“One of the many times I baked for an event at ABVM, I decided to make these. I chose vanilla and coconut as the flavors. These can be made in many different flavors… I’ve done vanilla, almond, lemon, lime coconut and even snickerdoodles. Due to my schedule I had to drop them off at the rectory early in the day. I knew this was a great risk with Fr. Bill’s sweet tooth. I was in the office with Dot when Father came in, he insisted he had to “quality check” the product. He took a vanilla cookie and when he found out there were also coconut, he had to come back for one of those.
- Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 large rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper. Whisk flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt together in medium bowl. Set aside.
- Place 1½ cups sugar and cream cheese in large bowl. Place remaining 1/3 cup sugar in shallow baking dish or pie plate and set aside. Pour warm butter over sugar and cream cheese and whisk to combine (some small lumps of cream cheese will remain but will smooth out later). Whisk in oil until incorporated. Add egg, milk, and vanilla; continue to whisk until smooth. Add flour mixture and mix with rubber spatula until soft homogeneous dough forms.
- Divide dough into 24 equal pieces, about 2 tablespoons each (or use #40 portion scoop). Using hands, roll dough into balls. Working in batches, roll balls in reserved sugar to coat and evenly space on prepared baking sheet, 12 dough balls per sheet. Using bottom of drinking glass, flatten dough balls until 2 inches in diameter. Sprinkle tops evenly with 4 teaspoons of sugar remaining in shallow dish (2 teaspoons per tray), discarding any remaining sugar.
- Bake, 1 tray at a time, until edges are set and just beginning to brown, 11 to 13 minutes, rotating tray after 7 minutes. Cool cookies on baking sheets 5 minutes. Using wide metal spatula, transfer cookies to wire rack and cool to room temperature. (The baking one tray at a time is crucial, I’ve tried doing both trays together and the cookies have never come out the right way.)