Sunday, July 3, 2011

Foursies (Coconut-Chocolate Chip Cookies)

Foursies... as in 4-Cs.... as in Coconut-Chocolate Chip Cookies... it wrote itself!

While these are baking I'm going to go ahead and assume they will be delicious... The dough was fantastic and somehow I ended up with about 6 missing cookie-amounts... hmm...

I wanted to use coconut flour, which I don't have.  I thought 'Shirley, it must be as easy to make coconut flour as it is to make oat flour, right?'  Wrong.  While Oat Flour is as simple as chucking oats into a processor and viola, coconut flour requires hours of advanced prep, tons of waiting, and then a ton more work.  Oh heck no... but if you're interested, here's the site I found that explained how to do it: 

I trust eHow fully... but just for twigs and giggles I cross referenced here:
(which required watching a video on making coconut milk...)

Which turns out I found on ANOTHER website, message board stylee... that you can do by mixing shredded coconut and boiling water... You take 2 cups of unsweetened dry coconut and add 1.5 cups of boiling water. Blend and let steep, then squeeze out the liquid. Voila! Fresh coconut milk.  This person then suggested taking that pressed pulp, dry it out and grind it... I guess that would work... SOOOOOO.... Point being, it sounds like fun as the latter message board comment's version suggests, but I don't have time right now, I want cookies.  NOW.)

I'm a bit sugar-drunk right now from all that batter... so I apologize if this post doesn't make much sense!

should be 1.5 dozen cookies... or however many you like to measure.  Normally I make mini cookies, but today I'm feeling decadent and want to make bigger cookies.  At the moment this shall remain with no calories... It's too hard to say, I ate too much dough to be exact here ;-)  Next time I will control myself.

2/3 cup sugar
1/3 margarine (or applesauce... surprisingly I had no applesauce, so I went with good ol' earth balance)
(1/3 cup milk if using margarine, not if using applesauce)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/4 cup flour-- any kind should work, I used garbanzo because it's what I had and for who cares makes it gluten free.  AP-whole wheat would work, oat would be awesome and if using whole wheat I vote whole wheat pastry.
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
dash of cinnamon
1/2 cup shredded coconut (unsweetened)
1/2 cup chocolate chips


1. Mix sugar and margarine + milk or just applesauce in a large bowl.  Add vanilla and mix well.
2. Add flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon. Mix really well.
3. Add coconut, mix well.  Fold in the chocolate chips.
4. Heat oven to 375F.  Plop 1-1.5 TBS amounts onto a baking sheet with parchment paper.
5. Flatten each one slightly
6. Bake about 13 minutes, maybe a couple minutes more, maybe less.  They will be golden brown on the bottom and soft on top.
7. Cool thoroughly before consuming all of them.

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