Friday, March 2, 2012

Friday Baking

This week I was going to forego my weekly baking, as the function that I usually take my treats to on a Friday is not on this week. But then I got to thinking about how good it would be to add orange to chocolate chip cookies. Then I thought of adding nuts too, but had the even better idea of adding coconut. So come Thursday evening I just had to bake something. Thus today's cookie was born - orange-coconut-chocolate-chip! Now I have run out of all my baking staples but that's alright because there are cookies to eat!

Orange-Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies

125 grams butter
1 cup sugar
1 egg
Juice of 1 orange
1 cup dessicated coconut
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
100 grams dark chocolate, broken into pieces (or more, if you like - I used to make my cookies with 200 grams of chocolate and nobody ever complained!)

As per usual, I have based this recipe on my classic chocolate-chip cookie recipe, but I found that the mixture was very wet, so I made these as drop cookies. First I heated the oven to 180 degrees celsius and I greased and floured a baking tray because I had no baking paper.

So next, in a large bowl, soften your butter in the microwave and then beat the sugar into it, either with an electric mixer or by hand. Cookies will work out nicely no matter how you mix them.

Add the egg and orange juice and beat the mixture well.

Add the coconut, flour, baking powder and chocolate.

The mixture will be quite wet, so scoop up teaspoonfuls and drop them onto a tray, with enough space for them to spread out a bit.

Bake them at 180 degrees celsius for 15 minutes, then take them out and let them sit on the tray for a couple of minutes before you move them onto a rack to cool.

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