Alternate names for these cookies:
Almost Almond Joy Cookies
Island Chocolate Chip Cookies
Clean the Cupboards Cookies
I made these cookies on a whim, using up random ingredients I had in my cupboard. I didn’t feel like I could quite call them Almond Joy cookies without having actual shredded coconut and milk chocolate. I only had coconut oil and semisweet chips, so there is a hint of the exotic without being quite there.
I’ve used coconut oil before and recently had the opportunity to try Tropical Traditions’ Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil. Let me tell you, it smells heavenly. When I take the lid off the jar I’m instantly transported to my parent’s deck in 1993 when my mom, sister and I would slather on coconut scented tanning oil and bake ourselves crispy for hours in the sun, ensuring that we would be concerned about skin cancer for years to come. It is tropical and intoxicating.
Coconut oil can be used in place of other fats in recipes. It melts at a very low temperature compared to butter, so if your house is very warm it might be a clear oil. If its colder where you are, chances are it will be a firm, white substance like you see below.
Scroll down below the recipe, I’m super excited to be giving away 1 quart of this wonderful product!
1 cup coconut oil
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
Pinch of salt
3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
2/3 cup chopped almonds
Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silpat.
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together coconut oil and both sugars until fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla and combine thoroughly. Add the flour, baking soda, and salt and mix until incorporated. Use a spatula or wooden spoon to stir in the chocolate chips and almonds.
Drop by tablespoonfuls onto the prepared cookie sheet, 2 inches apart. Bake 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned. Let cool slightly on the baking sheet before removing to a rack to cool completely.
Win 1 quart of Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil!
Tropical Traditions is America’s source for coconut oil. Their Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil is hand crafted in small batches by family producers, and it is the highest quality coconut oil they offer. You can read more about how virgin coconut oil is different from other coconut oils on their website: What Is Virgin Coconut Oil?
You can also watch the video they produced about Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil:
Tropical Traditions also carries other varieties of affordable high quality coconut oil. Visit their website to check on current sales, to learn about the many uses of coconut oil, and to read about all the advantages of buying coconut oil online. Since the FDA does not want us to discuss the health benefits of coconut oil on a page where it is being sold or given away, here is the best website to read about the health benefits of coconut oil.
This contest is now closed. Congratulations to our winner, Sue D!
To enter to win 1 quart of Tropical Traditions Virgin Coconut Oil, subscribe via email to Tropical Traditions’ Sales Newsletter and leave a comment here letting me know that you did so.
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This giveaway is open until October 13, 2012 at 11:59 pm. The winner will be selected randomly. I will contact the winner via email and they will have 48 hours to respond before I select another winner. Good luck!
Tropical Traditions provided me with a free sample of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product.
If you order by clicking on any of my links and have never ordered from Tropical Traditions in the past, you will receive a free book on Virgin Coconut Oil, and I will receive a discount coupon for referring you.