I remember being in first or second grade and the teacher was handing out Sandies cookies in class. When she came to me, rather than tell her no, thank you - I mean, she might have thought I was crazy for not wanting a cookie, right? - I told her I was allergic to nuts. Well, of course that freaked her out. A bunch. So, I just came clean on the spot - but my point is, I was not a big fan of Sandies and I didn't want nuts in my cookies.
Now, I'm not here to bash on Sandies cookies. Really. They're a popular cookie for a reason, after all! But when I pulled this batch out of the oven for the first time, I couldn't help thinking I had somehow re-created the Sandies cookie! It looked a lot like it, and it tasted like it... but I was surprised that I really liked it!
In part, I think it's that coconut and nuts have grown on me a lot since first grade. Yes, friends, I am now a grown up, and therefore do not eat only kid-friendly foods like mac-n-cheese and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.
But I also think these are actually better than Sandies.