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Mission Accomplished!

Fellow home chefs, I'm writing to inform you that the cookies I intended to make on May 19th turned out wonderfully! I highly recommend them - just be sure you make enough because they will be gone rather quickly!

Made May 19th, 2018 - chocolate chip, pecan, coconut cookies!!! Too darn good!

Made May 19th, 2018 - chocolate chip, pecan, coconut cookies!!! Too darn good!

Here's the recipe: Coconut, pecan, chocolate chip cookies from

The only changes I made to this recipe were: instead of 2 tsp vanilla I used 1 tsp vanilla and 1 tsp almond extract AND I used a 1" ice cream scoop to make smaller cookies (watching my weight, don'tcha know) which took only 8-10 minutes to bake.

Moving forward... I used the same search process the week afterward, in other words, finding ingredients I had around the house and searching for a recipe that uses them. Unfortunately, the results were not as successful - I will not list the recipe here, thank you. You see, I had chosen a recipe that made a more cake-like cookie which my constituency, including myself, didn't enjoy it as much. Please be weary of cookies that have more than one egg in them! We want chewy, not poofy! Also, the balance of ingredients was not to my liking - please mark it here here: I like lots of coconut in my cookies, if I'm going to use coconut at all!!!

So this weekend our ingredient candidates are: bananas, either walnuts or pecans, or perhaps slivered almonds, some chocolate morsels, and our good friend coconut. My goal is to use only ingredients that I have currently in the house and let's see what happens. I'll keep you posted!