I couldn’t help it. When I heard that someone in Group B of the Secret Recipe Club was going to be an orphan, with no one posting something from her blog, I had to do something about it. Never fear though, because whenever that happens and it is announced on the SRC Facebook page, there are many volunteers in line to jump in and help—every time. The Secret Recipe Club really is a great group of people. I’m in Group A and there are four different groups. Betcha can’t guess what the other groups are named? ;)
I almost had a knock down, drag out fight with Kirstin from Loving Life to get this orphan, then we compromised and both made something! Nothing wrong with showing double the love for another blogger. So I got busy and found something to make from Jane’s blog, Jane's Adventures in Dinner and you’ll never guess what I made? Oh wait, there is a picture of them right there. Okay, are you surprised, I made cookies? I have a little secret, since this IS the Secret Recipe Club. Every time I get an assignment, the first thing I look for on a blog is cookies. Then, I look at all desserts. THEN I look at the rest, the savory food. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE “real” food and actually eat lots of healthy food. I have just found that I enjoy baking more than cooking. It’s more fun to share baked goods. I also can’t seem to take decent pictures of savory food to save my life. AND, when I made something that will be for dinner, the family wants it right then and there. They hate when I make them wait for photos first. ;)
After a quick search through the cookies and desserts on Jane’s blog, I settled on some that she actually just posted a few weeks ago. These Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies were super easy and delicious! Not only do they have coconut added but a surprise ingredient as well—crystallized ginger.
I only made half a batch of the cookies because I thought my boys would turn up their noses at the ginger and not eat them. I was wrong. They are going fast and Taylor in particular loves them. GREAT cookie! I made a few minor changes to Jane’s recipe. I added some salt as I used unsalted butter and she didn’t have salt in her recipe. I also added more chocolate chips than it called for—because, I’m a rebel, plain and simple. And I added a little more flour than she did, but that is more because of our high altitude and I didn’t want the cookies to be flat. They were not at all!
Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies with Crystallized Ginger, by Katrina, Baking and Boys!, adapted from Jane at Jane's Adventures in Dinner
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup shredded sweetened coconut
1 1/2 cups (180 grams) all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 ounces dark chocolate chips (about 2/3 cups)
1 tablespoon crystallized ginger, chopped finely
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. (Jane’s recipe baked at 350 degrees.) Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Cream together the butter and sugars in an electric mixer. Scrape the sides of the bowl. Add the egg and vanilla and cream until light and fluffy. Scrape sides of bowl again. Add all the dry ingredients in a separate bowl and whisk to combine. Add the dry ingredients to the creamed mixture. Stir in the chocolate chips, coconut and ginger. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Let cool on baking sheet for a few minutes before moving them to a wire rack to cool completely.
are were great! Thanks, Jane. Thanks, Group B. Thanks Secret Recipe Club!