last night i had the pleasure of joining a couple of fashionable friends
for our first official book club meeting. it was wonderful to get together
with some lovely bloggers that i rarely spend time with IRL (in real life!),
eat lots of goodies, drink wine and chat about one of my favorite subjects: books.
the work we discussed was fear of flying by erica jong- a book that i like to
liken to a feminist version of bridget jones' diary. i loved it and found it was
the perfect thing to read after finishing up with my bible, the beauty myth.
we had a very lively discussion- arguing many side of jong's novel-
and ultimately agreeing to disagree- on everything except
how damn delicious my cookies came out.
here is the recipe. straight from my cookie bible
(i'm so religious, eh?) big fat cookies.
recipe: toasted coconut cookies
2 cups of sweetened, shredded coconut
2 cups of unbleached all-purpose flour
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp almond extract
2 oz white chocolate
heat oven to 300 degrees.
spread coconut on a baking sheet & bake for 10 minutes until golden brown.
set aside to cool and increase oven to 350 degrees.
sift flour, baking powder and cinnamon into a bowl & set aside.
in a large bowl, use electric mixer to beat butter & brown sugar.
stop and scrape sides of the bowl. add egg, vanilla & almond extract and mix.
on low speed, add flour mixture. stir in 1 1/2 cups of toasted coconut.
scoop the dough into small balls and bake for 15 minutes each or until brown.
cool the cookies on a rack and in the mean time, use a double boiler (or
a microwave) to heat up white chocolate until melty.
drizzle white chocolate over cookies and top with remaining
toasted coconut. enjoy the best cookie you will ever eat.