December 2, 2010

This Week's Cravings: Sweets, Treats, Candy & Gift Ideas


Welcome to another week of This Week's Cravings!

It's Christmas baking time - I love this time of year. The cookie jar is full, and our home smells absolutely delicious. Please share your sweets, treats, candy and baked gift ideas. I can't wait to read all your wonderful recipes & ideas!

Coconut Sugar Cookies with Chocolate Filling


Don't you just love that title?!? I found a recipe for "Bittersweet Sugar Cookie Macaroons" on http://www.myrecipes.com/ (lovely site, please check it out!), immediately printed, gathered ingredients and gave it a try! I did change a few things, so the following recipe is my version. Be sure to click here to see the original.


Coconut Sugar Cookies with Chocolate Filling.


  • 1 tube (16.5 oz.) prepared sugar cookie dough

  • 1 cup coconut

  • 8 oz chocolate

  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
Cookies:
  1. Unwrap your dough.

  2. Roll in coconut - press firmly to get coconut to stick to the dough.


  3. Slice in 1/4-1/2 inch slices.

  4. Press more coconut into one side of cookies - place plain side down on a lightly greased baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes, until slightly browned on bottom.


  5. Transfer to a rack and let cool completely.
Filling:
  1. Carefully melt chocolate in microwave. Stir and set aside.

  2. In a medium bowl, beat whipping cream until thick and creamy. I did this by hand - if your cream is cold it won't take but a couple minutes of whisking. Think it exercise in preparation for eating these delicious treats!

  3. Slowly whisk melted chocolate into whipping cream, until it's thick & creamy chocolate goodness. Set in fridge for 5-10 minutes so it can firm.

Assembly:
  1. Pair up your cookies in similar shapes and sizes. Spread a couple tablespoons filling on the plain side of one cookie; press on another cookie (plain side in) until filling reaches edges.



  2. Share and eat cookies as soon as possible!

Notes:
  • Almond bark chocolate is a big no. It doesn't mix well with the whipping cream.

  • Ghirardelli chocolate is a big thumbs up! It was absolutely perfect!

  • Tint your coconut for a fun holiday twist!

  • Stack in glass jars or Christmas tins for a great gift.

  • Cookies and filling can be made several days in advance (store your cookies in an airtight container; filling needs to stay in the fridge) and assembled just before serving.


'Tis the season to bake and share!!! Here are a few more ideas: Chocolate Chip Lava Cakes, Chocolate Crack-Ups, Pumpkin Crunch & Brownie Crisps with Peanut Butter Filling.

Linked to: Mouthwatering Monday, Tempt My Tummy Tuesday, Tasty Tuesday, Tuesdays at the Table, Slightly Indulgent Tuesday, Tackle it Tuesday, What’s Cooking Wednesday, Recipe Swap Thursday, Food on Fridays, Friday Favorites, Foodie Friday, Recipe Swap at The Grocery Cart Challenge & Newlyweds Holiday Treat Week!

Now, here's a run down of our little shindig and the rules:

This is your chance to share your favorite recipe each week based on our themes. Post that favorite breakfast from last week, or post your favorite cheesecake you made last month, just please stick to the theme. We all want to read and discover your favorite recipe post, or if you don’t have a recipe that matches this week’s theme, then our hope is we inspire you to make something and link-up in the future.

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This Week's Craving Schedule & Past Recipe Links:

November 1 -





10 comments:

Jenna @ Newlyweds said...

Oh yum oh yum. My family would love these they are coconut fanatics!

Our Treasured Home said...

These were so good! Your brother wishes there were some in his cookie jar right now!

Katie @ This Chick Cooks said...

Mmm. Your cookies look yummy.

Tina @ MOMS CRAZY COOKING said...

LOVE Holiday Baking!I am doing most of my baking this weekend and a little today! :-)

Miz Helen said...

Just look at all those wonderful cookies. Thank you for sharing and hosting the party. You have a great week.

Mandy said...

Kristen, thanks for inviting me to join in! Your recipes look fabulous! Will definitely be keeping up with you!! Love this cookie recipe too! :)

Tina @ MOMS CRAZY COOKING said...

make sure to link up to my 12 days of chrismtas too! (LOVE IT)

Mary said...

Coconut lovers everywhere will name you cook of the year. These sound incredibly delicious. I'll have to give them a try. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

edie said...

these look sooo good! what's a girl to do who doesn't like coconut?! i think that's the only thing in the world I don't like. maybe i'll modify a little.
thanks so much for sharing with us!
lots of love,
edie

shopannies said...

now I really love these they are so easy and look so yummy would please many of my family members