We are introduced, at an early age, to the sweet wondernous of a cookie. From teething cookies to soothe the swollen aching gums of incoming incisors, onto animal crackers purchased in rectangular-shaped boxes bearing a string handle for easy toting by little fingers. Deciding which part of the animal should be eaten first-the trunk of the elephant or the tail of a lion-depended on how hungry one was. Savor each and every one or simply gobble them down as fast as possible.

My next cookie memory would be the ever famous, possibly all-time favorite, the chocolate chip cookie. There is nothing better than to bite into a round circle of baked dough sprinkled with gooey melt-in-your-mouth chocolate. A chocolate chip cookie can dry tears, heal broken hearts, mend scraped knees and elbows and solve sibling arguments. Most of the problems in the world could likely be solved by a properly baked, right out of the oven, chocolate chip cookie. The power of a cookie is underestimated.

I will attempt in the next 365 days to prepare and comment on a year’s worth of different cookies-one for each day. My goal is to share with others my extreme love of cookies-baking them and especially eating them! Feel free to send me your favorite recipe, your earliest cookie memories, or how cookies may have influenced your life. Cookies Rule!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Cookie Recipe #199 - Chocolate Coconut Surprise Cookies

A bite-size Mounds bar is the surprise hidden inside a soft chocolate cookie with a coating of fine powdered sugar.

Ingredients: 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, room temperature, 1 cup granulated sugar, 1 tablespoon strong coffee, 2 eggs, 2 teaspoons baking powder, 1 cup all-purpose flour, 2/3 cup cocoa, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1 cup sweetened coconut (firmly packed), powdered sugar for rolling, Bite-size Mounds candy bars (or mini Mounds, cut into thirds [I cut mine in half]).

Instructions: In a large mixing bowl, beat butter, sugar, coffee and eggs. Add baking powder and blend well. In another mixing bowl, stir together flour, cocoa, and salt and gradually add to butter mixture, beating well. Stir in coconut. Cover dough and refrigerate about 2 hours or until firm enough to handle.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly coat fingers with powdered sugar and shape chilled dough into 1 inch balls. Dough will be fairly sticky, so recoat fingers as necessary. Press a piece of the candy in center of each ball and enclose, rerolling into ball. Roll in powdered sugar to coat generously.

Place about 2 inches apart on parchment paper-lined baking sheets and bake in preheated oven about 12 minutes or until set.

Immediately remove from baking sheets to wire racks to cool completely.

Makes 2 1/2 - 3 dozen cookies.

This is another recipe from eons.com posted by Debirae on May 28, 2010.

Cookies Rule!!!

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