Friday, February 26, 2010

Calypso Cookies

My baking pal, Anna at Cookie Madness has been on one of her kicks to clone a famous/popular cookie.  This time it’s the Calypso Crunch Cookies from Publix Supermarket.  Now, I’ve never been to a Publix, nor lived near one, and have never tasted the cookies that seem to have Anna so smitten.  But when she posted some of her reader’s clones of these cookies and after her numerous posts about them, I decided I needed to try them.  She posted a reader, Judi’s, cloned version and I liked that there was dried pineapple in her version.  So those are the ones I decided to make.

And let me just say—the cookies are absolutely delicious!  I have no idea if they are like the real Calypso Crunch Cookies from Publix, frankly, I don’t really care, since those cookies just aren’t here.  But this recipe that I followed of Judi’s are fantastic.  Did I mention that they’re good?  Oh, yes, if you like coconut and pecans, with a little dried pineapple, and the most chewy cookie, you’ll really like these.


Have you ever seen a more tasty looking cookies?  Okay, I agree, chocolate looks more tasty and IS more tasty, but these are just about as great as the most gooey brownies and the best Chocolate Chip Cookies!  Really, you need to try these.

Judi’s Calypso Crunch Cookies Clone, adapted by Anna, Cookie Madness, then slightly adapted by Katrina

4 oz cool unsalted butter, room temperature** (I used unsalted butter)
1 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 medium egg (oh, I meant to measure in grams for a medium egg and forgot, so I used 1 whole large egg) 
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1 1/4 cup quick cooking oats, crushed in a blender or ground in a coffee grinder after measuring
1 cup (4.5 oz) self rising flour (1 cup bleached, 1 teaspoon baking powder, ¼ teaspoon salt) (I made the homemade self rising flour as Anna did)
Dried pineapple (didn’t measure) (I used 1/2 cup chopped dried pineapple)
7 oz. shredded sweetened coconut
2/3 cup toasted pecans, chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and line a couple of cookie sheets with parchment paper.

Cream the butter and both sugars with an electric mixer. Beat in the egg, vanilla and almond extract and continue beating for another minute or until creamy. Beat in the oats. By hand, stir in the self-rising flour, followed by the dried pineapple, coconut and pecans. Dough will be thick.

Shape into balls (a little smaller than a golf ball) and flatten slightly on sheet.

Bake at 350 degrees for 15-18 minutes (I only baked them for 10 minutes to get a perfectly chewy cookie, if you’d like them crunchy, bake as the recipe indicates, then let them sit on the baking sheet about 5 minutes—Katrina. **I think Judi used salted butter, so that plus the salt in the self-rising flour should be enough. I used unsalted butter plus the salt in the homemade self-rising flour and didn’t feel the cookies needed more salt when made that way, either.


Thanks, Anna!  This was the first thing I’ve baked (besides trying to get TWD done here and there) for what seemed like a long time and the cookies are great!  Our house is officially on the market!  Whew.  Now just to keep it really clean all the time and hope and pray for a quick sale!


mike said...

Coconut, pecans.... pineapple I'm there. These look great Katrina - perfect cookie to usher in Spring... (hopefully)! :) Like the idea of crunch too -. I've been making a LOT of granola bars recently, so I've got the oats! Beautiful cookies!

Anna said...

I've got one more version to try. Hopefully I can do it tomorrow.

Fallon said...

The cookies sound real good!

Make sure to keep some cookies for the people who come viewing the house ;)

♥peachkins♥ said...

I think pineapple is a unique cookie flavor.This cookie ahs a very tropical flavor.

lisaernst said...

Best of success with your the sale of your home -- may it be quick and problem free! I must say I'm amazed that you think these cookies are about as good as a fudgy brownie or ccc! Can't believe it! These must be incredibly good. I like all those ingredients, actually. There's a Publix about ten minutes from here, but I never buy grocery store cookies. Maybe I'll make an exception......

Megan said...

Publix are great markets - when my parents lived in Florida that's where we shopped.

My dad would love these - but then again, so would I!

Judy said...

Good luck with your house sale. These cookies look delicious, love the ingredient list. I must make them.

Valerie said...

These have too many of my favorite goodies not to be good! I used to live in Miami where they had Publix stores, but I don't remember ever trying Calypso cookies. Maybe they didn't have them that long ago.

Every once in a while I will think, why don't I follow Katrina's blog? I always miss posts. Then I come over and see you don't have a follower list and remember why I'm not your follower. :)

Eliana said...

Man I'm all over this recipe as I love anything coconut. The look beautiful.

Amanda said...

Those sound fabulous Katrina! I bet they tasted just marvelous :)

Emily said...

Sorry I haven't commented much lately. I've been reading though!

I hope your house sells quickly, but the way. Good luck.

These cookies look great! I think I better get on the calypso bandwangon.

TeaLady said...

I HAVE TO TRY THESE COOKIES. They look fantastic.

TeaLady said...

Made these today after reading recipe. Last batch had candied cherries - BINGO!! Ambrosia cookies. LOL


eatme_delicious said...

Ooo the coconut, pineapple & oats combo sounds amazing!! I'd love a few of these right now. ;)

Nancy/n.o.e said...

I love the way these cookies look! Bookmarking the recipe, for sure.

Anonymous said...

These are my favorite cookies but the Publix version does not have pineapple in them.

Anonymous said...

jan said...
Our Publix had xtra large flat
calypso cookies today. They have
pecans in them,cocanut and almonds
but no pineapple. They are very
delicious and will be trying your
recipe tomorrow! Thank You for
sharing with us!

Audra said...

We tried making a couple versions of this Publix cookie today, but (in my opinion) none came close to the original. My sweet husband drove into town and got some from Publix so I could try and figure out the problem. Here is what I discovered - Publix does not use self rising flour, oats, pineapple, or almonds... they just use regular flour, eggs, salt, baking powder, extract, brown & white sugar, butter, coconut, and pecans. I'm going to make another attempt at coming closer to their recipe tomorrow. :)

Anonymous said...

I've made these 3 times. Too dry. No liquid except egg??? Dry and hard. Had to put bread in container.

Will try what others have tried by leaving out ground oatmeal, pineapple etc.

Thanks anyway.

Roger said...

Don't eat too many cookies this holiday season or you'll need to go on a diet. Read this review here on the South Beach Diet if you gain too much weight!

Unknown said...

Was just in Tuscaloosa Publix. I absolutely love Calypso Crunch cookies they have to be the best cookie I've had. Unfortunately I only brought a couple boxes home now I want more. I'm going to try this recipe and hopefully I love these just as much as I love the Ccc. These look and sound great

Anonymous said...

I’ve had the calypsos at Publix not as good as these are.