Crunchies (Coconut oatmeal cookies)

Crunchies - oat and coconut cookies

Crunchies or coconut oatmeal cookies are buttery, golden squares of sweet, crispy goodness enjoyed with a cup of milk for breakfast or tea for a mid-morning or afternoon pick me up. This crunchie recipe is so easy to make and even easier to eat that you can make up a batch any time.

Growing up, Crunchies was one of my aunt Josephine’s staples that she always made for special occasions and family gatherings. For as long as I can remember it has been one of our family favorite golden syrup recipes, and nothing I’ve tasted elsewhere even comes close to the crunchy texture and not overly sweet golden syrupy flavor.

One of my colleagues at work has claimed that these crunchie cookies are addictive because once you’ve had one, you only want more and more.

The ingredients for these crunchy oat biscuits are remarkably ordinary. Rolled oats, coconut, fine granulated sugar and flour are moistened with melted butter, golden syrup and bicarbonate of soda. After baking, the end result is extra-ordinary. Homemade crunchies is one of those easy to make South African snacks that you wonder why it’s taken you so long to for yourself.

When I lived in the UK I once bought something called flapjack, while I waited to take a train home from work. It looked like a South African cookie but the flavor and texture were disappointing. I never did acquire the taste for the soft, chewy flapjacks and much prefer our crispy crunchies recipe.

Crunchies - oat and coconut cookies

The first time that I made them in Dubai was for a year end afternoon tea that I was hosting for my department. Aside from the Crunchies, I also made a few other recipes that you can find on the blog.

These include:

Crunchies - oat and coconut cookies with milk

Crunchies - oat and coconut cookies

Crunchies (Coconut oatmeal cookies)

These Crunchies with oats, coconut and golden syrup are the most delicious golden treat you will ever taste.
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Prep time: 20 mins
Cook time: 30 mins
Total time: 50 mins
Servings: 30
Calories: 218kcal
Author: Razena Schroeder


Dry ingredients

  • 120 grams coconut (approximately 375 ml or 1 1/2 cups)
  • 195 grams cake or fine sponge flour (approximately 375 ml or 1 1/2 cups)
  • 300 grams fine granulated sugar (approximately 375 ml or 1 1/2 cups)
  • 270 grams rolled oats (approximately 750 ml or 3 cups, not easy cook or quick cook oats)

Wet ingredients

  • 440 g butter
  • 30 ml Golden Syrup (2 tablespoons, I use Lyle's as it is thick and gooey)
  • 2 ml bicarbonate of soda (less than 1/2 tsp)


  • Pre-heat the oven to 170 degrees Celcius or 150 fan / 325 F / Gas mark 3.
  • Combine the coconut, cake flour, sugar and oats in a heatproof bowl and whisk a few times.
  • Heat the butter and golden syrup then add the bicarbonate of soda when the butter mixture starts bubbling.
  • Allow the mixture to bubble for one more minute, then add the hot liquid to the dry ingredients.
  • Mix the ingredients thoroughly until the flour is incorporated and the oats and coconut are evenly coated.
  • Empty the cookie mixture into an oven tray and ensure it is smooth, even and compact. You can use the bottom of a flat measuring cup to do this.
  • Bake for 20 minutes, then cut, and turn the crunchies around on the cookie sheet and continue to bake on the other side for another 10 minutes to crisp it up.


Serving: 30g | Calories: 218kcal (11%) | Carbohydrates: 22g (7%) | Protein: 2g (4%) | Fat: 13g (20%) | Saturated Fat: 8g (50%) | Cholesterol: 31mg (10%) | Sodium: 124mg (5%) | Potassium: 56mg (2%) | Fiber: 1g (4%) | Sugar: 11g (12%) | Vitamin A: 365IU (7%) | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 10mg (1%) | Iron: 0.5mg (3%)

Nutritional information for the recipe is an approximation and varies according to the ingredients and products used.

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  • Reply
    Nayna Kanabar
    August 30, 2018 at 11:10 am

    These look delectable and so easy to make . I am definitely going to try them.

  • Reply
    Elizabeth O
    August 29, 2018 at 4:02 pm

    These sound so delicious indeed. I love how easy they look to make and the calorie content is also quite low. Brilliant recipe!

    • Reply
      Razena Schroeder
      September 4, 2018 at 9:13 pm

      Not completely guilt free as it contains butter and golden syrup but it is still a good source of nutritious energy.

  • Reply
    Monidipa Dutta
    August 28, 2018 at 10:34 am

    Those bars look really yummy. I as usual like the nutritional facts that u mention. I am not in country now else I would have taken the recipe to make it.

    • Reply
      Razena Schroeder
      September 4, 2018 at 9:12 pm

      You can always print the recipe once you are back home and in your own kitchen 🙂

  • Reply
    Geraline Batarra
    August 28, 2018 at 7:42 am

    Wow, this cookie recipe looks really delicious and looks so easy to prepare. I will try to make this for my kids, thanks for sharing!

    • Reply
      Razena Schroeder
      September 4, 2018 at 9:11 pm

      This was hands down my favorite when I was a child so I’m sure your kids will love them too. Let me know what they think when you do 🙂

  • Reply
    Jennifer Prince
    August 28, 2018 at 6:08 am

    Ooh! Those bars look oh so good. I’d love to try to make them for my family for a quick breakfast on the go!

    • Reply
      Razena Schroeder
      September 4, 2018 at 9:10 pm

      I made this for a party at work a few years ago and one of my colleagues said these cookies are totally addictive because after having one he wanted to keep eating them 🙂

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