Cookies are one of life’s little pleasures, don’t you think? A great cookie is hard to beat, but I don’t know anyone who agrees on what exactly makes a good cookie. My description includes a big cookie full of chopped chocolate (for better texture) and lots of nuts. Oh, and throw some brown butter in there and you’ve practically sold me. Really, the more stuff that’s in the cookie, the better, as far as I’m concerned. That’s why I took this recipe for chocolate chip cookies and added cashews and coconut. It’s a wonderful combination, and these cookies are full of different textures. You get a bit of chewiness from the coconut, crunch from the cashews, and pockets of chocolate. A bit of coarse salt sprinkled on after baking adds that special something that really makes these cookies shine, and the brown butter adds a wonderfully nutty flavor and depth.
I typically bake cookies on a whim since they’re so quick to mix up, but I made these cookies with a specific purpose in mind. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while now, you know that food is one of the ways I show love. New baby? I’ll bring food. Going through a rough time? Again, food. There have been plenty of times in my life that I felt words couldn’t truly express my feelings. When I can’t find the words to say, food says what I can’t. It shows someone that I care. Food is something we eat to nourish our bodies, but it can also be so much more than that, as is the case with these cookies.
September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month, and I’m dedicating this post to OXO’s Good Cookie Campaign to support Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. For each post, OXO is donating $100 to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. Additionally, specially marked OXO products are available for purchase, with 25 cents of each sale being donated in support of pediatric cancer research. Cancer is the number one cause of death by disease of children in the US, but less than 4% of the National Cancer Institute’s budget goes to all childhood cancers combined. So you can see why I was eager to participate in this campaign to help bake a difference. Sometimes a cookie is just a cookie, but sometimes it’s more.
Full disclosure: I received OXO tools in order to make these cookies, but all opinions expressed here are, as always, my own. For every stickered item sold, OXO will donate 25 cents in support of pediatric cancer research as part of its $100,000* pledge to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. Look for specially marked OXO products at participating retailers in September.
* In 2014, OXO will donate up to $100,000 to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer through specially marked baking tools, bake sale matches and other fundraising efforts. Cookies for Kids’ Cancer is a recognized 501c(3) public charity duly incorporated under the laws of the state of New Jersey. Your donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowable by law. 100% of proceeds raised by Cookies for Kids’ Cancer fund pediatric cancer research.