For those of you still missing out: Downton Abbey is a delightful British drama that follows the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants during the early part of the 20th century.
As a girl who reads Victorian novels for fun, Downton Abbey is a delectable gift.
It has encouraged me to start spending more than 2 minutes with my hair in the morning. I take long strands, twist them into loose knots, pin them to the back of my head, and walk out of our bathroom feeling a smudge more aristocratic.
And the series has made me long for multi-course dinners. Since when did soup and bread become the bulk of a meal and not a necessary precursor to a platter of roasted vegetables and meat?
But perhaps most importantly (at least for this blog), Downton Abbey has lead to the resurrection of tea time.
A platter of cookies, a strong pot of tea, and the conversation of friends (or long-dead authors) has been a necessary morale booster.
I'd encourage you to watch the show...and eat these cookies.
But because I'm American, I rebelled.
So although the inspiration for tea hour came from images of times past, I've added my own twist to the practice.
These cookies are large and soft, and the flecks of coconut add an extra layer of flavor and chew.
So good these chewy coconut cookies, I almost wished I could have had them for breakfast instead of the wheat flax waffles I cooked up (yes, that is saying something).
Let me know your favorite tea time treat (because if this becomes a habit...I need to expand my cookie and cake horizon). And watch the show. You'll like it.
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/3 cups flaked coconut
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Combine the flour, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl, set aside.
2. In a bowl fitted for your stand mixer, cream together the butter, brown sugar, and white sugar until smooth and creamy (about 3-4 minutes on medium-high speed). Beat in the egg and vanilla until light and fluffy.
3. Gradually stir in the flour mixture (on low or with a big wooden spoon), then mix in the flaked coconut.
4. Drop dough by large tablespoons onto prepared cookie sheet. Cookies should be about 3 inches apart.
5. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until just golden. Cool on wire racks and then enjoy.
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