Continuing my weekly weekend baking kick, this weekend I utilized a novel ingredient that I happened to have on hand – coconut! I have seafood-related plans in mind for the rest of this bag later this week, but this weekend I combined the coconut with something even better: semi-sweet chocolate!
Any other Mounds fans out there? They were always a favorite of mine as a kid.
This Baker’s Angel Flake Coconut smells simply intoxicating. Mmmmmmm.
I toasted coconut for the very first time! And I was a nervous wreck the entire time. I must have opened the oven door seven times to make sure it wasn’t burning. However, Cooking Light was pretty much spot on with their instructions, at least in my oven: 350 F degrees for about 7 minutes, stirring once (or five times, if you’re paranoid like me).
My house smelled amazing at this point.
The rest of the recipe is pretty straightforward. All the usual suspects make an appearance – butter, flour, brown sugar, egg, vanilla extract, and so on; you know the drill.
I dropped spoonfuls of batter onto a greased baking sheet, and a few minutes later, these guys came out of the oven.
Oh my gosh, they are CHEWY! And buttery!
And when you bite into a big hunk of chocolate, it is pure bliss.
They might not look like much, but I assure you, these Toasted Coconut Chocolate Chunk Cookies pretty much taste, well, awesome.
While I was baking, a new neighbor cat lurked into our yard. We’ve named her “Fancy Feast” and saw her creeping around a couple times this weekend. She seems very timid (unlike our other neighbor cat, Socks, who made himself cozy on our deck several times this summer!), and we wonder if she is really supposed to be an outdoor cat. Hope the poor girl isn’t lost!
Toasted Coconut Chocolate Chunk Cookies
- Recipe from Cooking Light
- Calories per cookie: 88
- My Rating: 8.9/10
Hope all you friends on the East Coast are keeping safe!
It’s so terrible hearing about the devastation resulting from Sandy, but I was the lucky recipient of a small perk caused by the storm today – a power outage at work, which meant I got to leave at noon. Win.