Monday, April 15, 2013

Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies with Crystallized Ginger—Group B Secret Recipe Club

Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies with Crystallized Ginger

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.

Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies with 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.

Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies w/crystal ginger 4-15-13

These are were great!  Thanks, Jane.  Thanks, Group B.  Thanks Secret Recipe Club!


Unknown said...

Love your rebel instincts C: thanks so much for the visit and the recipe love. Small one now sneaks my ginger-regularly.

Andrea Kruse said...

Love Ginger! This recipe looks good. I will have to try it. So glad you were able to make something on such short notice. :)

April said...

Thank you Katrina :) You are such a sweetheart for adopting yet another orphan. Your dedication and love for the club is really appreciated. Oh, and the cookies look delicious too! :)

Judee@ Gluten Free A-Z Blog said...

Can't go wrong with a chocolate chip cookie, and I love the addition of the crystallized ginger. Yum!

SeattleDee said...

Ginger and coconut get to play with chocolate chips and sugar! Yes, please, sign me up for a plate of warm cookies... right now... for breakast, or whenever. I can't wait to try this version of a favorite.

Kirstin said...

YUMMY! Great choice. these sound really yummy!!! Yes, double the love is awesome!!!

Unknown said...

Who doesn't love a chocolate chip cookie?!

Miz Helen said...

Katrina you are always right there to help out, I did think you girls were going to tie, so then I would have got her lovely blog. The cookies look great and so are YOU!
Thank You,
Miz Helen

shelley c. said...

Yum, yum, YUM! These cookies sound DELICIOUS! Thanks for always helping out with orphan rescues, too - you are so sweet!

Amy said...

Nice. I love chocolate chip cookies and these kick up ones with crystallized ginger sound even more wonderful!

Anonymous said...

Oh wow... these cookies look amazing! I've only just discovered the 'Secret Recipe Club' but I love the concept. It's such a beautiful, generous way to share recipes, get to know people and discover new blogs (go the blogging network! I love it!). Love your blog also. This is my first visit and I'll definitely be back. You have a gorgeous family xx

Nutmeg Nanny said...

Great twist on the classic chocolate chip, they look wonderful :)

Cardamom Bliss said...

I love this combo, but will try it with whole wheat flour and jaggery instead of the usual sugar.

Kristin @ Dizzy Busy and Hungry! said...

What an interesting flavor combination! I am itching to try it. They look great. Nice pictures!