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My Man Cookies

My Man Cookies

Beth Lee
These simple "working man's" cookie with oatmeal, nuts, and coconut will delight men, women, and children alike with tea, coffee, or as the perfect lunchbox treat. This yields about 25 cookies and could easily be doubled to serve a crowd.
4.5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Dessert
Servings 8 servings
Calories 400 kcal


  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup shortening or coconut oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup quick cooking oats no quick cook in the house? just grind up some regular oats in the food processor
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts I used pecans and toasted them first


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a small bowl, combine the flour, salt, baking powder and soda.
  • In a medium size mixing bowl, cream the sugars and shortening or coconut oil together by hand or in a stand mixer with a flat paddle. Beat in the egg and vanilla just until combined. Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients and mix until combined. Then add the oats, coconut, and nuts. This will be a fairly sturdy cookie dough. I used my hands to get it all combined after adding the oats, coconut, and nuts.
  • I made walnut sized balls for the first pan of cookies but they didn't really flatten on their own so for the second batch, I formed them as flat discs for baking.
  • The suggested time is 15 minutes at 350 degrees. I actually left them in about 2 minutes longer but I think 13 - 15 minutes is right on the mark for a crunchy exterior with a soft interior.


Adapted from Nancy Spiller's Compromise Cake Cookbook


Calories: 400kcalCarbohydrates: 47gProtein: 5gFat: 22gSaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 229mgPotassium: 164mgFiber: 2gSugar: 26gVitamin A: 30IUCalcium: 41mgIron: 1.8mg
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