Saturday, May 15, 2010

Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies for National Chocolate Chip Day

National Chocolate Chip Day. Now that's a holiday I can get behind!

I've been wanting to try these chocolate chip cookies ever since I did my chocolate chip cookie tasting (if you missed it, you can read about it here). They were a runner up when I picked the three chocolate chip cookie recipes I would make for the tasting but I omitted them because they contain coconut, which is a polarizing ingredient. Sure enough, when I announced earlier this week that I would be bringing coconut chocolate chip cookies for our pot luck, many people were thrilled but a few were repulsed. A great reminder that taste is indeed subjective.

The recipe for these cookies comes from Pichet Ong and the technique is a little different. The recipe has you cream the butter, sugars and toasted coconut together instead of adding the coconut at the end. So the coconut didn't give flavor as much as it did a chewy texture in a cookie that might have been thin and crispy without it.

I'm sorry to say that although these were good, I didn't think they were great. It wasn't just me--they didn't garner the reverential feedback I usually get when I bring chocolate chip cookies to work. If I make them again, I'll definitely add more chocolate and maybe some pecans.

If you'd like the recipe, you can find it here.


Tracey said...

Glad you got to give them a shot, even if they're were a new favorite. They look wonderful! I like coconut but I'm not sure how I'd feel about it in chocolate chip cookies.

Lisa Michelle said...

Pichet Ong is such a brilliant pastry chef, I couldn't imagine those cookies being anything less than spectacular, so I was surprised to hear they were less than spectacular. Then again, the high end pastry chefs never seem to get the good 'ole uncomplicated american standby's right, can they? (Except for Jacques Torres' amazing choco chip cookies). Regardless, they 'look' great :)

Jessica said...

CCC's are my very favorite, and it's always disappointing when you take that first bite and they're not everything you'd like them to be. They look really tasty, and I bet if I had them in the house I'd devour them in no time!

Mags said...

I had no idea that yesterday was National Chocolate Chip day until today so my post was a day late. You can bet I'll never forget it again...LOL

Your cookies do look fantastic. Sorry that weren't all that you hoped they'd be.