Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Dressed In White Chocolate Coconut Cookies from Mary Burton

The holidays can finally begin!  Baker extraordinaire and bestselling author Mary Burton once again shares her favorite holiday recipes. This homemade treat takes its name from a key plot point in her next novel, THE SEVENTH VICTIM.

Dressed In White Chocolate Coconut Cookies

1 cup (2 sticks) butter
1-1/2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon coconut extract
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
2-3/4 cups flour
1 cup white chocolate chips
1 cup coconut
Confectioner's sugar

Cream together butter and sugar.  
Blend in coconut extract and egg.  
In a separate bowl mix baking powder, baking soda and flour.  
Mix dry ingredients into butter-sugar mixture.
Add white chocolate chips and coconut.
Spoon onto a baking sheet.
Bake at 325 degrees for 12-15 minutes.  
Dust with Confectioner's sugar.

The romance between coconut and chocolate has made this recipe one that’s asked for time and again by my family and by those on my always growing holiday cookie list.  Even a few friends who say they don’t like coconut have a soft spot for these.

I always set a few dozen aside so we still have some left to enjoy as we ring in the New Year.  We pour the eggnog and champagne, sprinkle (probably too much) Confectioner’s sugar over them, and try to imagine what the next year will hold. 

Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year to you and yours!

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