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Soft-Baked Lemon Coconut Cookies ~ #SundaySupper

Lemon cookies that have been soft baked to ooey, gooey cookie perfection. These Soft-Baked Lemon Coconut Cookies are extra rich with the addition of cream cheese and white chocolate chips.

Soft-Baked Lemon Coconut Cookies with Toasted Almonds and White Chocolate Chips

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mamas! Because it’s your special day, I made you the softest, chewiest, best-ever lemon cookies with toasted coconut and crunchy almonds.

I busted out all the fixin’s.

Bam, how’s that for special?

Soft-Baked Lemon Coconut Cookies with Toasted Almonds and White Chocolate Chips

The #SundaySupper crew is here to make your day extra special with a plethora of delicious recipes. I think you should order up one of each… You know, because you can.

I also think it would be in your best interest to pair one–who am I kidding? You’ll need two–of these cookies with a boozy beverage. You have your choice of a Grapefruit Honey Mojito, a pitcher of Fruity Pineapple Sangria (my mom’s fave), or a Blackberry Lime Gin Fizz.

Soft-Baked Lemon Coconut Cookies with Toasted Almonds and White Chocolate Chips

This recipe makes 7 large cookies or 14 regular-size cookies. I always choose the jumbo cookie scoop when I’m making cookies. I love the texture and gooey center of the larger cookie. If you want to make jumbo cookies, you’ll need to purchase this scoop. You’ll be getting your money’s worth, because this scoop also works as an ice cream scoop and cupcake batter scoop.

Soft-Baked Lemon Coconut Cookies with Toasted Almonds and White Chocolate Chips

I loaded the batter with 2 teaspoons of lemon zest (about 2 lemons) and a 1/4 teaspoon of lemon extract. The cookies bake up vibrant, bright, and citrus-y. They’re bursting with lemon flavor. I also added a handful of toasted almonds to the batter for crunch and topped each cookie with 2 teaspoons of shredded coconut. The coconut gets all toasty as the cookies bake. I love the crunch the coconut adds as you bite into the soft, gooey center.

Soft-Baked Lemon Coconut Cookies with Toasted Almonds and White Chocolate Chips

Instead of using all butter in my cookie base, I decided to use a combination of unsalted butter and softened cream cheese. If you’ve never added cream cheese to your cookie batter, I highly recommend giving it a try. The cookies bake up super soft and gooey on the inside with a slightly crisp exterior.

Soft-Baked Lemon Coconut Cookies with Toasted Almonds and White Chocolate Chips

As always, I like to eat my cookies straight out of the oven (SOOTO). There’s nothing better than a piping hot cookie to brighten your day. Obviously you’re not going to eat all of the cookies in one sitting (or are you?), but you can always reheat your cookies in the microwave for that just out of the oven taste when you need another cookie fix.

Soft-Baked Lemon Coconut Cookies

Lemon cookies that have been soft baked to ooey, gooey cookie perfection. They're extra rich with the addition of cream cheese and white chocolate chips.

Yield: 7 large cookies

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 17 minutes

Total Time: 27 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room-temperature
  • 3 tablespoons cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest (about 2 lemons)
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup toasted almonds, chopped
  • 1/3 cup shredded coconut

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment or a silicone mat.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter, cream cheese, brown sugar, and granulated sugar until light and fluffy, about 1 minute.
  3. Add the egg, lemon zest, and both extracts to the bowl. Mix until combined. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula and give the mixture one more quick mix.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt. With the mixer on low, slowly add the dry ingredients. Continue to mix until thoroughly combined.
  5. Fold in the white chocolate chips and chopped almonds.
  6. Measure out 3-tablespoons of dough (or using a large cookie scoop) at a time and roll into balls (the dough will be a little sticky). Place the dough balls on the cookie sheet, spacing them 3 inches apart.
  7. Add 2 teaspoons of shredded coconut to the top of each ball, pressing down slightly so the coconut adheres to the dough.
  8. Bake for 16-17 minutes, or until the edges are a light golden brown. Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Store the cookies in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
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16 Responses to “Soft-Baked Lemon Coconut Cookies ~ #SundaySupper”

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    Renee — May 10, 2015 at 6:46 am

    7 large or 14 regular? How about 1 great big one? Oh yes! I could see that happening. One great big giant cookie for me.

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    Laura Dembowski — May 10, 2015 at 7:35 am

    I have never made cookies with cream cheese but now I have too.  These look amazing!

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    Tara — May 10, 2015 at 10:14 am

    Cool cookies, I love them as they are different and look and sound delicious!!

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    Kelly @ TastingPage — May 10, 2015 at 2:38 pm

    Lemon and coconut – oh man, this sounds highly dangerous to have in my house, but I’m willing to take the risk. Looks amazing!

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    Liz — May 10, 2015 at 3:04 pm

    Any cookie with coconut and white chocolate as add ins is A-OK with me! And I’m going to have to add cream cheese to my next batch of cookies, too :)

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    Lisa | Sweet 2 Eat Baking — May 10, 2015 at 5:00 pm

    Boy, they’re big – my size of cookie! Love the lemon and coconut combo, sounds so refreshing.

    I love me a big ass ol’ soft gooey cookie. Pinning.

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    Cindys Recipes and Writings — May 10, 2015 at 6:18 pm

    I could eat a stack of these!

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    Wendy, A Day in the Life on the Farm — May 10, 2015 at 9:57 pm

    I will have two of the jumbo cookies with a large glass of milk please.  Happy Mother’s Day

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    Valerie Cathell Clark — May 10, 2015 at 10:14 pm

    These are calling to me! Beautiful cookies! LOVE coconut!

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    Kayle (The Cooking Actress) — May 11, 2015 at 10:20 am

    oooh so refreshing and lemon-y!! 

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    Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom — May 11, 2015 at 10:26 am

    Jennie, I LOVE these cookies!!! trying these!!! pinned! 

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    Shaina — May 11, 2015 at 8:33 pm

    Ohh how I love coconut! These cookies sound just delicious

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    Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction — May 13, 2015 at 9:28 am

    These look like cookie perfection! Love the flavor combo!

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    Sarah — May 15, 2015 at 10:06 pm

    This would be great for my best bud – she is a tropical diva for sure

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    Lauren @ Sew You Think You Can Cook — May 18, 2015 at 9:27 pm

    I have got to try putting cream cheese in cookie dough!

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