Sieve the flour with the baking powder and soda bicarbonate into a big bowl.
Add the chopped nuts, coconut and oatmeal to the flour and mix well.
Cream butter and sugar very well till it is soft, creamy and fluffy.
Add the orange juice and rind and mix it well.
Add the flour mixture and using your hands make it into a dough.
Initially it will be very sticky. Rest the dough for 10 minutes.
In the meantime preheat the oven to 180°C and grease the baking tray lightly with butter.
Put 2 cups of oatmeal in a plate.
Take tablespoonful of the batter and roll it into balls. Roll them in the oatmeal. Avoid this step for non coated cookies.
Place them on the greased tray about an inch apart and gently press them with a glass tumbler or a small steel bowl.
Bake the cookies for 12 to15 minutes till they are golden brown.
Remove the tray from the oven and leave the cookies on the tray for 5 minutes.
Remove the cookies from the tray and let them cool down completely on a wire rack.
If you want to make chocolate dipped cookies, melt dark or milk chocolate in the microwave oven or over hot water (Bain Marie method). Dip the cookie in the melted chocolate and leave it on a parchment paper for the chocolate to set.
Store in an airtight container.