Thursday, October 4, 2012


October is a month of food holidays, and one of the best is National  Cookie Month.  There is no record of Congress actually setting this month as a national holiday, but who argues with cookies?    
So, we happily celebrate this month by eating cookies.  Today, I'm celebrating with a repost of my recipe for German Chocolate Cake Cookies.  Now, pop the cookies in the oven and pour yourself a glass of milk!  


2 sticks unsalted butter
1 c milk chocolate chips
2 c sugar
2 eggs
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla (NOT IMITATION)
3 c flour

1/2 c brown sugar
1 c coconut flakes
1/2 c pecan chips
1/2 stick unsalted butter
2 egg yolks, beaten

In the microwave, melt the butter and chcolate chips on HIGH for 2 minutes.  Stir until smooth.  In a separate bowl, mix the sugar and eggs.  Add the next 4 ingredients.  Stir in melted chocolate and mix thoroughly.  Add flour and mix well.  Cover cookie dough and set aside while making the frosting.  

IMPORTANT NOTE:  While you can make this dough ahead of time and refrigerate, it is necessary to to set dough out and return to room temperature before using.  Otherwise, it will be too solid to scoop out easily.  Trust me; I made this lame-brained mistake myself.  

Combine the brown sugar and coconut flakes, mixing until the coconut is in small pieces.  I used my mini-processor for this, but you can do it by hand or use your food processor if you like. Add the pecans and butter.  Chops the butter into several small pieces before adding.  Butter should be soft if you are doing this by hand or using a mini-processor.  At this point, I almost burned up the motor in mine.   Add egg yolks and mix well.  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Place cookie dough balls on a greased cookie sheet ( I used Baker’s Joy®  Baking Spray with Flour.)  Leave plenty of room between cookies; they will spread out during cooking.  Make indentation in the center with your thumb or the back of a spoon.  Place frosting in each indentation.  Bake at 350 degrees for 12 minutes.  Leave the cookies on the cookie sheet for 4 minutes, then finish cooling on a wire rack.

music to bake by
 Tom Waits - The Long Way Home 

Until next time, Happy Cooking!  : )

Think what a better world it would be if we all, the whole world, had cookies and milk about three o'clock every afternoon and then lay down on our blankets for a nap.  - Barbara Jordan




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