Carol, a longtime reader and real-life recipe user, emailed me with some questions about my Coconut, Walnut, and Chocolate cookies:
These sound delicious, Greg! I have lots of walnuts and almost everything else I need - just a couple of questions: I don't have coconut extract, not sure I want to buy some, so I'd like to try using vanilla extract only - what do you think? And, I have unsweetened coconut, is that right or did you use sweetened? Thanks, can't wait to try these!
Hi, Carol. Thanks for writing in! I always use Baker's brand sweetened coconut, but feel free to use what you've got on hand. Unsweetened coconut should work just fine. And if you don't have coconut extract, go ahead and use twice the amount of vanilla.
I ran out of milk the last time I made this recipe, so I had to soak the coconut in water instead. The cookies came out great--just as good as the regular batches. So don't worry about swapping out ingredients. Do a little improvising and use what you have on hand.