Thursday, October 22, 2009

Like It Or Leave It...For Me

I don't know about you, but I have two people in my immediate vicinity
that dislike coconut.

Yeah, I agree with you--they're crazy that way.

If you have someone like that that you're baking for, this cookie is
not for them.

I mean to say, you could put aside some of this cookie dough before you add
the coconut, baking both kinds but thereby shamelessly spoiling and enabling them in this
arbitrary aversion.

Not me, boy.

I don't coddle 'em. If my husband and son don't like coconut,
that's all the more for me.

Double-Chocolate Coconut Cookies
adapted from Jess Thomson)


2 cups AP flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup regular cocoa powder
1 cup regular butter, softened*
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
2/3 cup sugar
2 eggs, large is best
1 teaspoon best vanilla
1 1/2 cups sweetened flaked coconut

1 1/2 cups dark chocolate chunks


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cover two baking sheets with silpat or parchment paper.
Sift first four ingredients into a medium bowl and set aside.**
In an electric mixer with paddle attachment ***, cream the butter and both sugars on medium speed until light and fluffy, scraping bowl frequentl
y. Add the eggs, one a time, mixing well. Add vanilla and mix well. On low speed, add the dry ingredients that were set aside and blend just until incorporated. Stir in coconut and chocolate chunks.

Drop batter in heaping tablespoonsful (I used a medium-sized ice cream scoop)
onto cookie sheets. Bake for 12-14 minutes. The cookies are done when the edges are firm. Cool for 5 minutes before placing on cooling racks.

*The original recipe called for unsalted butter, but I thought the salt in regular butter would enhance the sweetness of the dark chocolate, and
I was right!

**I rarely sift dry ingredients in recipes; I simply place them all in the bowl and whisk them a bit--it works fine for most things.

***I'm not sure why recipes always specify 'paddle attachmen
t'--seems a bit of snobbery to me, since not everyone has a KitchenAid. Until last Christmas, I used a Sunbeam with traditional beaters and it worked well for an amazing number of years.

These dark brown beauties looked so dark in some of my pictures
they looked black!

1 comment:

Carmen said...

OMG - This is so funny! I made brownies last weekend and added coconut to MY half of the baking dish, since the "other person" in my house cannot tolerate coconut at all!