White Chocolate Chip Oat Cookies

by Renee on September 17, 2013

White Chocolate Chip Oat Cookies | Magnolia Days

It was the first day of school. My arms were heavy with books and notebooks. I walked down the hallway looking for my locker. The number and location were on a small piece of paper from the office. Kids all around were talking, laughing, and getting ready for the day. I knew there was little time before class. The combination to the lock would not work. I tried several times and became very frustrated. Suddenly the bell rang and I woke to find myself in bed and realizing it was another crazy dream. I went to the kitchen, poured a cup of coffee, and ate a couple of white chocolate chip oat cookies.

Cookies for breakfast? Well, they do have oats in them. They also have white baking chips, coconut and walnuts. A lot of flavors are packed in them. These are cookies I’ve made many times over the years. I found the original recipe in one of those little books by the cash register at the grocery store. It was way back in 1990. The cookies have been a hit wherever I’ve taken them. I’ve donated them to bake sales and they always sold quickly. The great thing is the recipe makes 5 dozen cookies (if you don’t eat too much of the dough like, um, perhaps some people like me).

White Chocolate Chip Oat Cookies | Magnolia Days

My back to school dream was sparked by a theme. There’s a new group called the Creative Cookie Exchange where bakers and bloggers share recipes each month based on a theme. CCE is hosted by Laura of The Spiced Life and Rebecka of At Home With Rebecka. And this month’s theme? You guessed it: Back To School. You can join in the fun too. Scroll down to see the details and find links to more great cookies.

What kind of cookie is your favorite? Do you like chewy, crunchy, soft, filled, or frosted? It varies with me and depends on my cravings. There’s seasonal ones too like Christmas Crunchies. I see a lot of cookies in my future thanks to this new group. Stay tuned…

White Chocolate Chip Oat Cookies

1 hour, 30 minutes

Makes 5 dozen cookies

White Chocolate Chip Oat Cookies

  • 2 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup granulaed sugar
  • 3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup sweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned or rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 package (11 to 12 ounces) white baking chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or non-stick liner.

Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl.

Cream butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar in a large bowl using a hand mixer on high speed.

Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.

Add vanilla and beat to combine.

Add flour and beat on low speed until just combined. Do not over-mix.

Stir in coconut, oats, walnuts, and white baking chips.

Drop by rounded tablespoons full 2 inches apart onto prepared baking sheets.

Bake for 12 to 14 minutes or until light golden brown.

Cool cookies on baking sheets for 1 minute. Transfer cookies to a cooling rack and cool completely.

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Recipe adapted from one in the Pillsbury Classics Cookbooks Home Baking 1990 November Edition.

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Becca from It's Yummi September 17, 2013 at 2:36 am

I’m smitten with everything about this post! From the recipe, to the photography, to the author herself. There’s pure beauty in every detail! :)

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Renee September 18, 2013 at 4:29 pm

Oh you are so sweet Becca and your kind words made me smile. Thank you so much!

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Stacy September 17, 2013 at 8:21 am

I love everything about these, Renee, but especially the coconut! Bet it makes these like a chewy coconut macaroon with chocolate. Oh, and the walnuts! Pinning on my Recipes to Try board!

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Renee September 18, 2013 at 4:30 pm

The cookies are somewhat chewy but not as soft as a coconut macaroon. Thanks for pinning and I hope you bake and enjoy them one day.

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Anita at Hungry Couple September 17, 2013 at 8:21 am

I absolutely love white chocolate chip cookies! Oh, and Brian is my dough eater. If I’m not watching, there won’t be anything left to bake. :)

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Renee September 18, 2013 at 4:32 pm

I’m the dough eater here. My husband will lick the spoon if he’s around while I’m baking (and if I hand it to him). I sometimes think I like the dough or batter more than the finished cookie or cake.

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Laura Dembowski September 17, 2013 at 8:45 am

These cookies look yummy! All the flavors sound great together. I wouldn’t get five dozen either because I always make giant cookies.

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Renee September 18, 2013 at 4:33 pm

Making giant cookies is a great idea. Then having one would be more satisfying. Normally I have to have at least two or three.

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Jennie @themessybakerblog September 17, 2013 at 10:53 am

Cookies for breakfast are the best. These look perfect!

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Renee September 18, 2013 at 4:34 pm

Thanks Jennie!

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Rebecka September 17, 2013 at 11:23 am

What a lovely post and cookie recipe! I’ve had similar dreams waking in a panic to discover I’m dripping in sweat, heart pounding! Cookie for breakfast?? Yes, please! I’m thrilled you’re co-hosting the Creative Cookie Exchange and can’t wait to see what you have planned for next month’s theme!

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Renee September 18, 2013 at 4:35 pm

Aren’t those dreams just so crazy? Glad I’m not the only one having them. And thanks to you for everything you did behind the scenes to make this Creative Cookie Exchange happen. I’m already looking forward to next month.

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Norma | Allspice and Nutmeg September 17, 2013 at 12:55 pm

Coconut, oats and walnut I like a lot. And to have them in one cookie recipe is just what I need. :) The CCE looks like fun too!

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Renee September 18, 2013 at 4:35 pm

Thanks Norma and if you enjoy baking cookies then please join in the CCE fun.

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Holly September 17, 2013 at 2:23 pm

I think the coconut is a nice addition to the oats and white chocolate. I’d eat these for breakfast too!

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Renee September 18, 2013 at 4:36 pm

Thanks Holly

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Felice/All That's Left Are The Crumbs September 17, 2013 at 5:00 pm

Your delicious cookies and beautiful photo’s have me wanting to reach out for a cookie. These would certainly beat my boring everyday oatmeal for breakfast.

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Renee September 18, 2013 at 4:37 pm

Then you must change up your boring oatmeal to these cookies at least once. So much tastier and more fun.

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Karen @ Karen's Kitchen Stories September 17, 2013 at 7:14 pm

Your photos are so beautiful and your cookies sound amazing. Cookies for breakfast sound just fine to me!

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Renee September 18, 2013 at 4:37 pm

Thanks Karen. I really appreciate the kind words on my photography.

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Kim - Liv Life September 17, 2013 at 10:55 pm

Oh my goodness, I’ve had dreams like that!! Just like you, I either cant’ find my locker or I can’t do the combo. Must be stressed about something!
But not about these cookie… beauties!!

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Renee September 18, 2013 at 4:40 pm

Laughing that you also have back to school locker dreams. What is it about that first day at school that returns to us in our sleep? Just crazy.

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Christine (Cook the Story) September 18, 2013 at 9:20 am

Cookies for breakfast! I love that. Your back to school dream was really vivid to me. I think I either lived or dreamed that once upon a time. I love the picture at the top of this post. That milk with pretty straws looks so refreshing in the background and makes me want the cookies all the more.

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Renee September 18, 2013 at 4:41 pm

Thanks so much Christine and you made me smile with your compliment about my photos and that you have had a similar dream.

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Susan September 18, 2013 at 4:09 pm

I see nothing wrong with cookies for breakfast! They have oats in them so completely reasonable and I hate waking up in the morning after a weird dream, always takes forever to get my senses straight.

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Renee September 18, 2013 at 4:39 pm

It sure does take a while to shake off a weird dream. At least when they are fun crazy they make you smile.

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Liz September 18, 2013 at 4:45 pm

I’m not sure I could resist even just the cookie dough! I have pinned and hope to bake up a batch soon!!!

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Renee September 21, 2013 at 3:14 pm

Thanks Liz and I very much appreciate the pin.

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The Ninja Baker September 18, 2013 at 7:31 pm

After making and tasting these cookies, I think I’ll be dreaming about white chocolate and oats!

Your photos, as always, Renee are sooo beautiful =)

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Renee September 21, 2013 at 3:15 pm

You are so sweet Kim and you make me smile with your kind compliments on my photography.

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Nancy @ gottagetbaked September 18, 2013 at 7:45 pm

Renee, these are some gorgeous cookies! I love the mix of oats and white chocolate. It’s practically oatmeal so of course it’s appropriate for breakfast! I’ve been out of school for six years now but I’ll still have the occasional dream where I’m late for an exam. Then I wake up in a cold sweat and remind myself that it didn’t happen, lol.

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Renee September 21, 2013 at 3:16 pm

So interesting how so many people have varying dreams of being back at school. Some are stressful and others funny.

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Greenthumb September 23, 2013 at 3:24 am

I’m so going to try and make these cookies I love anything with white chocolate and nut.

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Renee September 23, 2013 at 3:28 pm

Thank you and I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

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Laura October 6, 2013 at 3:19 pm

Those look delicious! I have really come around to the versatility of white chocolate chips in cookies, especially when there is other yummy stuff going on, like the nuts and coconut. And your nightmare? dream? cracked me up!

Was SO AWESOME getting to meet you this weekend! I had a blast even if I was a little out of it the second day. I am pretty much still groggy. Thanks so much for supporting and joining and helping with this project from its inception!

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Renee October 7, 2013 at 12:33 pm

It really was wonderful to meet you at the workshop. What great fun! And speaking of fun, so will be the upcoming CCE events too.

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Miranda October 14, 2013 at 1:23 pm

Sorry I’m late commenting. I love how you started this post. So very clever. White chocolate is the way to go! Wonderful recipe!

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Renee October 14, 2013 at 2:00 pm

Thanks Miranda!

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