Chocolate Coconut Oatmeal Cookies

A few weeks ago, I read this post  and this post from Amanda over at I Am Baker.

I know many of you read the call for volunteers for a wonderful project called Desserts for the Deserving and signed up to particpate also.  In fact, I know many of you who are participating, and I’m humbled and honored to be contributing along side you.  Just take a look at the hundreds of bloggers, bakers, and generous folks who volunteered their time and hearts to this project.  Over four hundred people volunteered; to me, this is a testament to the sheer kindness and generosity of the blogging community.

And a reminder that doing good should be something we strive to do every day.  A random act of kindness might give a stranger an extra boost of hope or support, and fill our own hearts as well.

How could I not volunteer?  I make oodles of baked goods every week anyway, so I might as well send some through the mail to brighten a stranger’s day.

Without sharing too much information, I’ll just say my nominee is woman who recently moved into an assisted living facility.  Her family described her as the dearest, sweetest lady with the best laugh you’ve ever heard.  But, since I wasn’t quite sure how much “assistance” my nominee actually requires, I decided to send items that could be frozen (I’m assuming one person can’t eat 40 cookies and three loaves of cinnamon bread that quickly, ha!), or were packaged in a way that she could perhaps share them with others for the holiday.

And, since I sort of had a freak-out moment about shipping baked goods in 100-plus degree heat, I chose simple recipes that (hopefully) wouldn’t melt or do something else weird during the shipping process.  Even shipping overnight, I’m pretty much stressed about my goodies arriving in good shape.

I’m hoping that even if they arrive crumbled and messy, I’ll still have brightened her day, at least for a moment.

So, thank you, Amanda, Rebecca, and Shanna, for organizing this effort and allowing me to be a part of it.

Chocolate Coconut Oatmeal Cookies
  • 1 box chocolate cake mix
  • 2 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup coconut
  • 1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Combine cake mix, oats and sugar in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, combine the oil and eggs. Add oil mixture to the dry ingredients, stirring well with a large wooden spoon.
  3. Stir in coconut and vanilla.
  4. Using a cookie scoop or spoon, drop dough by tablespoonfuls 2 inches apart on a silpat lined baking sheet.
  5. Bake for approximately 12 minutes.
  6. Remove cookies from pan and cool on wire rack.

Happy Tuesday, and have a wonderful Fourth of July!


I’m linked up at these great parties this week: Crazy Sweet Tuesdays, Trick or Treat Tuesdays, Tasty Tuesdays, Totally Tasty Tuesdays, Cast Party Wednesday, Whip it Up Wednesdays, Watcha’ Whipped Up Wednesdays, Eat, Pray {Read}, Love, Sweet Treats Thursday, Mrs. Fox’s Sweets, Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons, Itsy Bitsy Paper, Crumbs and Chaos,  I’m Lovin’ It Fridays, and Weekend Potluck!



  1. sally @ sally's baking addiction

    ASHLEY! We are totally on the same wavelength recently… I posted oatmeal cookies today too! Chocolate + coconut paired together in an oatmeal cookie looks and sounds delicious. And i love that they are made form cake mix! they look so incredibly soft.

    And I agree, a random act of kindness can go a long way. 🙂
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  2. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel

    I’m so glad you signed up with me to do this–what a great cause! I felt so honored being able to be a part of *hopefully* cheering up their day! Also, I’m pretty sure if I got this package in the mail, I’d devour ALL of it because coconut oatmeal cookies sound AWESOME, as do cinnamon bread loaves, obviously! Yummmmmm.
    Also, Happy 4th of July to you and your family!!
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  3. amy @ fearless homemaker

    what a sweet + wonderful project! this is the first i’m hearing of it, so thank you so much for sharing – i’d love to participate sometime soon, so i’m going to see if i can make it happen. and these cookies? look fab! you know i love anything with oatmeal in there, so i’m all about these!
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  4. Shirley

    These cookies look amazing. And from a cake mix – WINNER Random acts of kindness are so importand and I’m so proud of you.

  5. Back For Seconds

    What a great idea! I’m sure you brightened her day with a package that sweet! These look fantastic. I love chocolate and coconut.
    Side note. How do you get your photos so bright? Do you just have excellent lighting in your house? I have a nice camera but terrible lighting. Makes it hard to get good photos 🙁
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    • Ashley

      Stephanie–hee, I have a VERY short window of time I have semi-decent light in my house for photo-taking. Most of the photos I’ve been shooting lately are taken in my dining room in front of a southwest facing patio door. I’m panicked about what I’ll do this fall and winter!

  6. Jocelyn @BruCrew Life

    Coconut and chocolate oatmeal cookies wrapped up so cute is a sure fire way to brighten her day!!! That is awesome that you signed up to do this. I signed up, but I got in late:-( Hopefully next year right? Hey, I’ve been meaning to tell you…I love that you are using bead board panelling as your back drop too;-) Looking good!!! How is shooting in manual going for you?
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    • Ashley

      This was a fun project; you’ll definitely have to do it next year. Yeah, the beadboard backdrop was something I could fashion on my own (with the help of some cutting from Lowe’s) and didn’t cost much. I love how crisp and clean it looks so I hope you don’t mind I’m using it, too. I’m trying to get my hubby to help me with some others so I’ll have some flexibility…but…I’m still waiting. =)

  7. Aimee @ ShugarySweets

    What a beautiful gift for a well deserving person I’m sure! And the cookies just look amazing!

  8. Aimee @ ShugarySweets

    What a beautiful gift for a well deserving person I’m sure! And the cookies just look amazing!

  9. Dawn

    I signed up too and I’s so happy that I foundit early enough to be able to be matched with someone. I’m hoping to get mine out in the mail this week. I wasn’t really worried about shipping at first. I’ve shipped things to my mom in New Orleans several times. Then I realized it was always around Christmas. My package is going to TX. YIKE its HOT there now not to mention they will be traveling 5000 miles
    Those cookies sound amazing. I’m a coconut freak & love box mix cookies.
    Thanks for sharing at Whatcha Whipped Up Wednesday
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  10. Amy (Savory Moments)

    These cookies look so good! Plus they look so big and fun – love chocolate and coconut together.

  11. six sisters

    We would love to have you share your delicious cookies at our “Strut Your Stuff Saturday”. Link up every Saturday at Hope to see you there!! -The Sisters

  12. Amanda

    Your cookies look amazing. And you took every detail into consideration!! Your nominee is sure lucky!! Thank you so much for being a part of this, we were lucky to have you!
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