“C is for cookie, that’s good enough for me. Oh! cookie, cookie, cookie starts with C!” – Cookie Monster
Cookies are little sweet drops of dough from heaven. So delish with so many varieties. They are ultimate comfort in a perfect, crispy on the outside; chewy on the inside, package.
Baking cookies, for me, is even more comforting. I love the warmth from the oven and the smells that fill my home. I also enjoy seeing the delight in people’s faces when they eat one of my hand crafted cookies!
Something super fun to do is create a unique blend of cookie. That’s how I came up with the Cabana Cookie. I was going to call them Cabana Boys, but my firefighter neighbor said it might be awkward for him to ask for another hot Cabana Boy.
I took the basic dough recipe. You know the one you use for chocolate chip cookies. But, instead of adding chocolate chips, I put in white chocolate chips, coconut, and the secret ingredient…lime zest. They were a hit! My taste testers (neighbors, co-workers, husband, and friends) loved them! Yippeee! Success!
What other combos can you come up with? I already have a few more ideas.
Basic Dough – how much does this make? Depends on the size of your cookies. I made huge chewy cookies and this recipe made about 18 cookies.
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs
The add ins
- 2 cups white chocolate chips
- 1 cup coconut
- zest of 2 small limes
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
- Combine flour, baking soda, salt and lime zest in small bowl. I added the lime zest here because I wanted to be sure it was distributed evenly throughout the batter
- Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy.
- Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture.
- Hand stir in white chocolate chips and coconut. Yes, hand stir! If you use a mixer it breaks up the chips. Plus, hand stirring ands more love and you can taste the difference.
- Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets or use a scoop.
- Bake for 9 to 14 minutes or until golden brown depending on the size of your cookies and how you like ’em.
- Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.