Hey, everyone! I hope that your Labor Day weekend was wonderful! Ours was. We had lots of food, lots of sugar and lots of fun. Just how it should be.
About a year ago, while I was at Harris Teeter looking for an easy dessert because God forbid my children and hubby not have dessert after every meal and I ran across Coconut Pecan cookies in their bakery section. I thought they sounded delicious, so I picked a container up. Oh my word, we loved them. Loved them and all 12 were gone in a matter of minutes. Oink, oink.
So, last week I picked up another container and again, we inhaled them. At which point my son turned to me and said, "Mom, can't you just make more?". Weeellll, baby.....of course I can! Duh. So, I took out all of my favorite cookie recipes and thought about which one best matched the texture and flavor I was looking for and then I tweaked and messed and pondered and drank a glass of wine and baked and facebooked and baked and taste tested and...voilå!! Perfection! We think that they are better than Harris Teeters, they taste amazballs and do not have any preservatives or icky things in them. Who needs preservatives in cookies any way? My household certainly doesn't.
I hope you guys make them and if you do, let me know what you think!
Yields ~ 3 1/2 to 4 dozen
2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/4 teaspoon of salt
3/4 teaspoon of baking soda
2 sticks of unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup sugar
2/3 cup (packed) light brown sugar
2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
2 large eggs
2 cups of shredded sweetened coconut
2 cups of pecans
~Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Prepare cookie sheets with silicone mats or parchment paper.
~In a stand mixer beat butter until pale, about 2 minutes.
~Add sugars and beat until fluffy, another 2-3 minutes.
~Add eggs one at a time, beating for about 1 minute after each addition.
~Whisk together flour, salt and baking soda in a bowl.
~Add dry ingredients to the wet in 2 - 3 additions, mixing until just combined each time.
~Place mixer on low and add coconut and pecans. Mix until just combined.
~Drop by well rounded tablespoons onto prepared baking sheets.
~Bake for 12-14 minutes, rotating halfway through.