Dreamy coconut cookies with mini chocolate chips, a sweet treat for college care packages

My twin grandchildren, a man and a woman, returned to college last week. One attends a large state university and the other attends a small private school. My two grandchildren are happy with their college choices. This year, instead of living in a bedroom, my grandson rents an apartment with three friends from the city.

There are two bedrooms in the apartment and each has two beds. One room is for “The Neats” and the other room is for “The Slobs”. The kitchen is small, but efficient, and the young people will prepare their own meals and clean up after themselves. One of the roommates is a very good cook, as is my grandson.

Last year I sent care packages to my grandchildren from home and they were a success. In February I sent them Valentine boxes. I put a teddy bear in my granddaughter’s package. He liked the content so much that he photographed them.

Another year has begun. What should I put in my first care package? The Bright Bulb website says college students like vacation-themed packages. Chocolate chip cookies, coffee, tea, and cocoa mixes are her favorites. Students also appreciate batteries, stress balls, the phone, and gift cards.

Since my grandson likes cookies, I decided to make a batch. I had some coconut in the freezer and decided to use it in a basic cookie recipe. A cup of mini chops, leftover from previous cooking, added a hint of chocolate. Finally, I added vanilla and almond extracts. The cookies were amazing!

Preparing to send a college student a care package? This recipe for Coconut Dream Cookies with Mini Chocolate Chips will get a five-star review.


1 stick of butter (1/2 cup) or 1 stick of I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter margarine

1 cup granulated sugar

1 large egg at room temperature

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon pure almond extract

1 cup of unsweetened grated coconut

1 cup mini chocolate chips

1 cup of regular flour previously sifted

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. In a small bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt. In a bowl, mix together the butter and sugar. Whisk the egg. Add extracts, coconut, and mini chips. Add half of the flour mixture. Stir in the rest of the flour mixture with a wooden spoon. Drop rounded teaspoons of batter onto baking sheets, leaving two inches between each cookie. Bake 10-15 minutes, until edges start to brown. These cookies brown quickly, so keep an eye on them. Remove the cookies from the oven and let them cool for several seconds before removing them from the pan. Store cookies in an airtight container. Yield: about 3 dozen.