A twist on ordinary chocolate chip cookies

By Sophia Reyes (Staff writer) -10/20/16

Freshly baked coconut chocolate chip cookies

The school days are becoming to feel much longer and vacation time seems to be getting farther and farther away, so what better way to relax from so much work than to have fun on a tropical island, right? Sadly, not everyone has the opportunity to travel to the tropics, so here’s a fantastic recipe that will make you feel as if you were actually on one.
To transport you to this tropical paradise all you have to do is bite into a sweet and chewy cookie that has a hint of coconut found inside. I mean what tastes like the tropics more than a coconut or in this case coconut shreddings?
If you’ve decided to escape to your own little paradise then in a large bowl blend together the butter, sugar, oil or applesauce, and the egg in a beater. If you want to use a fancy mixer by all means go for it, or you can go old school and mix the ingredients on your own with a simple spoon. You then add all the dry ingredients to the bowl which includes the flour, salt, and baking soda. Mix the ingredients until they’ve all dissolved into one single substance.
Once thoroughly mixed add in the chocolate chips, coconut shreddings, and the crushed walnuts. If you’re not so nutty for nuts like me, you can always exclude the nuts. Mix one last time, and now you have your cookie dough. To get the dough to have a little more texture, cover the dough with aluminum and place it in the refrigerator for about one hour. About 10 minutes before the hour is up, start to preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
When your cookie dough is done being refrigerated, you can begin to make small balls of dough and place them onto a cookie sheet. The cookie sheet should be at a cool temperature or the dough will start to melt right before you even place it into the oven. You then place the cookies into the oven, and it takes about 11 to 15 minutes to bake them completely or at least until they look golden.
Once you see that the cookies reached their golden perfection, you can remove the cookie sheet from the oven and have the cookies cool down for 7 minutes. Allowing the cookies to cool before storing them into a container lets them preserve their mouthwatering chewiness.
After the cooling period, your cookies are ready to be stored, or if you’re like me, they are ready to be devoured in an instant. Now you can enjoy an escape to your island paradise the moment you bite into these scrumptious cookies that will leave you wanting more.

Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies
● ¾ cup of granulated sugar (white)
● ½ cup of softened or melted butter
● ½ cup of canola/olive oil or 1 cup of applesauce
● ¾ cup of brown sugar
● 1 egg
● 2 ¼ cup of white flour
● ½ Tsp. of salt
● 1 Tsp. of baking soda
● 1 cup of chopped walnuts
● 1 cup of shredded coconut
● 1 ½ oz. package of chocolate chips