The Daily: NanaCoco Cookies, a vintage ShoeBox Oven Bakery recipe

NanaCoca is an oatmeal cookie made up of bananas, coconut, rum, currants and spice.


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup flaked coconut
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 3/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 6 tbs. (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 very ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 egg, at room temperature
  • 1 cup of shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup currants
  • splash of rum, optional


Preheat an oven to 325°F.

Lightly grease 1 or 2 baking sheets or line each with parchment paper.

In a bowl, stir together the flour, coconut, oats, baking soda, salt, nutmeg and cinnamon.

In a large bowl, cream the brown sugar, rum (optional) and butter until fluffy.

Add the banana and egg and beat with a fork until blended.

Stir in the flour mixture, about 1/2 cup at a time, then stir in the currants.

Spoon the dough by heaping tablespoonfuls onto the prepared baking sheet(s), spacing the cookies about 2 inches apart.

Bake until golden brown, 8 to 12 minutes, switching pan positions halfway through baking if 2 pans were used.

Remove from the oven and let the cookies cool on the baking sheet(s) on a wire rack for about 5 minutes.

Transfer the cookies to the rack and let cool completely.

Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.


Recipe from the ShoeBox Oven: Amor & The Samurai

"Amor and the Samurai" A Mexican-Japanese sweet and spicy chocolate treat
"Amor and the Samurai" A Mexican-Japanese spicy chocolate

Though the bakery has closed, it’s memory lives on and many people (especially in the DC area) miss the artisanal pastries of the “tiny very merry bakery.” But they do not miss the joy of the bakery as much as me, the baker and former owner. Though waking at 11pm and baking until 6pm every day is not missed at all the creativity and kick I got from coming up with new recipes, naming them, baking them and then seeing my customers smile with pleasure when eating them is a feeling I’ll never be able to replicate again. Always wanting to share and please, I’m sharing a ShoeBox Oven favorite and hope you will enjoy the recipes too.

Description: It must be noted that I equate chocolate with love. I’m not talking about God’s love or family love. I’m talking about sticky, messy, passion-sloppy, shipwrecking, x-rated, heart-breaking, flashing lights kind of love. The kind that burns when you touch it, but you just got to touch it. Thus I came up with a recipe that reflects my kind of chocolate love. I definitely did not come up with the idea of chocolate with chilis. But ShoeBox Oven can be credited for giving the genre a sense of style and depth.

Amor & The Samurai is an unusually extraordinary mexican chocolate steeped in ground japanese chilis. Inspired by Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Amores Perros and Akira Kurosawa’s Sanjuro… as well as one of our favorite cartoons… Samurai Jack.