It never fails that as soon as a heat wave rolls into town, I get the urge to bake. It’s sort of a sickness I have. The downfall is a super hot, sauna of a house (hey, that’s what we have a swimming pool for), but the reward is cookies! Go ahead and tell me it’s not worth it.
These cookies are kind of a tropical “ode to summer” in honor of this heat wave we’re having. It’s halfway through May here in San Diego and haven’t even seen a glimmer of our usual May gray weather. I’m hoping it just stays away entirely this year, and we have sunshine and warm temps until Christmas. While most people are complaining about this extreme heat, I’m secretly loving it.
I live for summer, and these cookies are my way of encouraging people to embrace our coastal lifestyle, forget about the heat, and instead focus on the palm trees, ocean waves, and wind in your hair.
There is always something to complain about, but there is also always something to be grateful for. It all depends on your perspective.
There are few things I love more in life than toasted coconut. When the urge to bake struck me the other day, I surveyed my pantry to see what I could transform into a treat, and the coconut called out to me. Adding toasted coconut to cookies gives them an awesome texture, and a bit of tropical appeal. Perfect for a hot summer day.
Based on the reactions of my friends that I shared these with, I’d say that it was worth the sweaty hour or so in my kitchen. For any of my local friends that are in need of a tropical treat (or a dip in a pool), don’t hesitate to call. I’ve got you covered.