Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Fudgy Chocolate Wafers (*not*) #CreativeCookieExchange

First off, I am freely admitting that I messed up this month with posting for the #CreativeCookieExchange event. Life has been absolutely crazy since coming back from Christmas break (wonderful, exciting and happy, but crazy!) so good chunks of my former life seem to have evaporated for the time being... including keeping up with Facebook, Twitter and other social media. Now that things are settling back into a rhythm of sorts (if you can have one with toddlers), I'll be crawling back on the ball. Promise!

Anyways, since I did have a post primed for this month's  #CreativeCookieExchange theme (Make Someone’s Day Cookies), I couldn't hold it back. These thin, crispy-chewy, chocolate and coconut treats have become a favourite of one of my co-workers, and like my Sunny Apple Muffins every time they make an appearance in the staff room you can see her grin from across the building. Ironically, I almost threw the recipe out after making them the first time - they didn't look much like the photo on Cooking Light's page at all, even though my changes were relatively minor (using flavourful Gold Label coconut oil in place of the butter, coconut milk yoghurt and whole what pastry flour). Spread thin and flat, I was embarrassed to put them in Christmas baskets so I brought them to the staff room, where treats (regardless of their outward appearance) always seem to be appreciated. 

Fudgy Chocolate Wafers

After the reviews came in, though, I gave another batch a try, but had to stash it overnight in the fridge before baking it off. Lo and behold, I found myself with chewy, thick, still flavourful cookies that retained just the slightest bit of crispy-crunch on the edges. Packed perfectly into their tins, they were prettier than their predecessors but apparently tasted much the same. Lesson learned: chilling time = control over texture = more happy people!

Here's some more info on the #CreativeCookieExchange:

The theme this month is Make Someone’s Day Cookies! We chose someone in our lives that we loved and baked them cookies that they love! Maybe you will feel inspired to bake someone that you love a cookie! If you are a blogger and want to join in the fun, contact Laura at thespicedlife AT gmail DOT com and she will get you added to our Facebook group, where we discuss our cookies and share links.

You can also just use us as a great resource for cookie recipes--be sure to check out our Pinterest Board and our monthly posts (you can find all of them here at The Spiced Life). You will be able to find them the first Tuesday after the 15th of each month! Also, if you are looking for inspiration to get in the kitchen and start baking, check out what all of the hosting bloggers have made:
Fudgy Chocolate Wafers
Makes 18
5 tbsp coconut oil 
½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
½ cup granulated sugar
⅓ cup packed brown sugar
⅓ cup plain coconut milk yoghurt or low-fat dairy yoghurt
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
¼ tsp baking soda
pinch cloves
pinch salt
18 dark chocolate wafers, for topping
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and line baking sheets with parchment.
  2. Melt coconut oil in the microwave, then stir in cocoa powder and sugars and microwave 30 seconds longer (mixture will resemble coarse sand).
  3. Add yoghurt and vanilla, stirring quickly to combine.
  4. Add flour, baking soda, cloves and salt, stirring until combined.
  5. Drop spoonfuls 2” apart onto baking sheets and press 1 wafer into the centre of each*.
  6. Bake 10 minutes, until almost set.
  7. Cool on pans 15 minutes, then transfer to wire racks.
*For thicker cookies, shape dough into balls on the cookie sheet and chill 2-24 hours before baking

Amount Per Serving
Calories: 116.4
Total Fat: 5.3 g
Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
Sodium: 4.9 mg
Total Carbs: 18.5 g
Dietary Fiber: 1.9 g
Protein: 1.3 g