Chocolate Coconut Espresso Cookies

Is your tree up?  Lights strung and garland draped?  Candy canes hooked and ornaments placed just so?  The angel tree topper straight or is there a red bow with its red tails cascading down your tree?  Do you string popcorn and cranberries or perhaps marshmallows?  Have you named it?  It is a thing…people naming their trees.

Are you a family that pulls on wool socks and boots, layers coats and scarves, and traipse out to the evergreen forest  (ok, fine, tree farm) with axe in hand and a thermos of hot chocolate thrown over your shoulder and chops down a yearly Christmas tree?  My mental image of this is a tad skewed…a tad too Norman Rockwell.  Because in my head Christmas carols are being sung and the kids are happy and rosy-cheeked and walking hand in hand merrily with their siblings – ha!  Maybe I have seen too many Bing Crosby Christmas Specials or watched one too many ABC Family Christmas movies…because I also picture snow lightly falling ever so carelessly from the frosty night ski.  Twirling to the ground, carefully so.  Perfectly white and fluffy snow that gently coats the trees and ground and the ever so cheerful family.  The snow being a crucial part of the magic…

Too many movies?  Perhaps.  Because this doesn’t happen…well it does, but only in my head…and dear Lord help you if you find yourself in there.

I have never traipsed anywhere (not sure I even know how to traipse, quite honestly), let alone into an evergreen forest, to cut down a Christmas tree or any tree for that matter.  However, I am 98.76% sure that the annual family tradition of cutting down a tree isn’t all bright and cheery.  More Griswold than Crosby.  But, hey, that is real life.  The kids are, I am sure, bickering and complaining and throwing snowballs into the back of each others heads or stuffing handfuls of snow down the back of their sisters sweatshirt.  There are runny noses and hat hair.  Toes are numb and it is most likely raining and not snowing.  And there is no forest.  Just a field with trees growing in rows.

I didn’t come from a cut your own Christmas tree family.  We drove the minivan to a local nursery and bought one that was hanging from the rafters.  The one with the crooked trunk and random hole in the back that wasn’t noticed by anyone until it was in the tree stand and in the house.  Mom always saying the branches hadn’t fallen completely … the rest of us just turning the tree so the hole was in the back.

Hole or no hole, straight or crooked trunk…it was our family Christmas tree.  And boy did I love it when it was lit…how it would make the whole room glow.  Magic I tell you.  Magic lives in those trees.

After the lights are strung and carols sung, refreshments and refueling comes in the form of cookies this time of year.  I come from a long line of chocolate lovers and these were a crowd pleaser…a few times over.  With an almost brownie like consistency, they are fudgy and rich and the hint of coffee just deepens the intensity of the chocolate.  Add coconut if you wish or leave it out…100% up to you.  Add slivered almonds instead.  Make them minty with a bit of peppermint extract.  But please enjoy them with a glass of milk or hot chocolate, because there is no such thing as too much chocolate.

5.0 from 2 reviews

Chocolate Coconut Espresso Cookies
 
Ingredients
  • 6 ounces Bittersweet Chocolate, roughly chopped
  • 4 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter
  • ⅓ Cup All Purpose Flour
  • ¼ Teaspoon Baking Powder
  • ¼ Teaspoon Salt
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 1 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 + ½ Teaspoon Espresso Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • ½ Cup Chocolate Chips
  • ¾ Cup Sweetened Shredded Coconut (optional)
Instructions
  1. Set chocolate and butter over a double boiler and let melt, stirring occasionally. Once melted, remove from heat and set aside to cool. (you can melt via microwave…use a microwave safe bowl and heat in 30 second periods, stirring between each period.)
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together salt, baking powder, and flour.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine eggs, sugar, espresso powder, and vanilla and beat until batter is light and fluffy and falls from the paddle (or beaters) in a thick ribbon, about 5 minutes.
  4. With mixer on low, slowly add the cooled chocolate and mix until just combined.
  5. Fold in the flour mixture followed by the chocolate chips and shredded coconut.
  6. Chill in fridge for about 1 hour.
  7. Preheat oven to 350F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and scoop cookies on to baking sheet about 2 inches apart (they will spread a tad). Bake in preheated oven for about 8 to 10 minutes.
  8. Let cookies cool on baking sheet for about 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.
  9. Store in air tight containers. These also freeze well!
Notes
Recipe adapted from Chewy Gooey Crispy Crunchy via Desserts for Breakfast
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Comments

  1. says

    These look AH-MAZING! All my favorite things in one cookie! Love this post! One year when I was little we did “traipse” into the woods and cut our own tree. It was probably the saddest looking tree ever, but I have good memories of the adventure. In reality it was probably a little more like your description; runny nose and freezing with LOTS of complaining!

    • Mal says

      I have a fake tree, too! No watering or stray needles in found in April and they can be put up sooner! And these cookies might be one of my favorites…the flavor combo is just out of this world!

  2. Carol says

    These look really good! I can;t wait to try them. But! What I really wanted to say was that your photos are awesome. The moment I saw them, I had to go get a tall glass of cold milk. (I had no cookies to go with it) :( Well done.

  3. Olivia says

    A m a z i n g! Chewy, Chocolatey, Coconuty – what more can you ask of a cookie? I got about 32 cookies (1.5nch cold formed/ 2in baked) cute size to wrap up!
    Thank you Mal!!

  4. says

    Hi! These are delicious. I made them today as a practice run, I’m going to be shipping some off for a cookie exchange soon. I’m thinking they might be really nice with cappuccino chips instead of chocolate chips, do you think that would work? I have cinnamon chips too but maybe the cappuccino ones would be better. I’m not sure. Would love your opinion.

    Wonderful recipe. I got 3 dozen plus one, but mine were small because of the size of my cookie scoop. Might make ‘em bigger. Everyone LOVES them and is drooling over them!

    • Mal says

      I think they would be great with espresso chips…more coffee flavor the better! They do travel and keep well – perfect for a cookie exchange. Tis the season!

      • says

        Thanks! I don’t have espresso chips but I’ll give my cappuccino chips a try. Your recipe is terrific, a hit with the adults as well as all the 5th graders, it turns out.

    • Mal says

      Your cookies look just down right delicious! Glad the cappuccino chips worked out and what a turn out this year for the cookie exchange! I am still amazed at how much was raised for the kids. Pretty darn cool! Hope you have a great Christmas!

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