All sorts of yumminess in one handheld package.
Coconut Macadamia White Chocolate Cookies
- 1 cup salted butter softened
- ¾ cup light brown sugar
- ¾ cup granulated sugar
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs
- 2-1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 3/4 tsp. baking powder
- 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1 cup macadamia nuts. chopped
- 2-1/4 cups sweetened flaked coconut
- 1 12 oz package white chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350.
In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream butter and both sugars on speed 2 for 4 minutes.
Add eggs, one at a time, beating to incorporate each.
Add vanilla, and mix.
Add baking powder, baking soda, salt, and flour, and mix until incorporated.
Add nuts, coconut, and white chocolate chips, stirring until combined.
Place heaping teaspoonfuls of batter on baking sheet about 2 inches apart.
Bake for 12 minutes or until bottoms are golden.
Transfer to baking rack to cool completely.
This recipe isn’t from deep within the Think Tasty archives; in fact, it’s just a bit over a year old. That’s part of the fun of this Tuesday post: I can choose to go back a dozen years or just peek back a year. It all depends on each week’s theme. This week we have a double focus: cookies and coconut. Yes, both of those are adored by myself and my two kids. Come back on Thursday to see the new cookie recipe!
To learn more about this recipe, originally published in May 2018, keep reading.
Although I sometimes write about personal things in my recipes, I keep most of the focus on the food: how I thought of the idea, hints on making it, lessons learned. Today, I’m going to take a paragraph or three and emote a bit.
I made these cookies for my son, as he likes desserts that have white chocolate incorporated into them. The reason I made these for him is that they are part of the last care package I’ll send to him as an undergraduate. I know it’s often said, but it seems hard to imagine that four years have passed so quickly. It doesn’t feel that long ago that he was packing his bedroom and getting ready to head two thousand miles away. It’s in these moments that I truly appreciate the bittersweet nature of parenting. It brings a tear to my eye to know that he’s fully leaving the nest now, but I am overwhelmingly proud of everything he’s accomplished. Wasn’t my only role to raise a person who could be independent?
A week from today I’ll officially be the mom of a college graduate. This college graduate’s next role will keep him 1,700 miles away, so I’m sure there will be more care packages for him in the future. They just won’t be sent to a student anymore.
<No, I don’t have tears in my eyes. You do.>
Back to the cookies! I have two suggestions for this recipe. Use salted macadamia nuts. The sweetness of the coconut and white chocolate could become overwhelming. Obviously, the white chocolate could be replaced with semi sweet or milk chocolate, if desired.
Also, these cookies hold up well in transit. They sat in a mailbox for an extra day or two while a certain someone was in the madness of finals. The cookies were still deemed delicious after a week of aging.