I have been looking so hard for a foolproof chewy cookie recipe. Mine always turned out too puffy, too crispy, too cakey, or too crunchy. I want crisp, brittle edges and that toffee-like chew in the middle. But then I found Debbie's fantastic chocolate chip cookie recipe — the best chewy cookie yet. So far it's baked up many batches of reliably chewy cookies.
The thing is, once we start getting into the hot days of summer, I don't feel so much like eating chocolate. So I cooked up something new, something a little different, with Debbie's cookie as the base. I added a swirl of coconut cream cheese in place of chips, and sparkling bits of candied lemon peel for zest. They're perfectly chewy, gooey, and full of tropical lemon and coconut.