Saturday, February 14, 2015

double chocolate toasted coconut cookies will be your valentine

Happy Valentine's Day!

Every year, I like to take this day to reflect on all of the mistakes I've ever dated. Let's talk about ex-boyfriends!

One of my ex-boyfriends broke up with me seven times.

One of my ex-boyfriends cheated on me with one of my friends.

One of my ex-boyfriends told all of his friends that he wanted to break up with me a few months before he actually broke up with me. One of my ex-boyfriends broke up with me right before Valentine's Day. Oh wait, that was the same guy.

But double chocolate toasted coconut cookies? They've never cheated on me. They've never told me they had to work late and then go to strip clubs instead. They've never hand-painted a love lock for my birthday and then told me a couple months later that they don't want to be in a serious relationship. They've never told their best friend to call me to apologize on their behalf because they can't man up and do it themselves. They've never broken up with me the day before my birthday because they didn't feel like buying me a present.

my kind of valentine

You can depend on double chocolate toasted coconut cookies. Double chocolate toasted coconut cookies will always be there for you. Double chocolate toasted coconut cookies won't flirt with your waitress when you're on a date. Double chocolate toasted coconut cookies won't get jealous about other guys being in your study group. Double chocolate toasted coconut cookies won't judge you for the four pounds you gain every winter. Double chocolate toasted coconut cookies won't stand you up at your senior year homecoming dance because he wanted to get high and play FIFA with his friends instead. Double chocolate toasted coconut cookies are your soulmate.

These double chocolate toasted coconut cookies are soft, chewy, chocolatey morsels of heaven. The espresso powder brings out the flavor of the chocolate just a liiiiittle more than usual. And who doesn't love toasted coconut? Ommmg.

makes about 18 cookies

1 cup coconut flakes, toasted*
1/4 cup coconut flakes, not toasted
1 cup flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp baking powder
pinch of kosher salt
pinch of instant coffee or espresso powder (optional)
5 tbsp unsalted butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 large eggs
8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, melted
6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips

* To toast coconut flakes, spread evenly on a baking sheet and place in oven at 350°F for about 15 minutes.

Keep oven at 350°F.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the toasted coconut, flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, salt, and (optionally) espresso powder.

In a large bowl, beat the butter, sugar, and brown sugar together using an electric mixer on low speed, until the mixture is fluffy - about 2-3 minutes. Add the eggs and vanilla extract to this mixture and continue to beat until well incorporated. Add the melted semi-sweet chocolate. Beat some more, until well mixed.

Add the toasted coconut mixture to the butter/sugar mixture and pour in the semi-sweet chocolate chips. Stir everything up.

Use your hands to roll golf ball-sized balls of dough and place them on baking sheet lined with parchment paper. These cookies don't spread much, so you don't have to space them too far apart. Take a pinch of the non-toasted coconut and press it into the top of each cookie dough ball. Bake for 13-15 minutes - the centers will seem undercooked, but I promise that's how it's supposed to be. Let cool before serving/eating by yourself while watching netflix on valentine's day with your twelve cats.

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