Thursday, November 8, 2012

Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies

These cookies were a last minute addition to a cookie basket I was making. I have always been a big fan of baked goods as presents, or friendly gestures. You are giving a gift you know someone can enjoy, and they know you put time and effort into making their gift.  

 This gift started out as a basket of chocolate chip cookies, but I wanted to add some diversity to the batch, without spending to much extra time baking. I was short on time, and knew I wasn't going to be able to make two batches. Instead I needed a way to make two kinds of cookies from one batch.  Cutting the batter in half, and adding coconut flakes worked out great, because it not only changed the flavor, but added a different texture as well. The change in texture made all the difference when it came to the display of the basket of cookies.

As for the actual baking, I am a strong believer in the traditional Nestle Tollhouse Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe. Simply add 1 cup of finely shredded coconut to their recipe. Just be sure that your coconut flakes are nice and moist, you don't want to dry out your cookies!

Overall, adding coconut flakes to a batch of regular chocolate cookies is a great way to mix things up. Other chocolate chip cookie variations I love include adding orange zest to the batter.  The cookies will look the same but you get a burst of orange at the end of your bite. You can check out my recipe here.

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