When my son receives a Monday Box, his assigned task, as he happily munches, is to critique the contents. Along with tried and true favorites, I often send him cookies that I consider to be a works-in-progress. These are cookies that meet my deliciousness and care package worthy standards, but are missing a yet to be defined something. I don’t know what most moms talk to their 21 year old sons about on the phone, but as my son walks through campus, going to or coming from class, we often talk about cookies.
That is what happened with these Chocolate Coconut Bliss Cookies. I found a recipe for a wonderful fudgy chocolate cookie on Bake or Break. I mailed a batch to Chicago. I was pondering how to add my personal spin to the recipe. My son suggested coconut. I didn’t know that he liked coconut. His likes have expanded exponentially since he went to college and I can’t always keep up. His idea was brilliant or at the very least really delicious. The addition of coconut to the already intensely chocolate cookie makes a candy-cookie hybrid. Think Mounds candy bar in cookie form. One bite of Chocolate Coconut Bliss Cookies and you are in an ultra-chocolaty, chewy coconut state of happiness.
I questioned my son’s suggestion of adding coconut on top. When I protested that the coconut would brown on top, he asked if that was a bad thing. It’s not. The coconut browns but doesn’t burn. It both looks good and tastes good.
Our collaboration Chocolate Coconut Bliss Cookies were shipped to Chicago the following week. Usually St. Louis to Chicago takes one day. Due to a series of UPS foul-ups, we unwittingly discovered that the cookies last quite well (no melting and still chewy), even in summer heat, for up to 5 days. Though not long lasting enough for a long distance military care package, these cookies fit the criteria for shorter distance care package goodies.
A note about coconut. Chocolate Coconut Bliss Cookies are very sweet. You don’t need to use sweetened coconut, however, the cookies with sweetened coconut stayed chewy just a wee bit longer than the cookies with unsweetened coconut due to the moisture in the sweetener.
Chocolate Coconut Bliss Cookies
Adapted from Bake or Break
Makes 18 cookies
8 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped into chunks
¼ cup butter, unsalted
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
¾ cup brown sugar, packed
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 ½ cups chocolate chips
½ cup plus ½ cup shredded coconut (sweetened or unsweetened), packed
Packing tips: Double wrap pairs of cookies (with bottoms together) in plastic wrap, then place in an airtight container or zip lock bag.