We’ve all been there. A neighbor, a friend, an acquaintance from school or work presents you with a gift you weren’t expecting. And now you’re scrambling to reciprocate. You could frantically dash out the door and comb the store looking for something clever and heartfelt…something that you hoped looked like a planned gift all along. Or you can sweetly accept that unexpected gift and know you’ve got the answer to this dilemma at your fingertips.
Chocolate Coconut Pinwheels are the perfect homemade gift because not only are they tasty, they look pretty (love that swirl!) AND the dough can be made ahead and frozen. It’s a great recipe to prep now, pop in the freezer and pull out in a few weeks. All you need to do is slice and bake, and you have fresh, homemade cookies to give as last-minute gifts.
Quick tip: the coconut you use in this recipe is not the sweetened, bagged variety you find in the baking aisle at the grocery store. Head on over to the bulk foods section and look for the bin that says unsweetened, desiccated coconut. This is a finer, drier version of what you find in the bags. This is not a super sweet cookie, which is another reason I think it’s a great gift for a variety of tastebuds. The condensed milk gives the cookies just enough sweetness to offset the bittersweet chocolate. And who can resist the combination of coconut and chocolate?
It’s often said the best gifts come from the heart. I agree, but I think you could argue that some spectacular gifts also come from the oven. What’s your favorite homemade gift to give during the holidays?