One of my favorite cookies is the chocolate chip coconut cookies from Paradise Bakery. Have you had them? If you have a Paradise Bakery near you, I highly recommend it. I have had it exactly two times. I was pregnant for both of those times.
Time #2: (Later on in the pregnancy where food was on my mind constantly) A long day after coming back from a court hearing where I talked about the cookie and how wonderful of a treat it would be after the long day. So, Binks (probably sick of me talking about the cookie) said he would take me, despite the fact that the bakery was not at all on the way home.
We got the cookie. Delicious, especially paired with a cup of decaf coffee with tons of milk. I devoured it in the car while Binks looked on (probably waiting for me to offer him a bite). Five minutes after I finished the cookie, and while we were driving home, the car starts coming to a slow stop. I quickly realized that I had ignored the empty gas light for a couple of days. ‘Twas my car and Binks had no clue. It was quite hot that day. Unfortunately, my iPhone was dead and Binks’ phone was on the verge of dying. Both our computers and important case-related documents were in the car. “Luckily” we were near a local library. Unfortunately, the entrance into the library required us to push the car up an incline. At my 8-month pregnant stage, any ability for me to push was to be saved for another month. Binks was left with this task. “Luckily” some police offers came by after an hour of just being on the road and helped Binks pull the car into the parking lot.
Well, turns out that the police officers could only do that much, for which I’m grateful. When we asked them to take us to the gas station, a mile away, they said they couldn’t. So, Binks walked it. In the heat. And walked back. In dress clothes – suit and uncomfortable dress shoes. I waited in the library. I made myself useful by perusing the movie section. I also observed this random guy managing his online dating account using the public internet. A much more interesting selection than the movie section.
Binks came back, sweaty and cranky. He put gas in the car and we drove home. On the way, he turned to me in disgust and said, “your cookie better have been worth it.”
Ever since that day, when we drive by Paradise Bakery, I hold back from any urge to say, “let’s get a cookie.”
Instead of dealing with the wrath of Binks, I decided to replicate this beloved cookie. And, believe me – this cookie is worth it.
Chocolate Chip Coconut Cookie
Adapted from Allrecipes
Yields about 2 dozen cookies
- 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 cup sweet flaked coconut
- Preheat oven to 375F.
- In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugars until light and fluffy.
- Beat in the egg until incorporated.
- Add vanilla and mix.
- In another bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, and salt.
- In three portions, add the flour mixture to the butter mixture until it’s all mixed together well.
- Fold in the chocolate chips and coconut.
- Drop onto parchment lined cookie sheets.
- Bake for 8 to 10 minutes.
- Take the cookies out of the oven and let it sit for another 10 minutes on the cookie sheet. After 10 minutes, remove the cookies to a cookie rack for complete cooling.