Wednesday, December 7, 2011

The Great Online Cookie Exchange Extravaganza 2011

Organized by the awesome Jz, and I'm thrilled to be participating!

Chocolate chip coconut cookies:

Scrambling to create a recipe, I kind of stumbled on this one during Thanksgiving prep.

The holidays have always meant coconut to me, probably something to do with the coconut candy my grandfather always brought home from the local mom & pop grocery store.  I've seen similarly shaped and colored candies in big box stores in my adulthood, but they lacked the soft suppleness of the ones from my younger days. Sadly, that grocery store is long out of business, though thankfully a local man runs a hardware shop in the building, which is by far better than it being torn down.

I'm nowhere near that town right now, but I still take comfort in knowing these small details.

So, these cookies are mostly coconut, but all around the edges and on the bottoms it becomes crunchy and it kind of dissolves in your mouth like fabulous sugary wonderfulness.

Ingredients:

1 cup sweetened coconut flakes
1/2 cup all-purpose flour (unbleached preferably)
1/4 cup confectioner's sugar
dash salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon almond extract (optional, but awesome)
3 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
2 tablespoons mini chocolate chips (or more if you like a lot of chocolate)

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Mix the coconut, flour, sugar, and salt together
Pour the melted coconut oil and extracts over and work until moistened throughout
Add the chocolate chips and mix.

Form thin-(ish) cookies with your hands, then place them about half an inch apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake for around 12-15 minutes, until the cookies look crispy around the edges and toasted on top.

Remove cookies from oven, let cool on pan for several minutes, then remove carefully with spatula to a cooler spot. Cooling is very important with these cookies, they'll turn crispier as they cool and be much more awesome.

In our family of 3 adults and 1 child, my cookies were gone before the day was out.

Here's the list of everyone else who's participating, looks like an even 40, including me:

13 comments:

  1. Everyone loves coconut except for mouse...ha! But would NEVER consider denying them the pleasure of a good cookie ;-)

    Will be making these soon.

    Hugs,
    mouse

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  2. Yummmmmm. Fancy listing of participants!

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  3. I'm not a huge fan of a lot of coconut but my mom definitely is. I'll definitely be sending this one on to her. Thanks for sharing! :)

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  4. These look just wonderful! Sara

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  5. There are a lot of things that lack the soft suppleness of my younger days ... but fabulous sugary wonderfulness helps take my mind off that fact!
    ;-p

    These look yummy.
    Thanks so much for playing along!

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  6. I like coconut in cookies and chocolate so I might try this one, but I have none of the ingredients around except for salt, so might be a while. Maybe I can buy one ingredient per month until I'm finally ready to give it a go.

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  7. Yummy, I love coconut.

    What do you call these cookies?

    Love,
    Ronnie
    xx

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  8. mouse, Ashly: Coconut seems to be one of those divisive things that you either love or hate - thankfully everyone in my little family loves it. :)

    lil: I try to be my best. :)

    Sara, aisha: Thanks so much! The photos were tricky and not quite what I wanted, but they turned out pretty well anyway.

    Jz: You just keep being funny! Thanks for organizing, you rock!

    t1klish: The funny part is these are ingredients I always have on hand...:) I got the coconut from Dollar Tree, they have some of the other ingredients there too. The coconut oil would be the most expensive, but I use it in other things as well.

    ponderouspet: I know, right? A bit more chocolate would have been nice for me, but my mom's not a fan of the dark stuff I use. (vegan)

    ronnie: I don't have a fancy name for them - just chocolate chip coconut cookies. I made them up specifically for this exchange! You want to name them for me? ;)

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  9. MMMMMM! I love coconut!! Saving this for sure! :)
    ~viemoira

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  10. Oh man, these look fabulous! and I can't wait to try the "sugar wonderfulness".

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  11. Coconut isn't my favorite (although Jack absolutely loves it) but your description of it dissolving as you eat it and especially the phrase "fabulous sugary wonderfulness" makes these a must-try for me.

    -Jill

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