Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Two GREAT Cookies, If You Like Coconut and Banana!

So I made two easy, yummy cookies today and couldn't wait to post them for your viewing pleasure--oh, that and so you'll have the recipe.   And the winner that gets to be first on this post is......drum roll.....okay, just kidding.  It's the Coconut Almond Chocolate Chip Cookie! 

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Coconut Almond Chocolate Chip Cookies, adapted from Recipe4Living

1 pkg. (18.4 oz. box) white cake mix (I had a French Vanilla White Cake mix-yum!)

2 large eggs

1/3 cup canola oil

1 cup flaked coconut

1/2 cup semi-sweet mini chocolate chips (you can use regular ones, too)

1/3 cup almonds, toasted and chopped

In the bowl of an electric mixer, add the eggs and oil to the dry cake mix.  Beat together until combined.  Batter will be a little stiff.  Stir in coconut, chips and nuts.  Scoop dough onto parchment lined baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.  Cool for 2 minutes on baking sheets, then remove to a wire rack to cool completely. Makes 3 dozen.

 

Goodness gracious, if you like coconut with just the right amount of chocolate and a slight crunch from the nuts, these cookies are perfect!  Really!  And did I mention how easy they were to make.  Sometimes you just gotta love a cake mix!   The don't taste "cakey" at all!   And thanks for the awesome poinsettia plate, Tes!  Love it!

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NEXT, please.

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Banana Walnut Chocolate Chip Cookies, adapted from Martha Stewart Living

1/2 cup bread flour

1/2 cup cake flour (you can just use 1 cup all purpose flour, too!)

1/2 cup white whole wheat flour

1 teaspoon salt (I only used about 1/4 teaspoon because I was using salted butter)

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

3/4 cup (1  1/2 sticks) butter, softened (I used Smart Balance 50/50 butter sticks for baking)

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup packed light brown sugar

1 large egg (I used 1/4 cup Egg Beaters with touch of yolk)

1  1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

1/2 cup mashed ripe banana (about 1 large)

1 cup old-fashioned oats

8 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips (about 1  1/4 cups)

1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts, toasted

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Whisk together the flours, salt and baking soda in a medium sized bowl.  Set aside.  In bowl of electric mixer, cream together the butter and sugars until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.  Scrape sides of bowl.  Beat in egg and vanilla and mix well.  Mix in mashed banana.  Add dry ingredients and mix just until combined.  Stir in oats, chocolate chips and nuts with spatula.

Drop onto parchment lined baking sheets and bake for 9-11 minutes.  Cool on baking sheets for five minutes then remove to wire racks to cool completely.  Makes 3 dozen.

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Great amount of banana flavor to a slightly oaty chocolate chip cookie.  These are a bit crisp on the outside and fluffy on the inside, not too moist or cakey.  They're great and maybe a little healthy???  ; )

Have you made any good cookies lately?

 

15 comments:

Claire said...

Those coconut cookies look SOOOO good!

The Peanut Butter Boy said...

I think I'll start with one of the second cookies and quickly move on to one of the coconut cookies please. Thanks.

Kayte said...

Okay...these two are going on the trays here at Christmas...they look like they would be a big hit here...very lovely. Thanks! Love the red plate...very pretty.

Lisa magicsprinkles said...

I'm not big on banana, but those coconut cookies are right up my alley, and to top it off, I ADORE your plate! Where did you get it?

Joanna said...

i've noticed that cake mix cookies always end up being huge!! i love it. they kind of remind me of muffin tops... and i don't mean the belly kind haha

Maria said...

I love both! They look so good!! Love the plate too!

Katrina said...

Guess I should have said, the plate came from JCPenney.
The coconut cookies aren't muffin-y at all. Crisp, and a bit chewy inside. They don't feel cakey or taste like cake. The coconut ones are REALLY good!
PBB--For the last sheet of the banana cookies, I threw in some PB chips just for kicks. They are great!

CookiePie said...

Ooooh - they both sound so good! I do have some bananas and coconut in the freezer...

Sharon said...

I think I've already had holiday weight gain just by perusing all the yummy cookies all over the blogsphere. Yours look amazing, and I'll have one (or two) of each, please!

Clumbsy Cookie said...

Yep I like bananas and coconut and chocolate chips, so yes I would think they're great!

biz319 said...

Yum! never thought of making cookies with cake mix before!

Judy said...

Both look yummy, but especially the banana chocolate chip, because I'm trying to not buy cake mixes any more, even when they go on sale. I just made chocolate gingerbread drops (gingerbread cookies with bittersweet chocolate chunks and dried cherries). But they won't post for awhile, because I'm a little behind in my posts, and they have to get to the back of the line.

Tanya said...

I love just about anything with banana in it. I can't wait to try these!

Sara said...

These sound great, I've never put banana in cookies before!

noble pig said...

Oh geez, these sound so good! Beautiful!