These were not my idea. I borrowed this from Jessica over at My Baking Heart. I am a bit of an oatmeal cookie freak and after I put my eyes back in my head after seeing her recipe, I started plotting just when I could squeeze in the time to make them. So I found myself mixing up a double batch of batter after being out dancing until the wee hours of the morning on a recent Saturday evening to bring them to a picnic the following day. The morning of I baked three and a half dozen and they were gobbled up that afternoon earning rave reviews. Maybe refrigerating them overnight deepen the flavor.
I changed and added a few things from Jessica's recipe. I started with my all time favorite oatmeal cookies recipe from the Quaker Oats box as a base. Then left out the alcohol (but used rum, coconut and vanilla extracts) plus added shredded coconut, dried pineapple chunks and vanilla flavored white chocolate chips. The result was more like a Piña Colada bomb than a cookie.
This recipe is a keeper for sure and set my imagination free on what else can be done to an ordinary run of the mill oatmeal cookie recipe.
Piña Colada Oatmeal Cookies
(Adapted from Quaker Oats' Vanishing Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Recipe)
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) plus 6 tablespoons butter, softened
- 3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1& 1/2 teaspoons rum extract
- 1& 1/2 teaspoons coconut extract
- 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3 cups oats
- 1 cup shredded coconut
- 1& 1/2 cups white chocolate chips
- 1 cup dried chopped pineapple
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
- Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Whisk together flour, baking soda and salt and set aside.
- Cream butter and sugars together in a mixer.
- Add the eggs and mix thoroughly.
- Beat in extracts.
- Add flour mixture.
- Mix in coconut, then the oats then the chocolate chips.
- Using a tablespoon, form balls of dough and place on cookie sheets
- Bake 8-10 minutes until the edges and tops are slightly brown (leave in a few minutes more if you like them less chewy)
- Remove from oven and transfer to wire rack to cool completely.