As you read this I’m on my way to Bali on honeymoon with my favourite person in the world. In my absence, two of my favourite bloggers have stepped in with a wonderful recipe all of their own. First up is the amazing Kathryn from London Bakes. I’d quite like to set up camp in her kitchen so I could eat all the amazing food that comes out of it, but as that might be a little odd (and I imagine my brand new husband might miss me), the recipe for these cookies is the next best thing. Enjoy!
I’m so thrilled to be here today filling in for Kate while she and her new husband enjoy their first few days of married life. My blog and The Little Loaf were started on almost exactly the same day 2 ½ years ago and I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know Kate over the last few years and watching her blog develop into something really quite special.
I know that we share a very similar outlook on food (right down to our mutual hatred of wet, gravy-logged food) and that we both love baking treats using wholesome and feel-good ingredients. Both of us are big fans of using coconut oil and coconut sugar in baking and I think these cookies show just how wonderful these ingredients can be.
I’ve yet to meet anyone who is able to resist the lure of a freshly baked cookie, still warm from the oven and full of melting chunks of chocolate. Their universal popularity probably accounts for the thousands of recipes that are out there and the time that many people devote to finding the ‘perfect’ cookie.
This recipe is, I have to say, as close to perfect as any I’ve ever found and I’m only a little bit ashamed to admit that my boyfriend and I got through 12 of these cookies in 24 hours (in a vague attempt to install some kind of restraint in our cookie-eating habits, the rest of the batch is currently chilling in the freezer waiting to be baked when a cookie emergency presents itself – instructions for freezing are included in the recipe). The desiccated coconut – the third coconut hit in these – adds a heartiness and a bite and makes it easy to kid yourself that these are a perfectly acceptable breakfast food.
I’ve used einkorn flour in these but if you can’t get hold of einkorn flour (I buy mine from Dove’s Farm) spelt flour also works well. Einkorn is an ancient form of wheat, rich in minerals and nutrients and easier to digest than regular wheat flour. All of that is great but the main reason that I use it is that it tastes really good; not as aggressive as some other whole grains and with a sweet nuttiness that works really well with chocolate.
So, congratulations to Mr & Mrs Little Loaf! I know that you two have a lifetime of homemade memories and happy days to look forward to together.
Triple Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies (adapted from Not Without Salt)
Makes approx. 24 cookies
90g virgin coconut oil, softened
150g coconut sugar
1 large egg
½ teaspoon vanilla bean paste
140g flour (I used einkorn flour but spelt flour or plain flour will also work)
40g desiccated coconut
½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
½ teaspoon sea salt
100g dark chocolate, roughly chopped
First of all, preheat your oven to 170C. Spread the desiccated coconut out on a baking tray and bake for about 5 minutes until it just starts to turn golden brown. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool.
To make the cookies, beat together the coconut oil and coconut sugar with a wooden spoon until combined. Add the egg and vanilla and continue to beat until mixed.
Fold in the flour, bicarbonate of soda, salt and cooled coconut. Finally, fold in the chopped chocolate.
Place the mixture in the fridge for 30 minutes or so.
Preheat the oven to 180C. Roll out tablespoons of dough and place on a baking tray lined with non-stick parchment paper. Bake for about 12 minutes until the edges of the cookies are just brown. Allow to cool on the baking tray for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack.
To freeze, roll the cookie dough into balls and place on a baking tray. Freeze until solid and then place the balls in a sealable plastic bag. Bake from frozen and add a couple of minutes to the cooking time.