Coconut Oatmeal Jelly Bean Cookies are a fantastic way to use up those leftover jelly beans from Easter baskets.
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?
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 wasn't in the mood to make 36 equal balls and count out 108 jelly beans. I went with the dump, mix and spread bar cookie method.
What Kind of Jelly Beans Should I Use?
Use whatever kid you like best.
I used my favorite (Starburst). But, spice, tropical, coffee or sour flavors would work just as well.
But, I don't recommend mixing different types of jelly beans unless you like the combination
My husband grew up with sweet and spice jelly beans dumped together in his Easter basket as a child and has never gotten over the trauma. Your mouth is all set to bite into some sweet cherry and instead it is cinnamon.
Both are great on their own, but not together for my house.
Coconut Oatmeal Jelly Bean Cookies
- ½ cup butter
- ½ cup brown sugar
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- ¾ teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 ½ cup old fashioned oats (or quick cooking rolled oats)
- 1 ¼ cup unsweetened coconut
- ¾ cups jelly beans
- 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.
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Until next time, happy eating.
This is the perfect spring bar cookie. I never know what to do with all those jelly beans, I'll definitely give this a try which I know my grandsons will just luv. Pinning/sharing.
Especially when the kids pick out all the "good ones" ha ha!
Cindys Recipes and Writings
So cute and colorful!
What a fun cookie! I have to know, what is the texture like? Do the jelly beans just melt and leave behind what?? lol
They only partially melt, leaving chewy flavorful bits in each bite.
Kris ~Big Rigs 'n Lil' Cookies
What a great idea! I never thought of using jelly beans in a cookie before. I am no longer fearing the leftover jelly beans 🙂
Thanks, Kris. I was pleased with how they came out.
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.
I hope you and Big like them.
Susanf - ofeverymoment
I don't really love eating a handful of jelly beans, but I think I might like them in these. As you said, a good way to use them up! I Yummed this.
It depends on the jelly beans, certain brands I can eat a whole bag. But not the cheap ones!
Yum, so good! One suggestion, I didn't realize that these were bars. I would call them cookie bars. Other than that, 5 stars!
Cookies is better SEO than cookie bars, ha ha! I am glad you liked them.