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Coconut M&M White Chocolate Cookies


*Call me lazy, burned out, bored, or whatever – but I’m handing the reins over to BEN today!! You know, that guy I always talk about. That one I’m kinda married to (unless Henry Cavill comes along…), and the one who was basically a hermit this last year finishing up his first year of nursing school. Yes, THAT husband of mine. Here he is taking over and showing you some brain food worthy COOKIES!! Enjoy*

Hi folks!  Happy Friday! It’s been a while since I last wrote here, in fact, I’m sure the majority of you never even saw my first post.  If you are interested, you can check it out here.  For this go-round, I thought it would be fun to change it up a bit and talk about something near and dear to my heart: cookies.

If you have read this far, then it’s probably safe to assume that you also like to eat cookies.  That must mean that you are an intelligent person because cookies are excellent brain food.  It’s well known that glucose is the only molecule that brain cells can convert into energy unlike other body cells which can also use fats and proteins for energy production.  Cookies contain a lot of glucose, and therefore a great treat to refuel a weary brain. When I made these cookies, I was a day removed from finishing my final exams for the quarter, so you can imagine that my precious neurons were in need of some alcohol sustenance- and fast!

At this point you are probably thinking, “Well, what’s the point of making cookies if they aren’t plain chocolate chip?”  I agree that it is hard to break away from your old stand-bys.  For example, I eat a turkey sandwich, yogurt, an apple, and a fiber bar for lunch everyday. I eat cereal for breakfast every morning, and I’m working on Megan to adopt a steady weekly dinner menu (it’s not going well).

Anyway, it’s well documented that plain chocolate chip cookies are the best cookies (I read that on the internet somewhere, so it’s legit), but sometimes you need to break away from what you know… It’s kind of like a vacation.  A cookie-cation!!  If you are as cheap as I am, it’s a vacation you feel like you can actually afford.

So when it came time to make my vacation cookie, Megan suggested a recipe by the Picky Palate.  You should check out her blog: http://picky-palate.com/.  I can’t say that this is an adaptation from her original.  All I did was substitute white chocolate chips for the brown kind (because we didn’t have any).  So the recipe posted here is hers (don’t accuse me of plagiarism).   I look at this as peer review research.

So the next time you or your kids want some cookies, just remember to leave the guilt behind because you are feeding your brain.  And if you need a new “scientifically” peer reviewed recipe to get started, check out the recipe here, or head on over to the Picky Palate and make yourself some tasty treats.  If this cookie doesn’t look like your thing, check out some of the other cookie ideas below. (Sorry, none of them are plain chocolate chip either).

Caramel Macchiato Cookies


Lexington Cookies


Chewy Nutella Cookies

Print Recipe
Yield: 24 Cookies

Coconut M&M White Chocolate Cookies


½ cup Butter, softened
½ cup Sugar
½ cup Brown Sugar
1 Egg
½ tsp Vanilla
1 ½ cup Flour
3 Tbsp Instant Vanilla Pudding
½ tsp Baking Soda
½ tsp Salt
¾ cup White Chocolate Chips
1 ½ cups Coconut M&M’s


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with a silicone liner. In a large mixing bowl, beat together butter and sugars until creamy and smooth. Scrape down the sides and beat in egg and vanilla. In medium bowl, whisk together flour, pudding, salt, and baking soda. With the mixer on low, mix in dry ingredients until just combined. Add in Coconut M&M’s and white chocolate chips. Mix to combine.
With a medium cookie scoop, place dough 2 inches apart. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until golden brown. Let cookies rest on cookie sheet for 5 minutes, then remove and allow to cool on wire rack.

Adapted from Jenny Flake’s Perfect M&M Cookies



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