I made these cookies for the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap of 2013, a virtual charitable cookie exchange whose proceeds go to Cookies for Kids Cancer. If you’re not familiar with the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap you can read all about it here.
Basically, bloggers around the world pay a small fee to join the swap then send a dozen cookies to three different bloggers (assigned at random). And three different bloggers send you a dozen cookies. Needless to say, I’ve consumed a lot of scrumptious cookies lately:)
619 bloggers participated this year (from eight different countries) and what’s really incredible is several great brands–OXO, Dixie Crystals, Gold Medal Flour, and Grandma’s Mollasses matched what the bloggers earned (in terms of entry fee and extra donations) dollar for dollar up to $3,ooo per brand. Together we raised over $13,000 for Cookies for Kids Cancer. Amazing right?!
These Chewy Coconut Cookies are a really simple cookie. My mom shared the recipe with me a few weeks ago, they’re a new favorite of my dads. The only thing that keeps them from being so incredibly boring is a nice touch of coconut. Think soft and chewy, buttery, coconutty sugar cookies.
Sometimes I think I need to make the next craziest, most unique cookie. Loaded with a variety of chocolate chips or stuffed with something fun and crazy. And then I eat one of these simple coconut cookies and am reminded how much I like simple, classic cookies.
BUT, if you want to get a little crazy, give them a drizzle of chocolate. The chocolate lover in me couldn’t resist and it still keeps them simple. Yum yum!
- 1 cup butter (or coconut oil)
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 2 eggs
- 3 cups flour
- 2 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 - 3/4 cup shredded coconut
- Addition sugar to roll the cookies in
- Chocolate chips (optional for melting and drizzling over the cookies)
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Sift flour, powder and salt together and set aside. Beat the butter, sugar, vanilla and eggs together until creamy. Fold dry ingredients into the wet mixture. Lastly, fold in the coconut.
- Roll dough into one-inch balls then roll in the sugar. Place on cookie sheets lined with parchment and bake for 8 minutes and remove and let cool.
- If desired melt chocolate chips and drizzle over the cookies.
- recipe from my mom's friend Jolene!