22 July 2011

marta's coconut krispie chocolate chunk cookies

another cookie post. i can't help myself. i'm over the moon about this batch. so excited in fact, that i went ahead and named them after myself. how's that for vain awesome? whenever i go off the rails of a recipe, i am usually regretful. thus i am thrilled these chocolatey, thunderous babies worked out beautifully. the dark chocolate is nicely matched with the sweet coconut and rice krispies consistently make a cookie taste better, if i do say so myself. (i even sifted the dry ingredients. how's that for effort. am a new convert to sifting. thank you, miranda.) dan is toting them to work today; our introductory batch with the new firm. fingers crossed.

dan's favorite holiday (aside from thanksgiving) is pioneer day. pioneer day is utah's awesome official holiday wherein people shut down their offices, head to the parades, and celebrate the pioneers who pureed this land into farms, towns and, eventually, the city i love so much. i love the rich heritage in my hometown. i love being here for the 24th. (i love getting more use out of fourth of july paraphernalia.) dan requested utah sugar cookies for the office. (we have a utah shaped cookie cutter; it landed itself in dan's stocking one year and he was overtly enthusiastic about it.) but i had to decline. first, i have no idea where that cookie cutter is at the moment and more importantly, sugar cookies usually become a disastrous kitchen event. there are sides of my sugar cookies that my in-laws just don't need to see.

so, as wives often do, i talked dan into a dark chocolate chunk experiment. i found the bag of dark chocolate chunks at whole foods, which is where my mother shops. i hope that means they are more healthy / wholesome for the family. he was game. he goes ga ga for dark chocolate. also, i recently figured out how to attach the bowl and beater to shanna's vintage bosch mixer. all systems a go.

Marta's Coconut Krispie Chocolate Chunk Cookies
adapted from Martha Stewart's chocolate chip cookie recipe
this recipe makes a whopping 6 dozen (minus the one you will eat)

2  1/4 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1  1/8 tsp. salt
2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
1  1/2 cups brown sugar
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
2  1/4 cups rice krispies (my favorite secret ingredient)
1  3/4 cups chocolate chunks (preferably dark)
1  1/2 cups sweetened coconut flakes

Preheat oven to 350. Sift flour, soda and salt into a bowl and set aside. In mixing bowl, beat butter and sugars on medium-high until fluffy, about 3 minutes. On low speed, beat eggs one at a time. Add flour and vanilla, careful not to over-beat the batter. Mix in rice krispies, chocolate chunks and coconut on low speed just until well dispersed. Eye ball it and see if you need any more of the marvelous mix-ins.

Roll dough into balls, a bit smaller than ping pong ball size. (I am a big fan of smaller bite-size cookies, but I liked these a bit bigger. It helps pack a punch, which aids the wow-factor of this special ingredient combination. I am starting to sound practically scientific. That's what happens when you name cookies after yourself. And yes, I think scientists use the term wow-factor all the time.)

Bake on ungreased cookie sheets for 12 minutes, just at the golden softly set up stage. Let them cool on the sheet for one minute or two and transfer to wire racks. You are required to pour yourself a mini mug of milk and indulge in a warm cookie while baking the rest of the batch. This is your duty. Make those pioneers proud.


Lou said...

These sound absolutely to die for, so much so I just did a post (credit to you for it of course!) to spread the word of their cookie goodness. Can't wait to bake some myself :) xo


Eileen said...

Chocolate and coconut are two of my favorite things, so these Marta cookies sound amazing.

And as a scientist, I have the authority to verify that we do, in fact, use the term "wow-factor" applied to our work. Very critical for successful grant funding. Clearly you are on your way to becoming a ground-breaking cookie engineer :)

Sophie Delphis said...

These look delicious - I love all the textures.

Kari said...

My husband declared your peanut butter cookies both "from heaven itself" and "completely sinful." I'm imagining the same outcome here as well.
Thanks for the share.

Elaine said...

ummm... YUM! I am SO going to make those!

Becca at One Girl said...

Marta - you are brillant! This sounds terrific, I must try it. I have been in love with chocolate & coconut combo since starbucks introduced their Chocolate Coconut Mocha Frapacinon. I may just spend the weekend baking :)

Alex and Shauna said...

ummm... those look AMAZING!!! Cant wait to try them!
I love following your blog btw. you inspire me to write more.
welcome to Utah! :)

dragonflydreamer said...

Your cookies look so yummy! Chocolate and coconut are always winners! Thanks for sharing your recipe.

missy said...

Would it be a terrible disaster if I used salted butter? Hopefully this midwestern heat wave ends soon so I can turn on my oven and try these. Yum! Thanks for sharing.

brooke said...

Even your recipe posts are entertaining. I read every word with no intention of baking anything.

My favorite was "there are sides of my sugar cookies that my in-laws just don't need to see." I totally relate to the thunder dome that is inherant in sugar cookies.

Lesa said...

My guess is that they were a hit!

vanzare auto said...

Oh my God this looks so good and i`m sure that it is delicious too. I think it is not a very difficult recipe so i will give it a try, thanks a lot for sharing.

Anna said...

Are rice krispies like puffed rice/rice bubbles? This recipie looks great and I'm just wondering what the NZ/Australian equivalent would be...?

tahnie @ a happy girl said...

Oh, these look delectable!

Once I was outlet shopping in Park City and I overheard an out of state cashier tell an out of state tourist that pioneer day is "like mormon Hanukkah." i still laugh hysterically whenever thinking about it.

happy weekend! (& pioneer day!)

Joanna Goddard said...

these look AMAZING!!!!!!!! yum yum yum. i love your blog :)

black tag diaries said...

those look incredible. must.try.soon.

missy said...

Well, mine didn't turn out nearly as pretty as yours, but the taste more than made up for that! These were a huge hit at my house, salted butter and all! ;) Thanks again!

Whatever Dee-Dee wants said...

Yum! I hope to make these this week.

marta said...

hello and thank you for the kind comments! yes, you can use salted butter.. just use less salt in the rest of the batter. also, rice krispies are a puffed crispy cereal in the states. i don't know how else to describe them! (the cookies will still be delicious without them, i'm sure of it.) enjoy. xo.

Jess said...

Marta, these cookies sound amazing! I'm so happy to have stumbled upon a graphic-designer/cookie baker like yourself. I'm the same! Love it and awesome blog! :)

Anonymous said...

I made these for a girls weekend and brought extras in to work - everyone LOVED them!

missy said...

My third comment on this post. Yes, I'm obsessed. :) Hope you don't mind, but I shared this recipe (via a link) on my blog. http://10000thingsthatmakemehappy.blogspot.com/2011/08/recipe-my-new-favorite-cookie.html


Erin G said...

did you know this recipe is all over pinterest? looks yummy! totally trying it this week, ingredients already on the grocery list. :)

Brittany said...

just made these for our relief society dessert night. while the cookies didn't turn out quite as good-looking as yours- too flat- they tasted so good! the dough was also amazing with the rice krispies!

LKV said...

Marta, i just made these and they are amazing!!! I am considering taking them to work on Tuesday for our Christmas cookie bake-off.....I haven't made anything this delicious in a while. Thanks!!!!

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