Saturday, August 18, 2012

Chewy Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies

Flat in appearance but not in taste!

























I was looking for something to bake the other week with ingredients that I had on hand and came across this recipe for Chewy Coconut Cookies on Allrecipes.com.  They are one of my favorite sites because the reviews tend to be very accurate.  These cookies were rated 4.5 out of 5 stars by 939 people, which means they must be pretty good.  Well, I made them and I loved them.  The original recipes does not call for chocolate chips, which I decided to put in half.  I like then equally with and without the chips.  The pictures that accompanied the original recipe also showed pretty fluffy cookies and you can see mine came out very flat.  I read several of the comments which recommended chilling your dough before baking, which I did and they were still flat.  In the end the cookies were incredibly chewy and delicious so I did not mind one bit that they came out flat.  I will definitely be baking these again.

Chewy Coconut (Chocolate Chip) Cookies
recipe from allrecipes.com

1 1/4 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/3 cups flaked coconut
1 cup chocolate chips (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.  Combine the flour, baking soda, and salt; set aside.  In a medium bowl, cream the butter, brown sugar, and white sugar until smooth.  Beat in the egg and vanilla until light and fluffy. Gradually blend in the flour mixture, then gently mix in the coconut and chocolate chips.  Drop by teaspoonfuls onto an ungreased cookie sheet.  Bake for 8 - 10 minuted in preheated oven, or until lightly browned.  Cool on wire racks.



Sunday, August 12, 2012

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cupcakes


Beautiful and Delicious.

























If you are a fan of chocolate covered strawberries then you are going to love these cupcakes.  The cupcakes are rich, moist, and delicious and the frosting tastes like a strawberry milkshake.  You really can't go wrong.  I decided to top half my cupcakes with strawberries that I dipped in melted dark chocolate.  Of course this is completely optional, but I thought it added a nice touch.   

In other news, I am still pregnant.  Less than two weeks until my due date and I am hoping this little guy decides to make his appearance before then.  


Chocolate Cupcakes with Strawberry Frosting
Chocolate Cupcakes recipe slightly adapted from allrecipes.com

Makes 24 cupcakes

1 package chocolate cake mix
1 package instant chocolate pudding mix
1 cup sour cream
1 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 eggs
1 tablespoon instant espresso dissolved in 1/2 cup warm water 
2 cups chocolate chips (dark chocolate or semi-sweet), dusted in 1 tablespoon flour

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

In a large bowl, mix together the cake and pudding mix, sour cream, oil, eggs, vanilla extract, and espresso dissolved in water.  Gently stir in the chocolate chips

Bake for 20 minutes, or until top is springy to the touch and a wooden toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool completely before frosting.



Strawberry Buttercream
recipe from Baked Perfection

2 sticks butter, softened
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 cup strawberry jam
pinch of salt
6 cups powdered sugar
2-3 tablespoons milk

Beat butter and vanilla until creamy. Mix in strawberry jam and salt. Add powdered sugar 1 cup at a time, beating until combined. Add milk 1 tablespoon at a time until you reach desired consistency.