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Coconut Cookies with Caramelised White Chocolate

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I was very excited to hear this month’s Sweet Adventures Blog Hop theme was COOKIE MONSTER and hosted by Sophie from The Sticky and Sweet. I love cookies (or biscuits as they’re more often referred to in Australia) and I knew I wanted to make a cookie sandwich – what’s better than 1 cookie? 2 cookies sandwiched together!

Ever since I saw David Lebovitz’s recipe for Caramelised White Chocolate I knew I had to attempt it myself. I ended up adding some heavy cream to make it into a spreadable ganache and it was the perfect accompaniment to my coconut cookies.

Coconut Cookies with Caramelised White Chocolate Filling
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Serves: 12 filled cookies
Caramelised White Chocolate Filling
  • 250g white chocolate
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
Coconut Cookies
  • 115g butter, room temp
  • 1 cup caster sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1¼ cups plain flour
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • Pinch salt
  • 1⅓ cups flaked coconut
Caramelised White Chocolate Filling
  1. Preheat oven to 120ºC.
  2. Put white chocolate in an oven-proof dish (I used a pyrex bowl) and heat for 10 minutes.
  3. Remove dish with oven mitt and stir. Return dish to oven for another 10 minutes.
  4. Repeat this process for approximately 30-40 mins, or until your white chocolate is the colour of peanut butter.
  5. Allow to cool and add in your salt. When the chocolate cools down to room temperature, beat in the heavy cream until smooth and spreadable and set aside.
Coconut Cookies
  1. Turn up oven to 180ºC and line two baking trays with baking paper.
  2. Cream the butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in the egg and vanilla until light and fluffy.
  3. Add in the flour, baking soda and salt mixture, then the coconut and mix until just combined.
  4. Dollop dessert spoons full of dough onto the baking tray, you should fit approx 12 per tray.
  5. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the oven, or until lightly golden. Cool on wire racks.
  6. When cookies are cooled, spread caramelised white chocolate mixture onto half and sandwich the cookies together with the remainders.
  7. Enjoy!

This was my caramelised white chocolate after 40 minutes in the oven – it had reached a gorgeous golden brown colour.

Once room temperature and blended with the heavy cream, it reaches the perfect spreadable consistency for your cookies. If the ganache starts to harden up, pop it in the microwave in 10 second bursts on medium and stir until spreadable again.

Whenever I bake cookies, I always feel compelled to make a cookie mountain – exhibit A, B and C.

The chewy coconutty cookies pair perfectly with the caramelised white chocolate and I must admit I have eaten more than my share this weekend. Enjoy!

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  • Reply Ramen Raff August 19, 2013 at 10:04 am

    Love the sound of caramelised whit choc! Never had it before. Have to try.

    • Reply Swah August 19, 2013 at 3:57 pm

      Yes you must try it Raff! It tastes AMAZING

  • Reply Sophie - thestickyandsweet August 19, 2013 at 10:06 am

    AMAZING! I think I could eat that filling just with a spoon, or maybe use a cookie as a scoop into my mouth. Thanks for sharing another amazing recipe in this hop xo

    • Reply Swah August 19, 2013 at 3:58 pm

      Haha guilty as charged, I swear 1/3 of the filling went straight into my mouth o_O

  • Reply Christine @ Cooking Crusade August 19, 2013 at 10:09 am

    These look incredible! I love the sound of the filling and it’s such a pretty colour, reminds me of dulce de leche :D

    • Reply Swah August 19, 2013 at 3:58 pm

      It’s quite like dulce de leche, but a chocolatey version (so basically, heaven!)

  • Reply Stephanie - The Dessert Spoon August 19, 2013 at 10:38 am

    I haven’t tried caramelised white chocolate yet but I just know I am going to love it, especially with coconut. Delicious!

    • Reply Swah August 19, 2013 at 3:58 pm

      It’s a match made in heaven :)

  • Reply Erika August 19, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    So many yums here Swah! Caramelised white chocolate is the absolute shiz and coconut is the perfect partner in crime. Also excellent stacking :)

    • Reply Swah August 19, 2013 at 3:59 pm

      Haha glad to see my stacking is appreciated ;) It’s a great flavour combo, I want to incorporate it into a cupcake next!

  • Reply GourmetGetaways August 19, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    Oh this looks so good!
    I will have to try caramelising some white chocolate myself! Gorgeous images too :)

    • Reply Swah August 19, 2013 at 3:59 pm

      It’s very easy and VERY tasty :)

  • Reply JJ - 84thand3rd August 19, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    Ok, I think we need to have a ‘meeting’ immediately so I can have one of these ;D They sound simply divine!

    • Reply Swah August 19, 2013 at 4:54 pm

      Haha meetings are always better (and more productive) when treats are involved!!

  • Reply Sally August 19, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    caramelised white chocolate, a revelation! I “need” to try these!

    • Reply Swah August 23, 2013 at 10:28 am

      You must Sally, in fact I insist!!

  • Reply Liz @ I Spy Plum Pie August 19, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    Woah, these look amazing! A combination of some of my favourite flavours too – I don’t know if me making these would be the best or worst idea ever!

    • Reply Swah August 23, 2013 at 10:30 am

      The best worst idea ever I think!

  • Reply Marian at Apricot Tart August 19, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    These look and sound – and obviously taste divine, Swah! I’ll be making these!

    • Reply Swah August 23, 2013 at 10:32 am

      Oh wonderful Marian, enjoy!! :)

  • Reply Monica @ Gastromony August 19, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    I lurve caramelised white chocolate… But these cookies! They remind me of Kingston cookies but waaay better. I doubt I’d be able to stop at one of these either :)

    • Reply Swah August 23, 2013 at 10:31 am

      They are definitely Kingston-esque! But much better, I can assure you ;)

  • Reply Claire @ Claire K Creations August 20, 2013 at 9:53 am

    Haha so know what you mean about the cookie mountain. Somehow I always resort to that ‘pose.’ I really have to try making caramelised white chocolate. Looks like something you could easily eat with a spoon.

    • Reply Swah August 22, 2013 at 5:38 pm

      I am guilty as charged with eating the caramelised white chocolate with a spoon. And I feel cookies look better in mountain form :)

  • Reply Tina @ bitemeshowme August 20, 2013 at 11:59 am

    It looks AND sounds amazing Swah. I haven’t tried caramelised white choc yet but after reading this post, I know I’m gonna!

    • Reply Swah August 22, 2013 at 5:38 pm

      Thank you Tina :) And you must try! Go go go!

  • Reply milkteaxx August 20, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    these look and sound amazing! everyone should build cookie mountains!

    • Reply Swah August 22, 2013 at 5:37 pm

      Cookie mountains for all!!

  • Reply Prue @ The Culinary Library August 20, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    Ahhh, great recipe! ;) We must both be onto a good thing! And white choc and coconut also one of my fav combinations, delicious!

    • Reply Swah August 22, 2013 at 5:36 pm

      Great minds Prue, great minds ;)

  • Reply Chris August 21, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    Oh, what a delight. I like that caramelised white chocolate filling. That would be something to try, that’s true.

    • Reply Swah August 22, 2013 at 5:35 pm

      Yes you must try it Chris, then try and not eat the whole batch!

  • Reply Nic August 21, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    I’m not a huge fan of of coconut but that filling sounds so amazing I just have to try them!

    • Reply Swah August 22, 2013 at 5:34 pm

      Maybe you can just make a pot of caramelised white chocolate and eat it with a spoon! :)

  • Reply Stephanie - The Dessert Spoon August 21, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    What a wonderful flavour combination! I always love a cookie mountain!

    • Reply Swah August 22, 2013 at 5:34 pm

      Can’t beat a good cookie mountain! I LOVE coconut and white chocolate, it’s one of my fav combos :)

  • Reply Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella August 22, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    I’m a coconut freak so I was immediately intrigued by this. And I still haven’t caramelised my own white chocolate yet-I really should! :)

    • Reply Swah August 22, 2013 at 5:33 pm

      Give it a go Lorraine, it’s a life changer (possibly a slight over exaggeration, but let’s just say it’s really tasty!)

  • Reply Irene @ a swoonful of sugar August 23, 2013 at 9:59 am

    Loveee white chocolate and coconut, thanks for making my dream cookie a reality :)))

    • Reply Swah August 23, 2013 at 10:23 am

      Haha I am glad to make your dreams come true Irene!! :)

  • Reply My Kitchen Stories August 23, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    Gorgeous cookies and brilliant photos. Who could ever say no to two of these cookies

    • Reply Swah August 27, 2013 at 1:40 pm

      Thank you :) I definitely couldn’t say no to these cookies… they were dangerous!

  • Reply Deepa @onesmallpot August 24, 2013 at 12:48 am

    These look divine! I’m starting to understand the latest craze for caramelized white chocolate now!

    • Reply Swah August 27, 2013 at 1:41 pm

      I am completely nuts for caramelised white chocolate now! It’s a nice alternative for my dulce de leche/salted caramel addiction ;)

  • Reply Rache August 24, 2013 at 11:23 am

    Oh my goodness! These look amazing. HOW GOOD IS CARAMELISED WHITE CHOCOLATE???!! It needs to be more of a thing, thank you for your part in making it more of a thing!


    The Caramelised White Chocolate Appreciation Society

    Co-signed by the Exclamation Point Authority of South Australia!

    • Reply Swah August 27, 2013 at 1:42 pm

      Haha Rach I would LOVE to join you in the White Chocolate Appreciation Society ;) We need to make this the next big thing!

  • Reply Christine August 26, 2013 at 1:52 am

    Hi! These look so yummy! I’d like to have one…or two ;-) with my coffee right now! Many greetings Christine

    • Reply Swah August 27, 2013 at 1:42 pm

      Thanks Christine :) They would go absolutely perfect with your coffee I’m sure!

  • Reply Sugar et al August 26, 2013 at 10:52 am

    I love love love caramelised white chocolate and using it as a filling for cookies sounds perfect. Why didn’t I ever think of that! The pairing with coconut is fantastic too.

    • Reply Swah August 27, 2013 at 1:43 pm

      You must give it a go! The flavour combination is pretty amazing :)

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