• January 24, 2019

    Loaded Chewy Oatmeal Cookies

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    This delicious Chewy Oatmeal Cookie recipe makes treats that are buttery with crispy edges, and packed with pecans and dried fruit plus a secret ingredient that makes them extra toasty and irresistible.

    Chewy Oatmeal Cookies

    Perfect Oatmeal cookies

    I suppose everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but I firmly believe that the perfect oatmeal cookie possesses all of these qualities: it’s chewy and buttery, it bears crispy, caramelized edges, and carries a toasty flavour.

    Beyond that, you can do what you want with it.

    All the things in my dream chewy oatmeal cookie.

    Here’s my secret: deeply toasted coconut really beautifully complements the oats in an oatmeal cookie. The strange thing is that you won’t be like, “mmm, coconut!”, you’ll just be like, “HOW is this oatmeal cookie so GOOD?”.

    It adds a really deliciously nutty flavour that just. blends. in.

    Don’t skip the toasting. It’s the key.

    I toast the pecans at the same time, then jam the dough chock full of juicy dried fruit. I used a blend of tart cherries, cranberries and blueberries, but you can swap in your favourites. Raisins are just fine if you’re a purist. Or chocolate is of course always in the cards as a delicious option.

    You can swap or delete any add-ins as you like, I’d just really encourage you to try the coconut.

    Chewy Oatmeal Cookie Recipe

    How to freeze chewy oatmeal cookies.

    You have two choices for freezing cookies. You can bake them and then store in a freezer bag once cooled down. If you pop them in a lunch bag, they’ll thaw by mid-morning. (Well, actually, they’ll thaw in about 10 minutes.)

    OR (my preference): freeze the dough balls in a single layer on a parchment-lined baking sheet and then pack those into a freezer bag. When you want fresh, warm cookies, you can bake them straight from the freezer.

    Frozen dough will need about 5 minutes of additional baking time, you’ll have to keep an eye on them in the oven. Watching cookies bake is better than Netflix anyway, right?

    Chewy Oatmeal Cookies

    Chewy Oatmeal Cookies

    This delicious Chewy Oatmeal Cookie recipe makes cookies that are buttery with crispy edges, and packed with toasted coconut, pecans and dried fruit. 
    Prep Time: 15 minutes
    Cook Time: 10 minutes
    Total Time: 25 minutes
    Course: Dessert
    Cuisine: Canadian
    Servings: 36
    Author: Jennifer Pallian BSc, RD


    • 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
    • 1 cup coarsely chopped pecans
    • 1 cup butter softened
    • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
    • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
    • 2 large eggs
    • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
    • 7 1/2 oz 1 2/3 cups gently spooned and levelled all-purpose flour
    • 1 tsp baking soda
    • 1/2 tsp coarse salt
    • 1 1/2 cups large-flake not quick or instant oats
    • 1 cup dried fruit I used combination of cherries, cranberries and blueberries, plus extra for topping


    • Preheat oven to 350ºF. Spread the coconut and pecans on a baking sheet and toast for 6-7 minutes, stirring frequently, until coconut turns deep golden brown (watch closely as it burns fast). Spread on a plate and pop in the freezer to cool while you make the cookie dough.
    • Beat butter with sugars in standing mixer on high speed until light and fluffy, 4 minutes, pausing twice to scrape down sides of bowl. Beat in eggs and vanilla extract.
    • In a separate bowl, whisk flour with baking soda and salt. Add to stand mixer and beat on low speed to combine. Beat in oats, dried fruit, and cooled coconut/pecan mixture.
    • Scoop dough by heaping tablespoonfuls and place 2" apart on parchment-paper-lined baking sheets. Top with a sprinkle of dried fruit, if desired.
    • Bake cookies for about 9-11 minutes, until edges are golden and centres appear just slightly underdone. Cool 2 minutes on baking sheets then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.
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    Hi, I'm Jennifer Pallian, BSc, RD. I studied cooking, baking and food chemistry in a university lab, have years of experience as a professional test kitchen recipe developer and providing technical baking support to bakeries and home bakers. Want to know why your bread didn't rise? I've got your back.I now work full-time as a blogger, putting the years of science and baking to work right here. On Foodess, I share the best recipes in my arsenal - tested-till-PERFECT recipes for cozy baking, easy recipes for weeknight meals and delicious globally-inspired comfort food, plus lots of science-based cooking and baking tips. Welcome!

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    Sharon Locke

    5 stars
    These are fantastic! I’m doubling the next batch; I’m curious to see how they are the next day. This batch didn’t last that long!! Perfect after-snowshoeing treat. Thanks for sharing!

    Angela Allen

    5 stars
    Outstanding recipe! Wouldn’t change a thing! I used old fashioned oats, which I thought was probably the same as “large flake” but I toasted them just to be sure that they would cook all the way. The cookies were chewy, buttery, and amazing. They stayed soft, but chewy, even after they were cooled all the way. The coconut adds moisture and chewiness but very little coconut flavor. Really amazing cookies! Thank you!


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