white chocolate & coconut cookies

do not make these cookies if there is no one around to share.  
they are dangerously addicting and could lead to eating the whole batch yourself.
consider yourself warned.

as far as cookies go, some things are just meant to be together.  coconut and white chocolate is a prime pairing.  it's the sweetness in both that bring out the best in one another.
also, chocolate is a girls best friend, coconut is reminiscent of a beach vacation, making this cookie summer, period.  
moist and oh so delicious.

so if you are looking to expand your social circle and make new friends, perhaps you should take a basket of these gems.  you'll be fighting them off with a stick.  i was.

Coconut White Chocolate Cookies

1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
3.4 oz. package white chocolate instant pudding mix (Jell-O Brand)  

2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
2 cups white chocolate chunks (splurge on a good quality chocolate - it makes a difference)

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking mat and set aside.
2. Using a mixer, beat together butter and sugars until creamy. Add in coconut creme pudding mix, eggs, and vanilla extract. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until just combined. Stir in the coconut and white chocolate chunks.
3. Drop cookie dough by rounded tablespoons onto prepared baking sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until slight golden and set. Remove cookies from oven and let cool on baking sheet for two minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack and cool completely.

Yield: 3 dozen

Note: I like big cookies that are on the softer side, so in this case a added a little extra dough and increased the cooking time accordingly.  ENJOY!

(slightly adapted: two peas and their pod)


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