When school started up again last year after the October holidays I finally gave in to the children’s requests to have packed lunches instead of school dinners. School dinners are expensive, working out to be approximately £100 per child per term. We have three children, so with all three having packed lunches that’s a whopping £1200 per school year!
I’m pretty sure I can make three healthy packed lunches for a significantly lower price; lunches they’ll actually eat. So, I picked up some nifty Bento boxes and now I can say I am fully into the swing of lunch making. My husband even gets one to take to work!
I’m always looking for sweet treat ideas for these packed lunches, and this week I took up Choclette’s We Should Cocoa blogging challenge for this month, hosted by the lovely Laura over at I’d Much Rather Bake Than… This month’s challenge is to combine chocolate with coconut.
I found a quick chocolate chip coconut biscuit recipe in my daughter’s Cookery Book for Girls (2011) and massively adapted it to make these double chocolate coconut cookies. Recipes are only guidelines anyway, aren’t they?
These cookies have a lovely chocolate base flecked with coconut encasing gooey chocolate chunks. The day you make them the outside has a nice sugary crunch while the inside is soft, but the following day the outside softens nicely. I may have eaten more than my fair share of them, but they did last for three school lunches, so that’s ok.
- 75 grams unsalted butter
- 110 grams caster sugar
- 50 grams light brown muscovado sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 140 grams self-raising flour
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 30 grams cocoa powder
- pinch of salt
- 2 tbsp full fat milk
- 150 grams plain chocolate, coarsely chopped
- 50 grams dessicated coconut
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: Makes 28