Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Double Chocolate Coconut Cookies


I used to make cookies all the time but strangely I seem to have slowed down. I guess because I've been making more scones, muffins, and other random baked goods. Well these cookies have been on my "to make" list for a long time. They're soft and chewy with nice crispy outsides. The dough wasn't as chocolatey as I had hoped, and there wasn't enough coconut for me (but is there ever??) They're a good cookie but not a personal favourite - the texture is perfect though. I gave some to my boyfriend to take to work and I was really thrilled to hear that someone liked them enough to email him and tell him how good they were. (He had left them in the lunch room.)

I have one more day of class left, a big presentation, and then 4 exams next week. Then I'm finished my Food Technology program! Can't believe it. The two years have gone by so fast yet it felt like forever at times. Then I start a new program this September to become a public health inspector (environmental healthy officer). Good luck to all the students with their exams and final projects!


I love this photo of Abby! She loves diving into piles of paper (unfortunately that includes my homework that is not so well organized on the floor).



If this sounds good, you might also like:
Coconut Shortbread
Chocolate Dipped Cherry Shortbread
Chunky Peanut Butter and Oatmeal Chocolate Chipsters
Intense Chocolate Fudge Cookies

Double Chocolate Coconut Cookies
Adapted from Martha Stewart Holiday Cookies 2005

Makes about 5 dozen.

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 3/4 cups all purpose flour (I used 138g for 1/2 the recipe.)
1/4 cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups white chocolate chunks (about 9 ounces)
1 3/4 cups sweetened flaked coconut
1 3/4 cups coarsely chopped walnuts (about 6 ounces)

1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Put butter and sugars in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment; mix on medium speed until smooth, about 2 minutes. Mix in eggs, 1 at a time. Stir in vanilla.

2. Whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a bowl. Mix into butter mixture on low speed until well combined. Fold in chocolate, coconut and walnuts.

3. Using a 1 1/2 inch scoop, drop batter onto baking sheets lined with parchment paper, spacing 2 inches apart. Flatten slightly. Bake until set, 10 to 12 minutes. Let cool on sheets for 2 minutes. Transfer cookies to racks to cool completely.

29 comments:

Ricki said...

They sound like a perfect cookie! And Abby is too cute--so funny about the homework!

Ellen said...

these sound perfect! although i think it'd make them with dark chocolate chips :)

what about subbing in some virgin coconut oil for part of the butter to intensify the flavor?

Erin said...

These look delicious! I love chocolate and coconut together.

Steph said...

Ashley, those look delicious! It must feel great to get compliments from people. Congrats on almost completing your program. It is so hard to decide what to do...

eatme_delicious said...

Ellen: That's an excellent idea - thanks!

Bunny said...

LOVE the picture of Abby!! The cookies looks fantastic, unfortunately my family doesn't like coconut, unbelieveable I know. I would love to bake with it but I'm the only one that would eat it...ok that might not be a bad thing.

juanitatortilla said...

My husband LOVES soft cookies! Thank you for the gorgeous food photos and accompanying recipes. Love your blog!

Good luck with your exams, and congratulations on completing the Food Technology program! Hmm. Food technology... I WISH I could do something like that!

Pearl said...

ooh those look great - i'm glad that someone from work e-mailed the boyfriend to show his/her appreciation :)

Dana said...

Those remind me of an incredible no-bake cookie a friend of mine made in middle school. I have never eaten as many cookies in one sitting as I did then. I love chocolate and coconut together!

Helene said...

That cat is so cute. I have to start baking cookies again. MS recipes never failed me.

jodye said...

Those cookies look amaazingly delicious, and your cat is adorable!

Snooky doodle said...

these cookies look yumm . I love chocoalte and coconut! ha the cat is so cute !!!!

Johanna said...

yum - I haven't made cookies for ages either - cute cat pic - good luck in your exams

Happy cook said...

Beautiful cookies and i love Abby.

Grace said...

i'll take your mounds-bar-in-cookie form and i'll eat it good. it's brilliant.
and i love the shot of your kitty--they're such rascals, aren't they!

Patricia Scarpin said...

chocolate and coconut make one of my favorite flavor combinations, especially in baking. These look delicious, even though not your favorites!

Gramma& Grampa DeVault said...

these were delicious!!!!

Lisa said...

Coconut and chocolate sounds like a fine combination to me! I don't make cookies very often these days myself, preferring instead savory biscuits and scones.

Cookie baker Lynn said...

I would take those cookies - they look delicious! Good luck plowing through the last of the school year.

duodishes.com said...

That's a lot of good chocolate flavor in there. We had this bag of coconut in the freezer ready to use too! If we had seen these sooner, we could've tried them out. Oh well, next time!

Anonymous said...

So yummy! Really, really good cookie dough... I left out the walnuts and used bittersweet chocolate instead of white. With the coconut... Yum! Delicious!

Alisa - Frugal Foodie said...

I just want to reach out and grab one of those cookies!

Abby looks so cute!

Colleen said...

I have some extra coconut lying around - these look perfect!

Hannah said...

Aww, such a cute kitty picture... And the cookies don't look half bad, either! ;)

The Food Librarian said...

Congrats on completing your courses!! That's great!

And the cookies look yummy!

basicallybaked said...

These cookies look and sound wonderful! Congratulations on completing your classes!

Katie said...

I have to agree with your assessment of these cookies - they were good but they won't make it into my recipe file. I used half semisweet chocolate and half white chocolate in hopes of intensifying the chocolate flavor but to no avail. Nonetheless, thank you for a yummy recipe. I'm quite sure they'll disappear in the blink of an eye.

Linda said...

I would think you could modify the recipe by substituting 1/4 cup cocoa for some of the flour. Flour and cocoa interchange well as long as you don't do too much of a percentage of the flour. You might also try a coconut powder that I have found at King Arthur's Flour Catalogue. Adding a little of that will heighten the coconut. Using a Dutch cocoa might help as well. It tends to be a deeper chocolate flavor.

eatme_delicious said...

Linda: Thanks for the great tips. =)