Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Coconut Coffee Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Sometimes I wonder what life must have been like without any technology past the butter churn. 

And then I wonder if maybe then we would stop wasting the 86,400 seconds that we're gifted with each day, to make memories and history and coconut cookies, on comparing ourselves to each other.

In real life, it's hard not to compare yourself with everyone around you, especially when everyone is connected online. Scrolling through someone else's day is easier than getting through our own and it seems like there's always someone on Facebook posting glittery shots of their new engagement ring or another food blog with beautiful, creative talent (and a secret stash of natural light) or a constant Instagram feed of jealous-worthy things, from glamourous vacations, celebrations, and milestones to food styling you wish you'd done, cakes you wish you'd baked, and thin, fit bodies you wish you had.

I feel those last two are connected somehow.
Can I just make a Wednesday proclamation? Let's not. Let's take the day off.

Let's just not compare today.

Let's realize that someone else succeeding or being "better" or "more" takes away nothing from our ability to succeed, create, or shine. 
Let's build each other up and be kind instead of competing... and at the end of the day let's be proud of who we are and where our life is at. 

Let's also put coconut and coffee in cookies.
I'm just saying.

Coconut Coffee Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons instant coffee
1 cup chocolate chips (I used mini chocolate chips)
3/4 cup shredded, sweetened coconut

Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray or line with parchment paper; set aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the softened butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar until well combined. Add the eggs one at a time, then the vanilla; mix well until combined. 

In a separate bowl, stir together the flour, baking soda, salt, and the ground coffee or espresso until combined. Slowly add to the butter mixture and mix until just combined, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Stir in the chocolate chips and coconut. 
Drop by rounded spoonfuls onto prepared baking sheets and baking for 10-12 minutes, or until done (I flattened mine slightly with the back of a spatula when removed from the oven). 

Source: Adapted from my soft, chewy chocolate chip cookies.