Crispy Chewy Oatmeal Cookies

Crispy Chewy Oatmeal Cookies...perfectly crispy on the outside and chewy in the middle!

These Crispy Chewy Oatmeal Cookies are the perfect combination. Crispy around the edges and chewy in the middle. I always thought a thick cookie was the way to go, but I am now officially a believer in the crispy-chewy!

So I just started watching Mad Men. Yep, I’m years behind.

Anyhow, all you ladies seem to love the bajesus out of Don Draper…

Yet…I’m not really feeling him.


I’m sorry you guys. Maybe it’s just the era that I’m not loving…maybe it’s the fact that I am only finishing up the first season and he hasn’t grown on me yet…maybe it’s because I feel like I might get Black Lung just WATCHING the show…But lordy mercy that is one arrogant sonofagun.

I’m thinking that I was born in the right decade, because all those ladies having to bite their tongue and let the man make the plan. Well, I am too bossy for all that.


Which kinda brings me to these cookies. My husband has been asking for a crispy coconut/oatmeal cookie for a while now. But I’m all, “cookies should be ‘go thick or go home'”.

No one wants a thin and crispy cookie.

See if I were Betty Draper I would have made my man a dang crispy oatmeal cookie months ago. Yet, I resisted.

But one day a few weeks ago, in a moment of weakness, I decided to give the crispy cookie a shot.


…and low and behold. My husband was right.

Damn you Don.

LOVE these Crispy Chewy Oatmeal cookies with white chocolate chips!

The thing about these cookies is while they are on the thin side, the edges are crispy and caramelly…but the inside is chewy and buttery.

I hate to say it, but my husband totally called it on these cookies. For real.
I used old fashioned oats in these. You could use quick oats too, but I prefer the texture of a whole oat.


Also, yes, there is coconut in these, but really the flavor is super subtle you won’t really know it’s there. It just adds to the chewy texture.

Coconut in the oatmeal cookies

I started out by making small-ish cookies…

Oatmeal Cookie Batter

But after a batch of small ones, I knew these cookies would be perfect if they were large.

So I recommend pulling out your large cookie scoop for these.

I also added mini white chocolate chips, which I have used again and again lately. But you can use regular white chips..or leave them out. Up to you!

LOVE these Crispy Chewy Oatmeal cookies with white chocolate chips!

Of course, vary the baking time based on the size of your cookie, but allow the edges to get nice and golden brown!

Crispy-Chewy Oatmeal Cookies...the perfect balance of crunch, with caramelly edges and a soft chewy center!

You guys NEED to try these! They’re sturdy enough to pack up in lunch boxes or have as an after dinner treat.

Or who am I kidding? Breakfast cookies all the way!


Crispy Chewy Oatmeal Cookies
makes 2 dozen large cookies
  • 1 cup Challenge butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1½ cups flour
  • ¾ cup sweetened flaked coconut
  • 3 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips (I used mini)
  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Line baking sheet with parchment or silicone mat. Set aside.
  3. Cream butter and sugar together for 2 minutes until light and fluffy. Add in eggs and vanilla and continue mixing until smooth, scraping sides of bowl as necessary.
  4. Add salt, baking soda and flour and mix until incorporated. Then add in coconut.
  5. Finally mix in oats and white chocolate until evenly combined.
  6. Using a cookie scoop or heaping tablespoon drop dough onto lined pan.
  7. Bake for 12-15 minutes until edges are golden brown and centers have set.
  8. Allow to cool on wire rack.
store airtight for up to 3 days


Still didn’t convince you and want a thicker oatmeal cookie? No problem…try my Favorite Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Recipe

The Best Oatmeal Raisin Cookies | Cookies and Cups

Or these Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookies with Cinnamon Buttercream | Cookies and Cups


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Averie @ Averie Cooks

I love chewy oatmeal cookies! The more texture & chewiness, the happier I am! And crispy and caramelly edges sounds like I could get used to that 🙂 pinned

How to Philosophize with Cake

Sounds delicious! I love crispy cookies, I’ll have to try this variation sometime! 🙂


I can totally relate. It drives me nuts when my husband tells me a “better” way to make something and he ends up being right. Fortunately it doesn’t happen often. 😉 Those cookies really do look super yummy!

Samina | The Cupcake Confession

Chewy oatmeal cookies with a dash of coconut sounds like JUST what I’d like to dunk in the milk for breakfast!!!! Yum!!!

Chloe @ foodlikecake

These look so good!


Yummy! I think I bought something similar in coffee shop and now I will be able to make it myself! Thanks 🙂

Jenny Flake

Perfecto!! Can’t get enough cookies ever!! 🙂


Not sure which rock I’ve been living under, but I didn’t know that mini-white chips existed!!! Maybe it’s a Northern MN small town issue. I’ll have to look for them!

As always, thanks for a great new recipe to try!


Oh Shelly, you just made my day…. Damn you Don…. LOL . I love your blog and don’t worry… Mad Men will grow on you , despite the risk of black lung!

Angelyn @ Everyday Desserts

Breakfast cookies sound good to me! These look delish!!


Making these now…..first batch=YUMMY!! I don’t really like white chocolate (but hubby does)…it doesn’t overpower….which i like!! Takes a little longer in my oven….but this is a keeper!! THANK YOU!!

Catherine McCord

Crispy, chewy and with coconut?! I’m in! Think we could sneak a little dark chocolate in there too? 😉

Jess @ Sweet Menu

Yes! I usually agree with you Shelly, on the thick cookie debate, but these look great! I really like chewy thin anzac cookies so I reckon these would right up my alley!


haha, I`m glad you`re warming up to think and crispy cookies. They`re actually my favorite type of cookies. I knew I would love these, just by the name!! Saving!


Haha he definitely grows on you. It ends up being this weird thing where you simultaneously hate him yet also want to sleep with him. Strange.

Love these cookies! Having them be both crispy and chewy is like the best of all worlds.


I’ll def be giving this recipe a try soon!

Life,beauty and random things


These cookies were AMAZING! I substituted raisins for the white chocolate chips. The recipe was super easy and made a lot more than 2 dozen cookies.


Think these would still be crispy chewy without the coconut?


I don’t think I have ever seen mini white chocolate chip cookies. What brand makes the mini ones? Thank you!


This looks amazing! I don’t like it too sweet though.. Would the texture of the cookie change if I half the amount of sugar?


Hi, this looks amazing, and has all my favorite ingredients 🙂 I have one question though, I prefer it not too sweet, would the texture of the cookie change if I half the amount of sugar?


I made the oatmeal crispy cookies for family and and I should of made two batches. This is a Keeper! And I share with my sister, she don’t bake that much so I told her to add the chips when she add the coconut, because it don’t say in instructions. Thanks for a Keeper!?????(5star)


Amazing cookies!! Exactly how you described; crispy edges, chewy in the middle. Lovely recipe….keeper indeed????. Thank you for sharing.


Hello, love these cookies! I also added walnuts to them once and loved it! I have a question can I use steel cut oats and if I do use them do I have to do anything different? Thank you!


Shelly….these are yummy-ville! Instead of the white chocolate chips I added 1 1/2 cups of pecans & 1 cup of organic dried cranberries. Baking time in the Pacific Northwest = 18 minutes. These are the bomb!! Thanks for sharing.


Firstly, these are really delicious! I’m not a oatmeal cookie fan but was game to try for a “healthier” cookie for my 3 yr old.
I just have a question because mine did not come out thin like yours. It stil mounded like a cakey cookie although it was chewy and crispy. Wondering what I did wrong? Was my butter too cold? Did I over beat the batter?


I love this recipe and have made it often. I need cookies for next weekend and want to get as much done ahead of time as I can. I’ve never fooled with freezing cookie dough before. I was thinking about making the dough, scooping it into cookie-sized balls and freezing it. Then I thought I’d thaw it the night before and pop them into the oven. Do you think that would work?

Rainey BrookfieldBlackmon

Somer I’m needing to do the same thing for this weekend, how did freezing ahead of time work for you?


Thanks! I’m gonna try it!

Tamara Jenene

Wow – Delicious. I used semi-sweet chocolate chips, only because I don’t like white chocolate, and I must say – These are TO DIE for! Crispy AND chewy. Perfect! Thank you!

Marlene Celso

These are by far the best oatmeal cookies. Nice and crunchy


These are AMAZING!!! I used semi sweet chips instead of white and YUMMMM!! Ever made a peanut butter version? These have just the perfect chewy and crispy ratio!!! <3

donald mailman

make them diabetic friendly

donald mailman

make them diabetic


Love the recipe but do not like coconut,can i just leave it out??

Marolynn L

I love this cookie. Bi have used this same recipe for close to 42 years and my Mom made it before me!

Sheila P

Oh my Lordy people you HAVE to make these cookies! The aroma in the kitchen while they’re cooking is incredible, and the temptation to eat them right off the pan when they come out of the oven is so hard to resist. They truly are the perfect blend of crispy edges and chewy inside. Thank you, Thank you for a wonderful cookie! Signed, a very grateful tummy ?

frieda Eaker

I’m wondering if you can use steel oats using a bit more of the steel oats.


This cookie recipe is AWeSOmE…….Thank you


These are without doubt, the best oatmeal cookies!! I made half of the cookies, then added raisins to the remaining dough, delicious!!

Jessica S

I love this recipe, thanks so much for sharing! I add caramel bits and a little bit of sea salt to make a salted caramel cookie 🙂


These look so good!

It is Anzac day here in Australia and these remind me a lot of Anzac biscuits. Your husband would probably love them – crunchy carmel like exteriour with soft interior


Sadly I don’t have any sweetened coconut but I REALLY want to make these cookies!! Would unsweetened work?


Oh my dog, these cookies are super good. I left out the white chocolate this time, but used one and a quarter cup bread flour and a quarter cup all purpose flour. Then I only baked them ten minutes. Chewy on the inside and crispy on the edges, just like the lady said. I’m also going to try without the coconut and add peanut butter.

Glika Kiselstein

I added one cup of dried cranberries which really upgraded them to another level.