OK, so I’ve been planning to make this skillet cookie for the last week and a half, but toddler duties have taken precedence. It’s hard having a one year old, a full time job and another oversized hungry adult (Michael is 6’4″ and 275 lbs). Though I am able to work three 12-hr shifts a week as a nurse, it can be quit exhausting. At the same time I love caring for people and I love connecting with my patients, which for me makes the work I do fulfilling. Anyway, back to the topic at hand, if you follow me on Instagram you will see I cook a lot of different things and my handle name “This African Cooks” is much more about who I am versus what I cook. That said, like I mentioned in my About Me, I have a wide array of influences and am very curious person when it comes to cooking. As for today’s treat, this was directly inspired by my days living in Holland–Den Haag (or The Hague) to be exact–and something that I can’t forget to this day. But first let me tell you a little about my day since it was semi-eventful.
Despite being a Saturday, I woke up this morning before 7 am and instead of going back to sleep like I normally do I hopped out of bed…don’t ask why. On work days I’m usually up around 5 am, so maybe that explains it since I was scheduled the prior two days. My little Ava was also up, and any mother knows when your baby is awake and hungry then you are too! So instead of making waste with the time we decided spur of the moment for an earlier than usual trip over to Eastern Market located in downtown Detroit. It’s about a 40-minute drive from my house, so beating the mad rush of people actually worked out really well. For those who are not from Michigan or surrounding places, Eastern Market is the largest historically public market district in the United States that can attract 50,000 or more people on a Saturday. It is a true gem for us Michiganians and others from nearby places. I love going there for the diverse population of people, the beautiful locally grown produce, vendors and delicious food–especially the beignets (yum!). Check out my Instagram shot of the beignet if you haven’t already. If it was up to me I would have stayed there all day, but Michael does not like to shop in any way, shape or form (sigh). It is why I usually prefer to just go by myself. Picking up different types of groceries is exciting, fun and relaxing for me. Hey, I’m a woman so that means I like to shop! But then again, cooking and washing dishes is also relaxing for me (lol). As we left the market 3 hrs later and headed home it was raining cats and dogs…the perfect time for warm cookies and nice, cold, delicious gelatto.
Alright, so disclaimer: I love anything coconut. As a little kid in Ghana I remember eating fresh coconuts and drinking the yummy fresh young coconut water like nobody’s business. Fast-forward some years to Holland and down the street from my home was a small candy shop. Nearly everyday when taking the tram back home from school I would always stop at the store for lemon gum drops, black licorice and my favorite chocolate candy called the Bounty Bar, which is very similar to the Mounds Bar here in the states. The deliciousness of the milk chocolate and coconut made my long day at school so much more bearable, especially considering how Dutch, for me, was not the easiest language to learn. As stated, the Mounds Bar is similar to the Bounty except Mounds is made with dark chocolate (which i don’t like) versus the Bounty that is made with milk chocolate. Instead I would get the counter part Almond Joy and remove the almonds (hehe). Thinking out loud, I’ve seen so many different types of skillet cookies and thought why not combine my love of the Bounty Bar with chocolate chip cookies. Hence how this specific creation came about. Any who, I won’t ramble on any further on all the things I love, and without further ado below is the recipe for my Bounty Skillet Cookie. Enjoy and be sure to comment.
This African 😉