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Ambrosia Cookies combine coconut, oats, pecans, dates, and citrus zest into a chewy, fruity cookie that you’ll want to eat year round.

Stack of 4 ambrosia cookies on a marble counter with a glass of milk in the background

I told you guys yesterday in the coconut macaroons post that I was in cookie mode and I wasn’t kidding.

I’m actually thrilled with the fact that it’s pretty cold in Ohio right now because I can store all the cookies I’m baking in tins inside the garage instead of cramming the tins into our garage freezer.

Because if I’m being honest, our garage freezer is a mess and still full of summer popsicles, ice cream sandwiches and various flavors of mochi that no one ever ate.

I should really clean that thing out.

But instead, here I am baking up ambrosia cookies and thinking about what’s next on my cookie to-do list!


If you’re a fan of my Ambrosia Salad, you might be wondering if Ambrosia Cookies are related to that at all.

Remember how we talked about how there are lots of ways to make ambrosia, but pretty much all of the recipes have citrus fruit and coconut in them?

Cookie dough mixed in a metal mixing bowl

Well, these cookies have those same flavors in them! 

The base of this recipe is really similar to Cornflake Cookies. But then these cookies are loaded with coconut, rolled oats, chopped pecans, chopped dates, and lemon and orange zest.

Dry ingredients for ambrosia cookies in a white mixing bowl

The end result is a super chewy cookie that reminds me a bit of fruitcake cookies. The citrus zest really shines through and pairs so well with the coconut. The dates makes them chewy and the pecans add a pleasant crunch.

They’re the type of cookie where you can eat 5 of them without even realizing it. Ask me how I know.

Ambrosia cookie dough in a metal mixing bowl


If you can make my favorite chocolate chip cookies, you can make these Ambrosia Cookies.

First, cream together the softened butter with the brown and granulated sugars. Beat in the eggs and the vanilla.

Unbaked ambrosia cookies on a parchment-lined baking sheet

From there, you’ll mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt with all of the extras:

  • 1 cup sweetened flaked coconut
  • 1 ½ cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 cups golden raisins or chopped dates (I prefer dates)
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest

If you don’t like dates, you can always use golden raisins instead. I just happen to prefer the dates in these cookies! 

(If you find yourself with any extra chopped dates on hand, you can always whip up my Date Cake!)

Ambrosia cookies cooling on a wire cooling rack

Stirring the dry ingredients and all the mix-ins into the butter mixture can be a little cumbersome to do by hand, so I prefer to make these in a stand mixer. But it’s definitely not a requirement to make these cookies.

Use a cookie scoop to portion the dough onto lined baking sheets. Bake for 10-12 minutes before moving them to a wire rack to cool completely.

Ambrosia cookies stacked in a row on a countertop next to a glass of milk


I have a little secret: I made these cookies, accidentally ate 5 of them in one sitting, and immediately packed the rest up and sent them in a care package to a friend a few states over.

So I know that they last a long time and are still good! The dates help keep them from going stale too quickly. And I think the flavors actually get better after a day or two.

Ambrosia cookie with a bite taken out of it propped on the edge of a glass of milk

Keep them in an airtight container and they’ll easily last 5 days. 

Well, as long as you don’t eat them all before then. But I can’t make you any guarantees about self control when Ambrosia Cookies are around.

Ambrosia cookies stacked next to a glass of milk on a countertop
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Ambrosia Cookies

By: Jamie
5 from 1 rating
Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Servings: 48
Ambrosia Cookies combine coconut, oats, pecans, dates, and citrus zest into a chewy, fruity cookie that you’ll want to eat year round.


  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sweetened flaked coconut
  • 1 ½ cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 cups golden raisins or chopped dates I prefer dates
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest


  • Preheat oven to 375° F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper; set aside.
  • In a large bowl with an electric mixer or in the bowl of of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter; gradually add the sugars, beating well. Add eggs and vanilla, beating well.
  • In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, coconut, oats, pecans, raisins or dates, lemon zest and orange zest. Mix well. Stir into the butter mixture.
  • Use a medium cookie scoop to drop the dough onto the prepared baking sheets 2 inches apart. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool.


Serving: 1cookie, Calories: 141kcal, Carbohydrates: 20g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 6g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 2g, Trans Fat: 0.2g, Cholesterol: 17mg, Sodium: 43mg, Potassium: 86mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 13g, Vitamin A: 130IU, Vitamin C: 0.4mg, Calcium: 18mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. Cheryl says:

    Made these cookies for gift giving and they turned out so good. I added more orange zest and the citrus zest put them over the top. I used 2/3 of the dough as written and to the other third added mini chocolate chips for my friends that think a cookie without chocolate is not a cookie. I think I like them best without the chocolate. Thank you again for a wonderful recipe.

    1. Jamie says:

      So glad to hear you enjoyed the recipe! Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving your feedback!

    2. Elena says:

      @Jamie, can I use instant oats instead of rolled oats?

    3. Jamie says:

      Hello! I haven’t attempted this recipe with this substitution, so I am not sure of the result. If you happen to give it a try, I’d love to know how they turned out. Thanks so much for stopping by.