Coconut Cherry Oatmeal Cookies

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Something strange has happened in the past couple of weeks.

Nick and I have fallen in love with some new cookies…and they’re butterless. Is that even scientifically possible?

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You know how we’re in love with everything at Our Daily Bread, the local bakery?

Well, there are some new cookies on their shelves that have taken over our #1 lunch dessert options.

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Forget the macarons. Forget the layer cakes. Forget the croissants…no, scratch that one. I can’t forget their chocolate or raspberry cream cheese croissants.

But these cookies – guys, these cookies.

Their new vegan chocolate chip and vegan cranberry oatmeal cookies are just about perfect – crispy and chewy, buttery (with no butter?) and better than all their other cookies combined.

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Last week, my only goal was to make some of their cranberry cookies at home. Chock full of NO butter, shredded coconut, and dried fruit.

But these cookies had other plans.

I made a great looking vegan cookie dough, scooped them out, baked them up, and they totally crumbled in my hand. It was cookie flavored confetti.

I tried another baking sheet, pressing the dough down before baking them – no go. They still completely fell apart when I tried to pick them up off the cooling rack.

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My fix? Eggs. So much for a total homemade version of their vegan cookies.

But it really didn’t matter once these came out of the oven. The nutty oats, sweet coconut, and tart dried cherries are one of my favorite new cookie mixes – vegan or not.

This version isn’t vegan like the ones at the bakery, but can I tell you something? I’m not done trying to make them at home. Watch out, bakery.

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Coconut Cherry Oatmeal Cookies

Makes: about 3 and 1/2 dozen cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup coconut oil
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 and 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup quick oats
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, beat the coconut oil with the brown sugar and sugar until the sugar is totally mixed with the coconut oil.
  3. Mix in the eggs, one at a time, and then add in the vanilla.
  4. Beat the salt, baking soda, flours, and oats into coconut oil mixture until all the flour and oats are blended into the dough.
  5. Pour the coconut and dried cherries into the bowl and mix for another minute until everything is combined.
  6. Scoop the dough by the Tablespoon onto a baking sheet, press down with your hand to flatten each cookie a little bit, and bake at 350 degrees for 11-12 minutes.
  7. Cool on the baking sheet for 2-3 minutes, then move to a cooling rack.

20 Responses to “Coconut Cherry Oatmeal Cookies”

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    Kathryn — July 25, 2012 at 8:45 am

    I have a jar of coconut oil in my kitchen that’s just crying out for some cookie action & these look just wonderful! I love how they are stuffed with so many yummy things.

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    Lauren — July 25, 2012 at 10:52 am

    These sound perfect!!

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    DessertForTwo — July 25, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    These looks great! Do you have a Trader Joe’s nearby? I know you just moved to the sticks ;)
    I no longer have a TJ’s nearby (2 hours away) and I’m suffering without my coconut oil :(

    • admin replied: — October 3rd, 2012 at 2:40 am

      nope…not TJ’s here. I’ve never lived near one! :(

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    Colleen @ What's Baking in the Barbershop?! — July 25, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    Mmmm, the coconut, cherries, and oatmeal together sound like the perfect combo!!!! I could easily see eating 2 or 3 of these in one sitting….

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    Ali @ Gimme Some Oven — July 25, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    Way to keep after it! Totally intrigued about these butterless little guys!! Bookmarking to try soon…so many of my friends are vegan!!

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    Kristen — July 25, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    No butter may have me scratching my head, but those pictures make me want to dive in!

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    Eileen — July 25, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    Coconut cherry oatmeal? Sign me up! I wonder if they’d work as sandwich cookies with Greek yogurt or cream cheese filling?

    • admin replied: — October 3rd, 2012 at 2:40 am

      um. that would be incredible. you’re a genius!

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    Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — July 25, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    These sound perfect! I love coconut and oatmeal in cookies and the addition of tart cherries would be great!

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    Leslie — July 25, 2012 at 11:03 pm

    I had a recipe fail me last week…ugggg that sucks. Love these cookies!

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    natalie (the sweets life) — July 26, 2012 at 2:05 am

    so intrigued by these! i have some coconut oil, i need to try these!

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    Shannon — July 26, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    hehe, these sound delicious, and even crumbly… then we could call it granola and eat it for breakfast, right?

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    Roxana | Roxana's Home Baking — July 26, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    i love that you didn’t give up until you have these beautiful cookies.
    They sound so good, even if they are not vegan but buttery from the coconut oil. I just love using it in my baking.

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    Paige @ Your Trainer Paige — July 26, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    Gaaah these look freaking amazing. I want cookies now :-P

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    Erica — July 31, 2012 at 12:17 am

    I seriously adore the combo of oats and coconut…I usually add chocolate chips in vs cherries, but love this idea!

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    jen — September 18, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    I have a jar of coconut oil from Trader Joe’s that I have yet to use. I noticed in the heat of the summer, it because totally liquid. now that it’s cooler it’s a solid again. so how would I measure the 1 cup? do I melt it, then measure? or use it solid and cream with the sugars like I would butter? thanks for your help!

    • admin replied: — October 3rd, 2012 at 2:41 am

      I just measure it out solid, like you would peanut butter!

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    Mom Photographer — October 6, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    wow!!! this sounds awesome! the cherries seem to be such a wonderful addition!

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    Melodi — January 30, 2013 at 12:29 am

    Omg I just made these and they are awesome!!! My new fav cookie!! I did add 1/2 tsp almond extract, 3/4 cup wheat and 1 cup white flour, probably another 1/2 cup of coconut and cut the white sugar to 1/2 cup. So good!!! I probably will add more cherries and try all whole wheat flour next time and cut the sugar a little more….maybe even add in some ground flax or hemp seeds! But they are delicious!

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