Coconut Oatmeal Jelly Bean Cookies - use up those jelly beans with this delicious crunchy cookie bar loaded with oats and unsweetened coconut.
Desserts, Holidays

Colorful and Easy Coconut Oatmeal Jelly Bean Cookies

I love jelly beans, but the Easter Bunny has been known to bring too many on occasion. And then they sit in the cupboard until the melt together then harden into a multi-hued gelatinous blob. Does that happen in your house, too?

If so, try these delicious Coconut Oatmeal Jelly Bean Cookies. I warn you, they are addicting.

Coconut Oatmeal Jelly Bean Cookies - use up those jelly beans with this delicious crunchy cookie bar loaded with oats and unsweetened coconut.


I made these as part of the monthly Fill the Cookie Jar group. A bunch of bloggers each make a theme based cookie every month and then we share the posts on the same day. We have a split theme this month: St Patrick’s Day and Easter. Be sure to scroll past the recipe to see what everyone else made this year.

Last year I made Irish Oatmeal Lace Cookies for St Patrick’s Day and Carrot Coconut Cookies for Easter.

And somehow this year I ended up making a cookie with oatmeal and coconut. It wasn’t actually my idea. The recipe is from Sara Moulton. The key difference is she rolls them into 36 balls and adds 3 jelly beans on top of each one. Sorry, Sara, I don’t have time to count out 108 jelly beans. I went with the dump, mix and spread bar cookie method.

Coconut Oatmeal Jelly Bean Cookies - use up those jelly beans with this delicious crunchy cookie bar loaded with oats and unsweetened coconut.

I didn’t even have time to go to the store to get the jelly beans. Luckily, a neighbor works as a courtesy clerk at a grocery store after school and she acted as my personal shopper. Thanks, Kyra!

I am not sure which flavor makes these taste the best: the coconut, the vanilla (1 tablespoon!) or the jelly beans. I might need to taste another 5-6 to be sure.

Coconut Oatmeal Jelly Bean Cookies – Fill the Cookie Jar

Serves24
Prep time10 minutes
Cook time15 minutes
Total time25 minutes
Meal type Dessert
Occasion Easter, Spring Recipes
By author Sara Moulton
Coconut Oatmeal Jelly Bean Cookies - use up those jelly beans with this delicious crunchy cookie bar loaded with oats and unsweetened coconut.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 Large egg
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cup old fashioned oats (or quick cooking rolled oats)
  • 1 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut
  • 3/4 cups jelly beans

Note

You can substitute raisins or other dried fruit for the jelly beans.

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 13 x 9 pan, or line with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy, 2-3 minutes.
Beat in egg and vanilla.
In a medium bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add to butter mixture and beat until combined.
Stir in oats, coconut and jelly beans.
Press into pan using wet hands (or a spoon if you are a neatnik).
Bake until golden brown, about 15 minutes. Let sit for a few minutes after removing from the oven, then cut and remove from pan to a cooling rack.

And now for our Fill the Cookie Jar round up this month, with either a St Patrick’s Day or Easter theme.

 

 

Until next time, happy eating.
~Audrey

 

15 thoughts on “Colorful and Easy Coconut Oatmeal Jelly Bean Cookies”

  1. I would have never thought to add jelly beans to cookie dough. What great idea. I am off to buy jelly beans to try these. Thanks for being a part of the Fill The Cookie Jar group.

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