The World’s Best Cookies

4.33 from 31 votes

These really are the WORLD’S BEST COOKIES! I know that is a lofty proclamation, but it’s so true. The first bite I took of these cookies was heaven and in my mind I said “that’s why they call them the World’s Best!”

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Cornflake cookies with pecans and coconut

This is another recipe from my Mom’s recipe box. Much like her banana bread and snowball recipe, this one is sure to be a keeper. I was rifling through her recipe box looking for nuggets of gold when I came upon this cookie recipe. Fast forward a year, and she was doing the same thing and texted it to me. It was finally time for me to try them!

What makes these cookies the World’s Best Cookies?

I think that the first (and most important) standard for any cookie is taste. These have a taste that’s hard to describe; kind of like a non-chocolate chocolate chip cookie and a pecan sandie, all rolled into one. The flavor is amazing!

The other requirement for any cookie, in my book, is a chewy texture with a crisp outside but soft and gooey inside, and this cookie is most certainly that.

I’m pretty sure this recipe is from the 70s – only back then would they combine all these ingredients in one bowl! I have no idea where this recipe originated or what it was originally called but the name fits.

stack of cookies

Special ingredients that make the best cookies

I also like to call these “kitchen sink cookies” because seriously, when I read the ingredient list I was amazed at all the components. Here’s what’s on the ingredients list:

  • Butter
  • Oil
  • Cornflakes
  • Coconut
  • Oats
  • Nuts

Like most cookies, this recipe has brown and granulated sugar and flour and egg. Unlike most cookie recipes, this one has butter AND oil.

For me, butter is essential in cookies. It provides not only flavor but that telltale chewy texture a good cookie has. But, as I discovered with my favorite shortbread cookie recipe, adding oil along with butter makes them chewy and soft at the same time. Weird, but true.

Oatmeal: adding oats to a cookie adds to the chewiness. These are by no means oatmeal cookies, but the oats add a good chew. If you don’t have quick cooking oats you can make your own by adding old-fashioned oats to a food processor or blender and pulsing a few times.

Cornflakes – bring on the 70s! Adding cereal to cookies isn’t knew to me (um, Fruity Pebbles Cookies, anyone?) and I love adding cereal for texture and crunch.

Coconut – you can skip if you don’t love it, but you don’t 100% taste it, it’s more for texture.

Nuts – use walnuts or pecans or your favorite nut. Great for flavor and texture. I used pecans, which is why I suspect I tasted Pecan Sandie in these cookies.

Bite of world's best cookies

These cookies are soft and chewy, crunchy and gooey and SO FULL of delicious flavor. When I find recipes like this I wonder where they went, like, why aren’t these on bakery shelves and all over the internet? I’d choose these over chocolate chip cookies any day of the week!

Tips for making these cookies

  1. Make sure your butter is softened.
  2. Measure your flour the right way.
  3. These need chilling because the dough is loose, thanks to all that oil. I also think that chilling helps the flavors meld together.
  4. Don’t over bake these! Learn how to tell when your cookies are done baking.
World's best cookies step by step

You cream together the butter, oil and sugars and after that the dough is loose enough you don’t need a mixer anymore, but I still use mine. I also like how the mixer sort of crushes the cornflakes!

Now, there is no chocolate in these cookies and I don’t miss it one bit…but you can add 1 cup of chocolate chips if you want. That would make them the World’s Best x1000!!

This recipe makes about 4 dozen cookies, depending on size. They freeze well too, so you can save them for later!

Kitchen sink cookies

Let me know if you remember these cookies. I was too young back in the 70s…but I’d love to hear if they were really a thing!

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The World’s Best Cookies

These really are the WORLD’S BEST COOKIES! I couldn’t believe how good they were when I tried them!
4.33 from 31 votes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Yield 4 dozen cookies
Serving Size 1 cookie


  • 1 cup 227g unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup 198g granulated sugar
  • 1 cup 208g brown sugar, packed
  • 1 cup 237ml vegetable oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup 80g quick cooking oats
  • 3 1/2 cups 434g all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup 60g sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 cup 25g lightly crushed cornflakes
  • 1/2 cup 63g chopped pecans or walnuts


  • Note: this dough requires chilling.
  • Cream butter and sugars in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Cream until light and fluffy. You can also use a hand mixer. Add oil and stir until smooth. Add egg and vanilla, mix until smooth, then stir in the salt and baking soda.
  • Mix in oats and flour until just mixed. Stir in coconut, nuts, and cornflakes.
  • Scoop 2 tablespoon balls of cookie dough onto a cookie sheet covered in wax or parchment paper. No need to spread the balls out, you’re just going to chill them. Cover with plastic wrap and chill at least one hour. (If you chill longer than 4 hours you may need to let them warm up a few minutes on the counter before baking.)
  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper or silpat baking mats. Place cookies 2” apart on prepared cookie sheets. Lightly press down with the palm of your hand. Bake for 9-11 minutes or until the bottoms just start to turn golden brown. Cool at least 5 minutes on cookie sheet before removing to rack to cool completely.
  • Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days or freeze for up to 1 month.

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Nutrition Information

Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 300kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 23mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 19g

Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword cookies

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  1. I do not have corflakes, but I have raisins bran instead, will not add the raisins just the bran flakes. What Do you think.?

  2. I’ve been making these cookies for Christmas every year since the early 70’s. My family and co-workers love them. I got the recipe from a lady who served them at a baby shower. I think I’ll make them today even if it’s not Christmas. I need something to distract my mind from “the virus”!!!!

  3. So delicious! I knew my kids wouldn’t eat cookies with nuts, so I did some plain, some with toffee bits, and some with toffee bits AND chocolate chips. Bottom line: They were all super good, with a more unique flavor profile than your standard chocolate chip cookie. But honestly, the dough was the best part.

  4. I wish I could upload a picture of the award I won! I used this recipe and modified it only a tiny bit (I added 1/2C chocolate chips, 1/2C butterscotch chips). Our company had a cookie contest and – yep! This recipe won! Thank you!

  5. Addictive. Truly. I did not have corn flakes, so increase chopped pecans 1/4 cup, increased oatmeal 1/2 Cup, and increased coconut 1/2 cup. I use 50% sugar substitutes (white and brown). Baked for 10 min 30 secs. Freeze beautifully in zip lock. A pretty cookie, used a small scoop and they are as pretty as your picture!!

  6. Ok. I don’t bake. But I decided to try these. Omg. So good. I tweeted just a bit. Didn’t use sweetened coconut. Did not use instant oats. I used regular oats cuz that’s all I had. And put about 1/2 cup of butter in after all the ingredients were in and done. Just cuz it looked a bit dry. So yummy. The texture is to die for. A bit crumbly. Which was good. Still moist. But not chewy. Almost perfect. Taste was the best!

  7. My family got the recipe from The Best Recipe cookbook long ago. They are my favorite cookies and I don’t like coconut! I flatten mine with a fork so they are thinner than yours.

  8. They are called Lunch box Cookies. They are from one of the little “Best Of” pamphlet type cookbooks Betty Crocker, Nestles, etc. Put out back in the early 80’s. And yes, they are absolutely amazing.

  9. Made these cookies today. I ground up peacons and chopped up oats and cornflakes with blender. The taste was unbelievable! Like that there were not a lot of chunky ingredients in the cookie being that most was chopped up. Delish. I rolled my cookies 1 inch instead of 1 inches. Perfect size and made about 8 doz