Who doesn't love a big, thick, soft and chewy sugar cookie? And I had a fair share of willing taste-testers for both the cookie dough and baked cookies fresh from the oven. My kiddos LOVE sugar cookies, but there is just something a little bit special about these. For the uninitiated, they had a hard time putting their finger on exactly what the little something was that made these cookies taste just so darn good. They know I always use pure vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste in my sugar cookies, but just a spoonful of pure coconut extract make these cookies too good to put down! Even the odd ones that don't love coconut LOVE these cookies - frosted and decorated, or just simple and plain, snitched from the baking sheet while they were still warm from the oven. Tender, full of flavor, with a perfectly sugar-crackled exterior.
These sugar cookies are GINORMOUS, and have just the lightest tender crust on the outside, but melt-in-your-mouth tender cookie inside. These cookies puff while they're baking, and I've tried a couple of different techniques to make the perfect baked cookie.
First attempt - I left the cookie dough balls rounded and just let them bake - they puffed up like mountains and weren't completely baked through. Next attempt - I flattened with my palm & fingers - this worked, but they weren't uniformly pretty. Next, I tried taking them out of the oven a few minutes early and smooshing down gently with a glass (kinda like a SWIG sugar cookie) and then baking for a couple extra minutes - this worked the best so far. But I consistently had the best results flattening the round sugar-rolled cookie dough balls with a flat-bottomed glass just before putting them in the oven and baking them for exactly 12 minutes and then letting them cool on the baking sheets for 5 minutes before removing to cooling racks. Perfect cookies every time!
Our little ones loved helping drizzle and sprinkle these with me, so they are as excited as I am to pull these out of the freezer and serve for our Easter brunch and dinner. So easy to make, so easy to bake, so much fun to decorate - but even better to eat! Sunshine on my shoulders and a Coconut Sugar Cookie make me happy! Hope you enjoy these too!