White Chocolate Chip Oat Cookies

White Chocolate Chip Oat Cookies | Magnolia DaysIt 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 DaysMy 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
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Yield: Makes 5 dozen cookies
  • 2½ cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • ¾ cup granulaed sugar
  • ¾ cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup sweetened coconut flakes
  • ½ cup old-fashioned or rolled oats
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 package (11 to 12 ounces) white baking chips
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or non-stick liner.
  2. Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl.
  3. Cream butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar in a large bowl using a hand mixer on high speed.
  4. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  5. Add vanilla and beat to combine.
  6. Add flour and beat on low speed until just combined. Do not over-mix.
  7. Stir in coconut, oats, walnuts, and white baking chips.
  8. Drop by rounded tablespoons full 2 inches apart onto prepared baking sheets.
  9. Bake for 12 to 14 minutes or until light golden brown.
  10. Cool cookies on baking sheets for 1 minute. Transfer cookies to a cooling rack and cool completely.

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

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  1. says

    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!

    • says

      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.

  2. says

    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!

    • says

      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.

  3. says

    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!!

  4. says

    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.

  5. says

    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.

  6. says

    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.

  7. says

    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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