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Oatmeal Coconut Cookies

My wonderful Aunt Emmy used to make these cookies and gifted me with the recipe for them.
  I've photographed these cookies on the one surviving plate from my mom's everyday dishes - Somehow this plate, which brings such warm memories to me, always enhances the taste of anything dished out on it.
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2  teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 cups oatmeal
  • 1 1/4 cups margarine or butter
  • 2 1/3 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon cold water
  • 3/4 cup coconut
  • 1 1/2 cup sultana raisins *
* My mom taught me to wash sultanas, running water through them until the water ran clear. Shake the water off and add to recipe.
  1. Blend white and brown sugars, eggs and margarine in large bowl of mixer.
  2. Add remaining ingredients in order.
  3. Mix until well blended.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees F for 8-10 minutes. Do not overbake.
  5. Remove to brown paper or racks and cool.
  6. These cookies freeze well.


  1. funny....i noticed the dish before i noticed the cookies.
    the dish is beautiful and i hope that is lasts as long as the memories do.
    the cookies are special because of the story and memory attached to them as well.
    that is why i love these tried and true favorites.....
    oh what stories they tell.......;-}
    i am sure to try these as well.

  2. Oatmeal and coconut..must be my most favorite ingredients in cookies! I like them crisp or chewy.
    Beautiful plate!

  3. I'm always holding my breath when baking cookies and hoping they will flatten out and be chewy. Sometimes they are and sometimes they're not. Thanks for another tried and true recipe, Bev . . . and the special plate story.

  4. i am going to make it now

    and i i will comment shortly after

    i taste it

  5. What a wonderful combination! Can't wait to try these!

  6. I'm so happy to see this recipe!!! I've been looking for this recipe for years! I had a friend many years ago who made these and they were to die for. She and I lost her recipe through the years and I have been hunting since that time. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

  7. Oh boy is it hard to come over here and see all these great foods, especially when i'm trying to be good!!

    thanks for coming over to see my clocks.

    blessings on your week,
    Barbara jean

  8. I love a coconut cookie -- and your plate is beautiful. I agree that good memories make anything taste better.

  9. The flavor is wonderful, but mine turned out really flat. When you measure flour, do you sprinkle and sweep, or dip? Thanks!

    1. I dip my cup and shake it a bit to level the flour. The other thing you can do is refrigerate the dough for a few hours before scooping them on to the pan.


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