Tonight I wanted to do something a little off the beaten path. I've been experimenting with recipes from various books lately and thought it was about time to head into the kitchen and whip up something of my own. So, I started with a fairly routine recipe for chewy chocolate chip cookies and just sort of went wild from there. A little of this, a little of that and voila! Chocolate Coconut "Mounds" Cookies!
These are delicious and were incredible when they were still slightly warm (although great cool too!). I'd suggest popping these in a warm oven just before serving for an extra special delight!
This recipe uses good cocoa powder to create the chocolate cookie base. Then we add some rolled oats and some shredded coconut for chewy goodness. A couple of the secrets that give the chocolate cookie its depth of flavor are the addition of a tablespoon of Grand Marnier and a tablespoon of apricot preserves! You don't really taste them in the finished cookie but they bring out the chocolate flavors and when you first bite into the cookie you know there's a flavor there beneath the chocolate and coconut that compliments both.
I also used just a touch of butter in this recipe mainly for the taste. The oil in this recipe comes from vegetable shortening mainly.
I also got to use my brand new OXO cookie scoop for these! I have to say that I love that thing and will be getting them in all the various sizes! It was so easy to use and for once my cookies ended up nice and uniform rather than having half that were pretty and half that looked like they had mutated!
I hope you'll enjoy these delightful cookies.