Recipes That I Done Made

Big Fat Coconut Cookies


One cool thing about this new blog is that I don’t have to trouble myself with reinterpreting other people’s recipes—I can just point you in a direction and say, “Do what they say to do!” Except, in this case, I have one tiny quibble. So the recipe that I done made is my friend Deb’s Coconut Brown Butter Cookies. My quibble is that I don’t actually think that you need to brown the butter (!!!). Let me explain.

In my past life as a full-time food blogger, I was quite enamored of brown butter. I made a Vanilla Brown Butter Nectarine Crisp. I made Brown Butter Banana Bread. These recipes are both very good but as I get older and wiser in the kitchen, I’m starting to think that in recipes where there are a lot of other bold flavors, it’s not necessary to brown the butter. My secret suspicion is that we just like to hear “brown butter” when we’re eating something.


Also, if you let something get brown enough in the oven, you don’t need to brown the butter in the first place–you get all those brown, nutty notes anyway. If I’m going to brown butter, I mostly like to do it with things where butter is the star–like when I make pasta with just butter and Parmesan and a little nutmeg, I like to let the butter get brown first. There you really taste it.

Which is all to say, Deb is a hero for nailing the recipe for the City Bakery’s Coconut Cookies. These are really wonderful–you’re going to love them. I’m just giving you permission to skip a step and save the butter browning for whatever browning happens in the oven. You can even still call them “Brown Butter Coconut Cookies,” I promise not to tell a soul.


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  • Reply deb September 15, 2015 at 3:41 pm

    I am so honored to have a tag on your site! And I think you’re not browning your butter enough. Next time you visit, I’ll show you the light. :)

  • Reply Heather (Delicious Not Gorgeous) September 15, 2015 at 7:06 pm

    i’ll have to try both ways and compare! i’m all for one less dish to wash.

  • Reply Jan September 15, 2015 at 7:55 pm

    Love these cookies and love that you are back. I missed you

  • Reply brenda September 16, 2015 at 5:20 am

    When does the new show premier? Just watched the trailer. Looks quite funny. I love Martha Plimpton.
    Thanks, Brenda

    • Reply Adam Roberts September 16, 2015 at 10:19 am

      Looks like January, but will post as soon as we know for sure!

  • Reply Claire September 16, 2015 at 6:54 am

    I am so happy you are still writing somewhere on the inter webs ❤️

  • Reply Derek September 28, 2015 at 6:25 am

    I tried baking these yesterday before football started. BIG winner! Probably the best cookies I’ve ever made. My arteries hate you now.

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