Sunday, May 6, 2012

Banana Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies

Last night, as happens about once a month, my husband requested cookies with "A LOT" of chocolate chips. A cookie sounded mighty good to me, so I was happy to oblige.

I'm getting better at this baking thing. I guess practice makes perfect...or at least practice makes edible! This morphed from your basic chocolate chip cookie recipe into a banana-bread-coconut- chocolate chip cookie, and although I was nervous about Andy's reaction to my ingredient tweaking (I don't blame him, given past results, I bake with my fingers crossed) he loooved these. He even said to make sure that you all know that these were the best cookies I'd ever made. Yahoo!

Banana Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies
(very loosely adapted from the back of a Trader Joe's chocolate chip bag)

2 1/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1 tsp. sea salt
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup softened butter
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 large or 1 small mashed ripe banana
1/2 cup shredded or flaked unsweetened coconut
1 10 oz. package chocolate chips
1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Combine flour, salt, baking soda and baking powder in a bowl and set aside. Combine softened butter, brown sugar, sugar, and vanilla and beat until creamy. Add in mashed banana and coconut, combine. Add in dry ingredients and mix well. Stir in chocolate chips and chopped nuts. Chill in fridge for 15+ minutes for cookies that set up better. Drop by rounded tablespoons onto a cookie sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes (depending on your oven).

Notes: These don't contain eggs, so they'll be a flatter than your average cookie. I found that by chilling the dough, even for 15 minutes, they didn't flatten as much. You could even add oats to turn this into a "breakfast" cookie. Yum!


  1. These sound delicious! What's the difference between pastry flour and regular ol' all purpose? I am going to have to try these!

    1. I think the only difference is it is sifted? I'm not really a baker, I just know I used Bob's Whole Wheat Pastry Flour :) I'm sure all purpose would be fine, but you gotta try these! I'm actually making a second batch right now!

  2. So Funny! my friends and i found your recipe on google, and i see your family picture and say " Hey!, that girls husband looks just like a guy i grew up with!"... then i saw your last name and realized it is him!--- my name is nakeli and my friends and i are baking your cookies in hawaii right now!


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