I was trying to come up with some lame excuse as to why I haven't posted for a few weeks. It was going to go something like...."Well it's hard to bake when your back yard looks like this!"
Then I realized that, since the oven isn't actually inside that monsterous hole, it's not a valid excuse. And then I thought about telling you that I've been touring some exotic locale, and that baking is now for the Commoners, and I now consider myself above all that. Lame. Then, I thought I should just come clean. I really have been baking, but I either forget to take pictures, or I don't have anything interesting to say about the dish I've made. Sometimes I can't think of anything more creative to say about a recipe than "It's good."And that can make for a short, boring entry.
I've been on vacation this week, and I've gotten a lot done. It's been moderately relaxing and of course, the baking has been nice. And the Jeweled Coconut drops are all kinds of delicious. You may have noticed that I'm doing more recipes that appeal to my pallette, and those of you who read this blog regularly know that I am passionate about coconut. For those of you born without the "coconut gene", you may want to stop reading now.
These cookies are chewy, fruity, filling and versatile.
The recipe calls for seedless raspberry jam to be used as the topping. I did make some of them using raspberry jam, but it had seeds (seedless is overrated), and since I had some peach preserves, and some cherry preserves I made a few using each one of those flavors. Why yes, we are jelly freaks at my house. We often have two to three different jelly and jam flavors in the fridge. Mostly because Mr. Icequeen has the soul of a ten year old boy, and I think he could eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches every day and not become sick of them. Wait. Does that make me a pedophile?
I really liked the version using the cherry preserves, and the peach wasn't too bad.
What some of you may not know is that most of the stuff that I bake for this blog doesn't stick around my home. It goes....away. We sample the final product and then the rest is given to family, friends, co-workers, etc. If I ate all of the stuff that I bake, in its entirety, then the airlines would require that I buy an extra seat when I fly. These particular cookies were given to Mr. Icequeen's co-worker, and she was generous enough to share the cookies with others in her office. The drops were a big hit. One person even said that they were "Like sex in your mouth". Hmmmm. I'm not so sure. They're good, but they're not orgasmic.