ChoCo Cookie Sandwiches

Happy National Chocolate Day, Beautiful People! I propose an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that will declare a Chocolate Day at least once a month! Really, as everybody knows, the healthiest food regimen should incorporate beans (protein) and greens (salad). Chocolate comes from cocoa beans (there!),and cocoa beans come from trees, so chocolate is plant-based, which counts as a salad.

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I like profound statements when they are delicious! In the words of a poet:

A Declaration To Chocolate

Oh chocolate, my chocolate!
How I love you so!
White, dark, nutty or milk,
I just can’t say no!

Oh chocolate, my chocolate!
You’re so smooth, silky, and sweet!
Your chocolatey, cocoa scent,
Sweeps me off my feet!

Oh chocolate, my chocolate!
You’re so yum, yum, yum!
From chocolate chip cookies to chocolate cake,
It all goes straight to my bum!

Oh chocolate, my chocolate!
My number one treat!
You’re the best thing to exist,
There is nothing you can’t beat!

Poem by Jennifer WuChiu

The legendary food of gods, it was initially prepared only as a foamy drink, unsweetened and therefore called xocolatl, which in Aztec means “bitter water.” That’s where we got the name!

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An Aztec woman is preparing it, pouring liquid from the height, to create foam. The Spanish conquistadores brought it to Europe where it was sweetened with honey. It was still the food of the aristocracy, if not the gods, surrounded by mystique of the dark and unknown, decadent, and even sinful.

I hope you are feeling some of the magical power of chocolate that makes it so irresistable! Stop salivating, and let’s bake!

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These cookies are definitely healthy as they are made of whole wheat flour, with Smart Balance, and light brown sugar. I also add some liquid coffee made by diluting espresso ground coffee with hot water. The chocolate frosting will be introduced at the end.

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You have to gently whisk Smart Balance with brown sugar and coffee until blended. You can taste it a couple of times (or more!), just to make sure it has blended well, of course!

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Gradually introduce the delicious wet mix to flour, make soft dough and flatten it on a floured surface.

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Cut circles by using a floured inverted cup, or cut any other shapes, if you are so inclined.

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Crisscross cookies with a fork, place them on a misted with oil baking sheet at a little distance from each other. They don’t expand while baking, so you don’t have to worry. Just put your timer on 12 minutes and go watch some more Charlie and the Chocolate Factory or something. Cookies are ready when dry to the touch. You may need a couple more minutes.

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Cool them on a rack and use chocolate frosting to make sandwiches. Happy Chocolate Day again!

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup (8 oz) Smart Balance or any butter substitute of your choice
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon liquid coffee
  • 2 tablespoons chocolate frosting

PROCEDURE

  • Preheat oven to 350 F. Mist shallow baking sheet with oil.
  • Cream butter and sugar with coffee until well blended.
  • Add wet mix to flour, make soft dough.
  • Roll dough about 1/3 inch (1 cm) thick, cut rounds with inverted floured cup, crisscross with fork.
  • Bake for 12 – 15 minutes, cool on rack.
  • Use frosting to make sandwiches.

Enjoy!

 

 

 

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45 Comments Add yours

  1. Nezel Yurong says:

    Looks delicious! We are lucky to be in a place where cacao or cocoa trees grow. When the fruit is ripened, we ate the flesh and dry the seeds. Then we fry it without oil and peel off the skin. We then ground it, and viola! We have chocolates. We either cook it with rice, water and sugar to make a champorado, or boil it with water and sugar to have a delicious drink tsokolate.

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    1. How incredibly fascinating! I’d love to do that!

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      1. Nezel Yurong says:

        Yeah. We thought cocoa is just an ordinary fruit until we learned how expensive some chocolate varieties are.

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  2. These look great and easy to make.:)

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    1. Thank you – I am so glad you like the recipe!

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  3. Great looking recipe Dolly. So national chocolate day really does exist? I thought someone was just kidding me.

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    1. I thought so myself, but if you Google, you’ll see that both International and National Chocolate days are real. I just couldn’t pass it up! Thank you for your compliment on the recipe.

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  4. Your cookies looks very delicious 🙂
    I appreciate my coffee very much, but not in cake etc. only like black coffee. I could imagine to use almond milk instead of the coffee in your cookies and they would be perfect for me 🙂

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    1. Sure, you can use almond milk, but you can also use tea of any flavor you like. Thank you for your kind comment!

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      1. Thank you for that idea, tea could be fun to try too, maybe Rooibush Tea.

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      2. Oh, that would be the best!

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  5. aniqahahsan says:

    I agree we should definitely have an official chocolate day at least once a month and The Charlie and the Chocolate factory video brought back so many good childhood memories! Brilliant!

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    1. Thank you dear! Chocolate people, unite!

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  7. rayneq04 says:

    Looks very, very, delicious. Thanks for the recipe!

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  8. Is there anything better than chocolate? I mean, really?!

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    1. The only thing better than chocolate is a hug and a chocolate-smeared kiss from a grandchild! Thank you for stopping by!

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  9. Chocolate love ❤ This looks really good! I have to try them!!

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    1. Please do – they are so simple and easy, yet delicious!

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  10. They sound delicious. I prescribe myself as least one square of dark chocolate everyday. Thanks for the follow beautiful person 😉

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    1. Excellent prescription, Dr! Best medicine!

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  11. Happy choc day too, Peace! 🙂

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    1. Peace, Love, and Kindness!

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  12. I am probably one of the few who have never seen that movie – I must figure out how to remedy that somehow. ANYTHING to keep my mind off immediately trying every single one of your delicious-sounding chocolate recipes. I’d be a blimp!

    Happy belated Chocolate Day, Dolly.
    xx,
    mgh
    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMORE dot com)
    ADD/EFD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder
    “It takes a village to transform a world!”

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    1. To me, every day is a chocolate day, but my recipes never turn anybody into a blimp! They are totally dietetic, to the best of my ability.

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      1. Well, that might depend on how much one eats! I can resist anything but yummie looking desserts – and the Cookie Monster ain’t got nuthin’ on ME! Your husband doesn’t stand a chance. 🙂
        xx,
        mgh

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      2. LOL
        I seem to have lost one of your comments as I started answering it – the mysteries of internet! Regarding holy objects on E-bay, when they first started popping up, there was a huge rabbinical discussion as to whether it constitutes buying stolen goods, which is prohibited, or salvaging our national heritage. Decision was made in favor of the latter opinion.

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      3. A very practical decision – tho’ I love the prohibition about buying stolen goods. Another things I did not know. Thanks, Dolly.
        xx,
        mgh

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      4. I think it was General Patton who said that he wished all his soldiers were studying Torah as a practical guide to ethical behavior.

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      5. I wonder how he came across it?
        xx,
        mgh

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      6. He came across two Jewish soldiers studying a big book with strange letters and an even stranger page layout and asked what it was. They told me. He asked for some specifics. They gave him a couple of examples. He was impressed – that’s all.

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      7. Wow. I never dreamed he would resonate to something spiritual.
        xx,
        mgh

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      8. He didn’t see it as spiritual, but rather as a handbook on ethical behaviors.

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      9. Hmmmm – wonder what he thought about the Commandments?
        xx,
        mgh

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      10. But they are the same, copied from the Original!

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      11. That’s one of them, yes.

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      12. I wonder how he, as a warrior (essentially) reconciled that one in his mind. End justifies the means?
        xx,
        mgh

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      13. Nope! Holy wars are described in the Bible all over the place. All you have to do is declare a war “holy.”

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      14. Always wondered how that worked.
        xx, mgh

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      15. Oh good – I’m on my way.
        xx,
        mgh

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