February 6, 2022
My kids love a certain cookie I buy from Trader Joes called Dunkers. They are long chocolate chip cookies that are meant to be dunked into milk. Both Mia and Eli have their own methods of cookie dunking. Mia likes to soak her cookies in the milk, while Eli just likes to quickly dunk them, not letting the cookies get too soggy. Me, I don’t like dunking any cookie, even if it is in the name.
This week I decided to try to copy these Trader Joes Cookies. And while I didn’t get them exactly right, my kids gave them a 5 star rating. The original cookies taste strongly of coconut, a flavor I always like with chocolate chips. To mimic that coconutty taste not only did I use unsweetened coconut, but I also used coconut sugar in place of brown sugar. As I expected it cut down on the sweetness while, adding to the coconut flavor.
We all agree that these cookie stix were best on day 2, dunked in milk or eaten straight from the cookie jar. The flavor deepened, got more complex, making these the perfect “make ahead” cookie. Hope you enjoy!
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup coconut sugar (or brown sugar if you prefer)
1/4 cup shredded coconut, unsweetened
1/2 cup canola oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350º F. Spray a 9 x 13 inch pan baking spray. Line with parchment paper.
In a large bowl stir together the sugars, coconut, egg, oil and vanilla. Next add the flour, baking soda and salt to the batter. Stir in 1 cup of the chocolate chips.
Transfer the cookie dough to the prepared baking pan and use your hands to spread the dough out evenly to cover the entire pan. The dough is vert thick, don’t be afraid to really press hard. Make sure to press into the corners.
Sprinkle the leftover chocolate chips (1/4 cup) over the dough and gently press them into the dough using the palm of your hand.
Bake 18-20 minutes, until golden brown.
When completely cool, lift the parchment out of the baking tray and place on a cutting board.
Using a pizza cutter, cut the cookies into strips and then cut the strips in half.