I'm getting the finishing touches done on my baking for Easter this year, it feels so good to be a little bit ahead of the game! We've had so much cold and snow, and dreary cloudy rain - and baking and decorating these sweet springtime cookies just made me happy!
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.
It's all about the coconut flavor - there is no shredded or flaked coconut in these. And it really does make these special!
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!
These sweet little treats are wonderful plain and simple, right from the oven. But for Easter or a special springtime occasion, how cute are these drizzled with some colorful white chocolate and sprinkled with springtime confetti sprinkles?
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!