Oatmeal Coconut {Chocolate Chip} Cookies

I’ve been known to make a recipe – every once in a while – where I am missing an ingredient.

Usually I can run next door to borrow what I need (since I often bake during my youngest naps and can’t really run to the store).  Unfortunately, no one was home yesterday.

And I was out of flour.

Yep, I had absolutely no all-purpose flour.

(I did, though, have self-rising flour, whole wheat flour, white whole wheat flour, rice flour, cake flour, and a whole giant tub of bread flour.)

Yesterday will be known as the day, I figured out how to make cookies without regular flour.

(And the day I really, really began to trust my instincts when baking.)

The Recipe:

Oatmeal Coconut Chewies (with Chocolate Chips), adapted from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe 

1 c granulated sugar

1 c brown sugar

2 eggs

1 c (2 sticks) butter, softened

2 t vanilla

1 t baking soda

1 c self rising flour

1 1/2 c white whole wheat flour

1 c shredded, sweetened coconut

1 c oats

(1 c semi sweet chocolate chips*)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  In a large bowl cream together the sugar, eggs, butter and vanilla until light and fluffy.  Add the dry ingredients and mix until combined.

Drop by tablespoonfuls onto a greased or lined (silpat or parchment) baking sheet.  Bake at 350 degrees for 9-11 minutes, until the cookies are set but not overly browned (bake a few minutes longer for a crispier version).

*I didn’t add the chocolate chips until the second dozen.  You may want to add more or less to your taste.

{Printable Recipe}

The Results:

I was kind of stumped at first about the flour – and seriously thought about throwing in the towel.  But my oldest was super geared-up to bake, and he really needed something productive to do (besides running around like a crazy boy and destroying the house).

So, I looked up what was in self-rising flour.  I realized I could substitute 1 cup for 1 cup of all-purpose plus the salt and baking powder.  That left 1 1/2 cups still to be substituted.  Thank goodness Mel stated at the beginning of her recipe that she had substituted white whole wheat flour before because that was next on my list.  And I had almost exactly 1 1/2 cups of it left.

Crisis averted.

(Though I really had no idea if it would turn out right.  I was hopeful, though.)

We powered through the mixing and scooped out our first dozen with just the oatmeal and coconut.  We, of course, had to sample the first cookies while they were still warm.  Since my youngest had just gotten up, he got to try one with us.  Let’s just say the boys were in heaven; complete and utter heaven.  I thought they were pretty good, too…but a little tiny bit sweet for my taste.

How to remedy that, you might ask?

In my world, the answer is always chocolate.

(I would’ve liked to use dark chocolate chips, but all we had on hand was semi-sweet.)

The second batch was perfect (for me) – the boys still preferred the original cookies.

You really can’t go wrong with or without chocolate (and with or without regular flour — you can click on the original recipe if you have all-purpose, though I promise this one works out great, too).

The cookies are very buttery, with a great chewy texture throughout.  And they pair well with milk, coffee, and heck, even wine.  (I may have tried them with all three.)

And honestly, one of the best things about this recipe is that I problem-solved – and it worked!

(My baking ego just got a huge boost.)

Happy Tuesday.

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12 thoughts on “Oatmeal Coconut {Chocolate Chip} Cookies

  1. You really are learning to trust your instincts when baking :). And I think you did a wonderful job with these oatmeal coconut chocolate cookies :). I remember my grandmother teaching me how to substitute all self rising flour and cake flour too :). Their great tricks to know :)

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  2. Congrats on your success!! It’s always such a great feeling when something you tweak comes out so well :) These are great looking cookies. Glad your kids enjoyed them so much, too

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  3. Oh I would love these – the boys version that is. And my kids would love your version. Yum, yum, yum! My hats off to you for problem solving too! I probably would have just thrown in the towel. ;)

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  4. Congrats on coming up with an alternative recipe to overcome the lack of regular flour in the house. I’ll have to remember this alternative next time I find myself in a pinch. :-)

    PS-apologies for taking so long to finally visit you site after you left a comment for John’s guest post on mine. I’m just finally getting settled after my recent travels.

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  5. I am so happy for you that you are beginning to gain such confidence in your mad baking skills. You definitely should feel confident by the looks of all things you have baked lately! I don’t know if I would have pushed through on these cookies and good for you that you did because obviously they were a major success and a great way to entertain the crazy boys. ;) Have a great rest of the week!

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  6. Yeah, you are on a roll! :) I love this recipe, I’m going to make this Friday morning since I finally took a morning off of teaching classes. My boys are going to love this and I have all the ingredients too! I’ll let you know how they turn out, call me crazy but I’m having like 6 boys all of the age of 5 and younger over for a play date so these cookies will come in handy! Have a great weekend! :)

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