Today, i will be reviewing the Easy Coconut Oatmeal Cookies Recipe by Lil Luna. 

Easy Coconut Oatmeal Cookies

First off, holidays and coconuts go together beautifully. I do not eat coconuts often even though there are numerous coconut trees in my home. So, when I decide to break out coconut (no pun intended), it is always for a special occasion.

Also, I love oatmeal cookies so I was excited to try out this Easy Coconut Oatmeal Cookies Recipe by Lil Luna.

That said, I did not have any desiccated coconut available and I did not want to go to the store so I made my own desiccated coconut.

To make desiccated coconut, I broke a fresh coconut, peeled away the husk and peeled the brown skin.
Then, I grated the white flesh. I mixed the grated coconut with 3 tablespoons of powdered sugar and spread the coconut out on a baking sheet. I set the temperature of my oven to 130F and put the grated coconut in the oven.

After the coconut was in the oven for 1 hour, it was quite dry. The grated coconut no longer stuck together and could be blended into a fine powder.

If you cannot find desiccated coconut and choose to make yours, remember to keep an eye on your grated coconut. The coconut should not brown. It should be significantly drier than when you put it in the oven. If you do not dry your coconut thoroughly, it will go rancid quickly.

Easy Coconut Oatmeal Cookies

The recipe and instructions

The Easy Coconut Oatmeal Cookies Recipe called for essential baking ingredients, some desiccated coconut, and oatmeal. The instructions were easy to follow. I creamed the butter and sugar, added the egg and stirred in the dry ingredients.

After I mixed up the cookie dough, I put the dough in the fridge for an hour.
I put the dough in the fridge so that it would be easy to portion out. Furthermore, I wanted a thick chewy cookie so chilling it before baking prevented it from spreading out too much.

I portioned my cookie dough into 1 tablespoon scoops and baked them for 12 minutes. After the baking time elapsed, I let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before moving the cookies to a cooling rack. 

Easy Coconut Oatmeal Cookies

The texture

The first thing that comes to mind when I eat this easy coconut oatmeal cookie is 'Chewy'. The coconut and oatmeal contribute to this texture.

While warm,  this cookie was soft and chewy and the middle had a certain creaminess to it. I imagine that this is because of the oatmeal I used. 

When baked a little longer, this cookie is drier but still incredibly chewy without being tough. The edge of this cookie was crisp and shattered beautifully in a way that reminded me of a wafer. That said, I baked this recipe twice and found that the texture of this cookie depends greatly on how you bake it.

The second time I made this recipe, I did not bake this cookie for very long and took the cookies out of the oven immediately the baking time elapsed. The result was a soft cookie that was slightly dense and chewy.
I topped my cookies with some coconut before baking it. I wanted the texture and decorative look from the coconut.

Easy Coconut Oatmeal Cookies

The taste

The Easy Coconut Oatmeal Cookies have lovely nutty notes. The coconut is the dominant flavor and the oatmeal also provides a creamy flavor with some underlying nutty notes. The almond extract enhances the flavors of the coconut and oatmeal without being distinct and prominent. 

If you do not like almond extract,you should still use the quantity called for in the recipe. This is because you will not be able to taste the almond extract in the cookies.

The easy coconut oatmeal cookies are not overly sweet. This is an advantage because it can be a bit tiring to eat cloyingly sweet treats. Overall, this cookie recipe will make coconut lovers very happy.

All my taste testers were happy with the cookies this recipe produced.

Easy Coconut Oatmeal Cookies

Do I recommend this recipe?

Yes, it is a recipe that I feel will be a fave during the holiday season. The Easy Coconut Oatmeal Cookies are a crowd-pleaser and are suitable for cookie exchanges or swaps.

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