There are many benefits of cooking with kids.  I’ve discovered how special it is spending time with my children, together or individually, and the bonding that takes place over a batch of oatmeal cookies or prepping ingredients for a nice pot of soup. It’s not the end result I relish but the process of cooking together. When I see my kids beaming because they were able to cook scrambled eggs perfectly, I am filled with pride.

A few years ago, my husband and I went out to dinner for my birthday. My mom and dad were babysitting the kids, and my oldest daughter (who was 5 years old at the time) decided to bake me cookies.  She had no recipe and just winged it using the knowledge she learned from our time baking together. When we arrive home she presented me with a platter of what I thought were brownies because they were brownish black in color. Initially I was confused by my special birthday treat, because my mom does not bake and she has never cooked from a recipe.  However, I was so touched when I learned from mom that the girls told her they knew how to make cookies, and they jumped right in including using the stand mixer by themselves. I was so proud of them for taking the initiative to get in the kitchen and use their creativity.

The moment I took a bite into Abbi’s homemade treats, I told her how special her brownies were. “They’re not brownies, they’re cookies!”  They were perfect in every way despite the fact they were burnt to a crisp.

My mom is now living with us, and I’m teaching her how to bake. Even Eli loves baking, and he and my mom are learning together how to make savory and sweet delights with a lot of fun and bonding in the process.

If you’re looking for a fun activity to do with your child, why not invite your child into the kitchen and whip up a batch of these oatmeal coconut cookies? Your child will feel special knowing they helped create such a delectable treat!

Recipe: Oatmeal Coconut Cookies

  • Prep Time: 20 min(s)
  • Cook Time: 12 min(s)
  • Total Time: 22 min(s)
  • Servings: Makes 18 medium cookies.

A recipe for oatmeal coconut cookies that kids can help make.


    • ½ cup plus unsalted butter (1 stick)
    • ½ cup brown sugar
    • ½ cup sugar
    • 1 egg
    • 1 teaspoon almond extract
    • 3/4 cup flour
    • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1 cup quick cooking oats
    • ½ cup sweetened shredded coconut


    • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
    • Using an electric hand or stand mixer, cream the butter, brown sugar, and sugar until light and fluffy.  Add the egg and almond extract until well combined followed by the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
    • Add the oats and coconut.  Mix the dough until it comes together.  If the dough seems crumbly, continue to mix it until the dough is workable.  Lay a piece of foil on a baking sheet and lightly spray it with non stick coating.
    • Using a medium cookie scoop, scoop dough into 18 mounds.  Bake cookies for 12-14 minutes until the edges are golden brown.  Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

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10 Responses to “Oatmeal Coconut Cookies”

  1. Amy

    Great story and pictures! Oatmeal cookies are my favorite, my 6 year old daughter and I make them with coconut, white chocolate and dried cranberries.

  2. Diana

    This recipe looks great….no flour though?

    Just want to be sure before baking…thanks!

  3. Diana

    Ok, well I tried to bake part of the recipe as is and I got little puddles of deliciousness but nothing like the pictures. I added 1/2 cup of flour to the rest and now they look like cookies…. 😉


  4. SeattleMommy

    What a great post – love seeing your mom there too. These are delicious – thank you!

  5. Alice Currah Alice Currah

    I’m so sorry. I don’t know how I missed that. I have fixed the recipe. Yes, it does call for flour (3/4 cup).

  6. Rood Andersson

    OK, but why do you use those awful “quick cooking” oats? They’re just a bunch of mush.