Tropical Fruit Cookies with White Chocolate Chips

Would’t it be nice to enjoy sweet, juicy, tropical flavors in a cookie?

I couldn’t find a cookie recipe using the tropical fruits I had on hand. So I made this up. This is my first home-grown cookie recipe for people. (Creating horse cookies recipes is another story.)

Baked Tropical fruit cookies with white chocolate chips
Tropical fruit, white-chocolate chip cookies

I love how these turned out. You can taste the natural flavors of banana, pineapple and orange, playing nicely together.

Getting the Desired Shape

I put the first dozen round balls of dough in the oven expecting them to melt and form circles like traditional chocolate chip cookies. They didn’t.

Balls of dough ready to bake for Tropical fruit cookies
First-ever tray of tropical fruit cookie dough, in balls before baking.

To my surprise, the dough did not spread much at all. So the first sheet of cookies came out a little taller than I wanted.

Baked Tropical fruit cookies -- my first batch ever
First-ever baked sheet of tropical fruit cookies — very round!

Before baking the next dozen, I flattened the balls of dough. Pressing them down with my palm before baking produced the disk-shape I was looking for.

Baked Tropical fruit cookies with white chocolate chips
Flatter dough balls make flatter cookies.

The texture is very tender and slightly chewy, but not cake-like.

For fun, I added a few pistachios as a topping for some of them, just to see what a dash of salty crunchiness would add. They’re fine with or without nuts. You don’t need to add anything to enjoy this fruity white chocolate chip cookie.

Baked Tropical fruit cookies with white chocolate chips
Some of these have pistachios on top, just for fun.

Here is a quick look at the ingredient preparation process, and how they turned out:

Print Recipe
Tropical Fruit Cookies
These cookies have a soft, moist, tender texture, and remain a pale golden color when baked.
Baked Tropical fruit cookies with white chocolate chips
Course Dessert
Cuisine For People
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes per batch
Passive Time 30 minutes
Servings
dozen
Ingredients
Course Dessert
Cuisine For People
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes per batch
Passive Time 30 minutes
Servings
dozen
Ingredients
Baked Tropical fruit cookies with white chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Beat the softened butter, sugar, egg, and vanilla until creamy, using handheld mixer. Scrape down the bowl as needed to incorporate ingredients evenly.
  2. Add banana and beat until smooth.
  3. Add pineapple, orange (or clementine) zest, and beat on low speed until combined.
  4. Stir together flour, salt and baking soda in a separate bowl. Add dry ingredients into the butter mixture. Beat at low speed until a soft dough forms.
  5. Stir in 3/4 cup of the white chocolate chips (about half of them). Cover the bowl and chill the dough in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes, or until you can roll it into a ball without it sticking to your hands.
  6. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line two cookie sheets with baking parchment. Roll dough into 1-inch balls, and distribute evenly on cookie sheets about 2-inches apart. Using your palm, flatten the balls of dough slightly.
  7. Place about 3 white chocolate chips into the flattened dough balls.
  8. Bake for 10-11 minutes. The cookies may only spread slightly during baking -- that's okay.
  9. Allow cookies to cool on the warm cookie sheet for a few minutes. Transfer to a cool sheet or wire rack to cool completely.

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