These cookies are fabulous. I also tweaked the recipe a bit, not only to suit our personal tastes, but to make them slightly healthier. I used half the coconut called for, and unsweetened. I cut the brown sugar to 1/2 cup (and may alter that a bit more the next time). I added 1/4 cup of whole wheat pastry flour in place of 1/4 cup of unbleached all purpose. And I added slightly less chocolate. I'll definitely be making these again.
Toasted Coconut Chocolate Chunk Cookies
Myth-Buster Recipe. Given that both chocolate and coconut are not as bad as once thought, and given that they taste mighty good together, we baked up a batch of these toasty, chocolaty cookies to celebrate. Like all sweets with few other nutrients, though, they are treats—perfectly healthy every once in a while.
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- Calories: 88
- Fat: 3.8g
- Saturated fat: 2.5g
- Monounsaturated fat: 0.6g
- Polyunsaturated fat: 0.1g
- Protein: 1g
- Carbohydrate: 13g
- Fiber: 0.4g
- Cholesterol: 12mg
- Iron: 0.6mg
- Sodium: 38mg
- Calcium: 15mg
- 1 cup flaked sweetened coconut
- 4.5 ounces all-purpose flour (about 1 cup)
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 large egg
- 2 ounces dark chocolate (70% cacao), chopped
- Cooking spray
- 1. Preheat oven to 350°.
- 2. Arrange coconut in a single layer in a small baking pan. Bake at 350° for 7 minutes or until lightly toasted, stirring once. Set aside to cool.
- 3. Weigh or lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl; stir with a whisk until blended. Place sugar and butter in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until well blended. Beat in vanilla and egg. Add flour mixture, beating at low speed just until combined. Stir in toasted coconut and chocolate.
- 4. Drop by level tablespoons 2 inches apart onto baking sheets coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 10 minutes or until bottoms of cookies just begin to brown. Remove from pan, and cool completely on wire racks.
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