Chocolate Choclate Chip Cookies

These are some chocolate chocolate chip cookies I made. I used white chocolate chips from Trader Joe’s, which are my absolute favorite! The dough seems very dry once you have added all the ingredients, but the cookies turn out very tasty in the end. They have the perfect cookie look!

INGREDIENTS

*1 cup butter, softened
*1 cup white sugar
*1 cup brown sugar
*2 eggs
*2 teaspoons vanilla extract
*2 cups all-purpose flour
*3/4 cup cocoa powder
*3/4 teaspoon baking soda
*1/4 teaspoon salt
*As many white chocolate chips as you want!

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. In large bowl, beat butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla until light and fluffy. Combine the flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt; stir into the butter mixture until well blended. Mix in the chocolate chips and walnuts. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets.
3. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes in the preheated oven, or just until set. Cool slightly on the cookie sheets before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.

Samoas

Homemade samoas that I made. I put holes in the center, but after putting caramel and coconut over the top, you couldn’t even see the holes anymore.


INGREDIENTS

Cookies
*1 cup butter, soft
*1/2 cup sugar
*2 cups all purpose flour
*1/4 tsp baking powder
*1/2 tsp salt
*1/2 tsp vanilla extract
*up to 2 tbsp milk

STEP 1

1. Preheat oven to 350F.
2. In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter and sugar.
3. Mix in flour, baking powder and salt at a low speed, followed by the vanilla and milk, adding in the milk as needed to make the dough come together without being sticky (it’s possible you might not need to add milk at all). The dough should come together into a soft, not-too-sticky ball. Add in a bit of extra flour if your dough is very sticky.
4. Roll the dough (working in two or three batches) out between pieces of wax paper to about 1/4-inch thickness (or slightly less) and use a 1 1/2-inch cookie cutter to make rounds.
5. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet and use a knife, or the end of a wide straw, to cut a smaller center hole. Repeat with remaining dough. Alternatively, use scant tablespoons of dough and press into an even layer in a mini donut pan to form the rounds.
6. Bake cookies for 10-12 minutes, until bottoms are lightly browned and cookies are set.
7. Cool for a few minutes on the baking sheet then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Topping
3 cups shredded coconut (sweetened or unsweetened)
12-oz good-quality chewy caramels
1/4 tsp salt
3 tbsp milk
8 oz. dark or semisweet chocolate (chocolate chips are ok)

STEP 2
1. Preheat oven to 300.
2. Spread coconut evenly on a parchment-lined baking sheet (preferably one with sides) and toast 20 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes, until coconut is golden. Cool on baking sheet, stirring occasionally. Set aside.
3. Unwrap the caramels and place in a large microwave-safe bowl with milk and salt. Cook on high for 3-4 minutes, stopping to stir a few times to help the caramel melt. When smooth, fold in toasted coconut with a spatula.
4. Using the spatula or a small offset spatula, spread topping on cooled cookies, using about 2-3 tsp per cookie. Reheat caramel for a few seconds in the microwave if it gets too firm to work with.
5. While topping sets up, melt chocolate in a small bowl. Heat on high in the microwave in 45 second intervals, stirring thoroughly to prevent scorching.
6. Dip the base of each cookie into the chocolate and place on a clean piece of parchment paper.
7. Transfer all remaining chocolate (or melt a bit of additional chocolate, if necessary) into a piping bag or a ziplock bag with the corner snipped off and drizzle finished cookies with chocolate.
8. chocolate set completely before storing in an airtight container.

Makes about 3 1/2-4 dozen cookies.