Chocolate Cherry Coconut Cookies

Cookie Swap Cookies

StreuselThe Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap 2013It’s here again, the Great Cookie Swap!  This is my third year participating and I loved this one as much as 2011 and 2012!  I think this is my best creation yet!

I used the basic Ghirardelli chocolate chip cookie recipe as my inspiration for this concoction.  I don’t like super sweet cookies so I always cut back on the sugar.  Plus, at high altitude it is always a good idea to decrease the sugar a bit.  These cookies were not too sweet but big on chocolate with a hint of spice from the Baker’s Brew Coffee Spice!

I sent these little treasures of deep chocolate flavor to Amber, Kim and Martha!

I received cookies from Carrie, Ashley, and Pudgie and all were so delicious!

 

Chocolate Cherry Coconut Cookies

makes about 4 dozen cookies

 

1 c. unsalted butter, softened

1 c. brown sugar

2 duck eggs (or 2 large chicken eggs + 1 egg yolk)

2 t. vanilla

2 c. all-purpose flour

1/2 c. Hershey’s unsweetened cocoa

2 T. Black Onyx Dutch Cocoa, available at Savory Spice

2 T. Baker’s Brew Coffee Spice, available at Savory Spice

1 t. baking soda

1/2 t. salt

1 c. 60% cacao Ghirardelli Chocolate Chips

1 c. dried sweetened cherries

1/2 c. coconut flakes

Pre-heat oven to 375ºF.

The three Cs

Combine the flour, cocoas, spice, baking soda, salt in a bowl and set aside.  Combine the butter and sugar and beat in a stand mixer with the paddle attachment on medium speed until fluffy.  Add the eggs and vanilla and beat just until combined.  Add the dry ingredients that you combined in the beginning to the stand mixer.  Stir slowly until incorporated.  Add in the chocolate, cherries and coconut flakes and stir on slow speed again just until combined.  This will be a thick dough.  Place by the tablespoon on a cookie sheet, I like to line my sheet with a silicon baking mat and bake for 5 to 7 minutes.  These cookies are so dark in color it is hard to tell when they are getting burned around the edges so watch them closely.

Happy cookie baking this holiday season!

 

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