The winner of the Tropical Traditions giveaway is "Ha-v-v"!! She says about her plans for the coconut oil: "I plan to use the coconut oil for one thing is those chocolate chip cookies first!!!!!!! I cannot wait to try them. I have actually been researching coconut oil for a carrier oil and a natural sunscreen ingredient. The research has shown me some wonderful things, coconut oils properties are something I want to incorporate into our foods, homemade salves etc."
Congratulations! I'm so excited for you :D. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to claim your prize.
And thank you to everyone who entered!
(Thank you everyone for all your support and well wishes for the premiere this weekend, I absolutely loved the movie and we won the People's Choice Award!!)
Today is a very exciting day! Tropical Traditions is sponsoring my first ever giveaway (scroll past the recipe)(giveaway closed)-AND they were sweet enough to provide me with a jar of their Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil. OMG (I think I overuse OMG, sorry!)-if you haven't heard about the awesomeness of coconut oil yet, look into it. I have a friend who uses it (in place of butter or shortening) in every recipe she bakes, she puts it in her hair, to cleanse/moisturize her face (which I tried-it's awesome, and smells amazinggg-even though Michael refuses to kiss me because I "smell coconut-y"), and for a bunch of other stuff! There's a lot of great information on all the links in this post, and you can also just google to find out more about the wonders of coconut oil :).
I was also a little surprised when I received my jar of coconut oil and it was a solid-not a liquid! Turns out, in temperatures under 76 degrees F, it solidifies. But there are super easy instructions on the jar label (just sit it in some warm/hot water until it liquefies). I didn't liquefy the entire thing for these cookies, just enough for me to pour out into a 1/2 cup amount.
I don't even have words for how delicious that picture is-and let me tell you, it barely does these cookies justice. If I had children, and had to make a bunch of cookies for them and their friends, these would be my go-to. For sure. (Assuming those children do not have gluten allergies...but...well...you know what I'm saying!)
I could go on about how amazing coconut oil is, and how many things I'm looking forward to doing, cooking, and baking with it (oatmeal cookies with coconut oil sound PHENOMENAL), but you guys would be here all day. So! Carry on my wayward readers, there will be a giveaway when you are done :P.
Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies
From Cheeky Kitchen
Makes about 20. Depending on size.
- 1/2 cup liquid coconut oil (Tropical Traditions Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil is amazing!)
- 2 eggs
- 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 1/4 tsp. baking soda
- 1 tbsp. vanilla
- 1 3/4 cup flour (I used all-purpose. Feel free to experiment with other flours and see how they turn out)
- 8 oz. mini chocolate chips
- 8 oz. regular chocolate chips (I used semi-sweet)
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Prepare cookie sheet(s) with parchment paper or silpat.
- In a large bowl beat together coconut oil, eggs, and brown sugar (using either a hand mixer or a stand).
- Add salt, baking powder, baking soda, vanilla, and flour-mix well.
- Mix in chocolate chips.
- Let dough rest as long as desired, in the refrigerator (you may just make them right away, but remember the longer they rest, the better they probably will be. I left mine in the refrigerator, covered, a little over 12 hours).
- Roll dough into large balls (I used an ice cream scoop, should equal around 3 tbsp. of dough). Place about 6 dough balls per cookie sheet.
- Bake 8-11 minutes, until cookies are browning around edges.
- Remove and allow to cool (slightly. Then eat a few fresh and warm from the oven).
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Disclaimer: 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. My opinions, as always, are all my own.