Chocolate Coconut Oatmeal Clusters

Or as I like to call them, Bev’s HA HA HA Attempt At Baking Cookies.


Truth be told, these were actually my second attempt. Remember this? Rrrrright.

I don’t know what I’m trying to prove here either. That I can bake cookies? That I should bake cookies? That if I want to pull up the old 1987 Phantom of the Opera soundtrack on Spotify and rip-roaringly sing “Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again” to my husband as if I’m a famous Broadway actress on a famous Broadway stage as he sits on the couch hysterically laughing with his head in his hands, I should be able to, gosh darnit!

No no, that actually happened. Like, last night. AND I pretty much buried that song. HA-bam.

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Guess what I didn’t bury though. The creaming of the butter and sugar. Ugh. I realize it looks jank to the hank. I think my butter was too cold? Still, it didn’t matter in the end, y’all cuz these oatmeal clusters go BOOM.

See, what I thought would happen was:

a)  They’d spread out like little cookies. This is why I left so much space between them on the sheet.

b) But they did not.

c) That Aaron would request 15 more songs from Phantom after hearing my award-winning performance.

d) But he did not.

cluster3  cluster4

Insteaaaaad though (And seriously, you guys, I’m okay. No enrollment to self-esteem camp for this girl.) I ended up with seriously the most decadent, chocolately, almost cakey in a way, coconuty, oatmeal clusters with little chocolate chip explosions inside that I pretty much want to elope with.

What I’m trying to say is, I planned this outcome all along. Yeah, that’s it. Tooooootally planned it.


I love mistakes.

Chocolate Coconut Oatmeal Clusters:

What it took for roughly 20 clusters:

* 4 Tbs. butter, room temp
* 1/2 cup brown sugar
* 1 egg
* 1 tsp vanilla extract
* 1/2 cup rolled oats (not instant)
* 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
* 1/4 cup cocoa powder
* 1/4 cup coconut shavings
* 1/2 tsp baking powder
* 1/2 tsp baking soda
* 1 tiny pinch of salt
* 3 Tbs. milk
* 1/2 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 375.

In a standing mixer, cream the butter and sugar. Add the egg and mix another few seconds until it’s combined. Add the vanilla. One more blitz. There ya go.

In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients (oats through the pinch of salt). Toss toss toss until fully combined.

Add the butter mixture, the milk and the chocolate chips to the bowl. Stir until combined and thick and awesome.

Dollop about a Tbs. of the mixture onto a lightly greased baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining dollops. I mean I guess that’s obvious. Sorry.

Bake for about 14 minutes!

*These are incredible warm and gooey, or even room temp if you don’t have the patience to zap them in the ‘wave.*



Don’t answer that.

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39 Responses to Chocolate Coconut Oatmeal Clusters

  1. Heather @ Heather's Dish January 18, 2013 at 9:00 am #
    I kinda sorta love these with all my heart.
  2. Natalie @ Cooking for My Kids January 18, 2013 at 9:21 am #
    Oh my yumminess. You just made this Friday even brighter. I cannot wait to make these cookies. And, they might help me get over the fact that I am still mourning the fact that this year's American Idol does not hold a candle to last year...yet!
  3. Sommer@ASpicyPerspective January 18, 2013 at 9:34 am #
    They look good to me! Don't be so hard on yourself. ;)
    • Bev Weidner January 18, 2013 at 9:39 am #
      Oh, Sommer! I'm totally not. I'm absolutely joking around. You know me. :)
  4. Iris January 18, 2013 at 9:38 am #
    Mmmm chocolate and coconut is such a great combination. Even better when they're in cookie form :P
  5. Heather January 18, 2013 at 9:51 am #
    These remind me of chocolatey rice krispie cookie my Aunt makes every year around the holidays. So addicting!
  6. Julia {The Roasted Root} January 18, 2013 at 10:22 am #
    Love the photo of the baking mishap - same thing happened to me over the holidays. Baking outcomes can be delicious or deliciously disappointing. Your accident looks lovely and I want it in my mouth. ;) know what I mean
  7. Kari@Loaves n Dishes January 18, 2013 at 10:28 am #
    I like them like this, they look so rich, chocolaty, fudgy, and yummy!
  8. Averie @ Averie Cooks January 18, 2013 at 11:15 am #
    I love it when you bake - especially when said projects involve chocolate! I love really texture-rich goodies & they look fab!
  9. a farmer in the dell January 18, 2013 at 11:45 am #
    these look pretty darn good to me. Chocolate and coconut are my weakness.
  10. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar January 18, 2013 at 12:11 pm #
    Waaant! Love the sound of these.
  11. Ashley January 18, 2013 at 1:26 pm #
    I totally want these for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The end.
  12. Katie @ Blonde Ambition January 18, 2013 at 4:13 pm #
    Haha, I've definitely made cookies that turned out like your first batch before. I'm glad you tried again...cause these look awesome. In the 2 days after we saw Les Mis, I serenaded my boyfriend with I Dreamed A Dream a good half dozen times (because if you sing it right, it's totally possible to turn a song about hating life cause you're a prostitute into a beautiful love song..... right?)
  13. Katie January 18, 2013 at 5:12 pm #
    You made cookies!! On a Friday!!! You are really growing into a fine young woman.
  14. nicole b. January 18, 2013 at 5:12 pm #
    This is how I feel about this post. :)
  15. Tracey@Cooking with Love January 18, 2013 at 5:47 pm #
    One word....... HEAVEN! :)
  16. Laurie {SimplyScratch} January 18, 2013 at 7:43 pm #
    These clusters look just the right size to pop in my mouth whole... one after another... after another! Happy Friday Bev :)
  17. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. January 18, 2013 at 11:08 pm #
    I think you should bake more often. Delicious things happen and songs are sung.
  18. Ross | TheFaceBaby January 19, 2013 at 12:37 am #
    Reese's peanut butter cups were invented because a guy that had a chocolate bar got into a car wreck with a guy that had a jar of peanut butter. Well, not really, but the commercial was pretty convincing. The moral of the story? Sell your mistake to Hershey. Make a butt-load. Give me a 1% finder's fee. Everyone's happy.
  19. Ronja @ a dash of faith January 19, 2013 at 2:38 am #
    These look delicious! I love chocolate and coconut and oats, and putting them together in a cookie sounds like just about the best thing ever right now.
  20. marla January 19, 2013 at 4:57 am #
    Lovely little treats with my favorite ingredient ~ the Oat :)
  21. Kelly January 19, 2013 at 3:39 pm #
    I'm making these right now. It's my policy to not stray from the recipe at all the first time, so aside from using room temperature butter (heh), it's going to be verbatim to yours. Next time, I'm thinking I might add either vanilla or almond extract and some slivered almonds. Thanks for the lovely addition to my Pinterest board!
    • Bev Weidner January 19, 2013 at 3:58 pm #
      OH my gosh, I totally put a tsp of vanilla in and spaced on adding it to the recipe. THANK YOU for catching that!
  22. Defne January 20, 2013 at 9:16 am #
    Hi! I just dropped by and tried this recipe today at home. They are really yummy but I have some tiny feedback, I have been baking for years and I know how and when to mix wet ingredients to dried ones but it might be easier for the novice baker if you include when to add the flour, cocoa, baking soda and the baking powder:) Other than that I like my cookies extra crunchy so I increased the amount of oats and that worked fine as well. Thank you so much for this recipe!
  23. Kathryn January 20, 2013 at 11:52 am #
    Cutest little clusters ever.
  24. Brian @ A Thought For Food January 20, 2013 at 10:22 pm #
    Chocolatey coconuty clusters are such wonderful mistakes to make! I want!
  25. Deborah January 22, 2013 at 1:24 am #
    Everything that I love in a cookie!
  26. Caroline @ chocolate & carrots January 23, 2013 at 6:29 am #
    You baked! You baked! :D I love it...and everything about these Bev!
  27. Annie January 25, 2013 at 4:34 pm #
    Um, I can serenade you the entire Phantom 1987 soundtrack. Pretty much all I listened to for about a year doing calc homework back in the day. Also, these cookies look amazing. Changing my meal plan for the week to include these and the pub burgers!
  28. kellie@foodtoglow February 3, 2013 at 3:14 pm #
    My mother used to make something that sounds very like this when I was a child. Nice memories, but even better taste! Saw this on Pinterest and repinned
  29. S March 4, 2013 at 11:23 pm #
    I made these tonight, but discovered that there are steps missing in the recipe... There aren't any directions for most of the dry ingredients. Also, it would be helpful for prep to mention the butter should be room temp (I forgot, and the butter/sugar went everywhere!). Just thought you might want to know, in case you wanted to add the steps!
    • Bev Weidner March 5, 2013 at 7:02 am #
      Thanks for the heads up! I updated the ingredients to specify the butter to be room temp. But I did say to mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl. I'm sorry if that was confusing! I hope you enjoyed 'em!
      • S March 7, 2013 at 2:38 pm #
        It must have just been the way it was worded that was confusing... They did turn out great though and were really yummy!
  30. Alexandra March 24, 2013 at 11:35 am #
    Bev, these came out great! Just made them real quick before a party. I burnt a few of them (my oven is really funny sometimes) but wanted to give you kudos on the recipe. Thanks!
  31. Nicole June 13, 2013 at 5:45 am #
    Mine melted down into flat cookies! Still delicious and gooey though..


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