Almond Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies
Growing up in the land of 10,000 lakes, my family would often take trips exploring Minnesota. One of my favorite places to go was Grand Marais on the North Shore. Grand Marais is a quaint, picturesque town on Lake Superior that has an amazing small-town charm to it. There used to be a bakery in Grand Marais, The Loafer, that was a required stop for us anytime we came within a 20 mile radius. The hot ticket item at The Loafer were these absolutely delicious almond coconut chocolate chip cookies. They only made a certain amount each day, and if you didn’t get there early, those cookies would be gone! This recipe is my attempt at recreating those mouth-watering cookies.
While it may not be the healthiest recipe you will find on my blog, it sure is delicious (and everything is okay in moderation, right)?! These cookies are always a fan favorite - my husband hides a secret stash in the basement freezer, my Dad asks for them for birthday and Christmas gifts and, real shocker here, my kids love them!
So, go ahead, treat yo’ self!
ALMOND COCONUT CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES
2.5 dozen cookies
½ cup (1 stick) butter, room temperature
½ cup white sugar
¼ cup brown sugar
3 tsp almond extract
½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
1 cup flour
1 cup semi-sweet mini chocolate chips
1 cup sweetened flaked coconut
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
In a large bowl, beat the butter until it is smooth and creamy.
Add the white and brown sugar to the butter and mix until combined.
To the same bowl, add the egg, almond extract, baking soda, salt and flour. Mix until combined.
Stir in the chocolate chips* and coconut.
Scoop spoonfuls of cookie dough onto a parchment lined cookie sheet.**
Bake for 8-10 minutes until cookies are slightly brown around the edges. ***
Let the cookies cool on the cookie sheet for 5 minutes and then transfer them to a plate.****
*I prefer to use mini chocolate chips because then you get more chocolate in each bite!
**I like to use a small cookie scoop. You can also just spray your pan but I like using parchment paper because it is easy cleanup. I like to do anything that makes my life easier!
***I like to cook them so they are a tiny bit doughy in the middle (they look a little wet in the center straight out of the freezer). I know people can be particular about their cookies but we like crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside!
****Eat a few fresh out of the oven and then put the rest in a freezer safe bag and eat them right out of the freezer (we actually prefer them cold)!
TIPS FOR INVOLVING KIDS
Let them help you measure and pour all of the ingredients into the bowl and mix. If you are using a hand mixer, it’s probably a better job for an older kid or a parent but if you have a standing mixer, younger kids can handle that. Operating our KitchenAid mixer is my 3 year olds favorite job!
Let them sample the cookies - careful, they might try to sneak extras when you aren’t looking!