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Homemade cookies are absolutely delicious and quick and easy to make.  This cookie recipe uses oats, coconut and wholemeal self-raising flour – but you can substitute white flour if you wish.

The cookie mix will take around 10 minutes to prepare and another 12 to 16 minutes to cook – and will make around 20 average sized cookies.

You might also enjoy Anzac Biscuits and Fruit Slice Recipe – both quick, easy and delicious 🙂

Cookie Recipe

To keep things simple, I use a cup measure.  The cup should hold approximately 250g/8 fl oz of liquid.

Here goes:-

Cookie Recipe – Ingredients

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup dessicated coconut
  • 1 cup wholemeal self-raising flour
  • Half cup currants (or sultanas)
  • Half cup raw brown sugar (or any other sugar)
  • 125 g butter or usual spread
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons water

Cookie Recipe – Method

  1. Put all the dry ingredients in a bowl and mix
  2. Gently melt the butter in the microwave then stir in the honey and water
  3. Add this liquid to the dry ingredients and combine
  4. Using your palms, roll small quantities of the mixture into balls
  5. Place the balls, well apart, onto two greased oven trays (or use baking paper on the trays)
  6. Using the bottom of a glass, gently press on top of all the balls to flatten them slightly
  7. Bake in a moderate over for 12 to 16 minutes until golden
  8. Let the cookies cool completely on the tray (they will harden as they cool)

Unbaked Cookies


Baked Cookies

Variations and Handy Hints

  • As mentioned earlier, you can use self-raising white flour for this cookie recipe instead of wholemeal if you wish
  • If using plain flour (rather than self-raising) remember to add 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • You can substitute the currants or sultanas with chocolate chips
  • You can omit the currants or sultanas for a no-fruit variety
  • Don’t panic when you bring the cookies out of the oven and they are not hard – they will harden as they cool
  • Keep in an airtight container for a day or two (if they last that long)

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Jan Littlehales

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20 Responses to “Cookie Recipe – in Ten Minutes”

  1. Eileen says:

    Hi Jan,

    Great recipe and great tip on when you pull the cookies out and them still being soft. Often we think they need longer in the oven but they do harden on cooling. I always find that difficult to judge. 🙂

    Home made cookies are so much better than those you buy in the supermarket and they really are as quick as you say they are. Great to throw in lunch boxes.

    Also, I highly recommend the use of dessicated coconut that does not contain sulphites (223 preservative). Most do and I know in Australia you can get Loving Earth brand that does not contain sulphites. Coconut is VERY good for you!!

    I also substitute the processed flours for spelt flour or egyptian gold flour and use a good quality baking powder.

    My kids love cookies.

    Loved the pics you have used too! 🙂

    Regards, Eileen.

  2. Thanks Eileen for your great comments.
    I will definitely check out the Loving Earth dessicated coconut – and the spelt flour option sounds great.
    Like you say, home made cookies are so much better for you than bought varieties.

  3. I love homemade cookies and this quick cookie recipe looks delicious. The bought ones are so full of sugar so its so much better if you cook your own.

  4. Thanks Jackie. I totally agree about bought cookies being overloaded with sugar. I used to make this cookie recipe with more sugar, but one day I halved the quantity and couldn’t really taste the difference, so I’ve stuck with the reduced sugar quantity ever since 🙂
    In fact, if I’m following other people’s recipes I’ll quite often put less sugar in than suggested.

  5. lisa Wood says:

    Hello Jan,

    These home made cookies look so yummy and sound so easy to make. Love how you have a great recipe that can be made in 10 minutes.

    Our second boy loves eating cookies…one time David cooked up a big batch of anzac cookies, and they were still warm from the oven when Zach went over to have a look. We both said “be very careful because they are still hot!” Zach was leaning over to look at the cookies, and he burnt his nose smelling them! It was painful at the time, but so funny to now tell him the story!


  6. Hilary says:

    Homemade cookies are so much better than those you buy in the shops, and the best thing is that you know exactly what is going into them. I tend to always use raw sugar and spelt wholemeal flour for my recipes, which works fine.

    My daughter will love making this recipe 🙂

  7. Thanks for your comments Lisa and Hilary,
    How funny Lisa – well, not funny that your son burnt his nose of course. You’ll still be telling that story at his 21st 🙂
    I’ll give spelt flour a try Hilary. I often buy wholemeal spelt bread for myself – it’s so yummy, but I haven’t managed to get the boys enthusiastic about it yet. If I slip it in baked biscuits and cakes they wont even notice!

  8. Harry Lynn says:

    G’day Jan,
    As I read through the recipe, I had a special moment as my mind went back to my childhood and the smell of our home when my Mum had been baking similar cookies while I was at school. Like yours, hers did not last very long.
    I wish I’d had some of yours today instead of the piece of carrot cake eaten while we were out which did not agree with me.
    Probably full of nasties !
    Hooray for home made !

  9. Nice cookie recipe. I must admit the rookie mistake of not knowing cookies will naturally harden when left to rest. I use to keep returning them to the oven to harden up – only to find that the cookies would become too hard.

    I must also agree with Lisa – Anzac cookies are my favourite.

  10. Leo Bookham says:

    Hi Jan, cookies are very popular in our household too and with 4 hungry kids (and me) they are hardly cool before they have been demolished. Enjoyed all the healthy ingredient options from all your comments too. Great comments by the way too.

  11. Bev says:

    Great recipe!! I will have make at least 2 batches of this cookie recipe as we have 5 teenagers – 3 of them boys. They all love home made cookies and will keep eating them till they are all gone!
    A very special treat!

  12. Thanks for your comments Harry, David Leo and Bev,
    Great to take you back to your childhood Harry… and I’ll make a note to do a post on carrot cake – without the nasties !
    You’re so right David about people over-cooking cookies because they don’t realise cookies harden as they cool – I made the same mistake myself for years!
    Yes, the healthy options mentioned in the comments were great Leo – I’m definitely going to check out the spelt flour option.
    Bev – 5 teenagers!! You’ll definitely have to make 2 batches. My 16 year old is very partial to eating yummy things until they are all gone! Oh well, homemade cookies are best eaten on the day they are made 🙂
    Great comments everyone – thanks 🙂

  13. Bev says:

    Made the recipe Jan,
    All I can say is OMG!!! I don’t usually like biscuits but these are the exception to the rule!! They are so delicious. I recruited my youngest daughter to help me cook two batches – One Sultana for the parents and one batch of choc – chip for the kids. There is a few sultana ones left but the choc – chip hardly had time to cool – only 6 left to add to school lunches tomorrow.
    Thanks Jan for sharing this wonderful cookie recipe – they took only about 5 mins to prepare and 12 mins to cook. Easy, yummy, fantastic!!

  14. Belinda says:

    Yum, homemade cookies, and the best bit, made in 10 minutes. Just the recipe I need with a little one on the way.

  15. Simon says:

    Cookies in 10 minutes and a recipe that even I could follow…. Jan, you have outdone yourself this time 🙂 Got to give this one a try!!!

  16. Thanks for comments Bev, Belinda and Simon.
    Wonderful testimonial Bev – thanks for taking the time to send a second comment 🙂
    Belinda – better still, get your partner to make them – good practice for when baby arrives 🙂
    Let me know how you get on Simon – and whether you manage to resist eating the first one before the cookies cool and harden 🙂

  17. Tegan Hadley says:

    cookies are amazing at the best of times, but cookies in ten minutes is even better! And i love that you have suggested wholemeal flour in this 🙂

  18. Thanks for dropping by Tegan.
    Wholemeal flour doesn’t always ‘work’ for baking, but it’s perfect for these cookies 🙂

  19. I am so making this recipe, Jan. Thanks for the tea and these gorgeous cookies!

  20. Thanks My Delicious Blog,
    Great to catch up and glad you enjoyed the cookies 🙂

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