Chocolate Cherry Coconut Cookies

February 13, 2012 at 6:33 am 3 comments

My friend discovered that the Au Bon Pain near where she worked sells their bakery items at a huge discount, and so she started bringing over fresh bread and treats anytime she would come for dinner. The coconut macaroons she brought once were huge, as big as a clementine, filled with dried cherries and covered in chocolate. I was in dessert heaven, a very indulgent place. I wanted to enjoy these treats again without making such a splurge. Of course, I passed some along to my friend as well. They are much smaller, slightly healthier, but every bit as tasty! They take a little longer than the 4 minutes promised in the original recipe, but these cookies are still super easy and a must try for any special occasion coming up! ;)

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Question: Do you have any Valentine’s Day plans?

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Chocolate Cherry Coconut Cookies

based on Chocolate Covered Katie’s Coconut Macroons

1  1/3 cup shredded coconut (I used sweetened since that is all I could find!)

1 tbsp whole wheat flour

1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp lite coconut milk

1/3 cup dried cherries, chopped

3 squares baking chocolate

In a small saucepan, combine the coconut, flour and coconut milk. Heat over medium low heat until the coconut starts to get sticky. Stir in the cherries. Form small balls and line on a cookie tray. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes, or until slightly browned. While cooling, melt chocolate. (I added a drop of coconut milk for smoother melting). Using a spatula, drizzle the cookies with chocolate. Allow to set completely; store in an air tight container.

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