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No-Bake Fudgy Coconut Cookies

My daughter works at a summer camp, so I send treats. Instead of a cookie jar we use a coffee can and call it the Wrangler Feeding Trough. Everyone asks for this cookie. —Sue Klemm, Rhinelander, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    3-1/2 dozen


  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 2/3 cup 2% milk
  • 1/2 cup baking cocoa
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup white baking chips
  • 1 teaspoon shortening


  • In a large saucepan, combine the first five ingredients. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Cook and stir 3 minutes.
  • Remove from heat; stir in peanut butter and vanilla until blended. Stir in oats and coconut. Drop mixture by tablespoonfuls onto waxed paper-lined baking sheets.
  • In a microwave, melt baking chips and shortening; stir until smooth. Drizzle over cookies. Refrigerate until set. Store in airtight containers.
Nutrition Facts
1 cookie: 101 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 6mg cholesterol, 63mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.
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  • pat ceglio
    Mar 31, 2020

    I do not know if oats, in fact, have gluten although I believe they do. Some oats do not say gluten free because the machinery in the factory where they are cut have also been used for other ingredients that have gluten. I learned this by contacting the Quaker Oats Co. Check the packaging. Bob's Red Mill has "gluten free" oats. It is noted right on the package. I found the size of the oats to be larger than quick oats. I just plused them in a food processor until they were smaller for my intended recipe and they were great.

  • Dana
    Aug 31, 2019

    No comment left

  • Mrsmagoo63
    Sep 19, 2017

    Would there be any difference if you used 1% milk?

  • Nauriel
    Aug 18, 2016

    Haven't made them yet but will give it a try. They look great. I love chocolate and coconut. For the person who is concerned about oats not being gluten free. I get mine at Trader Joe's and they are definitely gluten free as are the ones at Earth Fare, Whole Foods and even at Kroger and Walmart. Don't miss out on a really healthy and delicious food because of gluten because everywhere I buy them they are gluten free.

  • tbdrew
    Jan 7, 2016

    Didn't work for me. The cookie came out runnier than it should be and the white chocolate drizzle burnt and didn't melt.

  • PathofLife
    Dec 24, 2015

    I'm not sure why the first response was about gluten in oatmeal, but there is DEFINITELY gluten in oatmeal! I haven't had it in 25 yrs because I've had Celiac that long!!

  • littlegamma
    Apr 27, 2015

    There is NO GLUTEN in Oatmeal.

  • jetluvs2cook
    Aug 5, 2014

    made these the other easy and so good!

  • Grammy Debbie
    Jul 22, 2014

    Really good cookie. I'd made a variation of these before, but my old recipe had no coconut. I added extra oats to make the cookie stiffer; that's what I'd done with my old recipe so I knew it would work fine for these. The extra oats is the key to the stiffer, less sticky cookie, although they do need to be kept refrigerated.

  • aboyle03
    Jul 19, 2014

    These were great, but need to stay chilled or they start to get sticky. They are simple enough that my 6 year old was able to make these mostly by herself. We put some mini marshmallows in and used crunchy peanut butter. I didn't have any wax paper, but they popped right off of a glass baking dish.