White Chocolate Thursday

White_chocolate_coconut_cookies

After a late night spent dumpster diving to find my missing retainers
(yes, I’m twenty-six years old and I still wear an orthodontic
appliance to bed), I’m in serious need of some sweet, gooey indulgence. And who better to turn to than my old friend, the Best Big Fat Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie?

I’ve waxed poetic about the BBFCCCC before;
but with so many possible incarnations of my little buddy, I just can’t
praise him enough. Today I added white chocolate chips instead of
semi-sweet, and I tossed in some shredded coconut for tropical flair.
To complement the buttery sweetness of the white chocolate I threw in
some almond extract.

I also like to play around with the temperature of the dough.
Sometimes I bake them from room temperature, and the effect is similar
to the cookies you buy at Subway: thin, bendy and incredibly chewy.
Other times I refrigerate the dough to give the finished result a
little more heft. On this occasion I measured the cookies into balls of
dough and then popped them in the freezer overnight. The result was a
delightful crunchy outside that browned up beautifully, while the
insides remained moist and melt-in-your-mouth. Plus they had these nifty craggy, crackly tops.

And yes, I found my retainers. They weren’t in the dumpster after all.

White Chocolate Coconut Cookies
(adapted from allrecipes.com)

2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1 egg
1 egg yolk
1 cup white chocolate chips
1/2 to 2/3 cup sweetened shredded coconut

1. Combine dry ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.

2. Cream butter and sugar until smooth. Blend in eggs and extracts.

3. Unite wet with dry, then stir in chips and coconut.

4. Bake at 350 degrees. Here’s where you can experiment with how
cold the dough is when you put it in the oven. You can bake them right
away or chill the dough to your heart’s content. They’re so yummy that
you really can’t go wrong. Heck, you don’t even have to bake them at
all…a doughball a day keeps the doctor away, as they say!

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