Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Chewy Coconut Cookies

After coming down from my sugar high at cooking club (Mai Tai's, Blue Hawaiians, Mango Smoothies, Coconut Cake, Pineapple Cheesecake...) I was actually craving sugar again! I really am a bake-a-holic. I wanted to make something sweet, but more importantly something quick and easy (I wasn't in the mood to be in the kitchen all day). I chose these chewy coconut cookies and they were delicious! They're the type of treat you keep going back in the kitchen for.


They're crisp and buttery on the outside and chewy and soft in the middle. They have a nice coconut flavor and are perfectly sweet. The shredded coconut throughout gives them a nice texture. Luckily I froze half of the dough, so next time I crave something sweet I can just pop the dough balls in the oven!

Chewy Coconut Cookies
Ingredients
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon coconut extract (opt. I added it and liked the sweeter flavor)
1 1/3 cups sweetened flaked coconut

Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C.) Combine the flour, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
In a medium bowl, cream the butter, brown sugar, and white sugar until smooth. Beat in the egg, coconut extract and vanilla until light and fluffy. Gradually blend in the flour mixture, then mix in the coconut. Drop dough by teaspoonfuls onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Cookies should be about 3 inches apart.

Bake for 8 to 10* minutes in the preheated oven, or until lightly toasted. Cool on wire racks.
*Mine took about 10 minutes to bake and came out perfectly browned on the outside.

inspired and adapted from allrecipes.com

4 comments:

Cory said...

Summer, I'd like to make these for my Mom when she visits. I'm assuming the flaked coconut is sweetened?

shauna said...

I made Sandra Lee's coconut cookies and of course they were crappy, but she drizzled melted white chocolate on top which was a nice touch - like your choco gooey cookies.

Bake-A-Holic said...

Yes. Use sweetened coconut.

I really liked these. Hope you and your mom do too!
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Sandra's recipes are quite terrible.

Your Mother said...

They are scrumptious! One of my favorites.

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