Friday, June 3, 2016

Coconut Cookies

 It seems like it has been the longest, busiest week at work. How can that be when it was actually a short week? It’s the end of the school year and there’s always a lot of different things going on, wrapping up the year and planning for next year. We’re welcoming a couple of new full time librarians to the family next fall and I think we’re all really excited about that.

We celebrated a birthday this week, so for Friday I wanted to take it easy. This cookie is very quick to put together. I did have to pick up some ingredients at the store, but that’s mainly because I’ve been so busy this week that I hadn’t done a proper grocery shop. I’d normally be set with all these ingredients, but not this week!

This doesn’t make a lot of dough, but the cookies are quite small and I made 4 dozen from this recipe. I could have made these cookies larger, but it would have been hard to get the baked quite right. I baked mine for 10 minutes, and they were browned along the edges when I took them out of the oven. They also looked a little doughy, but they finished cooking while they cooled. You want these to be chewy, not dry. These cookies are wonderfully buttery, and the coconut just adds to that. These cookies don’t look super fancy, but they taste great.

Coconut Cookies
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/4 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/3 cups flaked coconut

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two baking sheets with silicone baking mats.
In a large mixer bowl, combine the butter, sugar, and brown sugar. Beat on medium until creamy. Add the egg and vanilla and mix on medium to incorporate. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt. With the mixer running on low, gradually add the flour mixture. Stir in the coconut, mixing on low until the dough comes together.
Scoop the dough onto the prepared cookie sheet, using about a teaspoonful of dough for each cookie.
Bake for 9-10 minutes, until lightly browned. The cookies will continue to cook as they cool, so be careful to not overbake the cookies. Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes, before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
Recipe from Welcome Home Blog

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