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Summer Sunshine Oatmeal Cookies

These Summer Sunshine Oatmeal Cookies are a fun addition to your cookie jar this summer! Delicious chewy coconut oatmeal cookies made festive for summer with the addition of brightly coloured chocolate candies.

With summer right at our doorstep and the kids home for the holidays, it’s time to fill the cookie jar! Make these festive and fun cookies for summer by adding colourful polka dots or flowers made out of candy coated chocolate.

Summer Sunshine Cookies

Who’s excited to not be making school lunches for 2 months?! This gal right here. Even though I am relieved not to have to make school lunches every morning for a while, having the kids home just means I have to be prepared in a different way. Kids home for 8 weeks means I have to rethink my meal and snack plans.

Summer Sunshine Cookies

To avoid the “Can I have a snack?” question a million times throughout the summer, I like to fill the fridge and pantry with easy to grab snacks like granola bars, fruit, yogurt and cheese, and I also like to fill the cookie jar. There must be a supply of cookies 😉

Decorate with candy.

These Summer Sunshine Oatmeal Cookies are a fun summer treat for the kids. They’re loaded with oats and coconut, then decorated with fun and bright coloured chocolate coated candies. A perfect summer snack…they’re great for picnics and beach days too!

Summer Sunshine Cookies

Get the kids involved!

You can even make the creation of these cookies a fun summer activity for the kids. Get all the ingredients together, let the kids mix the batter, and then they can have fun decorating!

Summer Sunshine Cookies

So so cute.  And delicious.

Summer Sunshine Cookies

Sunshine on a cookie.  And pretty summer flowers.

Summer Sunshine Cookies

Cookie Recipe Tips:

  • OATS: I use quick oats for these cookies.
  • Baking Time: I bake my cookies for 12 minutes, which makes them perfectly soft and chewy. If you want your cookies even softer, bake them for less time (10 minutes), if you want them more crunchy, bake them for more (12+ minutes).
  • To make the Yellow Polka Dot Cookies: add the M&M candies to the cookies before baking them. Make sure to place the candies as close together as possible so they spread out nicely during baking…refer to the image below:  Bake for about 12 minutes.
  • To make the Flower Cookies: bake the cookies without any M&M’s (bake for about 12 minutes). After the cookies are done baking let them rest for about 3 minutes, then press the candies into the centre of the cookie in the shape of flowers.
  • STORAGE: Keep cookies in an airtight container to keep them soft.
  • FREEZING: These cookies freeze well. Store in an airtight container or ziplock bag in your freezer for up to 3 months.
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Summer Sunshine Oatmeal Cookies

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These Summer Sunshine Oatmeal Cookies are a fun addition to your cookie jar this summer! Delicious chewy coconut oatmeal cookies made festive for summer with the addition of brightly coloured chocolate candies. Makes a big batch.

  • Author: Jo-Anna Rooney
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 36 cookies 1x
  • Category: Cookie
  • Method: Baking

Ingredients

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  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups oats (I use quick oats)
  • 3/4 cup shredded sweetened coconut
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • candy coated chocolate (I used mini M&M’s)

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. With a mixer, cream together the butter and sugars.
  3. Add the egg, then vanilla.
  4. In a separate bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, oats and coconut.
  5. Then add the flour mixture to butter mix, and combine thoroughly.
  6. Form into walnut sized balls, and lightly press down with a fork.

Decorating your cookies:

  1. To make the Yellow Polka Dot Cookies: add the M&M candies to the cookies before baking them. Make sure to place the candies as close together as possible so they spread out nicely during baking…refer to the image below: Bake for about 12 minutes.
  2. To make the Flower Cookies: bake the cookies without any M&M’s (bake for about 12 minutes). After the cookies are done baking let them rest for about 3 minutes, then press the candies into the centre of the cookie in the shape of flowers.
  3. Enjoy!

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