Magic 5 Cookies

These soft and chewy oatmeal cookies have it all! Chocolate chips, coconut, pecans, butterscotch, and oats. Recipe on

Because I posted salad yesterday.

Here are a billion cookies.

These soft and chewy oatmeal cookies have it all! Chocolate chips, coconut, pecans, butterscotch, and oats. Recipe on

What I’m about to show you is undoubtedly the best oatmeal cookie recipe I’ve ever made and that’s saying something because there aren’t ANY raisins to be found. Before you begin doubting my oatmeal raisin cookie loving existence, let me explain.

I call today’s cookies magic 5 cookies because they were inspired by one of my favorite desserts on the planet: 7 layer bars (aka magic bars). Today’s cookies have not 1, not 2, not 3 or 4…. but FIVE goodies packed inside: butterscotch, chocolate chips, pecans, coconut, and oats. For the texture-loving, flavor maniac, chewy oatmeal cookie freaks like us.

I will not object if you add raisins too. Bless you, my raisin loving friend!

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 These soft and chewy oatmeal cookies have it all! Chocolate chips, coconut, pecans, butterscotch, and oats. Recipe on

The cookies turned out better than I even imagined. Coconut makes them extra chewy, but it isn’t overpowering. For a super tender oatmeal cookie, use more brown sugar than white sugar. Have I drilled that into your head yet? Brown sugar contains more moisture than white, so it produces a softer, moister, richer tasting oatmeal cookie. Adding to the flavor is a touch of molasses. I started adding about 1 Tablespoon of molasses to my oatmeal cookies a few years ago and haven’t turned back!

I can’t make an oatmeal cookie without tossing little cinnamon its way, so there’s a bit of that too– trust me, it works with all these flavors! I can’t choose which bites are better: the butterscotch bites or the chocolate chip bites. I mean, coconut + pecan + cinnamon + chocolate is outta this world but can anything compare to butterscotch? And I’m not skimping on the butterscotch morsels either! If you grew up on oatmeal scotchies, consider these cookies a wild upgrade.

No no, a MAGICAL upgrade.

These soft and chewy oatmeal cookies have it all! Chocolate chips, coconut, pecans, butterscotch, and oats. Recipe on

Seriously, I need to find those cupcake leggings!


Magic 5 Cookies

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours
  • Yield: 24 cookies
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


These soft and chewy magic 5 cookies have it all- chocolate chips, coconut, pecans, butterscotch, and oats! Don’t skip chilling the cookie dough. It’s my trick to prevent the cookies from spreading!


  • 1 and 1/2 cups (190g) all-purpose flour (spoon & leveled)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups (240g) old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup (230g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1 cup (200g) packed light or dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup (50g) granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 Tablespoon molasses
  • 1/2 cup each: semi-sweet chocolate chips (90g), butterscotch morsels (90g), sweetened shredded coconut (40g), chopped pecans (64g)*


  1. Whisk the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, and oats together. Set aside.
  2. Using a hand mixer or a stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment, cream the butter and both sugars together on medium speed until smooth, about 2 minutes. Add the eggs and beat on high until combined, about 1 minute. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed. Add the vanilla and molasses and mix on high until combined.
  3. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix on low until combined. With the mixer running on low speed, add the chocolate chips, butterscotch morsels, coconut, and pecans. Dough will be thick, yet very sticky. Chill the dough for 1 hour in the refrigerator (and up to 2-3 days). If chilling for longer than a few hours, though, allow to sit at room temperature for at least 30 minutes before rolling and baking because the dough will be quite hard.
  4. Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. (Always recommended for cookies.) Set aside.
  5. Roll balls of dough (about 1.5 tablespoons of dough per cookie) and place 2 inches apart on the baking sheets. Bake for 10 minutes until very lightly browned on the sides. The centers will look very soft.
  6. Remove from the oven and let cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. While the cookies are still warm, I like to press a few more chocolate chips and/or butterscotch morsels into the tops– this is only for looks!


  1. Make Ahead & Freezing Instructions: Cookies stay fresh covered at room temperature for up to 1 week. You can make the cookie dough and chill it in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days. Allow to come to room temperature then continue with step 4. Baked cookies freeze well for up to 3 months. Unbaked cookie dough balls freeze well for up to 3 months. Bake frozen cookie dough balls for an extra minute, no need to thaw. Click here for my tips and tricks on freezing cookie dough.
  2. Add Ins: About 1/2 cup of each is best– but I like to add a little more shredded coconut (maybe up to 2/3 cup!). If you don’t like any of the 4 add-ins listed, try subbing in another like dried cranberries, raisins, chopped walnuts, white chocolate chips, etc. Just make sure you don’t go over about 2 cups total.
  3. Special Tools: KitchenAid Stand Mixer | 5-qt Tilt Head Glass Measuring Bowl | Silpat Baking Mat | Baking Sheet | White Plate
  4. Check out my top 5 cookie tips before beginning. It includes how to prevent cookies from over-spreading and why room temperature makes a difference.

Keywords: magic 5 cookies, cookies

These soft and chewy oatmeal cookies have it all! Chocolate chips, coconut, pecans, butterscotch, and oats. Recipe on


  1. Neon leggings are the jam, but cupcake leggings are the Holy Grail. I hope you find them! I believe in you!
    These look so a-mayyyy-zing.

  2. I LOVE wearing fun leggings on the weekend! It’s like Friday comes and on they go. Cupcake leggings would be unreal! Talk about fun! These cookies look delicious, Sally. Packed with so many great flavours. YUM! Pinning 🙂

  3. Ohhhhh maaaannnn….. and duh, mine will have raisins in ’em!!  These may give your pumpkin oatmeal raisin ones a serious run for their money….. 😀

  4. These look amazing. I know what you mean about the butterscotch. Simply wonderful. Also I just wanted to say that my birthday was a couple weeks ago AND my awesome bf bought me your first cookbook 😀 I’m so excited about it!!!

    1. Amy, I’d love to sign it. Shoot me an email to info(at) and I can mail you a signed bookplate. 🙂

  5. Oh my… had me at butterscotch. And like Marina above, “5” is my favorite number and was my number all through my sports years! So now I have to make these. I think we have every form of Butterscotch in the house (chips, pudding, syrup, you name it!), so guess what I’m making this weekend? Besides, the oven will be turned on anyway when I make another Yellow Sheet Cake! These look scrumptious and I cannot wait to make these Sally! Thank you!

    1. Sharon, had to tell ya– I have big plans for another sheet cake for the 4th. I’m going to try it with vanilla frosting and decorate like an American flag!

  6. These look perfect and over-the-top (in a good way)! Cookies are the most fun desserts to make (and eat). I don’t know where you could find any cupcake leggings, but I found a cupcake iron-on patch at a local fabric store and sewed it onto my favourite denim jacket (along with soccer ball, pizza, and spiderman patches, it has all my favourite things) 🙂

  7. OH MY YUM!!!! Next time I make oatmeal cookies I’m making these. Also I wanted to let you know I have Lularoe CUPCAKE LEGGINGS!!! They are so so cute, They are part of my “uniform” when I do events. I have a picture of them, but I don’t know how to get it to you. If you could email me and let me know where to send the pic!!!!

  8. I absolutely love the photography of this blog post! I was just wondering though, in the Netherlands, we don’t really have butterscotch chips (I don’t think so?), so my question is: is there a way to substitute the butterscotch? Can I just chop up some caramel? 

    1. I’m in the UK and substituted the butterscotch chips for shop bought fudge which I chopped into smaller pieces. Worked wonderfully. A little more melts than the butterscotch which my family & friends really liked. 

  9. Yum!! I was hoping to try these today but don’t have molasses right now… Could I substitute with something else since it’s such a small amount? Thanks!

  10. OMG these look awesome!! I can imagine the texture and flavors melding together into pure sugary loveliness…mmmm. 😛 Gotta try this recipe!

  11. I am drooling over these! I also love magic bars so I know I have to try these now. Also, definitely going to start adding molasses to my oatmeal cookies from now on. Let me know if you find those cupcake leggings…sounds like you are on to something!

  12. I have been seeing SO many LuLaRoe parties popping up on my Facebook! It seems like all of my friends are getting in on it. My credit card told me I’m not allowed to go to them. What a party pooper, right?!

    I really really really REALLY want unicorn leggings. UGH. My life would be complete.

  13. Hi Sally! I have been looking for a yummy “healthier” oatmeal cookie recipe. Is there a way to substitute some or the sugar with Maple syrup? I have been trying to bake with less refined sugars! Also, do you know if coconut oil could be used instead of butter?

      1. That’s what I bought – I actually went to their website and apparently they recently changed the recipe (to remove food dye, etc which I think is great…if it still tastes good!) but a lot of people reacted negatively to the change so they’re bringing the old recipe back for now. Hopefully next time I buy them they’ll be good! 🙂

  14. Coconut?  Not in a million.  Bring on the raisins, ditch the butterscotch (right up there with coconut), bring on the nuts.  These rocked the house – we love oatmeal ’round these parts. The Biscoff Oatmeal with Craisins and white chunks are still “most requested” in this cookie baking sanctuary.  

    1. The wonderful thing is that you can make these completely unique to what you like. And I love the addition of raisins to the biscoff cookies. Genius.

  15. Sally-LOVE leggings! When I am not in scrubs I swear I am in leggings. I do not have cupcake ones…
    Question about the coconut. I know it adds a good chewiness to the cookies…can you really taste it? We are going on a road trip and these sound perfect to take. My son is not a huge fan of coconut. Thoughts?

    1. My one friend loathes coconut, but she tried one of these. She could taste it and in her words “it’s a light flavor” but she actually loved it in these cookies! You can leave it out though. The cookies will still be quite chewy.

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