Tuesday, April 22, 2008

German Chocolate Cookies

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These cookies are absolutely delicious. I made them for my husband's birthday instead of German Chocolate Cake (his favorite). They do take a little extra time to prepare but they are worth it, especially for a special occasion.

They are also quite rich... but delicious. I think my husband liked them better than German chocolate cake... and that is saying something.

I froze some of the cookies I made after frosting them and before adding the chocolate on top (well, except for that one lone cookie that eventually made its' way to the serving plate. :)

German Chocolate Cookies

Cookie Dough:
1 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 12 oz. pkg. chocolate chips
1/4 cup flaked coconut

German chocolate icing:
1 egg
1 5 oz. can evaporated milk (or measure 5 oz. from larger can)
2/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup butter (no substitutes)
1- 1/3 cups flaked coconut
1/2 cup chopped pecans

Chocolate drizzle:
12 oz. chocolate chips
dipping chocolate
(I had some dipping chocolate left so I melted it and it worked great)

For frosting, in a saucepan, combine the egg, milk, sugar, and butter. Cook and stir over medium-low heat for 10 - 12 minutes, or until slightly thickened. Mixture will reach 160 degrees (I didn't check temp, I just stopped when mixture thickened). Take off heat. Stir in coconut and pecans. Set aside and let cool.

In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugars. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda, and salt. Gradually add to creamed mixture. Stir in 2 cups chips and coconut. Drop by tablespoons 2" apart onto ungreased baking sheets. (I used my cookie scoop, which looks like a little ice scream scoop). Bake at 350 for 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on baking sheet for ten min. before removing to wire racks to cool completely.

In microwave, melt the chocolate chips or chocolate dipping chocolate. Frost the cookies when completely cool. Drizzle with melted chocolate.

(Recipe originally from Taste of Home magazine)


Susan-Violetsue on Ravelry said...

Just when I vowed to watch my diet, I found this recipe on your blog! No calories in just printing the reicpe off! right?

Victoria said...

I found your blog from Jamie in Rose Cottage. As soon as I saw your blog title, I just had to come over and say Hi! I love your recipes! I am always looking for new recipes to try. Thank you!

God bless you!

Lynn said...

I've been trolling around, looking at recipes. This one looks absolutely delicious. I must try it soon! I love visiting your blogs where you share your thoughts, book recommendations, and music. Your entries exude such a sense of peace.