Monday, March 08, 2010

Coconut Chocolate Chip Chocolate Cookies

Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies

It's hard to go wrong with either coconut or chocolate, so naturally they are brilliant together. I used this recipe from Joy the Baker as the base. You might recognize it, since I also used it as the base for the Mint Chocolate Chip Chocolate Cookies we made for Christmas.

8 ounces good quality bittersweet chocolate , 60%-72%(chopped or in chips)
3 Tablespoons (1 1/2 ounces) butter
1 cup sugar
3 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoons salt
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup coconut

PREHEAT oven to 325F. Lightly grease your baking sheets.

CHOP your chocolate into very fine pieces. Slice your butter into small pieces and place in a microwave safe bowl or double boiler with the chocolate.

MELT the chocolate and butter together. Be very careful not to scald the chocolate. Joy explains "To avoid heating the chocolate too much and possibly burning it, the best method is to heat till the butter is melted and the chocolate has partially melted, then remove from the heat. Stir until all the chocolate melts."

BEAT together sugar and eggs in a separate bowl.

MIX chocolate mixture, vanilla, flour, baking powder, and salt into the sugar and egg mixture. Add your chocolate chips and coconut last.

DROP the cookie dough by rounded tablespoon onto the cookie sheets.


BAKE 10-12 minutes or until the tops have just cracked. Watch the first batch carefully to see when this occurs to prevent overbaking.

LET SET a few min then REMOVE to wax paper to finish cooling.

My Thoughts

1. These cookies turned out perfectly fudgey and delicious with beautifully cracked tops. The mint version had spread more. The difference is the mint pieces melted, whereas the coconut helped the dough keep it's shape. Consequently the texture of these is better.

2. These cookies are so good as to be dangerous. Both the hubby and I find them difficult to stay out of. Make at your own peril. ; )

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