Mrs. Ray’s Oatmeal Coconut Cookies

Mrs. Ray’s Oatmeal Coconut Cookies

Do you ever get in such a hurry and skim through a recipe and not fully pay attention at the end?  I did that today.  I didn’t read this recipe carefully where it says to form these oatmeal coconut cookies into walnut sized balls.  I created much larger cookies, put too many on the sheet and I ended up with an oatmeal coconut sheet.

The flavor of these oatmeal coconut cookies is terrific!  The texture has a really great balance between chewy and crunchy.  In hindsight, I should have really looked at this cookie sheet and known it wasn’t going to end well.

Oatmeal Coconut Cookies before baking

Oatmeal Coconut Cookies Before

This is what I pulled out of the oven….a hot mess.  My first thought was to toss it in the garbage, but then I tasted it.  It reminds me of the Chex mix everyone makes around Christmas….”Christmas Crack“, and I knew that I couldn’t toss it out.  A thought came to me that I could use my biscuit cutters and make them round and salvage this.

Oatmeal Coconut Cookies after

When I make these again (and for the taste I for sure will!) I will heed the directions and make these cookies “walnut sized” and space them very far apart.  If I would have followed the directions, this would have made closer to 3 1/2 dozen cookies.  The cost of the ingredients came to about $2.50 making each cookie cost 6 cents.

If you do try this recipe, I would love to hear how your experience goes, so make sure to leave me a comment!

The tasty result

Oatmeal Coconut Cookies

Original Recipe

Oatmeal Cookies.  One and a half cups sugar, half a cup butter, two eggs, two tablespoons sweet milk, two and a half cups oatmeal, one cup coconut, two teaspoons baking bower, half a teaspoon soda, cinnamon to suit taste.  Mix well with hands, form in balls the size of an English walnut, drop on well buttered pans and bake in quick oven.

Mrs. James Ray. R.F.D. 1, Box 78, Watsonville, Cal.

Printed in The San Francisco Call on June 1, 1913

Oatmeal Coconut Cookies

Course Cookies
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 42 cookies


  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 1/2 cups oats
  • 1 cups coconut shreds
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon


  1. Cream the sugar and butter together.
  2. Add each egg and beat thoroughly after adding each.
  3. Add the oats, coconut, baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon. Mix well.
  4. Roll the mixture into small balls and space far apart on a well greased baking sheet.
  5. Bake 375 degrees for 12-15 minutes.

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