I’m 47 years old. I’ll be 48 in August. A bit longer in the tooth than the vast majority of food bloggers. And non food bloggers. And much of the population of the Earth. And many outlying planets.
Erhmmm, moving on. I’m older than you. And you. And you. And…oh God, not you… you’re older than God. Get your glasses and Geritol!
Did I mention that moving on thing? Yeah. Sorry. Let’s try that again.
My frame of reference in many ways is far different than that of many of the food bloggers. When they were born, I was in high school. When they were in high school, I was married with at least one kid. So musical tastes, books in some cases, movies, TV shows, etc etc, are going to be far removed from those of many. Sometimes, this leads me to feeling pretty darn out of the loop lol. People will mention books, songs, TV shows, movies, what have you that either I have never heard of or have no interest in because it’s just too young for me. In explanation to anyone who may think I am being snooty there, not at all. I grew up when there were 5 TV channels, as well as movies being a lot…tamer, for lack of a better word. So a lot of the more wild movies (musicians, songs, TV shows ) turn me off. I’m 47 going on 95 😛
But I’ve always loved how some of the above things cross generational boundaries with no problem. I mean, 27 or 47, you’ve heard of the show “Little House On The Prairie”. You’ve heard of and probably jokingly head bang along with the song “Bohemian Rhapsody”. You’ve heard of the movie “Gone With The Wind”. Am I right?
And this song coming up here is one that I think everybody knows for one reason or another. Maybe you’re old like me and remember when the song came out originally (Harry Nilsson sang it). Maybe you first heard it sung by The Baja Men or when Kermit The Frog sang it on the Muppet Show 😀 (I love the Kermit version hehe) But finding someone who has never heard at least the key parts of it would be difficult, methinks.
So whenever I make anything that has Lime and Coconut in it, this song comes into my mind and I find myself singing it (and wanting a nice Caribbean drink) as I cook. And since the lime coconut combo is a favorite of mine, I sing this often enough that I should probably be put away somewhere safe. With padded walls. And cable TV in my room. And nice sleepy meds. And someone bringing me my food. Hell, this is starting to sound good. Sign me up!
So when I found this cookie recipe on The Girl Who Ate Everything I knew I had to try it. It looked oh so yummy. But… yes there is usually a but with me. You know this. But…I don’t care for the texture of coconut IN baked goods. I never have. Something about coconut in foods, these long strings, is too reminiscent of finding a hair in my food lol. So I had to change that. I have no problem with the coconut being ON foods, so that’s how I did this. Where she calls for rolling the cookie dough in sugar, I chose to roll it in a mix of sugar and sweetened flaked coconut. I got the coconut flavor IN the cookie by adding a teaspoon of coconut extract. It worked quite well.
These are some pretty good sugar cookies. Nice and chewy and the coconut flavor is nice. The lime flavor isn’t as strong as I’d like but that could just be me. I’m a total lime fanatic. Next time, and there will be a next time, if I’m feeling ambitious, I may make a glaze with white chocolate and lime juice in it to bring out the lime more. But in the meantime, I’m gonna go eat another cookie. Go make some so you can too.
Walks away singing, “She put da lime in da coconut; she drank dem both up” â™ªâ™ªâ™ª
Chewy Coconut Lime Sugar Cookies
- 2 3/4 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon coconut extract
- 4 teaspoons lime zest
- 3 tablespoons lime juice
- 1/2 to 3/4 cup sweetened coconut flakes for rolling the cookies in
- 1/2 cup sugar for rolling the cookies in
- Preheat oven to 350. Either line your cookie sheets with parchment paper or use a silpat.
- In a small bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
- In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth and fluffy. Add in the lime zest, lime juice, egg and extracts.
- Gradually add in the dry ingredients.
- Mix together your coconut flakes and the other 1/2 cup sugar in a small bowl.
- Take about a teaspoonful of dough and roll it into a ball. Then roll that bad boy around in the coconut/sugar mixture.
- Bake on lined pans in a 350 degree oven until just lightly browned. This took 9 minutes in my oven.
- Let stand for a minute or so on the cookie sheet then let them finish cooling on a wire rack. If you can make it that long.
So if you’re old… what does that make me?
Russ — That makes you ancient. 🙂
When you first mentioned Kermit I was thinking “Bein’ Green”
Just to be clear, I am in no way admitting to being old or older or anything besides extremely young, for that matter. But if we’re completely clear on that point than let me just say that my birthday is on July 27th and it’s possible our mothers met entering or leaving the hospital. Oh, and if we’re going to be putting the lime in the coconut I usually prefer that it be in a cocktail glass but I guess cookies will do.
I like my lime in my coconut…and I like to shake it all up…
I have heard that song. I didn’t actual know it was lime and coconut. But then again I make up my own words all of the time. These cookies sound fabulous!
YOU ARE NOT OLD! I’m right there with ya, girl!
I love lime and coconut together in your cookies. These will be on my to make list, for sure. I made a lime in the coconut cake once, so good with coconut milk as well.
If you are old, then I am “much older”. lol
You’re a riot! You are NOT old! But those cookies look delicious, truly.
No matter what the age, I will still enter a hula hoop contest and climb a tree! Also, you better dig that hoop out of the attic, I entered your name in the contest as well!
Wouldn’t it be cool if the doctor recommended these cookies as the cure for your illness, what a tasty spin on medicine. Delicious recipe!
OLD? Pish Posh! I will tell you what I tell my Daddy. You are seasoned. You have just the right amount of all kinds of spices of life 😉
I think the cookies look yummy!
Great post and gorgeous photos too!
You are as old as you want to be my friend 😀
And these cookies look fabulous!
Choc Chip Uru
I don’t like coconut in things either, but it sounds great with these! Who can’t relate to Kermit 🙂
As long as you “put the lime in the coconut” I don’t care how old a person is. Actually good food techniques are ageless.
Love this, love coconut, love the song, and love old you! xx
Congrats on the Top 9 today!
Haha, I have the very same issue every single time I make anything that has both lime and coconut in it… And I use that combination a LOT. Glad I’m not the only one 🙂
Congratulations on your foodbuzz top 9, today!
Lime? Coconuts? What recipe? I’ve just spent an hour (at least) reliving/rewatching MY childhood with the Muppets. Funny as hell! Oh right. Cookies. I’m on it! Yup, I’m that old, too. Thanks for the reminder – in fact, I forgot what I was going to do with all those limes in the first place. Tee hee!!
In ten years you are really going to laugh at your comments about being OLD! You haven’t even reached the half way mark for a realistic life expectancy. Your blog and posts are terrific, especially coming from someone so YOUNG!
These sound fabulous! (Though the thought of a chocolate glaze on them sounds even mores!) I’m going to make them for my oldest daughter; I think she’ll LOVE them. Gives me a different option for her care packages when she’s back at school. (I actually need to tell her to check out this blog. She loves to cook and is getting good at it. Next year she’ll be in an on-campus apartment and I know most of your recipes will appeal to her (and it can give her a laugh from time to time when she’s stressed!)
Yeah, I’m about 10 years younger, but I grew up watching old I Love Lucy episodes. To this day, they still crack me up even though I’ve seen them dozens of times. My tastes in music are old school too. I’d much rather listen to “Kind of Blue” than anything the record companies have released in the last 20 years…
Oh well, these cookies look delicious and congratulations on making the foodbuzz Top 9!
I IMMEDIATELY started singing that song when I saw the title of this post! These cookies sound utterly amazing =)
I love these cookies. The coconut, lime and sugar sound wonderful together. Can’t wait to give them a try. Congratulations on Foodbuzz Top 9:)
That song IS a crazy-making!
At least your readers appear to share your generation. I, also, am older than most people on earth… thanks for reminding me. However, I think it is far preferable to be older than most people on outlying planets, since to my knowledge, the average age of people on outlying planets is zero. With that perspective, being 47 is something to celebrate.
He he! I love that song! And these cookies!!
These look fantastic and thanks for the fun Muppet video! Can’t wait to shake up my lime and coconut in some cookies
Seriously? I’m a few years older than you, but I feel like I graduated from college last week. Of course, computers were as big as a room back then. 🙂 Your cookies look amazing, btw.