Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Cookies For A Friend

Over the holidays, I met one of my favorite blogger friends- Maranda of Jolts & Jollies. She emailed me awhile back and we chatted back and forth. In our conversations I found out that she was also living in Texas, but was about to relocate to another state, following her army husband. I also learned that her mom and I lived in the same town and she was coming to visit for Christmas. That also meant that I was going to meet her too! yay!

Maranda and I at her friends' house.

She and her family were staying with friends in a neighboring town, so I offered to pick her up for a girls lunch. We went to a cute little English cafe for toasties, french press coffee and homemade shortbread. Maranda was a doll and far more beautiful than I ever expected. Upon meeting her, I wanted to give her a gift of homemade cookies (in fact, they're the only cookies I made this Christmas.) I knew she liked white chocolate, toffee and coconut so these cookies were the perfect fit. I never heard back whether or not she liked them, but I'm hoping that she did.

These cookies are adapted from one that my boss gave me ages ago. Her mom used to bake them and share with us during the holidays. I changed them up a bit and made them with dark chocolate last year, but this year I stuck to the original recipe but decided to add a handful of shredded and sweetened coconut for chew factor. You can omit the coconut if you like because they're just as good without it. They're buttery, crispy on the edges, chewy in the middle and addicting!

White Chocolate, Toffee & Coconut Cookies

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  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup toffee bits
  • 1 pkg. (12 oz.) white chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup shredded coconut, optional

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Cream butter and both sugars together, then add egg and vanilla, stir.

Mix in flour, baking soda, and salt just til combined. Stir in toffee bits, white chocolate and coconut, if using.

Drop dough by rounded teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until lightly golden. Allow to cool for a couple minutes before removing to a rack to cool completely.

Makes 6 dozen

30 comments:

Holly said...

These sound soo delish!!Everything I love-white chocolate, toffee, brown sugar and butter-AHHH!! Printed-thanks;)

bellini valli said...

It is just so much fun to meet other bloggers who share the same passions. Coconut and white chocolae are two of my own favourite combinations too:D

Anonymous said...

I love you AND Maranda, so what a happy post <3

Julie @ Willow Bird Baking

Donna-FFW said...

One of my most fav cookies involves coconut and oatmeal. My hubby loves toffee. I bet this would go over big time here.

Debbie said...

The cookies look so good Monica. You are so sweet and I wish you lived near me so we could meet!

Kalei's Best Friend said...

thank u for this.. i have a bag of toffee chips i need to use!. these look rich.

warmvanillasugar said...

Wow. These look delish! I love the toffee addition. Yummy!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

These look delicious.I love the white chocolate and of course coconut is a favourite.
Blessings,Ruth

Sara said...

These look really delicious! Yum! :)

Cassie said...

Oh my goodness! I want some of these cookies right now!!!

Keeley said...

Your posts always make me want to go home and bake! I would love to make these with dark chocolate (I'm not a big fan of white chocolate). The texture looks really nice.

Avril said...

I just love that you and Maranda got to meet one another in person! And such a special/beautiful picture of you guys together!!

I'm sure Maranda LOVED the cookies...goodness how could she now when YOU made them Monica! :-)

Loving your new blog header....scrumptious!

blackbookkitchendiaries said...

those looks absolutely amazing! cant wait to try this out soon. thank you for sharing it. have a great day.

Me and My Pink Mixer said...

Oh my gosh ~ I've been wanting to make a cookie with toffee every since I had a wonderful tasting one at Panera last month. I love the addition of white chocolate chips and coconut. Printing this out now :)

oneordinaryday said...

I can't imagine that they weren't a hit, Monica. And I'm loving the new header! Makes me crave cookies.

The Captain's Daughter said...

Yumm!!

What a terrific friend you are - and I consider myself so fortunate to know that first-hand!

So what do I have to do to get you to come to North Carolina? I'm scamming up a plan now...

Raising Snowpeas said...

YUM! Monica, what a fantastic recipe, I just made my husband buy all the ingredients today and I just got done baking a batch of them - they are phenomenal! Thanks again for such wonderful recipes on your blog... now, if only I could get my pictures to look as good as yours :)

buttersweetmelody said...

THE perfect cookie, I would say. I love all things coconut and even more with butter and toffee? no way this is just too much. I love your pictures!

-Amalia http://buttersweetmelody.wordpress.com

Laura said...

How could she NOT like these cookies? really toffee and white chocolate chips...divine!!

Raising Snowpeas said...

Just thought I'd let you know that I brought these to a gathering and 3 women sought me out and told me they were the best cookie they had ever eaten! Amazing! Thanks for such a fantastic recipe!

tamilyn said...

Mmmmmm, can I get a glass of ice cold milk too please?

cookies and cups said...

ok, this is entirely too much deliciousness for one post!
The white choc, toffee cookies look incredible..so does the bruschetta burger, the pumpkin, cream cheese swirl bread..and that apple cake..dude, you're killing me!

Allie said...

How fun for you and Maranda to be able to meet in person! I'm sure that she loved the cookies! I am getting hungry just looking at them :)

Natasha @ Saved by the Egg Timer said...

2 of my fave things, tofee and coconut. Gotta try these!

Emily said...

Oh My! 24? Your whole blog is TOPS! 300% FABulous!

Ingrid said...

I'm both jealous and happy that you guys got to meet and hang out! You got to meet, she got cookies, and Ingrid got nada! lol

Love this batch of photos. Have you changed how you are exposing or are you messing around with the editing. I noticed you've been adding a vignette to some of your photos. I like it.
~ingrid

Davina Jaggard said...

These are now my new favorite cookie! Thank you so much for the recipe! I even took some to the ladies I work with & they loved them too! I was worried the coconut would be too much (I'm not a huge fan of coconut), but I love the flavor it adds to this cookie! The recipe is staying in my recipe collection & cookie jar for sure!

Maranda said...

Oh my goodness! What a bad friend I am! These cookies were amazingly delicious! The only problem was that I ended up taking them to my mom's house for Christmas and they didn't make it out of there. Thanks so much for the sweet and delicious gift and the wonderful lunch!

PS. We never got Round Rock donuts! :-(

From Marriage To Motherhood said...

Hi there! These look delicous! I'm going to attempt to make them tomorrow : ) Question...you noted "brown sugar". Did you use dark or light? Also, for the coconut...do you lightly toast before adding it to the dough? Thanks!!

Sue said...

Made these over the weekend and my family was thrilled with them! They are just a fantasic cookie and with the holidays coming they are perfect for those gift giving goodie trays! :)))

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