Tonight, I write this post with a very heavy heart. There's a light rain falling outside, which unfortunately matches the sad mood around here. It's been about a week since my last post, and I apologize for that. The truth is, I just honestly haven't been up to writing this week.
Those of you who have experienced the joy that a dog can bring into your life will understand better than most. On Valentine's Day, my sweetheart of a cocker spaniel, Lady, passed away after 13 fun-filled years right by my side. She was the sweetest dog I've ever known, and I sure do miss that little pup so much. She battled a cancerous tumor on her tummy for quite a while, and she fought it until the very end. It was just her time, I guess.
This quote by Anatole France says it best:
Coconut-Chocolate Chip Cookies
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 sticks unsalted butter, softened to room temp
1/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. coconut extract
10 oz. semi-sweet chocolate morsels
5 oz. bittersweet chocolate morsels
1 cup shredded, sweetened coconut
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with either parchment paper or a silicon baking mat.
Combine the flour and baking soda in a medium bowl and whisk together. Set to the side.
In the bowl of a mixer with the paddle attachment, add the butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar. Cream these ingredients on medium speed until they are nice and fluffy. Add the salt, egg and coconut extract. Mix on low speed until well combined.
Add the flour mixture to the mixer bowl, and mix on medium speed just until blended...Don't over-mix!
Next, add the semisweet and bittersweet chocolates, along with the shredded coconut to the cookie dough. Stir together well.
Using an ice cream scoop or large spoon, scoop out the dough and form into uniform balls. Place the balls of cookie dough on the baking sheet, making sure not to crowd the cookies.
Place the baking sheet into the preheated oven, and bake the cookies for 13-14 minutes, or until they are a nice golden brown around the edges.
Transfer the cookies to a cooling rack. They are best a little warm, right out of the oven!
Checking out her new little sis...
Who eventually wasn't so "little" anymore :)