Recipe: Tropical Chip Cookies

Are you sitting down? It might be a good idea. These cookies are capable of rendering you weak in the knees and drool-y in the mouth. Inspired by the delightful tastes of island life--coconut, mango, and macadamia--each bite is a decadent escape from reality. If you're in the mood for a tropical vacation (and who isn't?), there's no need to book airfare or hotel, just head to your kitchen. Try them today, but be sure to leave a vacation message on your email. You're likely to be unavailable for a while. Tropical Chip Cookies 2 1/4 cups flour, sifted 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon salt 1 cup butter 1/4 cup sugar 1 1/4 cups brown sugar 2 eggs 1 teaspoon coconut flavoring 1 teaspoon vanilla 2 tablespoons half-and-half 1 cup chopped dried mango 1 1/2 cups toasted coconut (find recipe here) 1/2 cup macadamia nuts 1-2 cups white chocolate chips Directions Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a medium bowl, sift flour, baking soda, and salt together and set aside. Melt butter in a small saucepan over low heat. Using an electric mixer, blend sugars together and add melted butter. Mix on low speed until a smooth paste forms. In a small bowl, beat eggs together. Add coconut flavoring and vanilla and beat again. Add half-and-half to egg mixture and beat again. Add egg mixture into sugar/butter mixture and mix until smooth and creamy. Slowly add flour mixture, followed by the mangoes, toasted coconut, nuts, and white chocolate chips. Chill dough for 15-20 minutes. Scoop heaping tablespoons onto a prepared cookie sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes, or until deep, golden brown around the edges. Transfer cookies to a cooling rack and enjoy!
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