Some of my most cherished Christmas recipes are the one’s my mom gave me before I was married. She carefully typed out dozens of recipes that she had in her collection. What really made them special is that she added her own little personal tips and notes, carefully explaining how to make the recipe perfect! Some were a collection of family favorites that I grew up with like Apple Walnut Cake, while others were recipes she had collected from her family, like these Old Fashioned Oatmeal Raisin and Coconut Cookies. She had acquired this recipe from her sweet German cousin Rosie, and that is why they were appropriately named “Rosie Schwartz Cookies”.
Recipes like these Old Fashioned Oatmeal Raisin and Coconut Cookies are the best. My mother understood the simplicity of food made with whole ingredients and recipes that were so easy to make, you could blend them together with just a mixing bowl and a wooden spoon. That is the way my mother made cookies when she was young; before beautiful Kitchen Aid mixers and fancy gadgets.
What makes this recipe so special is that it is not only one of my mom’s favorite recipes, but the fact that I also came across the recipe years later at a cookie exchange. You can imagine how surprised I was when I tasted this sweet, delicate cookie that a friend had made and knew in an instant that it was the exact recipe that was passed down for generations in my family. She explained that she had gotten the recipe from HER grandmother and made it every year at Christmas time. I guess it is true that old fashioned does remain “tried and true” for many families. My friend’s recipe was called “Merry Munchies”. I would have loved to hear the story about how her recipe was named!
This wonderful Old Fashioned Oatmeal Raisin and Coconut Cookie recipe begins with what else…butter! Then you add your basic cookie ingredients like sweet brown sugar, eggs, vanilla and flour. But, it is the magical blend of oatmeal, raisins, coconut and walnuts that come together in a warm oven that make these cookies nothing short of spectacular.
I love sharing cookies like these with my neighbors, coworkers and friends at Christmas time. This carries on the tradition that my mother had when I was growing up of sharing all the goodies that came out of her kitchen during the holidays. There is nothing more special than a sweet gift of homemade cookies, made right in your own kitchen and baked with an extra helping of love. Enjoy these cookies at Christmas and all year long. Make it one of your baking memories!
- 1 cup unsalted butter, melted
- 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1½ cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup old fashioned oatmeal
- 1 cup sweetened coconut
- 1 cup raisins
- 1 cup walnuts (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare cookie sheets with cooking spray or parchment paper.
- In a small mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine butter and sugar. Mix until creamy and light about 1 minute. Add in egg and vanilla. Beat until light and fluffy.
- Stir in flour mixture. Mix well. Stir in oatmeal, coconut, raisins, and walnuts.
- Drop by tablespoon-full or with a medium stainless steel scoop onto prepared cookie sheets. Bake for 10-12 minutes until golden brown. Cool on wire racks.