This past weekend was wonderful. It was a quiet weekend, but it was perfect. Mike got his wisdom teeth out (ouch!) and it snowed all day on Saturday so staying inside and vegging out was just what we needed. I shoveled for the first time in like… 5 years, and it was surprisingly relaxing. I ended up baking two types of cookies, some muffins, and made some soup. So, yeah, I would consider it a pretty successful weekend. To round it all out perfectly, I received a surprise early Christmas gift.
I grabbed a package off our front stoop thinking they were the boots I had ordered. Then, I realized that the box was far too small to contain boots. And the package was sent from Amazon, not Macy’s. I ran inside and ripped it open. I pulled out a huge bag filled with Enjoy Life’s (dairy-free) mini chocolate chips and chocolate chunks. Then I pulled out a cookbook I’ve been eyeing for a while – Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World. The entire time, I was babbling “What the…? Who sent this? Oh my goodness, oh my goodness!!” At the bottom of the box were two slips of paper. The first one – blank. The second one had the answer – the gift was from Ashley and Nick, some of our closest friends. It’s amazing how someone can make me so happy from the other side of the world.
After all this, I knew I had to use some of the chocolate chips. I settled on a recipe that had caught my eye last week – German Chocolate Cake Cookies from Food Network. These cookies were rich and chocolatey and captured all the goodness of German chocolate cake without being overly sweet.
Dairy Free German Chocolate Cake Cookies
makes 3 dozen cookies
1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
1/3 cup dairy-free butter substitute, softened (I used Smart Balance)
1 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 cup stevia
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (I used Hershey’s Special Dark)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup dairy free mini semisweet chocolate chips
3/4 cup shredded sweetened coconut
3/4 cup chopped pecans
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Line baking sheets with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper and set aside.
- Place coconut oil, butter substitute, brown sugar, and stevia in a large bowl. Beat with a hand mixer on medium speed until well combined. Mix in eggs and vanilla.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. Add dry ingredients into butter mixture until well combined.
- Stir in mini chocolate chips, coconut, and pecans until evenly distributed.
- Roll dough into 1-inch balls and place 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheet. Bake for 10 – 12 minutes or until edges are firm. Let cool for 2 minutes on baking sheet before moving to a wire rack to cool completely.