COCOLATTAS (Chocolate Chip Coconut Cookies)

It’s baking time! Because it’s my first time baking from scratch, I have chosen something simple: COOKIES.

These are not just chocolate chip cookies: they’re are chocolate chip cookies with coconut added! Cocolattas are the name of the cookies however. I have discovered them as I was reading The Cherry Cheesecake Mystery (pages 26-27). They sounded delicious!!!! So I thought I should bake some myself…

2 cups coconut flakes

1 cup chocolate chips

1 cup melted butter

2 1/4 cups flour (don’t sift-pack it down in measuring cup)

2 teaspoons vanilla extract (or coconut extract)

3/4 cups white granulated sugar

2 beaten eggs

3/4 cups brown sugar, firmly packed

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

Melt the butter. Put in a microwave safe container on HIGH for one and a half minutes or melt in a pan on the stove over low heat. Mix in the white sugar and the brown sugar. Add baking soda, coconut extract, and salt. Add the eggs and stir it all up.

Chop the coconut flakes in a food blender. If you don’t have a blender, just find the smallest flakes you can in the store, spread them on a cutting board and chop them up a little finer with a knife. Measure after it’s chopped. Pack it down when you measure it. Afterwards, add it to your bowl and stir thoroughly.

Add half of the flour and the whole cup of chocolate chips. Stir, the finish by mixing in the rest of the flour.

Let the dough rest for 10 minutes on the counter uncovered. Drop by teaspoons onto ungreased cookie sheet. 12 cookies goes on a standardized sheet. Slightly chill the dough if it’s too sticky. Bake at 350 degrees F for 9-11 minutes or until golden brown around the edges.

Let cool for 3 minutes before removing from the cookie sheet. Transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling.

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