Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Double Chocolate Chip Cookies with Toasted Coconut-Zainab of Blahnik Baker's Baby Shower!

In my years of blogging I have never had a close friendship develop so quickly as my friendship with Zainab of Blahnik Baker has. She is literally one of the sweetest people I've ever known. She is endlessly supportive, giving, funny, smart, and kind. I am so lucky to have "met" her (someday it will be in real life and no longer needing quotation marks for "met"!) And I am SO excited for her because SHE'S HAVING A BABY!!! And Zainab is going to be such an incredible mom, and just some of the reasons why are the ones I just listed (her hubby is going to be a great dad too, btw). Zainab supported me with guest posts when I moved and when I was busy wedding planning so of COURSE I had to be a part of her SURPRISE VIRTUAL BABY SHOWER!

I'm so excited that my first official recipe that I'm sharing post wedding is for Zainab and the celebration of her becoming the sweetest momma ever! And-since Zainab loves all things coconut-we decided to only share coconutty treats for this "party"! Up until semi-recently I wasn't a huge fan of coconut (with the exception of Samoas). But I have learned that, especially when toasted, I loooooove coconut. And it pairs so deliciously with chocolate. And...I love cookies. And cookies are my go-to when I'm bringing a treat to a party, like..oh say a baby shower! Which is why I threw together these lovelies!
These cookies are sturdy (so they're perfect to ship to loved ones or to bring to a paaaarty) and super chocolatey (and-when warm-deliciously gooey). They're made a smidge healthier thanks to the fact that we're using coconut oil instead of butter (mo' coconut=mo'betta!) and the toasted coconut flakes REALLY make them special! There's all kinds of delicious textures and they were a big hit with Michael's friends...Michael...and me!

I know Zainab would like them too and so will you!



Double Chocolate Chip Cookies 
with Toasted Coconut

Makes approx. 2 dozen cookies.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted and cooled
  • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon coffee, optional
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup toasted coconut flakes 
Preparation:
  • Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Prepare a large baking sheet by spraying with nonstick cooking spray or lining with parchment paper or silicone baking mat.
  • Whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt; set aside.
  • In a large bowl, beat cooled coconut oil, brown sugar, egg, vanilla and coffee (if using) until creamy and smooth; about 1-2 minutes. 
  • Add in flour mixture mix until combined. Fold in chocolate chips. 
  • Roll into small-medium sized dough balls (or use a medium cookie scoop) and place on the prepared baking sheet(s) leaving at least 1 inch. of space in between. Bake 8-10 minutes (9 minutes is generally perfect).
  • Cool on cookie sheet for a few minutes then transfer to wire rack to finish cooling. Store leftovers in an airtight container for up to 5 days.
(Note-I have no explanation for why some of the font in this post is wonky, I tried to fix it to no avail soo....sorry)

Check out all the other treats shared for Zainab's shower!

Blackberry Coconut Cupcakes, by Baking a Moment 
Blueberry Coconut Meusli Bars, by The Spiffy Cookie 
Caramel Coconut Cluster Bars, by Eats Well with Others 
Chocolate Coconut Cake, by Brunch with Joy 
Coconut Cake, by I am Baker 
Coconut Cream Pie Ice Cream, by The Recipe Rebel 
Coconut Energy Bites, by The Kitchenarium 
Coconut Key Lime Angel Food Cake Roll, by Flavor the Moments 
Coconut Key Lime Pie Cookie Bars, by Two in the Kitchen 
Coconut Key Lime Macarons, by Life Made Sweeter 
Coconut Pineapple Banana Smoothie, by The Bitter Side of Sweet 
Coconut Pineapple Fried Rice with Shrimp, by Healthy Nibbles and Bits 
Coconut Sweet Potato Muffins, by Luci's Morsels 
Key Lime Coconut Button Sandwich Cookies, by Culinary Concoctions by Peabody 
Key Lime Coconut Pound Cake, by Grandbaby Cakes 
Lavender Coconut Macarons, by Broma Bakery 
Mango Coconut Donuts, by Chez Catey Lou 
Mango Coconut Smoothie, by Jessica in the Kitchen 
Mango Summer Cake, by Keep it Sweet Desserts 
Mini Coconut Cream Pies, by Hip Foodie Mom 
Pina Colada Pie, by Life, Love, and Sugar 
Skinny Blueberry Lime Scones, by Club Narwhal 
Toasted Coconut Banana Meringue Pie, by The Sweet {Tooth} Life 
Tropical Pineapple Coconut Sangria, by Shared Appetite 

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Something Saturdays (6/20/15)-MY WEDDING DAY

Nearly 11 years since we met.
5 years, 11 months, and 19 days since we had our first "date".
565 days since we got engaged.

...it's finally here.

When Michael and I met in high school neither of us ever could have imagined that we'd end up here-he was just the super funny senior who was king of the drama club, and I was just an annoying little freshman. But, nearly 6 years ago, a series of random events led to us having a 3 hour long conversation on fb chat and then-a couple days later-he took me out to lift my spirits when I was having a bad day. At the end of the night he kissed me and...that was it. A day later we were an official couple and a day after that he told me he loved me-and I said loved him back. We spent 2 years long distance before he moved to NYC to be with me. We then spent 3 years living in the city and loving each other more every day. And, about a year and a half ago, he finally proposed. Since then we got amazing engagement photos taken and I've been knee-deep in wedding planning. And all of that has led up to this...the day where I get to marry my favorite person on this planet. The guy who makes me laugh and smile and makes me feel safe and unconditionally loved every single day.

So...um...yeah....I'm getting married today. And if you want to keep up on social media with any photos from the day, just keep an eye on #kayleandmichael on twitter, facebook, or instagram!


AND-as of today I'm pretty much gonna be MIA on the blog until we're back from our honeymoon (next Sunday). I might try to share on social media when I have a chance so keep an eye on my instagram (let's be real-that's gonna be where I'm mostly sharing stuff :P) if you wanna see how much fun we're having in Riviera Maya! I'll miss you tons and can't wait to get back into the swing of things when we get back!

Friday, June 19, 2015

Kustom Kufflinks Review

I'M GETTING MARRIED TOMORROW!

And that means today is the rehearsal and the rehearsal dinner. And typically, at the rehearsal dinner, we give gifts to the bridal party as a big THANK YOU for everything they've done to keep us sane and to help make the wedding amazing! From day one we knew that we wanted to give out nerd/comic themed cufflinks to each of Michael's groomsmen (and one for Michael) because...well...if you know Michael or his friends and family...it would make so much sense.
When I started researching the options for these cufflinks I was lucky enough to find Kustom Kufflinks and I am SO GLAD that I did because we had the best experience and ended up with the perfect gifts for the guys!

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