Coconut and White Chocolate M & M Cookies


Buttery, chewy coconut cookies are made better with lots of sweet, pastel colored White Chocolate M & M’s!

The perfect cookie for Easter!

Coconut White Chocolate M & M Cookies  |

I’m going to confess something to you.  I don’t like Easter baskets, or rather, I don’t like FILLING Easter baskets.  I did when my kids were wee little tots.  I’d chock them full with little toys, books, movies and an over abundance of jelly beans and chocolate (ok, ok, I can’t lie, those jelly beans were for me).

As the years passed, it finally occurred to me that I was spending way too much money on these overflowing Easter baskets.    The bigger realization was that it wasn’t worth it.  Yes, the kids enjoyed the trinkets and gifts, but it was all about the candy.     It was bad enough that the kids were getting all this candy from us, but, the grandparents had to one up me each year.  They felt it necessary to buy each kid an enormous prepackaged basket filled with fluffy pink stuffed bunnies and loaded to the brim with candies off all kinds.   The house would look like a war zone when they kids were finished going through their loot.  Pastel foiled wrappers would litter the ground like shrapnel.  And the carnage!  Peeps would be bitten and forgotten.  It was like on old Godzilla movie with gooey, sugared ears, heads and legs forming a trail to where my kids would be found slumped in a corner, coming down from their sugar high with jelly bean juice slowly dribbling down their quivering chins.  The sight truly was horrific!  All this by 9 a.m.!

Once my kids came to, I’d try to coax them into forgetting the candy, and eating my homemade treats, but I’d get shot down each time.

Coconut White Chocolate M & M Cookies |

Things have changed.  I got wiser and cheaper.  Each year, my kids receive a Target gift card at Christmas from one of their aunts.  I immediately take these gift cards and hide them.  Come Easter, I use each gift card to fill each child’s basket.  It’s genius, if I do say so myself.  I don’t feel a bit guilty.  The gift cards ARE spent on them after all!  But  with a finite budget, I keep those baskets realistic.   We all win.  I spend less money, my kids still get a wonderfully filled basket filled with their favorite treats, just in smaller quantities.  My homemade treats, like these coconut white chocolate M & M cookies, are consumed with a new-found zeal.  Yes, this Easter bunny is very happy!

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Coconut and White Chocolate M & M Cookies
  • 1⅔ cup flour
  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup butter, softened
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon coconut extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1 9 oz package white chocolate M & M’s
  • 1 cup coconut
  1. Preheat oven to 375
  2. In a small bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, beat butter both sugars, vanilla and coconut extract until creamy. Beat in the egg. Slowly beat in the flour mixture. Add coconut. Stir in all but ½ cup of the M & M’s.
  4. Drop cookies by tablespoons onto a lined baking sheet. Press remaining M & M’s into the tops of each cookie.
  5. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until edges are slightly browned. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 2 minutes before removing to a cooling rack.
  6. Makes 36 cookies.

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28 Responses

  1. Oh my, I love white chocolate m&m and coconut. These look great Tanya!

  2. I’d be happy to get an Easter basket filled with these cookies! Love the coconut white chocolate combination!

  3. These cookies look so spring-y and delightful. I’m good for coconut any day!

  4. Great idea with the gift cards! We must be on the same coconut brain wave, my friend! Love coconut and going to post some later this week. I love how you added the gorgeous colors of Easter in these! Great recipe! Pinning!

    • Can’t wait to see your coconut post Gloria!

  5. Brilliant! A taret gf would definitely control the baskets. Because at target I usually go a bit over board!

  6. What I hate more is the plastic eggs. We do the hunt as soon as Jordan gets up and then she wants to eat her weight in chocolate at 7am!!! LOVE THESE COOKIES!

    • Ugh plastic eggs are the worst! I have so many in my basement! Thanks Dorothy!

  7. Yum, these look so good! I wonder how they would taste with the Coconut M&M’s? I just bought a bag of those! Thanks for sharing!

    • I love the coconut M & M’s!!! I’d use those in a heartbeat!

  8. i’m not one of coconut’s biggest fans but, I must say, Tanya, I wouldn’t let that stop me from enjoying these — not for a second. They do look good and a basket of these would make a great Easter centerpiece, at least around here. :)

    • Coconut isn’t too strong John, I promise!

  9. I love that you use their Target gift cards to make their Easter baskets. Genius!! And I’ve got to get me some of those pastel M&Ms to make some super cute Easter goodies like these! Not gonna lie, I had to google shrapnel :)

  10. These look so good! I bought those white chocolate M&M’s to make cookies with a while ago and I think this recipe is the perfect one. YOur coconut and key lime cookies look good too!

  11. Coconut and white chocolate are awesome together. We have cut way back on our Easter baskets in the past few years too. No one needs that much candy lurking in the house!!!

    • No, no one needs that much candy! Ridiculous! Thanks Jocelyn!

  12. You are right about the Easter baskets! These cookies look delish, thanks for sharing!

  13. […] pretty well (if I do say so myself…my brother may beg to differ). One batch of cookies used this recipe (with white chocolate chips instead of white chocolate M&Ms since I didn’t have […]


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