Coconut Lover’s Oatmeal Cookies

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Chewy Coconut Oatmeal Cookies are the ultimate cookie for any coconut lover. These cookies are so chewy, so irresistible, I actually burned my mouth eating a second cookie while they were still piping hot from the oven.

Made with coconut oil, these oatmeal cookies also happen to be dairy free. This oatmeal coconut recipe makes everyone happy.

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Oatmeal Coconut Cookies

If you have a coconut lover in your life, you need these coconut lover’s cookies. This is the chewiest, most coconut filled cookie I have ever tasted.

With just a handful of ingredients, a bowl, and a spoon, you can stir these coconut oil oatmeal cookies together in about three minutes. They are beyond easy to make!

If you truly love coconut, if you would happily eat shredded coconut by the spoonful, if you think there is no such thing as too much coconut, you’ll probably love these as much as I do.

True confession: I wound up eating these cookies for my lunch, dinner, and breakfast the following morning. While I enjoy most desserts, my sweet tooth is usually pretty easily satisfied with just a couple of cookies. The oatmeal coconut cookies were so good that I found them completely irresistible.

Coconut Oil Oatmeal Cookies (Dairy Free Cookies)

I’ve made lots of coconut treats that use sweetened coconut flakes in the dough. Toffee Coconut Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies combine some of my favorite things into one delicious cookie and I’ll never turn down Coconut Scone Cookies for breakfast.

With Coconut Lover’s Oatmeal Cookies, I got even more coconut flavor into the cookies by using melted coconut oil in the dough. Coconut oil acts very similarly to butter when baked resulting in a flaky, moist cookie. It also makes this recipe completely dairy free.

I love baking for people and knowing that I can share these favorite cookies with both my dairy free friends and wheat free friends is delightful! That said, most people would never guess these cookies don’t have any butter in them.

Gluten Free Cookies

Did I mention that Oatmeal Coconut Cookies are also gluten free? This is an oatmeal cookie recipe without flour. Instead, rolled oats are combined with the coconut, coconut oil, brown sugar and eggs to make the dough. 

This is a loose cookie “dough,” as you can see in the video. You’ll need to press the cookies together slightly with your hands after scooping them onto the cookie sheet.

Coconut Lover's Oatmeal Cookies recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen

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Kitchen Tip: I use these bowls, this scoop, this spatula, and this baking sheet to make this recipe.

Oatmeal Cookie Recipes

A chewy oatmeal cookie is always welcome on my snack plate. From classic Soft and Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies to  Oatmeal Butterscotch Cookies and Cranberry Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies, I love them all.

Oatmeal cookies have inspired plenty of other meals, snacks and treats that my family enjoys, too. If you haven’t tried my Chewy Raisin Baked Oatmeal Cups for breakfast, add it to your list, along with Oatmeal Cookie Ice Cream.

If you love the combination of coconut flakes and oatmeal in these Coconut Lover’s Oatmeal Cookies, you’ll also enjoy these Coconut Oatmeal Cookie Dough Bites that I shared a while back. They’re delightfully bite sized treats packet with coconut flavor.

Give our Pineapple and Coconut Baked Oatmeal recipe a try to add a tropical twist to your next breakfast! I’ve also been eyeing the recipe for Coconut Baked French Toast with Oatmeal Crumble I found over on Foodie Crush. Doesn’t that sound incredible?

Coconut Lover’s Oatmeal Cookies

I cannot wait for my fellow coconut fans to give this recipe a go. You’ll be amazed by how few ingredients it takes to create a cookie that satisfies all your coconut cravings.

Here’s another tip: Be sure to let these cookies cool at least 5 or 10 minutes before taking a bite! The incredible smell of these treats as I pulled them from the oven got the best of me and I wound up burning my mouth because I just couldn’t wait. Learn from my impatience!

Everything about these oatmeal coconut cookies is delicious. Slightly crisp on the outside with plenty of coconut flavor and brown sugar sweetness, these are oatmeal cookies I’ll be making again and again for years to come. 

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Coconut Lover’s Oatmeal Cookies

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These chewy coconut oatmeal cookies are the ultimate cookie for any coconut lover.
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Servings: 36 cookies


  • 1/2 cup melted or very soft coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1 1/2 cups sweetened coconut flakes


  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Stir together the coconut oil, sugar and egg until smooth. Add the oats and stir until well combined. Stir in the coconut. Scoop 2 tablespoon portions onto a parchment or silicone lined baking sheet. Press the cookies together with your hands, as needed.
  • Bake for 12 minutes and then let cool at least 5, preferably 10 minutes, before removing to a wire rack or plate. Store in an airtight container. Enjoy!


This is a loose cookie "dough." You'll need to press the cookies together slightly with your hands after scooping them onto the cookie sheet.


Calories: 73kcal · Carbohydrates: 8g · Protein: 1g · Fat: 4g · Saturated Fat: 4g · Cholesterol: 5mg · Sodium: 13mg · Potassium: 35mg · Fiber: 1g · Sugar: 4g · Vitamin A: 7IU · Calcium: 6mg · Iron: 1mg
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Coconut Recipes

Are you here on the hunt for more coconut desserts? 
Coconut Meyer Lemon Meringue Cake by Comfortably Domestic puts a coconutty spin on a classic lemon meringue dessert. Coconut Rice Pudding by The Noshery is a must-try for all of you rice pudding fans out there.

Spicy Chocolate Coconut Clusters by Foodie with Family manage to pack some of my favorite things–chocolate coconut and spice–into one treat that’s a cross between a cookie and a candy. Every chocolate and coconut fan has loved them!

Maple Candied Coconut by Heather’s Dish, Coconut Ranger Cookies by Chocolate Chocolate and More, Coconut Macaroons by 365 Days of Baking and Coconut Cream Cheesecake Bars by Love from the Oven are even more coconut recipes to try after you’ve made my Coconut Lover’s Oatmeal Cookies.

Can you tell that I really, really, unabashedly LOVE coconut? 

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Hi, I’m Mary. I’m the author, cook, photographer, and travel lover behind the scenes here at Barefeet In The Kitchen. I'm also the author of three cookbooks dedicated to making cooking from scratch as simple as possible.

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  1. Letha says

    Made these this afternoon. I was cleaning out my pantry and needed to use up some oats and coconut. Scooped them onto the pan with a 2T scoop and pressed them a bit so they would stay together. Baked 15 minutes instead of 12. Coconut started to turn a pretty caramel brown on top but it was perfect. Let them sit on the pan for 15 minutes. Super yummy. Maybe a tad sweet for my taste. Might cut the brown sugar down to 1/3 cup and see how that works. Will definitely make these again. Hubs suggested drizzle some melted chocolate over them after they are done. Great idea!5 stars

  2. Sarah says

    I cut back on the sugar a bit by using about 1/4 cup of honey instead of the brown sugar, and unsweetened coconut flakes, and not only do I think the honey helped hold things together better but the cookies were just mildly sweet and delicious! Thanks for the recipe!5 stars

  3. Karen Eastman says

    Can brown sugar be used in three ingredient peanut butter cookie recipe. Used white sugar they were great, would love to use brown sugar instead.



  4. mary says

    Just made these so simple and so so delicious . My daughter is allergic to dairy , tree nut and peanut but not coconut not many cookies she can have but these are great thank you so much for the recipe can’t wait to make some more5 stars

  5. B says

    Have these in the oven right now! Quick question though: Your serving size says 36 but (unless I did something very wrong) when I use a 2 tablespoon scoop to put them onto the sheet it only makes 16. Did you write 36 because one cookie is considered more than one serving?

    • Mary Younkin says

      That’s really interesting. Cookies can vary in size, but I typically get 30-36 cookies in a batch. I’ll remake this recipe soon and make sure that I have that correct.

  6. Michael R Twiss says

    I added a bit (1/4 c) of almond flour to help bind; placed 2 tbps of “dough in palm and squeezed by clasping before placing on sheet – this helped maintain shape and this provided good cooking distribution in each cookie at 325F with convection even for 12:22 min. Cookies look like samosas afterwards but taste much different!5 stars

  7. Gail Battle says

    Hi Mary. Just wanted you to know I am crazy about coconut too. Trying your oatmeal coconut recipe today.

  8. Helen Krieger says

    i’m glad you warned us that this was a loose cookie and I had my doubts as I scooped them out on the cookie sheet. They turned out so delicious, the coconut was perfectly toasted- I love that it uses coconut oil too. I used my baking stone and had to bake them a bit longer- 15 mins. I let them cool 12 m. and they were still a bit warm but soooo yummy. On my metal baking sheet I baked them the 12 mins. YUMMY- my hubby will love them when he gets home (there might still be 1 or 2)- LOL5 stars

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