September 29, 2014

Dark Chocolate Coconut Kiss Drops



Ingredients:
24 dark chocolate kisses, unwrapped
1/4 cup butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla paste
1 1/2 tablespoons buttermilk
1 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsweetened, shredded coconut (sometimes sold as "desiccated" coconut)


Directions:

Preheat oven to 350. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.

In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar. Beat in the egg, buttermilk and vanilla paste. In a medium bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients (except coconut). Slowly stream into the bowl as the beater is running. Scrape the bowl down using a spatula. Scoop tablespoons of dough and place on sheet, about 3/4 inches apart. Sprinkle with coconut. Bake 8-10 minutes or until  cookie is just set. Remove from oven. Cool 2 minutes. Press a candy piece into center of each cookie. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely.


Yield: 1 1/2 dozen cookies (recipe can be doubled)



My thoughts:
I was asked by OXO to create a recipe using OXO products (I used my spatula set to scrape down the bowl) as part of their Cookies for Kids' Cancer campaign. By making this batch of cookies, OXO will will donate $100 to Cookies for Kids' Cancer on my behalf. Since the cookies were for a children's charity, I wanted to make something kid-friendly. What is more kid-friendly than a cookie topped with candy? The recipe is super easy and kids will have fun sprinkling the coconut and carefully pressing a candy into each one. I loved (still love!) dark chocolate and coconut as a child so that was my inspiration for the flavor choices. Slightly cakey-chewy they remind me of a coconut macaroon crossed with a sugar cookie, topped with chocolate.



For every stickered item sold, OXO will donate 25 cents in support of pediatric cancer research as part of its $100,000* pledge to Cookies for Kids' Cancer. Look for specially marked OXO products at participating retailers in September.

* In 2014, OXO will donate up to $100,000 to Cookies for Kids' Cancer through specially marked baking tools, bake sale matches and other fundraising efforts. Cookies for Kids' Cancer is a recognized 501c(3) public charity duly incorporated under the laws of the state of New Jersey. Your donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowable by law. 100% of proceeds raised by Cookies for Kids' Cancer fund pediatric cancer research.

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