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During the past three years we have been to the Caribbean three times. Needless to say, we have become a huge fan of cruising. In many of these foreign countries coconuts are very prevalent. There are often people on the ports cutting up coconuts with machetes and selling them as drinks. My oldest son loved these! They are SO refreshing!
Anyway, when I heard that I could try out Tropical Traditions Organic Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil – I jumped at the chance. Do you know what virgin coconut oil is? I didn’t know much about coconut oil besides I assumed it smelt like coconut (which it does) and thought it would be liquid like most oils are (I was wrong). I found out that coconut oil is actually a solid and has a Vaseline type texture. I rubbed some between my fingers expecting maybe a few chunks of coconut to show up but it just rubbed smoothly into my skin. Made my hands smell great! Like I was at the beach slathered in sunscreen.
I have heard there are many ways to use coconut oil (including many health benefits), but I was leaning more toward the recipe route. After all, I love the Girl Scout cookies, Caramel deLites.
Peanut Butter Drizzled Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe
[Adapted from All Recipes]
1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoons baking soda
12 tablespoons unsalted butter (melted)
1/2 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 egg + 1 egg yolk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup chocolate chips
1 tablespoon Tropical Traditions Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil
1/4 cup peanut butter
Mix together the flour, cocoa powder, salt, and baking soda in bowl until blended thoroughly. In a different bowl, cream the butter and sugars together then add in the eggs and vanilla. Combine these ingredients well before slowly stirring in the dry ingredients. Once the dough is well formed fold in the chocolate chips.
Using a small ice cream scoop I balled the dough into about 1.5 inch balls. This recipe yielded roughly 2 dozen cookies. On a non stick baking sheet, bake the cookies for around 12 minutes at 325 degrees. Mine turned out perfect! Almost like a brownie/fudge/cookie combo. SO tasty!
Once the cookies were completely cooled. I microwaved the peanut butter for around a minute and then stirred in the coconut oil until it turned liquid (the coconut oil helps the peanut butter harden after a while). Drizzle the peanut butter mixture over the cookies and let sit until you feel the peanut butter drizzles are hard enough.
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. I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.
Krystle Cook – the creator of Home Jobs by MOM – put her psychology degree on a shelf and dived into a pile of diapers and dishes instead. She is a wife and mother to two rambunctious boys, sweating it out in her Texas hometown. She loves cooking, DIY home projects, and family fun activities.