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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Double Chocolate Coconut Cookies + FairHer, Celebrating the Women of Fair Trade (+ a Giveaway!)

Mother’s Day is just around the corner, which means two things for me. First, I am planning on not cooking this Sunday, or even parenting much at all (that’s how I like my Mother’s Day, nice and lazy). Second, I’m teaming up with Fair Trade USA once again to celebrate the amazing women farmers of fair trade! I think this might be my 4th Fair Trade Mother’s Day recipe and giveaway…I’ve lost track! Anyway, since it’s not Mother’s Day quite yet, I am still in the kitchen and today I’ve cooked up a batch of double chocolate coconut cookies that I am certain you will love.

Recipe for Double Chocolate Coconut Cookies, using Fair Trade certified ingredients to support women farmers, by @janemaynard #FairHer

Recipe for Double Chocolate Coconut Cookies, using Fair Trade certified ingredients to support women farmers, by @janemaynard #FairHer

But before we get to the recipe we need to meet a farmer. And do a giveaway, which includes tons of awesome fair trade goodies. Let’s go!

This year Fair Trade is focusing on the women of fair trade through their #FairHer campaign. Like ONE, another non-profit organization I work with frequently, Fair Trade recognizes how important it is to help women in order to tackle poverty. In fact, you can’t tackle poverty without focusing on women. And the work Fair Trade does empowers women in many ways, especially given that women produce more than 50% of the world’s food (ummmm…btw…they only own 2% of the land).

Fair Trade USA #FairHer - Fair Trade is Good for Women

To make this all a little more real, I’d like you to meet one of those women farmers, Virginia Jimenez, a sugar cane farmer & member of the CORA Cooperative, a Fair Trade Certified organic sugar producer in Paraguay. Gimenez has been involved with sugar cane all her life, as both her father and late husband were sugar cane producers. Her late husband, Mario Miranda, joined CORA in 2010 and died a year later. Gimenez, a mother of four, has taken over as the CORA-affiliated producer.

Virginia Jimenez, Fair Trade Farmer with CORA in Paraguay | Double Chocolate Coconut Cookies | This Week for Dinner

Here are a few of Virginia’s thoughts: “For us, the access to machinery that CORA provides is key for our annual production [note: according to CORA, they are able to lend the use of machinery at low or no cost by using some of the Fair Trade premium fund]. I also like the ideals behind CORA. Their strict rules are good for our society. For example, the controls regarding the use of child labor is very good. The safety workshops have also been great help. And the idea of producing organic sugar cane without chemicals is very important. My husband believed strongly in this. If we were able to increase our earnings, whether from sales or from the premium fund, I would like to see our health services improved. We do not have medical attention here on a daily basis. If a poisonous snake bites someone, we have to go really far.”

So, keep an eye out for that fair trade symbol on the food you buy. It’s helping wonderful women like Virginia. A sincere thank you to Virginia for sharing her story and thoughts with us!

FairHer Giveaway, a collection of awesome Fair Trade Certified Goodies from @janemaynard

I mentioned a giveaway, didn’t I? Fair Trade USA sent me a package of goodies to provide inspiration for today’s recipe, and one of you lucky people will receive the same package! It just might be their best one yet. Click here to read about all of the products included!

Here’s how to enter the giveaway! (Comments must be posted by Midnight PT 5/11/16):

I think it’s time to get cooking with all these yummy fair trade ingredients!

Recipe for Double Chocolate Coconut Cookies, using Fair Trade certified ingredients to support women farmers, by @janemaynard #FairHer | Sliced coconut and Guittard baking wafers

Recipe for Double Chocolate Coconut Cookies, using Fair Trade certified ingredients to support women farmers, by @janemaynard #FairHer | Guittard baking wafers and Lake Champlain Cocoa

Today’s cookies may not be fancy but they are pretty much perfect. Crispy on the outside, chewy on the inside, these chocolate cookies are filled with dark chocolate and coconut, one of my favorite flavor combinations. And there are so many ingredients in these cookies that can go fair trade, from the sugar to the vanilla to the chocolate! For this batch I used Guittard’s organic semisweet chocolate baking wafers, which are my favorite chocolate chips to use in any cookie recipe. I also used Lake Champlain’s organic unsweetened cocoa, another fabulous chocolate source that I can’t get enough of.

Recipe for Double Chocolate Coconut Cookies, using Fair Trade certified ingredients to support women farmers, by @janemaynard #FairHer | Cookie Doug

Recipe for Double Chocolate Coconut Cookies, using Fair Trade certified ingredients to support women farmers, by @janemaynard #FairHer | Cookies on the Tray

Enjoy! And Happy Mother’s Day!

Recipe for Double Chocolate Coconut Cookies, using Fair Trade certified ingredients to support women farmers, by @janemaynard #FairHer

Double Chocolate Coconut Cookies
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
Serves: 3 dozen
  • 1 cup butter, softened to room temperature
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Generous ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 2½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut (I love wide sliced)
  • 1½ cups semisweet chocolate chips (I love Guittard's baking wafers)
  1. Preheat oven to 350º F.
  2. In a large mixing bowl or stand mixer, mix together the butter, sugar and brown sugar on medium speed for approximately 5 minutes. (Yes, 5 want it to mix for a long time.)
  3. Add the eggs and vanilla and mix on medium speed for another 2-3 minutes.
  4. Place a sifter over the bowl and add the salt, baking powder, baking soda, flour and cocoa powder to the sifter, then sift the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Mix on low until just mixed.
  5. Add coconut and chocolate chips and mix with a large spoon until evenly distributed.
  6. Place dough in 2-tablespoon dough balls on a cookie sheet, leaving a few inches between each cookie.
  7. Bake for about 12-14 minutes. The cookies shouldn't look wet beneath the surface (if that makes sense).
  8. When you take them out of the oven, drop the pan flat onto the counter or stovetop to force the cookies to settle.
  9. Let cool a few minutes before eating. Cool completely before storing in an airtight container. Dough balls can also be frozen and cookies cooked from a frozen state, you just may need to add 1 or 2 minutes to the cook time.



  1. 1
    Lisa VT

    These products look fantastic!

  2. this is a yummy giveaway!

  3. 4

    What a great giveaway!

  4. 5
    Bryn Brody

    The only thing that would make it better is if you were here to share it.

  5. 6

    As a Cora, you know I’m totally behind this! Plus, anything that brings me closer to those cookies.

  6. 7
    Gina Thompson

    Looks wonderful. Thanks for always working to make this world a better place, Jane.

  7. 8
    Nancy M.

    Thanks for supporting Fair Trade, Jane and thanks for crafting a delicious recipe!

  8. You know I’m all about chocolate, good people and entering contests. Tons of love to you!

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  10. 11

    Great article ! And the cookies look yummy
    Following Fair Trade on FB 🙂

  11. 12

    Hi Jane! Thanks so much for doing this and helping us become more aware. Plus all the fun stuff, too 🙂

  12. 13

    This looks amazing!

  13. 14

    Looks awesome!

  14. 15

    I accept!!

  15. 16
    Elissa Carper

    Chocolate and coconut cookies! Yum!

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    Nicole Smith


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    prascilla c.

    what a yummy sounding recipe, thanks for sharing.

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    Jen Mo

    Looks delicious!

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    Erin O.

    WOW. This prize looks AMAZING. You had me at “coffee”…and “chocolate”…and… 🙂

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    debbie rough

    I never knew about fair trade til I met you and learned about them through your blog. then i recognized some of my foods had the label on them 🙂 I hope I am a winner!!!! ya for chocolate and coconut!!!!

  21. 22
    debbie rough

    bonus entry i follow fair trade 🙂

  22. 23
    debbie rough

    and now i have subscribed to your email 🙂 woohoo!!!

  23. 24
    Margot C

    I look for Fair Trade certification on everything that I buy, though outside of Whole Foods it’s hard to find.

  24. 25
    Margot C

    I follow fair Trade Certified on facebook as Margot Core.

  25. 26
    Margot C

    I get your emails too, sent to the box associated with this comment.

  26. 27

    This would be a wonderful surprise waiting for me after 3 years in Paraguay!

  27. 28

    Fun to follow such a good program. Thanks for letting me know.

  28. I subscribed to your newsletter.

  29. 30
    Jilliann M

    Those cookies look delicious. I will definitely look for fair trade to help support their efforts!

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    Jilliann M

    I like fair trade on facebook as jilliann h******

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    Stacy Libby


  32. 33

    These cookies look and sound amazing!! But more importantly, I think what you’re doing is amazing 🙂 We miss you!

  33. 34

    Nothing better than delicious food that you can feel good about purchasing!

  34. 35
    S James

    These cookies look like ones my mom made when I was growing up. I kept clicking until I found the recipe. I know these will be amazing.

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    Vicki Tunell

    Those cookies look great!

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    Vicki Tunell

    I subscribed to the email list!

  37. 38

    Simple is sometimes best!

  38. 39

    Thanks for the great article.

  39. 40

    I like on FB.

  40. 41
    Auntie Barb

    Liked (but actually love) Fair Trade!

  41. 42
    Auntie Barb

    Subscribed to the weekly newsletter. Not sure why I’m not getting them. Now I will!

  42. 43

    Um, those cookies look amazing!!

  43. 44
    Jennifer W

    That looks amazing. I will have to try that recipe out.

  44. 45
    Dandi D

    What a great prize full of wonderful ingredients! If I win, I can’t wait to bake with them!

  45. 46
    Dandi D

    Followed Fair Trade on Facebook as Dandi Daffyhill.

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    Dandi D

    I subscribed via email.

  47. 48

    These cookies look splendid, I love double chocolate chip but never thought to add coconut. I call that a bonus!

  48. 49

    I like Fair Trade Certified on Facebook.

  49. 50

    This recipes looks too good! Can’t wait to make it!

  50. 51

    I Follow Fair Traid Certified on facebook

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    I subscribe to your newsletter

  52. 53
    Amy L

    Your cookies look so yummy! I’d use the prizes to make some for my family.

  53. 54
    Amy L

    I already follow Fair Trade on Facebook (Amy Masters Leach)

  54. 55

    Those cookies look delicious!

  55. 56
    Anne Pik

    I WILL be making this recipe – it’s calling my name! Those products look so good.

  56. 57
    Anne Pik

    I subscribe to your weekly newsletter.

  57. 58
    Annamarie V

    I love buying and trying different fair trade products they are usually wonderful quality.

  58. 59
    Annamarie V

    Following Fair Trade certified on Facebook.

  59. 60
    Annamarie V

    Joined This Week for Dinner mailing list.

  60. 61

    these look amazing

  61. 62

    looks delicious!

  62. 63

    looks good!

  63. 64

    About these cookies- We had a substitute teacher in the high school Math class I was helping in last week- ALL week. Ugh! The kids were pretty – no… very rowdy, but I bribed them, promising these cookies if they were good on Friday.Wow! They were so good- the cookies AND the kids. So thank you!

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