Wednesday, July 18, 2007

White Chocolate Tropical Chunk Cookies

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When I told people what I put in these cookies they were a bit skeptical about whether or not it would taste good. In my opinion, these are filled with all kinds of good stuff that go really well together: white chocolate, macadamia nuts, coconut and dried fruit. But everyone at the office loved them despite their initial apprehesion. I think the secret is using the best white chocolate you can find.

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And just a reminder that the deadline to email me your Sugar High Friday Tropical Paradise submissions is Tuesday, July 24th Monday July 30th. Hope you can join in!

White Chocolate Tropical Chunk Cookies
(from Regan Daley's "In the Sweet Kitchen")

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1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/3 cup unsalted butter, softened at room temp
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1 large egg
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
6 ounces fine quality white chocolate, chopped about the size of chocolate chips
3/4 cup unsalted macadamia nuts, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup dried apricots, chopped about the size of chocolate chips
1/3 cup dried mango, chopped about the size of chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350F. Line cookie sheet pans with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.

Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt. Cream butter and brown sugar until smooth. Beat in egg and vanilla. Add flour mixture to the creamed mixture until flour is just incorporated. Mix in coconut, white chocolate, macadamia nuts and dried fruit.

Form 1.25-inch diameter balls of dough, place them 2 inches apart on your cookie sheets, and slightly flatten the balls of dough with the bottom of a glass. Bake at 350F for 18-20 minutes or until the edges of the cookies are just golden brown.

20 comments:

veron said...

I myself am not a big fan of white chocolate but with what you put in there...specially the macadamia nuts, I definitely see a wonderful combination!

Rachel said...

they sound great! anything with mango is perfect!

Deborah said...

I think this sounds like a wonderful combination!!

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Some combos just have to be tried to be believed and when they work they take you right over the top. This sounds like it worked very well and over the top.

Belinda said...

I have to agree with you...all of those ingredients seem made to go together, and the resulting cookies are so pretty too. :-)

Cynthia said...

Glad your friends were won over. The ingredients sound like a good combo to me.

Chris said...

I am like veron - not a huge fan of white chocolate, but I do think its great when paired with dried fruit. I will have to whip up a batch and check it out. :)

Ellie said...

Mary, these look gorgeous but I have a confession - I'm not a fan of dried apricots :( Will this be okay if I perhaps substituted it with some dried pawpaw instead?

Cheryl said...

Another person who is not a big fan of white chocolate, but in this combination I would definitely try them.

boo_licious said...

That is a great combination and definitely reminds me of the tropics. I've gotten a head start for SHF, here's my entry for the event, durian pancakes.

http://masak-masak.blogspot.com/2007/07/sugar-high-friday-shf-tropical-paradise.html

breadchick said...

Every single one of your posts the past few weeks have made me drool but these are now going on my weekend bake list!

DaviMack said...

I'm thinking that you might roll them in sesame seeds before baking, just to give them that toasty aroma. Other than that (and the standard objection to white "chocolate"), they look fabulous! Cranberries might go well, there, too.

Brilynn said...

I don't know who the crazy people were that thought these wouldn't work, they sound amazing to me!

Lindsey said...

I think those sound very yummy.

Fruittart said...

I don't know why they would be apprehensive. It sounds perfect to me. I'm glad I'm not in your office -- it might be difficult to explain the low vapor pressure of white chocolate tropical chunk cookies ;-)

Poonam Phatak-Mutha said...

I came across your blog while browsing some other food blogs. It was such a wonderful treat to read your recipes. I believe I am the most horrible baker (made my 5th devastating banana bread last week), so you might find me peeking here quite often from mow on!!

Garrett said...

I am loving that little cross section picture!

Maninas: Food Matters said...

yuuum this sounds delish! :)

Peabody said...

I would totally be all over these!

Jerry said...

How can you go wrong with a tropical cookie?! I mean there should be no hesitation!