Sunday, October 10, 2010

Unfinished jobs and a recipe for Lemon Chocolate Chip Cookies

This past weekend can be summed up in one word... busy! The past few weekends have been all about celebrations, and so, this week was time to play catch up... and, boy, was there a lot of catching up to do... so much so, that a list was drawn up on the blackboard.... optimistically...

In between clearing the garden of all the basement junk and cleaning out the girls' room, I'd also decreed it cool enough to start eating Sunday Roasts again... and, let's not forget, pumpkin picking...

Everything on the list was ticked off... in a fashion... the garden was cleared but not tidied... the girls' closet was cleared, but there's still pile upon piles of stuff  to go through... the roast was cooked, but eaten after the girls had gone to bed (and not the family meal, as planned), and the pumpkins were picked, but the hay ride missed...

All in all, it was a weekend of half-finished jobs... which begs the question, is it better to achieve a little of a lot or achieve a lot of a little??? Get what I'm saying??? The hubby says I have too high expectations and, after this weekend, I think I agree with him...

Anyways, with all this chit chat, I forgot to tell you that I squeezed in baking some cookies... They're my take on Whole Food's Lemon Chocolate Chip Cookies... If you're ever in Whole Foods, you should pick some up... or you could try and bake my version... I love these cookies (both versions)...  in fact, I'd go as far to say that they're my favourite cookie... chewy coconut... white chocolate, and then that lovely lemon taste... Delish! As always, I've popped the recipe at the end... just in case you want to give them a whirl!
Hoping everyone has a fantastic start to the week. I think I'm going to try and finish some of those jobs...

Lemon Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 ¼ Cups of all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon kosher salt
½ cup of butter or margarine (1 stick) softened
½ cup of brown sugar
¼ cup of granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon lemon essence
Juice of ½ lemon
zest of 1 lemon
 1 cup of white chocolate chips
1 cup of flaked coconut


1.   Preheat the oven to 375F. In a small bowl combine the flour, baking soda and salt.

2.   In a mixing bowl, add the brown sugar, granulated sugar and softened butter. With the mixer on a medium setting, beat, until light and fluffy.

3.   Add the egg and lemon essence to the butter and sugars, and beat until well combined. Then, add the lemon juice and zest to the mixture and beat until combined.

4.   Reduce the mixer to a low speed and beat in the flour, until just blended.

5.   With a wooden spoon, stir in the white chocolate chips and flaked coconut.

6.   Drop the dough by well-rounded teaspoons, approx 2 inches apart, on two ungreased cookie sheets. I like to make these cookies pretty big, so that they’re nice and gooey in the middle, so the key is to putting a good sized teaspoon of dough on your cookie sheet!

7.    Pop the cookies in the oven and bake until golden around the edges… between 10 and 12 minutes. I like my cookies a little soft, so I usually start checking them at around 10 minutes (depending on the size of the cookie).

8.   Once baked, cool for a couple of minutes and then, transfer the cookies to a cooling rack, using a wide spatula.

You can always try toasting the coconut before hand... just to knock it up a notch... either way, I think they're pretty darn good!


  1. Hi Laura
    Enjoyed your post today. I love those little green measuring cups. They are so pretty compared to most. That recipe sound like something I will want to try out so thank you for that. I have to work off all the pumpkin pie first before I bake again. Love your blog. Deb =^..^=x5

  2. Laura- My life often feels like one big unfinished job, it really does and sometimes it can be so frustrating! And I love those measuring cups, so cute!

  3. Goodmorning Laura!
    Good luck with the jobs, and one cookie for me please? They look yummy!

  4. Hi Laura! the cookies look delicious! And you are so lucky that you can manage to get them photographed before they are all eaten! Yum!! And I dont think it matters how much you really get done; so long as everyone is happy and so long as its speding time with the people you love!!Have a great day@@ Laura c xx

  5. LOVE this post....boy..did we have a mirror image weekend!!

    my hubby decided that i *multitask* to much to even watch anymore and he went to our 5pm invited out roast chook with neighbours an hour he could sit with *said hubby of couple who invited us* and discuss one subject at a time....

    they too had had the same day....he thinking she should just stick to one job and do it well...

    errrrr...i think we can do more than one job at once AND do them all well....thats what women do!!

    so, if you, i and my friend jane were all neighbours we would feel a little more normal perhaps??
    or maybe we'd always just be "achieving a little of a lot" together?!?

    anyway it works....i am writing your quote on the kitchen blackboard and going to give those GORGEOUS looking cookies a go!!

    melissa xx

  6. I know, sometimes it's so hard to be satisfied when things aren't done perfectly! These cookies look delish, combination of lemon and chocolate chip sounds awesome! Happy to find your sweet little world, happy to be your newest follower!

  7. It's always a dilemma,
    is it not?? My hubs
    thinks is just a matter
    of organization...and
    lists....and he's right,
    I'm sure....But I think
    we are just at a stage in
    life where there will be
    perpetual chaos. Time
    enough for organized closets
    and tidy gardens, I say,
    after the chicks have flown
    the nest : )!
    xx Suzanne
    PS: These cookies sound

  8. These cookies would taste way better made with butter.

    -Zane of ontario honey


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