Monday, July 20, 2009

Coconut and white chocolate chip cookies

Coconut and white chocolate chip cookies / Cookies de coco e chocolate branco

I know there are lots of people out there who can’t stand coconut – Ivonne wrote something about that the other day. I understand the coconut haters but do not agree with them – hand me anything made with coconut and I am in heaven! Can’t wait for the weather to warm up so I can make some coconut ice cream, yum... :D

These cookies are delicious, easy to put together and the recipe yields a lot, too – enough to convert at least one coconut hater. :D

Coconut and white chocolate chip cookies / Cookies de coco e chocolate branco

Coconut and white chocolate chip cookies
from Donna Hay magazine

125g unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup + 1 tablespoon (212g) caster sugar
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg
1 cup (140g) all-purpose flour
1 cup (140g) self-raising flour
1 cup (90g) unsweetened desiccated coconut*
⅔ cup (105g) white chocolate chunks or chips

Preheat oven to 180ºC/350ºF; line two large baking sheets with baking paper.

Beat the butter, sugar and vanilla in an electric mixer until light and creamy. Add the egg and beat well. At low speed, add the plain and self-raising flours and coconut and mix until a soft dough forms – my dough was too crumbly, so I added 1 tablespoon milk and it came together. Add the chocolate and mix at low speed or using a wooden spoon.

Using your hands, mold 1 ½ tablespoons of dough into balls. Place on the prepared sheets, 5cm (2in) apart, and press lightly using moistened fingers. Bake for 15 minutes or until light golden on the bottom. Allow to cool on baking sheets.

* I used 50g unsweetened desiccated coconut + 40g sweetened shredded coconut

Makes 28


Snooky doodle said...

oh i love coconut especially when paired with chocolate. these cookies are simply divine,

Julia @ Mélanger said...

No problems here eating coconut. Us Australian are mad for it. It's in everything. Our 'national' bakery item - the Lamington - is encased in the stuff! These look great. I love chocolate and coconut together.

Gay said...

I love anything with coconut, though here in the Philippines, we use mostly the milk in meat/seafood dishes and not in cookies. You can also try toasting them for another flavor.

Heather said...

These look really good - love white chocolate; love coconut.

m said...

yum! two of my favorite things. I will absolutely make these. thanks for the recipe!

jasmine said...

I love coconut meat and cream. The oil, however, is something I can very much do without. When it's used in cooking, my tongue thinks I'm feeding it soap. Blah.


Fahrenheit 350° said...

I'm with you! I have to stop myself from putting coconut in everything!

Jane said...

Your blog is really beautiful, Patricia! I just discovered it today. Your photography is also fantastic--really lovely. I love it!


Jennifer said...

Coconut and white chocolate is such a great combo! these cookies sound great!!

Manggy said...

The great thing about desserts like these is that it's not screamingly coconut, and instead blends into a harmonious whole. I'd eat a whole bunch, Patricia :)

Maybe said...

I LOVE coconut, it's one of my favourite fruits !! So now, thanks to your cookies, I'm in heaven :o) PS : I have to find a coconut ice cream recipe !!!

ChichaJo said...

Coconut is a big ingrdient here - both in savory and sweets...I would love these cookies I'm sure!

anadelicias said...

Lovely cookies!! I love coconut!!

Aparna Balasubramanian said...

We love coconut and I love the texture of these cookies.
I guess sweetened shredded coconut means "processed" coconut and not fresh?

Patricia Scarpin said...

Natalie, I love coconut and chocolate together, too - thank you, darling!

Julia, "lamingtons" are in my "to try" list, can't wait to make them!
Thank you!

Gay, thank you for visiting! Coconut milk is very much used in seafood dishes in the Northeast of Brazil, too.

Heather, thanks!

M, thank you for stopping by! Hope you like them!

Jasmine, here in Brazil we are crazy for coconut water, have you tried it? It's wonderful!

Fahrenheit 350º, thank you for your visit! I'm glad to know a new coconut lover! :D

Jane, thank you for your kind words!

Jennifer, they are great together, aren't they?
Thank you!

Mark, indeed, my friend. I would love to bake you a batch!

Maybe, I have one at home by Bill Granger and would be more than glad to share it with you - just let me know!

Joey, coconut is very much used in savory dishes in the Northeast of Brazil, especially with seafood. I prefer sweets, though. ;)
Thank you, my dear!

Ana, thank you!

Aparna, it's the one we buy in packages - fresh coconut has a tendency of going bad too quickly, I avoid using it because I'm afraid of food poisoning.

Anonymous said...

I made some of those the day before yesterday, they were good, but couldn't taste the white chocolate... haha !

Thanks for the recipe, I posted it on my blog!

Jackie said...


Cooling the cookies: Do you mean cooling them on the baking sheets for 3 to 5 minutes then transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely or cool them completely on the baking sheets.

Patricia Scarpin said...

Hi, Jackie - let them cool on the baking sheets (you can place the baking sheets on a wire rack).

Hope you enjoy the cookies!

Michael Dan said...

Wow!, these cookies looks tempting! Making me feel hungry. Surely, it's delicious with my all-time favorite desiccated coconut ingredient on it!

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