~ White Chocolate and Coconut Oatmeal Cookies ~
Wherever we move, there is a kitchen ritual to settling in. A new home is exciting and unsettling. There are new smells, a different light and the need to relearn a dance in our daily routine. Things are lost, then found and lost again. We hurry to get our groove, a new groove, which will eventually transform into normal, while the urge is never stronger to wrap ourselves in the comfort of the familiar. So one of the first things I do is bake cookies. As the cookies bake, their fragrance wafts through the house marking its territory and reminding us of our family life. The smell coaxes us from our various rooms, technologies and activities, and we sit together, again, at our kitchen table, sharing a plate of home baked cookies with milk and tea.
White Chocolate and Coconut Oatmeal Cookies
Recipe adapted from Smitten Kitchen; Deb at Smitten Kitchen has a way with sea salt, and this recipe immediately caught my attention. I’ve adapted it slightly and added a shower of coconut to the dough.
Makes approximately 30 2-inch cookies
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
14 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup light brown sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut, plus extra for sprinkling
6 ounces high quality white chocolate, chopped, about 1 cup
Sea salt flakes, such as Maldon or Fleur de Sel, for sprinkling
Preheat oven to 350 F. Whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt together in a bowl; set aside. Beat butter and sugars together in a bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment until light and fluffy, 3 minutes. Add egg and vanilla and mix well. Add flour and mix to thoroughly combine. Add oats, coconut and chocolate and mix to blend. Shape in 1 1/2 inch balls and place on baking sheet lined with parchment. Flatten slightly. Sprinkle with a pinch of coconut and a few grains of sea salt, gently pressing into the dough. Bake in oven until light golden, about 14 minutes.
13 thoughts on “Home Baking: White Chocolate and Coconut Oatmeal Cookies”
congrats on succesful moving – and hopefully all enjoying new recidence
OMG, these look great. Home is were the cooking is…enjoy the new home.
You are so right.. the scent of cookies does, indeed, mark your home as your own! Love this thought and your recipe!
A divine combination! Those cookies must be excellent and really addictive.
Have fun in your new home.
So glad you are settling in! Cookies smell great, all the way here in Chicago.
I love that shower of coconut! I love the scene you set around the kitchen table too. Glad you’re on the other side of the move now 🙂
A to of folks give white chocolate the cold shoulder, not me. Especially when it’s licked by coconut and maldon salt….oh la la!
Welcome to your new house (and kitchen)! Baking is the perfect way to make it feel like home. What a lovely combination of flavors in these cookies. One whiff and I’d be popping right into the kitchen!
I love the texture!
I am so enamored with this white chocolate and coconut combo. Hope you’re settling smoothly into your new home, Lynda.
Porridge used to be one of my favourite things in winter, until I have found these… Perfection!
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