awesome! I hadn’t thought of baking with them. The question is…will these oats be one of the many fun products available in the US that never makes it north of the border?! I will have to keep my eyes peeled (or win the prize, but the chances of that are slim!)

  3. Do you think I could make a 3-minute steel-cut oat variation just by throwing steel-cut oats in my food processor and pulsing them a bit?

    1. I was wondering the same thing. I might try soaking two or three tablespoons of steel cuts in boiling water until they swell up, then drain and dry them before adding to the dough.

  4. I love “why start with breakfast when you can start with cookies?” It sounds like a good philosophy for every morning.

  5. We LOVE oats in our family. Every morning, my son asks for oatmeal. I make everything from plain oatmeal to granola bars, to your wonderful oatmeal pancakes 😉 Amazing yummy stuff. I will have to try these… coconut is good with anything!!

          1. Suzette, I made these today and I am in Heber City Utah as well, my first pan was flat so I went back and added an additional 1/2 of flour to the dough and they were much better. I have to do that with most cookie recipes so they don’t flatten.

  6. But the question is, can this be made with all old fashioned oats…that is the option I would like to try. Thanks!

  7. Thanks for sharing this recipe. I also wanted to thank you for the chance to enter your giveaway without having to enter through Facebook/Pinterest/Twitter or any other way other than the initial entry!!!!

  8. I just made these cookies and they came out perfectly! They look nice and are really delicious too. I wanted to mention that my oats were quick cooking steel cut oats, but they were store brand, and the instructions said to cook them for 5-7 minutes. So, it doesn’t seem to matter that they weren’t “3-minute” oats. Also, I thought the cookie dough tasted kind of salty (not that I ate a quarter of it directly out of the bowl or anything), but the cookies don’t seem salty at all. I used a little less than 1/2 tsp. because my biggest cookie pet peeve is not having a cookie at all…but right behind that is having a salty cookie…I should have known that 1/2 tsp. would be just fine…it’s OBB tested!

  9. I just wanted to let everyone know that if you call these “breakfast cookies” it is perfectly reasonable to eat them in the morning.

  10. I just made these and they are SO DELICIOUS, but my dough wasn’t as creamy as yours and the chips didn’t incorporate. Any ideas why?

    1. Hey Angie, that’s not abnormal with an oil based dough. Did you use coconut oil or vegetable oil? And did you use the steel cut oats, or regular? When I use vegetable oil and regular oats, the dough is definitely a bit more crumbly and the chips incorporate differently. They still bake up great, though!

  11. I followed the recipe exactly as written. They were awesome after I baked them, just not as easy to scoop and form. My family went through the whole batch yesterday(I may or may not have helped a little;p) Would keeping the coconut oil in solid form help? Just curious!! Thanks for another amazing recipe!!

  12. These cookies were amazing! My family gobbled them up. I thought the addition of coconut oil definetely stood out in these cookies. I didn’t have coconut extract but they still tasted much more coconuty to me (which was a good thing!!). Thank you!

  13. I just made some cookies very similar to these on Sunday! I love using the coconut oil because it gives it such a great flavor. I like the tip of baking it till they’re just underdone, so thanks! My cookies had only 1 type of oatmeal so I’m curious to try two but it did have chopped pecans and they are awesome. 🙂

  14. Made these today–totally amazingly delicious! My neighbor is allergic to dairy and eggs, so I subbed a flax egg (1 Tb. ground flax meal + 2.5 Tb. water, mix and let set until thick then add) for the egg, and the cookies turned out perfectly after baking (I had to really smash the dough together to get it to form balls, but it was worth it!) Thanks for an awesome recipe!

  15. This is the first time I’ve heard of quick cook steel cut oats. I would definitely use them more often. And these cookies look absolutely fabulous!

  16. Just tried this recipe for the first time- delicious!! Instead of the cup of flour, I used a cup of oat flour (just stuck quick oats in the blender for a couple of seconds) and used all steel cut oats instead of the half steel cut/ half quick oats. They were delicious! Just a little more whole grain in there!! Loved the coconut oil- my first time using- thanks to you!!

  17. I made these with all old fashioned oats and all light brown sugar (because that’s all I had) and they are FABULOUS. I like plain chocolate chip cookies okay but they can be boring, these are just wonderful. I added the coconut extract and they are not overly coconutty, just perfection! I got 28 cookies and probably 1-2 more with the dough we ate from the bowl. This will be a new go to for me!

  18. This look amazing! Thanks again, Friends! One question: is it half-cup of coconut oil in solid form (and it melts to less) or half cup of coconut oil melted (so I start with more)?

  19. I don’t know how I have never noticed these on your website. I feel like I have done myself a disservice not finding them sooner! They are fantastic! I get board of the same old chocolate chip cookie all the time. The taste of these are so spot on! Love the coconut flavor and the chewy oatmeal…yum! They were quick and easy to make up and oh so delicious! I used mini semi-sweet chocolate chips since some people said they had a hard time with the batter staying together. The mini’s were a perfect solution!

  20. We made a recipe like this in test – Quick cook steel oats are a staple in our house – These sounds delicious with the coconut! Thanks for sharing, will be baking this up tonight!

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