Wednesday, 19 September 2012

In the Kitchen: Best Ever White Chocolate and Coconut Biscuits


This recipe for chocolate chip biscuits (or cookies, depending on where you hail from) would have to be my absolute favourite out of the many many biscuit recipes I have tried over the years. They really are the perfect combination of a crunchy and crispy outside paired with a soft chewy centre. Which is what truly awesome cookies are all about, right? Technically the recipe uses dark chocolate but I find that milk and white chocolate are great substitutes. Plus the combination of white chocolate and coconut is one of the tastiest flavour pairings when it comes to baking. These biscuits are also amazing due to fact that they are oh so easy to make!

This recipe comes from Ainsley Harriott's Gourmet Express cookbook- a great collection of varied recipes that are relatively quick and easy to follow. Sarah and I first made this recipe together years ago when I was still a teenager and the cookies still taste as good as they did then! (And a big thanks to Sarah for letting me steal the cookbook from her! I promise I'll return it...sometime.)

DAD'S CHOCOLATE-CHIP COCONUT COOKIES

PREPARATION 15 minutes COOKING TIME: 15 minutes MAKES: Approximately 16 cookies

INGREDIENTS:

175g (6oz) butter, room temperature
175g (6oz) caster sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
100g (4oz) plain flour
100g (4oz) self-raising flour
50g (2oz) desiccated coconut
150g (5oz) dark chocolate, roughly chopped

METHOD:

1. Pre-heat the oven to 190 Celsius/ 375 Fahrenheit /Gas 5. Using electric beaters, whisk together the butter, sugar and vanilla until pale and fluffy.

2. Sift in the flours, then fold in the coconut and chocolate.

3. Shape the mixture into balls, then roughly flatten out on baking trays with the palm of your hand, leaving room for them to spread slightly.

4. Bake for 15 minutes until lightly browned. Allow the cookies to cool for a few minutes, then eat while still warm. Alternatively, transfer to a wire rack and leave to cool completely. Store in an airtight jar until needed. They make fantastic ice-cream sandwiches! 

Note: When making these don't be alarmed if you find the cookie mixture to be quite dry and crumbly- this is normal (especially if you're using a wholemeal flour) and your cookies will turn out fine! It just might take a bit of extra smooshing (that's a technical term) to get the mixture to stick together to form the cookies before sticking them in the oven.
These biscuits are just the thing to have with an afternoon cuppa!
What's your all-time favourite cookie or biscuit recipe?

Happy baking!

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5 comments:

  1. These look wonderful! I would love to join you in that cuppa! I hope there is another chair :) The recipe is so easy, I am going to bake them this morning!

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    1. Oooh yay! I hope you enjoy them as much as I do! :)
      x Lauren

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  2. nomnomnommm! while eating i am drooling over that awesome table!!!!

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    1. Thank you! The table is quite old and used to be white and kinda worn looking so my Mum decided to paint it a Tiffany blue colour. We were surprised that it turned out so well! Hehe.
      x Lauren

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  3. Ooh these look and sound fantastic! I adooore coconut!! :)

    xo

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