Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Piña Colada Oatmeal Cookies

These were not my idea. I borrowed this from Jessica over at My Baking Heart. I am a bit of an oatmeal cookie freak and after I put my eyes back in my head after seeing her recipe, I started plotting just when I could squeeze in the time to make them. So I found myself mixing up a double batch of batter after being out dancing until the wee hours of the morning on a recent Saturday evening to bring them to a picnic the following day. The morning of I baked three and a half dozen and they were gobbled up that afternoon earning rave reviews. Maybe refrigerating them overnight deepen the flavor.

I changed and added a few things from Jessica's recipe. I started with my all time favorite oatmeal cookies recipe from the Quaker Oats box as a base. Then left out the alcohol (but used rum, coconut and vanilla extracts) plus added shredded coconut, dried pineapple chunks and vanilla flavored white chocolate chips.  The result was more like a Piña Colada bomb than a cookie.

This recipe is a keeper for sure and set my imagination free on what else can be done to an ordinary run of the mill oatmeal cookie recipe.

Piña Colada Oatmeal Cookies
(Adapted from Quaker Oats' Vanishing Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Recipe)

  • 1/2  cup (1 stick) plus 6 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 3/4  cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2  cup granulated sugar
  • 2  eggs
  • 1  teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1& 1/2 teaspoons rum extract
  • 1& 1/2 teaspoons coconut extract
  • 1-1/2  cups all-purpose flour
  • 1  teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2  teaspoon salt 
  • 3  cups oats 
  • 1  cup shredded coconut
  • 1& 1/2 cups white chocolate chips
  • 1 cup dried chopped pineapple
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  • Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Whisk together flour, baking soda and salt and set aside.
  • Cream butter and sugars together in a mixer.
  • Add the eggs and mix thoroughly.
  • Beat in extracts.
  • Add flour mixture.
  • Mix in coconut, then the oats then the chocolate chips.
  • Using a tablespoon, form balls of dough and place on cookie sheets
  • Bake 8-10 minutes until the edges and tops are slightly brown (leave in a few minutes more if you like them less chewy)
  • Remove from oven and transfer to wire rack to cool completely.


  1. "Piña Colada bomb" :-) Sounds perfectly summery.

  2. If I ever have a picnic, you're the first one I'm inviting. Pina Colada oatmeal cookies..Oh my goodness! I love your take on them minus the alcohol ( I always order virgin Pina Coladas..people scoff!). I cannot wait to make these - or have a picnic and beg you to bring them..whichever comes first ;)

  3. Oatmeal cookies are certainly my favorite and I love this fun flavor combo you've infused into them! I bet they taste like a vacation. :)

  4. Pina Colada Cookies? Yes it is indeed summer. GREG

  5. I'm a big lover of oatmeal cookies too and these pina colada ones look over the top delicious!

  6. I'd rather have a pina colada cookie than the actual drink any time! What a delicious summery twist on oatmeal cookies!

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