I could lie and pretend that there was a Pan-Asian-inspiration going on when I made these cookies but the truth is, I had a migraine that ran me over like a Mac truck yesterday and flattened me completely. Last week when I was having my pity party I was so miserable I turned to my sister Jamie for foodie comfort and made her Chocolate Drop Quickies just for me!
The term hero cookie is usually used sarcastically and after much online debate between me and my siblings, we could not remember where the term came from in our household. Just that we used it from time to time in a joking way. And yet, I could not stop calling these cookies my hero cookies so darn it! I am changing the reference. For me, a hero cookie is a cookie you bake to turn yourself into a hero so that is what I did.
These have been Jamie’s favourite cookies since she was a little one. She used to make them and leave out the coconut because I hated it as a kid. Now as an adult, making them for myself, I decided to make a more adult version with the coconut. In a sauce pan I mixed 2 cups of sugar, 1/2 cup of butter, 1/2 cup of cocoa powder and 1/2 cup of milk. I brought it to a boil and then brought down the heat to medium and boiled for 3-4 minutes. Watch the pot! This boils up quickly, you don’t want to make a mess.
I had toasted up one cup of coconut and added it to the saucepan with around 2 1/2 cups of quick oats with 1 tsp of vanilla. If you do not like coconut like I didn’t as a kid Jamie’s recipe says to add 3 cups of oats. The important part is getting the consistency right. I just kept adding oats until the cookies would come together like this:
I put them on a Silpat-lined baking sheet and put them in the fridge until they hardened:
So chocolaty, so nostalgic! These cookies made me feel better. They made me feel loved and cared for. They made me feel like my own hero. Thank you so much Jamie!