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Toasted Coconut Chocolate Chunk Cookies

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Toasted Coconut Chocolate Chunk Cookies

My boyfriend came to visit about a week ago and brought some absolutely amazing cookies with him.  He knows I love all things chocolate and that coconut is one of my favorite flavors, so he whipped up these cookies and he agreed to share the recipe with all of you, so without further ado, here’s Luke with a fantastic cookie recipe!

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Like Taylor said, I know she has an unwavering love of chocolate, and both of us have been trying out more coconut in our cooking so combining the two into a delicious cookie seemed like a no-brainer!  Toasting the coconut really kicks up the delicious coconut flavor (plus it makes your kitchen smell fantastic) and the melty dark chocolate chunks give it the perfect final touch.

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On the topic of toasted coconut, preheat your oven and spread the coconut out on a baking sheet covered in foil.

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Bake the coconut until it’s a nice golden brown (and the delightful aroma fills your kitchen).  It’s useful to stir the coconut halfway through.

While the coconut is toasting away in the oven, prepare your dry ingredients.  Mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together and set that aside for later.

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You can also cream the brown sugar, coconut oil, and butter while the coconut is toasting (don’t forget to stir and mix it!).

Next beat in the egg, coconut extract, and vanilla extract.

By now your coconut should be done so just set that aside to cool.

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Take your bar of dark/semisweet chocolate (I went with Ghiardelli because I like to spoil Taylor whenever I can) and break it up into small chunks and set those aside too.

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Go ahead and grease two baking sheets (or not, if you’re fancy and have silicone baking mats).

Slowly add the dry ingredients to the creamed sugar/butter/coconut oil mixture.

Add in the chocolate chunks.

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And the toasted coconut!

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Finally, drop 2″ balls of this delicious cookie dough on your greased baking sheets and then bake – the cookies should  be a bit brown on the edges but plenty soft in the middle.

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Set them out to cool and enjoy the wonderful gooey chocolate mixed with the sweet toasted coconut!

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Recipe

Toasted Coconut Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Makes 18 cookies

 

Ingredients

1 cup sweetened coconut

1 cup all purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

pinch of salt

3/4 cup packed light brown sugar

2 tablespoons butter

2 tablespoons coconut oil

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

3/4 teaspoon coconut extract

1  egg

1 bar of semisweet or dark chocolate

 

– Preheat oven to 350 ºF

– Spread coconut on a foil-covered baking tray and bake for 12 minutes, stirring halfway though

– Mix together flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder

– In a separate bowl cream together the butter, coconut oil, and brown sugar

– Beat the vanilla, coconut extract, and egg into the sugar/butter mixture

– Then slowly mix the dry ingredients into the sugar/butter mixture

– Break the baking bar into 1/2″ square chunks

– Mix the chocolate chunks and toasted coconut into the dough

– Grease two baking trays and drop 2″ balls of dough onto the greased sheets

– Bake the cookies for 10 – 11 minutes at 350 ºF, until the edges start to brown 

Set the cookies on racks to cool and enjoy!

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Pumpkin Cinnamon Chip Cookies

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Pumpkin Cinnamon Chip Cookies

I know that fall is the time for pumpkin everything, and over the past few weeks my Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookie (my favorite!) recipe has been very popular, so I decided to share with you a variation I made for a tailgate (Go Terps!) in mid-October, Pumpkin Cinnamon Chip Cookies. They have a delicious pumpkin flavor which is complimented by a classic pairing of cinnamon.  The Pumpkin Cinnamon Chip Cookies I made have two variations from the original recipe, one, as you can tell from the name, they have cinnamon chips instead of chocolate chips (I know it seems counter intuitive that I’m replacing chocolate with cinnamon because “chocolate makes everything better” is essentially my life motto, but these cookies were still delicious, which I think attests to the pure awesomeness of the cookie themselves) and they have no butter, I used extra pumpkin instead (I could lie to you and say that this substitution was to make them healthier but we’re all friends here and the truth is that after going to the grocery store I came home and realized we were out of butter and I was too lazy to go back and buy some.  Regardless, the cookies still tasted delicious, the texture was just less cake-y).

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Start by mixing together the pumpkin, sugar, egg, and vanilla.

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In a separate bowl mix together flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.

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Mix the dry and wet ingredients together and then stir in the cinnamon chips.

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You should be able to find cinnamon chips in the baking aisle next to the chocolate chips (feel free to buy chocolate chips too because let’s be honest, you can never have too much chocolate in your life, and if you’re like me you’ll go home and decide you should make a batch of cinnamon chip cookies and a batch of chocolate chip cookies because you don’t want chocolate to get jealous…)

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Spoon the dough onto greased cookie dough sheets and pop them in the oven.

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Take them out and smell the delicious aroma of pumpkin and cinnamon.

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Enjoy a cookie (or 6, these things are seriously addicting) and share with your friends!

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Recipe

Pumpkin Cinnamon Chip Cookies

Yields 3 dozen cookies

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups sugar

1 egg

1 1/2 cups canned (or fresh cooked) pumpkin

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 1/2 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup cinnamon chips

1 cup nuts (or an additional 1 cup of cinnamon chips)

– Preheat oven to 350°

– Cream together the pumpkin and sugar, then beat in egg and vanilla

– Stir together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt

– Alternate adding dry ingredients and pumpkin to the butter/sugar mixture

– Then stir in the cinnamon chips and nuts

– Drop by spoonful onto greased cookie sheets

– Bake at 350° for 10-12 mintues

Blueberry Sugar Cookies

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Blueberry Sugar Cookies

A few weeks ago my mom bought some blueberry sugar cookies from a local farm stand, they were pretty delicious and I loved the idea of putting fruit inside of sugar cookies.  This weekend I decided to make cookies, and since we had blueberries in the fridge I figured it was the perfect time to try making blueberry sugar cookies.  As usually happens when I bake cookies I couldn’t find a recipe that I really liked so I combined a bunch of different recipes and just kind of made it up as I went along, it worked really well, these cookies were AMAZING.  We ate them all in less than one day.

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Cream some butter, cream cheese, and sugar, then beat in an egg and some vanilla.

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In a separate bowl stir together flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt, then gradually add the dry ingredients to the butter/sugar/egg mixture.

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Gently stir in some blueberries.

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Eat a few spoonfuls of dough (this is a key step in the cookie making process), then drop the dough onto a greased baking sheet.

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Sprinkle some sugar over the top.

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SUUUUGGGAAAARRRRRR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Put them in the oven and bake.

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Serve them up.

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Try not to eat them all at once (this is far more difficult than it may seem).

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Recipe

Blueberry Sugar Cookies

Yields 2 dozen cookies

Ingredients:

1 cup sugar (plus more for sprinkling)

1 stick butter

4 oz cream cheese

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 1/2 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 cups blueberries

– Preheat oven to 350°

– Cream together the sugar, butter, and cream cheese, then beat in an egg and vanilla

– In a separate bowl stir together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt

– Gradually beat the dry ingredients into the sugar/butter/egg mixture

– Gently stir in the blueberries

– Drop by spoonful onto greased cookie sheets

– Sprinkle sugar over top of the dough blobs

– Bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes

Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies

Good news: I moved into a big girl apartment with my best friend!

Bad news:  We don’t have internet yet, which is why I haven’t posted any delicious recipes for you.

But thanks to our apartment complex’s computer center I’m here to deliver a delicious cookie recipe for you, and I think they’re well worth the wait, banana chocolate chip cookies!  You may remember my pumpkin chocolate chip cookie post from way back in December, these banana chocolate chip cookies use the same recipe.  I had a bunch of brown bananas on the verge of being too brown to eat so I decided to bake something delicious with them.  I didn’t want to make banana bread so I thought and about it and figured I should be able to substitute bananas for pumpkin, and ta-da, these cookies came to be.  Just like the pumpkin cookies these were a big hit, my dad said he liked them better and I must admit, they are pretty good.  In fact, they may be my new favorite (at least until I make the pumpkin ones again).

banana chocolate chip cookieStart out with the standard cookie making procedure, cream the butter and sugar, add the egg and vanilla.  In a separate bowl combine the dry ingredients.  Mash up some brown bananas.  Then alternate adding the dry ingredients and the mashed bananas to the butter/sugar/egg mixture.  Stir in some chocolate chips.  Your dough should look like this (try not to eat all of the dough before you bake it)!

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Plop spoonfuls of the dough onto a greased cookie sheet and bake them up.

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Enjoy with a nice glass of milk!

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Recipe

Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies

Yields 3 dozen cookies

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups sugar

1 stick butter

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 1/2 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup very ripe bananas – mashed (3 bananas for me)

1 cup chocolate chips (I use semi-sweet, but I’m sure any kind would be delicious)

1 cup nuts – optional (or an additional 1 cup of chocolate chips)

– Preheat oven to 350°

– Cream together the butter and sugar, then beat in egg and vanilla

– Stir together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt

– Alternate adding dry ingredients and mashed banana to the butter/sugar mixture

– Stir in the chocolate chips and nuts

– Drop by spoonful onto greased cookie sheets

– Bake at 350° for 10-12 mintues

Review of February 2013

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Review of February 2013

I’ve decided that at the end of each month I’m going to list my top most viewed posts of the months, just in case you missed something.  I’m also going to start posting my 10 favorite links to various websites I’ve found over the past month, from recipes I really want to try, to crafts I want to make too.  Most of these are things I’ve found on Pinterest (warning, it’s highly addictive), SO MANY GOOD IDEAS!  So without further ado, here is my first list of the month in review – browse and enjoy!

My Top 3 Most Viewed Posts of the Month

  1. Salmon with Brown Sugar and Pepper – a super simple yet tasty recipe for dinner   brown sugar pepper salmon
  2. Pesto Pasta with Butternut Squash and Roasted Red Pepper – hearty, delicious, healthy pesto pasta with squash and peppers
  3. Banana Bread with Yogurt – Moist, spongy, and yummy!                                                           bbkbananabread

 

My Top 10 Favorite Links of the Month

  1. First, this sounds like the perfect sandwich (from Damn Delicious) for breakfast, lunch, dinner, midnight snack, anytime really… bacon, avocado, tomato, egg, how could you go wrong?

    From Damn Delicious

  2. Then there are these Thai Beef Lettuce Cups (from Family Fresh Cooking)

    From Family Fresh Cooking

  3. And Veggie Pot Pie Pasta, (from Kitchen Treaty) a great new twist on a classic

    From Kitchen Treaty

  4. Lime and Soy Glazed Chicken (from Ranting Chef), I want to try this for dinner

    From Ranting Chef

  5. Homemade chocolate dipped granola thins (from Vanilla Sugar Blog), perfect for snacking

    From Vanilla Sugar

  6. Plus delicious Samoas Brownie Parfait with Salted Caramel Sauce (from Country Cleaver) my favorite Girl Scout Cookies made even better, yummmyyyyy!!!

    Samoas Brownie Parfait with Salted Caramel Sauce - www.countrycleaver.com

    From Country Cleaver

  7. And these Salted Milk Chocolate Almond Caramel Corn Cookies (from Keep It Sweet Desserts) sound absolutely amazing (I realize the link is from January, but I just found them and they look too amazing not to share with you)

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    From Keep It Sweet Desserts

  8. This map necklace (from Happy Hour Projects) is gorgeous and I really want to make one.

    From Happy Hour Projects

  9. And these earrings (from Delightfully DIY) are so pretty!  I have a slight obsession with earrings, and I might have to make these to add to my collection.

    Delightfully DIY: Vintage Inspired Pearl Earrings

    From Delightfully DIY

  10. Last, but certainly not least, make yourself a pretty blood orange mimosa (from What’s Gaby Cooking) and relax 🙂

    Blood Orange Mimosas

    From What’s Gaby Cooking

Feel free to share your favorite links from the month in a comment!

Citrus Cookies with Citrus Sugar Glaze

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Citrus Cookies with Citrus Sugar Glaze

Since it’s icy, cold, and all around dreary outside right now I decided to brighten my day with some citrus cookies with a citrus-y sweet icing.

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These cookies are really soft, airy, and delicious, and the icing is super simple but really makes the wh0le cookie even better.  All of the fresh citrus juice and zest makes the whole cookie pop, I highly suggest you make some!

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You’ll need shortening, sugar, egg, lemons, limes, and oranges, flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, powdered sugar, and vanilla.

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Cream the butter and sugar and add an egg.

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Then stir in your fresh zest.

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Add the dry ingredients and the juice and mix together.

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Plop ’em on an ungreased baking sheet by the spoonful and bake for 6-8 minutes at 400 °F.

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Whip up the simple glaze with sugar, vanilla, fresh squeezed juice, and zest.

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Just look at all the citrus zest goodness!

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When the cookies have cooled spoon the glaze over the cookies.

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Then serve them up and enjoy!

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Recipe

Citrus Cooking with Citrus Sugar Glaze

Yields 2 dozen cookies

Ingredients:

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     2/3 cup shortening

     3/4 cup sugar

     1 egg

     1/2 cup fresh squeezed juice (mix of lemon, lime, and orange juice)

     3 tablespoons citrus zest (1 tablespoon each lemon, lime, and orange zest)

     2 cups flour

     1/2 teaspoon baking powder

     1/2 teaspoon baking soda

     1/2 teaspoon salt

Glaze

     2 cups powdered sugar

     1 teaspoon vanilla

3 teaspoons zest (1 teaspoon each lemon, lime, and orange zest)

     1/8 – 1/4 cup fresh squeezed juice (mix of lemon, lime, and orange juice)

 

– Preheat oven to 400 °F

– Cream together the shortening and sugar, then beat in the egg, then stir in the zest

– Stir together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt

– Alternate adding dry ingredients and the juice to the shortening/sugar mixture

– Place on ungreased baking sheet by spoonful

– Bake at 400 °F for 6-8 minutes

– Take out of oven, remove to wire racks

– For the icing mix powdered sugar, vanilla, fresh zest, and fresh squeezed juice

– Spoon the glaze onto the cooled cookies

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

I have a fabulous recipe for all of you, one of my all time favorite cookies – pumpkin chocolate chip cookies.

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This recipe comes from an old cook book from my great grandmother’s church.

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It’s a really simple recipe and the cookies are soft, moist, and delicious!  Everyone I’ve ever made these for falls in love with them.

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Gather all of the ingredients: flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, sugar, butter, vanilla, egg, cinnamon, pumpkin (fresh cooked or canned), and chocolate chips.  The recipe calls for nuts but I just add more chocolate chips because more chocolate makes everything better!

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I don’t have pictures of the normal cream butter and sugar, sift dry ingredients because I got impatient and wanted to eat the cookie dough… oops

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After you’ve mixed everything up drop them on a cookie sheet (the dough isn’t as thick as normal cookie dough, and it’s pretty sticky) , pop ’em in the oven, and wait about 10 minutes.

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Then take them out and enjoy!

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Recipe

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Yields 3 dozen cookies

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups sugar

1 stick butter

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 1/2 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup fresh cooked or canned pumpkin

1 cup chocolate chips (I use semi-sweet, but I’m sure any kind would be delicious)

1 cup nuts (or an additional 1 cup of chocolate chips)

– Preheat oven to 350°

– Cream together the butter and sugar, then beat in egg and vanilla

– Stir together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt

– Alternate adding dry ingredients and pumpkin to the butter/sugar mixture

– Then stir in the chocolate chips and nuts

– Drop by spoonful onto greased cookie sheets

– Bake at 350° for 10-12 mintues