Wednesday, May 18, 2011

♥ just desserts.

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.

9 ♥ love notes.:

  1. i wish i was part of a book club IRL! sounds absolutely perfect... as do those cookies :)

  2. move to boston and you can join my book club!


  3. Oh those look deliciousssss. And Boston book club? I likeeee :)

  4. Those looks so yummy !!! I love coconut flavour =)
    ciao from Italy !

  5. Holy Moly! Those cookies sound delicious! And how cool to get together with all your blogships! I love our blog world. Hope you are doing wonderful, lady! xo Samantha

  6. sounds like fun!

    and don't get me started on the cookies, whoa! looks REALLY good.

    amateur couture

  7. A real life book club? I need to start one of those. And have cookies there, obviously. I don't make much with coconut, but last week I tried a Thai banana-coconut cake and it was great. Maybe these cookies should be next...


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