Oatmeal Cookies with Raisins and Coconut

Crunchy on the outside, soft and chewy on the inside these Oatmeal Cookies are heady with the aromas of nutmeg and cinnamon and coconut and raisins to boot!

Crunchy on the outside, soft and chewy on the inside these Oatmeal Cookies are heady with the aromas of nutmeg and cinnamon and coconut and raisins to boot!

These Oatmeal cookies are THE best cookies I have ever made, I know I can say that with absolute certainty because I have never made cookies before in my life. Yes I am 41 years old with a bit of a cooking obsession and I have never baked cookies. Above all in my defence I don’t really have a sweet tooth and neither does my wife so the opportunity comes along fairly rarely.

So why have I cooked oatmeal cookies given my fairly hate hate relationship with baking. Well we have some very dear friends who live fairly close to us who are returning to the UK for 3 months this winter and my wife said she was going to make them something nice to eat on the journey, they travel in a camper van so it’s a fair old road trip.

At which point in time I kind of flippantly said I would rustle up something as I have not put a sweet recipe up here for a while, my wife giggled and I said it out loud so I was consequntly obligated.

As I have already alluded to I am not the most confident or experienced baker so I needed a little hand with these bad boys and as a result used a book my wife swears by. It is called Chewy, Gooey, Crispy, Crunchy by Alice Medrich and used her recipe for Bridget’s Oat Raisin Coconut Cookies.

It worked and everything, I scaled back the recipe, seriously who on earth needs 40 cookies? I also moved to fresh coconut because we had one in the kitchen.

They taste great, crunchy on the outside soft and gooey in the middle and the nutmeg and cinnamon really comes through. I am not yet going to call myself a master baker though! Having said that we got an email from Brian and Joy, our friends (yes I have some) and they say the are delicious.

Crunchy on the outside, soft and chewy on the inside these Oatmeal Cookies are heady with the aromas of nutmeg and cinnamon and coconut and raisins to boot!

Ambling off in a completely different direction as is my usual form, the arrival of a second Brian in our wee village is causing some confusion, they arrived in Hungary about 18 months ago and still no one has quite worked out that there is a second Brian in the village. Delivery drivers turn up in the village, ask the first person where Brian lives (yes our village is that small) and they get sent to my house.

As a result, to date we have had 1 Ikea Kitchen, 1 sofa, 3 Amazon parcels and countless other items, at least it is an excuse to pop around for a cuppa or a beer. We do not just share nationalities and first names though, Brian was born on the same day as me some 30 years before I was and in all fairness I hope I am only half as sprightly as he is when I reach his age, although he does need to catch up a little on the Grumpy Old Man thing, I am definitely ahead on those stakes.

Our friends have already made a brief cameo appearance here on my site in my post about this years harvest for our homemade wine. What’s that I hear you say? You missed that post.

Well it is in the new section of my site, I always meant to have a back story to my recipes here on Krumpli but the ravages of summer got on top of me and never quite got it going. However I am delighted to have made a start and am looking forward to sharing our adventures in growing food and our somewhat less than normal life out here in rural Hungary.

Crunchy on the outside, soft and chewy on the inside these Oatmeal Cookies are heady with the aromas of nutmeg and cinnamon and coconut and raisins to boot!
Oatmeal Cookies with Raisins and Coconut

Oatmeal Cookies with Raisins and Coconut

Yield: 24 Cookies
Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Crunchy on the outside, soft and chewy on the inside these Oatmeal Cookies are heady with the aromas of nutmeg and cinnamon and coconut and raisins to boot!


  • 100 g Rolled Oats
  • 25 ml Water
  • 150 g Plain Flour
  • 1/4 Tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 Tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/2 Nutmeg, Grated
  • 100 g Butter
  • 250 g Soft Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 Tsp Salt
  • 1 Vanilla Pod, Seeds only
  • 1 Egg
  • 100 g Raisins
  • 1/2 Fresh Coconut, Grated


  1. Put the rolled oats in a pan and add the water, mix and set aside.
  2. In a separate bowl add the plain flour, baking soda, cinnamon and nutmeg, then mix.
  3. In a pan melt the butter over a medium heat, once melted remove from the heat and add in the sugar, salt and vanilla
  4. Add the egg to the butter mix and beat throughly.
  5. Add the wet mix to the flour mix, then add in the oats and mix until combined.
  6. Finally add in the grated coconut and the raisins, cover the bowl with cling film and store in a fridge overnight.
  7. Preheat your oven to 190Β°C.
  8. This mix should yield about 800g of cookie dough and 20 cookies.
  9. Form 40g of cookie dough into a ball and flatten to a round shape approximkatly 7-8mm thick and bake in the oven on a silicon baking sheet for around 15 minutes allowing enough space for the cookies to spread. They will spread to be approximately 9-10cm in diameter.
  10. When cooked allow to cool on a baking grid before stacking or storing in an airtight container.


Adapted from Chewy, Gooey, Crispy, Crunchy by Alice Medrich

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 130 Total Fat: 5g Saturated Fat: 3g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 17mg Sodium: 71mg Carbohydrates: 21g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 13g Protein: 2g
Calorific details are provided by a third-party application and are to be used as indicative figures only.

34 thoughts on this Recipe:

  1. It’s never too late to start baking cookies. I think you did marvelous for your first time baking cookies! I just participated in a cookie swap and mailed out 3 dozen!

    • I’m not sure if you would call it ‘bit’ but I do have a rash πŸ˜‰ Just kidding, I don’t mind baking despite the chaos it causes in the kitchen, we just don’t eat what it produces enough to make it worthwhile.

  2. First of all, I love recipes with stories. Second, I’m quite amused that you live in a town so small that (nearly) no one shares a first name! And finally, a coconut oatmeal raisin cookie is one of my favorites. Lovely recipe and lovely photos! πŸ˜‰

    • Oh people have the same name, despite there being just 180 of us… I think there are at least 5 people called Istvan, just no one with Western European names πŸ˜‰

  3. I just made some similar cookies and they were the best I’ve had! Yours have gotta be delicious, even if they’re your first!

  4. I’ve never thought to put coconut in my oatmeal cookies. Now I will have to after seeing this and because I have a bag of coconut in the cabinet right now.

  5. The surest way to make sure I don’t have to share cookies in this house is to make a batch of oatmeal raisin! Adding coconut is an even better way!

  6. LOVE THESE!!!! Combining coconut with anything is a total winner for me … and these sound delicious!! You did great for your first batch of cookies!!!!

  7. Your cookies look delicious, and I am with you on who needs 40 cookies! Even half that and I would be carting them to work to give out even if I liked them!

    • Haha, another ‘we don’t need a mountain’ πŸ™‚ I sent part of ours on a trip across Europe with some friends πŸ˜€

  8. Oatmeal raisin cookies are the best – they beat chocolate chip cookies any day. This variation looks great. And since my kids prefer chocolate chips, there’s more for me πŸ™‚ (in which case fewer than 40 is a good thing!)

    • Yay, finally someone satisfied with 20 cookies πŸ˜€ Don’t think bad of me but I am not a huge fan of chocolate, I don’t really dislike it but it certainly does not excite me.

    • Hhahhahaahahahaa, I am feeling a bit foolish about that statement, apparently I am the only person that thinks 40 cookies is a lot πŸ˜‰

  9. Brian, what a great post! I laughed out loud when you asked who needs 40 cookies. I’m primarily a baker, and 40 seems like a nice number to me! I pay the price on the treadmill. And then I laughed again at the story about the two Brians. Amazing. Now, I realize that many people say ooohhhh, I’m going to make that, when the comment on posts, but I AM going to make these. Long story, but I have a ton of oatmeal and coconut on my hands, and I’ve been looking for a good cookie to use them up with. I’ll let you know how it goes.

    • Hahaahaaa, cheers Jeff they are really good… I can’t claim the recipe as I mentioned in the post. Glad it made you smile, something that ios wonderful to hear πŸ™‚

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