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Recipe for Dad’s Cookies

These Dad’s Cookies are a family favourite! This large batch cookie recipe makes buttery, soft and decadent cookies.

If you’re looking for a sweet, crunchy-yet-soft, and buttery cookie, these Dad’s cookies are it! Made soft with oats and shredded coconut, these cookies are sure to be a hit!

a top down view of Dad's cookies on a cooling rack that sits on linen napkins

Why are they called Dad’s Cookies?

Well, honestly I’m not even sure. We’ve just been calling them that since I was a kid when my Mom made them…maybe it’s because they were Dad’s favourite? I know your first thought is that it must be because they’re a ‘Dad’s Cookies’ copycat, but they’re not really…they’re quite different than the store bought kind. These are more delicious I think!

a top down view of Dad's cookies on a cooling rack that sits on linen napkins
a cooling rack full of Dad's cookies sits on a wooden table

  • KID FRIENDLY – Kids love these cookies! They’re also nut-free so they’re safe for school lunches.
  • MAKES A BIG BATCH – This recipe makes about 40 medium sized cookies. Enjoy half now, freeze half for later!
  • SIMPLE INGREDIENTS – All ingredients in these cookies are easy to access…you probably have most in your pantry right now!
a top down view of Dad's cookies on a cooling rack that sits on a blue and white linen napkin
a top down view of Dad's cookies on a cooling rack that sits on a blue and white linen napkin

About This Recipe

  • Oats: I use quick oats for these cookies. Rolled oats are too big.
  • Coconut: Use shredded sweet coconut.
  • Freezing: These cookies freeze well. Store them in an air-tight ziplock in the freezer for up to 6 months.
  • About these cookies: These cookies do spread out more than most cookies, but that’s what they’re supposed to do! They’re supposed to be somewhat thin (not as thick as chocolate chip cookies). Chill the dough first, then make sure that your oven is well preheated, and don’t flatten the dough balls too much before baking.
  • Shaping the dough: To make sure these cookies don’t spread out too thin, roll the dough into a ball, and lightly flatten the tops…you don’t want to squish the cookie too much. See the picture below as an example.
a baking tray of raw Dad's cookie dough balls
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Dad’s Cookies

These Dad’s Cookies are a family favourite!  This large batch cookie recipe makes buttery, soft and decadent cookies.

  • Author: Jo-Anna Rooney
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Chilling Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 55 minutes
  • Yield: 40 cookies 1x
  • Category: Cookie
  • Method: Baking

Ingredients

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  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 cups oats
  • 3/4 cup shredded sweet coconut

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Cream together the butter, white and brown sugars until light and fluffy.
  3. Add the egg and vanilla. Mix until creamy.
  4. In a separate bowl sift together the flour, baking powder and baking soda.
  5. Stir in the oats and coconut.
  6. Then add the flour/oat mix to the butter mix, and combine thoroughly.
  7. Let the dough chill in the fridge for 1 hour.
  8. Form into walnut sized balls, and lightly press down with a fork (you don’t want to squish them, you just want to lightly flatten them).
  9. Bake for 10-12 minutes.

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Note: This recipe was originally published in May 2011. I have since updated this post with new images and recipe tips! Same great recipe, just more info for you!

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12 Comments

  1. These cookies are delicious but can you tell me please why the cookie dough spreads and the cookies turn out very flat (thin) I have made them 3 times and all 3 times they turned out the same. We still ate them because they taste delicious.

    Thank you
    Bella

  2. My mom always said to do a test cookie first. If it spreads out too much then add a tsp. or more of flour and do another test cookie. A little work, but saves a pan of flat cookies. Although still delicious.

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