Thursday, March 17, 2011

White chocolate chunk and coconut cookies

Today is St. Patrick's Day. And I kind of forgot. I'm wearing green because I still feel like some kid in the 6th grade may run up and pinch me any minute. Or my brother. He was good at that. He lives in Germany now. But I can still feel his strong hands pinching my arm on the one day when pinching was allowed.

So today I'm posting a cookie that is not Irish and has nothing to do with a saint or Patrick. Except that every Patrick I know will love this cookie. And since St. Patrick's day is known as feast day I think we're ok. So instead corned beef and cabbage how about a cookie? Or two.

My offer from yesterday is still good too. These cookies could be yours. UPS is ready to deliver.

White Chocolate Chunk and Coconut Cookies

1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks)
1 1/2 c. granulated sugar
1/2 c. brown sugar
2 eggs, room temperature
1 1/2 t. vanilla paste (or vanilla extract)
3 c. all purpose flour
1/2 t. baking soda
1 t. salt
1/2 bag of white chocolate chips
1 cup shredded coconut, toasted

Preheat oven to 350ยบ

1. Spread coconut on a baking sheet and toast in your toaster oven until lightly browned. Don't burn the coconut!
2. Cream butter and sugars until fluffy.
3. Add eggs one at a time, then add vanilla. Beat well.
4. In a separate bowl blend flour, baking soda and salt with a whisk.
5. Gradually add flour mixture to butter until combined.
6. Stir in white chocolate chips and coconut.
7. Line a baking sheet with a silpat or parchment paper.
8. Drop by scoop or teaspoon onto your ungreased baking sheet.
9. Bake 10-12 minutes or just until the edges start to brown. They will look a little soft. This is good.

Makes 4 1/2 dozen.

**This cookie got two thumbs up from Don and Elli. And me.**

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