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Friday, June 7, 2013

Tropical White Chip Cookies (AKA: Moving Day Cookies)

These Tropical White Chip Cookies are also know as 'Moving Day Cookies' in our house.  Tropical due to the ground banana chips, fine ground coconut, and dried pineapple bits.....Moving Day Cookies because I had handfuls of all these ingredients and needed to use them up, as mentioned in a previous post.  These are now S's favorite cookies, and he would "like a plate of them EVERY DAY!!"


The ground banana chips and the fine ground coconut are actually a by-product of a kitchen FAIL(!)  I had attempted to make nut-free Macarons by grinding my own flours made from banana chips and unsweetened coconut flakes.  FYI, grinding coconut flakes in a food processor yields coconut butter, NOT coconut flour, and ground banana chips don't really have flour-like qualities.....go figure.  Needless to say my Macarons were a flop...they were more of banana and coconut flavored meringues. Good thing I saved the pulverized crumbs in Ziploc bags from my failed Macarons, or I never would have had the idea to make these cookies!  



If a blondie is the opposite of a brownie, then these are the opposite of chocolate chip cookies......I don't really know how to describe them......this would be more of a summery cookie.....do you know what I mean?  Chocolate chips usually take on the dominate flavor in chocolate chip cookies.  In these cookies the banana, coconut, pineapple, and white chocolate have a nicer balance with the cookie dough base.  The flavors all mesh well together, they all mellow well....the Jack Johnson of cookies!!  The banana chips and coconut are distributed through the cookie dough, the pineapple chunks and white chips are little lumps of yummy, like the good chunks you dig for in a Ben & Jerry's.  



I slightly adapted Nestle's classic chip cookie recipe by using bread flour and adding some cornstarch for a chewier softer, cookie.  I learned this from Averie Sunshine, at AverieCooks.com.  I made her chewy chip and chunk cookies - they were da' bomb!!  Who would have thunked that adding a little bit of cornstarch would lend a chewy, soft baked cookie?  


This recipe makes a half batch of cookies; 14, (good-sized) 3" cookies.  It can easily be doubled, or the cookies could be rolled smaller to suit your needs.  I eyeballed the dough and rolled them out roughly all the same size...until I got to my last one; it was a little bit bigger than the rest.  I did the only rational thing:  I ate a bit of the dough to make the last cookie dough ball uniform in size.  


To me, these are best when fully cooled; if making at night, the next morning is prime cookie-eating time.  I don't know the chemistry behind it, but once fully cooled they taste better.  Of course, I do eat one hot from the oven each time....solely for the sake of comparison.  


Print THIS Recipe!
Tropical White Chip/Moving Day Cookies, adapted from Nestle & Averie's Cookies
makes 14, 3 inch cookies

1 stick of butter, softened to room temperature
1/4 cup, plus 2 TBS white sugar
1/4 cup, plus 2 TBS packed dark brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 egg, beaten
1 cup bread flour
6 TBS fine ground banana chips (to the consistency of graham cracker crumbs)
6 TBS fine ground unsweetened coconut flakes
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp corn starch
1/2 tsp salt (omit if using salted butter)
1/4 cup chopped dried pineapple pieces (roughly the size of raisins)
1/2 cup white chocolate chips

Whisk together the flour, ground banana chips, ground coconut, baking soda, cornstarch, and salt.  Set aside.

Cream the softened butter with the sugars until smooth and well combined.  Stir in vanilla extract and beaten egg.  Stir well until fluffy and well combines.

Add flour mixture into the butter mixture, stir gently to combine, fold to incorporate the flour without overmixing.  For the last few turns, add in the dried pineapple pieces and chocolate chips.

Put cookie dough in the freezer for a few minutes while the oven heats up to temperature & set oven to 350 degrees.

When oven is ready, remove dough from freezer and roll golfball-sized balls of dough onto parchment or foil lined baking pans.  Space balls 4-5 inches apart, bake for 10-12 minutes, or until edges a golden brown.

Cool in pan for 5 minutes, then place cookies on a wire rack to finish cooling.

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27 comments:

  1. I absolutely love this recipe! I can't wait to try these cookies:) I always have dried pineapple (hubby loves it) and these cookies will be a perfect way to use it...plus I never would have though to grind banana chips~ Amazing:) Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines

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    1. Thanks Lynn! Your comment was in my spam folder?? Sorry I'm just getting back to you now! Yes, I was so bummed my macarons didn't turn out well....but if they didn't, I never would have had the ground bananas on hand! :)

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  2. These look awesome! I totally want to make them...some time when there is at least one other person around so I don't eat them all myself! Sadly, I'd probably need to leave the coconut out because I love it but it does not love me. =(

    Natashalh

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    1. You could always just make half a batch, minus to coconut :)

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  3. I saw this shared at Mop it up Monday. Nice job, it looks awesome! Please come share at this week's From the Farm Blog Hop: http://www.fresh-eggs-daily.com/2013/06/from-farm-blog-hop-36.html

    Lisa
    Fresh Eggs Daily
    www.fresh-eggs-daily.com

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  4. I like the ingredients. There are lot of coconuts and banana chips available in my country!:)

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    1. Hahahah!! I did think of you!! A blueberry-free treat:)

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  5. These look and sound great, love chocolate chip and they sound wonderful :) Thanks for sharing with us at Creative Mondays ...

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  6. I can't believe I never thought of this!! White Chocolate Macadamia Nut cookies are my favorite, but I bet with dried pineapple they would be even more AMAZING! It would be awesome if you could come link these up at Tasty Tuesdays!(http://www.hungryharps.com/2013/06/tasty-tuesdays-14.html)Have a good day. :)

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    1. I love Macadamia nuts! Sadly, no nuts allowed in our house. The dried pineapple works as a nut-substitute, and yes, with nuts, it would be bonkers!!
      Thanks for stopping by...I will check out your linky :)

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  7. These look amazing! My hubby is going to love these! I am making these for him for Fathers Day!

    I am found these amazing cookies as I have the honor of co-hosting this week on the Fluster's Creative Muster Party. Thanks for sharing your creations with us! I hope you found inspiration in all of the terrific posts.

    I host a (Not SO) Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop and a TGIF Link Party at my place -- A Peek Into My Paradise... http://apeekintomyparadise.blogspot.com/ I would love for you to link up and follow if you like what you see. =) I follow back - I love making new friends!

    I can't wait to see what you link up next week!

    Hugs, Cathy

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    1. Thanks for co-hosting, hope your hubs enjoys the cookies!! Thanks for stopping by, I will check out your linky :)

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  8. Stopping by from ahandfulofeverything's link party! Isn't adding cornstarch to cookies wonderful? I started doing that and now I'll never make a cookie without cornstarch again! These look wonderful. What a great idea to use up some things in the pantry by throwing them in cookies!

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    1. Thanks, Faith! Sometimes throwing random on-hand ingredients together works.....sometimes, not so much :)
      Thanks for stopping by!!

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  9. These sound really good! I love tropical fruit!

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    1. Thanks Jeni! The fruit in the cookies, technically, makes them a serving of fruit!

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  10. We bought banana chips hoping our son would like them, and we could stop buying bananas every day...he didn't really care for them. Now I know what I can put them in!
    These really do look wonderful, and like the perfect balance. Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friday

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    1. He'll never know they are in the cookies, and it's a great way to use them up!

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  11. That dried pineapple has me sold! Thanks for sharing at Sweet & Savory Saturdays #17.

    ~Amber @ Dessert Now, Dinner Later!
    http://dessertnowdinnerlater.blogspot.com

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  12. Love that you add in the pineapple to your cookies, gives it a tropical flare. Thanks for sharing at Thursday's Treasures, can't wait to see what you bring this week!

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    1. Thanks Joan! I've had the pineapple rings for a while now....I don't know what I was saving them for, but they worked well with the banana chips & coconut :)

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  13. I really like the idea of "moving day" food. Although I don't plan to move ever, ever again! I also like the way you've described this cookie...summery...digging through Ben & Jerry's. Very relatable. Thanks for sharing this tropical creation!
    Michelle @Ms. enPlace

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    1. I move far too often....now, baking cookies for moving day is only encouraging MORE MOVING!! :)

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  14. Hell, I'd move for these cookies! Lol :) Thank you so much for linking up with me this week at Tasty Tuesdays! I’ve pinned this & shared it with my followers! Please be sure to stop back by the party and check out some of the other links!

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  15. Miss Kim these look great! I just pinned them to my cookie board! I love the fun combination of ingredients, beyond the traditional cc :) MMMMMmm. Krista @ A Handful of Everything

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    1. I came up with these add-ins to use up what I had.....now I need to buy more.....vicious circle :)

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