Island Cookies

>> Friday, January 23, 2009

"A balanced diet is a cookie in each hand." - Unknown

My sweet tooth is a gruesome thing to behold.
A voracious monster.
A ravenous beast.
And I keep feeding it; It's the only polite thing to do. I know it's a habit I should work on curbing, but...well, to borrow the words of Mr. Schneebly...
"I like to eat! Is that such a crime?"

Besides, I occasionally jog, in an attempt to clear my butter and chocolate-strewn conscience.
Problem solved.
Now then, let's get down to business, shall we?

When my dad ate one of these, he firmly commanded that I throw away all other chocolate chip cookie recipes. And even though I don't think I'll be taking such drastic measures, these cookies are really, really good. I think they're in their own unique category of yummy-ness.

They come direct from the Nestle Toll House Cookbook!

First, you'll need flour...
1 and 2/3 cups of it.

Next, baking powder.
And since the writer of this recipe was apparently a precise and persnickety person, and since no one has invented a 3/4 of a tsp. measuring spoon yet, you must measure three 1/4 teaspoons.

Then baking soda, and salt.

Now 1 1/2 sticks of butter.
Yup. I cut that puppy right in half, paper and all ;)

As usual, I softened them in the microwave, 8 seconds at a time. Tsk, tsk. Feel free to do it the right way, and let them sit on the counter to soften.

Next up: brown sugar. And white sugar.

Cream the butter...

See that blue reflection on the silver part of the mixer?
That's my blue sweatshirt.
Which I have worn for...3 days(?) straight.
I'm a coldblooded creature of habit.

Now, add the brown and white sugar to the butter, slowly, so it has time to mix well.

Then dump in the vanilla.

Now I want you to prepare yourself. Because your are about to observe, step-by-step, while I crack an egg one-handed.
Please, at least pretend to be impressed.

(Name that movie!)

And voila! Perfectly cracked eggs. Don't feel bad. Not everyone was trained in the finest cooking schools Par-ee has to offer...


Anyway, it's not hard. Give it a try. It's all in the wrist :)

Phew, so once you get off of your egg-cracking tangent, hurry up with the rest of the mixing, because it's getting late, and your stomach is calling.

Once you mix in the egg, gradually blend in the flour mixture...

And now, for the ingredients that totally make these cookies...

Chocolate chips, coconut and chopped walnuts.

Mix them all in to the batter with a wooden spoon.
Or a yellow rubber spatula, if you really want to live on the edge.

Drop them by slightly rounded tablespoons onto an ungreased cookie sheet...

And bake at 375 for about 9 minutes. Or 10. Or maybe even 11. All depends on whether you like your cookie soft, or chewy, or crunchy. Personally, I'm somewhere between the first two, so I baked mine for about 9 minutes.

And there you have it! A unique twist on a classic cookie.

Island Cookies
1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter, softened
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 large egg
1 3/4 cups (11.5-oz. pkg.) chocolate chips
1 cup flaked coconut, toasted if desired
1 cup chopped walnuts

1. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in small bowl.
2. Beat butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy. Beat in egg.
3. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in morsels, coconut and nuts.
4. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets.
5. Bake for 8 to 11 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

Happy Cooking!


My Carolina Kitchen January 24, 2009 at 6:15 AM  

You cracked an egg one handed. I'm impressed. Your pictures are like a cookbook. If someone had a computer in their kitchen, they could make these cookies looking at a screen instead of a book. Very impressive.
We lived in the islands for years and they put coconut in everything, but we had coconut palms everywhere. Ever cracked a coconut? Fun stuff. Thanks for visiting my kitchen yesterday. I really like your blog. Now I'm hungry for cookies and it's breakfast time.

Hannah January 24, 2009 at 5:29 PM  

Great photos, and I love how you include details for all of the steps... A very fun read!

Culinarywannabe January 26, 2009 at 7:27 AM  

Wow, these look so awesome! I am convinced that Nestle chocolate chips make the best cookies. The more expensive ones just don't get melty enough. And I always soften butter in the microwave - who can predict a cookie craving an hour in advance?!

Abbie January 26, 2009 at 10:08 PM  

Thanks, Sam :) You're so sweet! Except I probably shouldn't be cracking eggs one-handed. I'm infamous for getting eggshell in my batter. *Shudder*.
I do remember cracking a coconut once, a looong time ago. I just recall something about a hammer...and some yummy coconut milk!

Thanks Hannah. I love the pictures on your blog :)

Oh phew - I'm relieved that I'm not the only rogue baker who doesn't let her butter soften the organic way!

Pam January 26, 2009 at 10:19 PM  

These are my favorite. I love coconut and walnuts in my chocolate chip cookies. Excellent photos.

Tiffany January 27, 2009 at 12:33 PM  

Mmm, I love the addition of coconut! Looks delicious!

Abbie January 27, 2009 at 11:30 PM  

I'm not sure what's going on, but it still won't publish your comment, Pinky :(
Thank you for the advice, though!

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