I’ve been in a baking mood lately. There’s something about fall that makes me want to get in the kitchen and bake something, even if it’s not necessarily a fall dessert. Now that Clara is mobile, though, it’s not as easy to dedicate a solid hour or two in the kitchen unless she’s napping. While that eliminates more involved desserts, cookies are still quite manageable. Cookie dough is a breeze to whip up, and you can be eating a sweet treat in next to no time (even before nap time is over).
These cookies have everything that I love packed into one dessert – espresso, chocolate and coconut. They’re like a cookie version of the coconut mocha frappuccinos I enjoyed so much over the summer. They’ve got that ideal cookie texture – thick and soft, with just the right amount of chewiness. Eric, who typically isn’t a fan of coconut, couldn’t get enough of these cookies. I used coconut flakes instead of shredded coconut, and I think that swap led to Eric enjoying these more than he would have otherwise (since it’s the stringy texture of coconut that turns him off from coconut desserts). This recipe calls for coconut extract, which gives these cookies an extra boost of coconut flavor. Even with a little girl who hasn’t been too keen on napping lately, I’ve always got time for a batch of homemade cookies.