Thursday, November 20, 2008

200 Posts and Going Strong

I can not believe that I have 200 posts in this little ole food blog of mine. Who would have thought that I would have become so, ummm, addicted. :) I hope that all of you enjoy reading my blog as much as I love cooking and baking for it and writing up these posts. Anyway, enough with the sappy stuff. Lets talk about what you all came here for, the food!

I found this recipe in a Betty Crocker recipe magazine that I got in the mail a few weeks ago. I had bookmarked the recipe as something I wanted to try sometime before the holidays. I was looking through the book today, to pick something out to bake, while asking my husband what sounded best. He immediately picked these as soon as I told him the name. Apparently my husband loves coconut. :)

These were not the easiest things in the world to make. Well, I would not say that they were hard either. They were just a little time consuming and kind of messy. The cookie part is very thick and kinda sticky. I used a mini cookie scoop to portion out the dough and a mini tart shaper to form it. My husband said he did not care how hard they were to make because they were definitely worth it. Ha, easy for him to say. :) But in all honesty he was right, these things were awesome! Strong and sturdy on the outside and soft and gooey in the middle. Definitely worthy of holiday goodie trays. Give them a try, you will not be disappointed.

I am also sending this recipe off to Joelen at Joelen's Culinary Adventures to be included in her Holiday cookie swap event.

Coconut Fudge Cups
Source: Betty Crocker, Christmas Cookies, Dec 08/Jan 09

- Cookies -
1/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
3 ounces cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons unsweetened baking cocoa
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- Coconut Fudge Filling -
2/3 cup granulated sugar
2/3 cup flaked coconut
1/3 cup unsweetened baking cocoa
2 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened
1 egg
- Garnish, if desired -
1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
2 teaspoons whipping cream
1/2 cup flaked coconut
1 drop red food coloring
1 drop green food coloring

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, beat butter and cream cheese with electric mixer on medium speed, or mix with a spoon. Stir in remaining cookie ingredients.

2. Shape dough into 24 (1-inch) balls. Press 1 ball into bottom and up the side of each of 24 ungreased mini muffin cups (I used a mini tart shaper and dipped it into sugar to prevent the dough from sticking before forming each cup). Mix filling ingredients until spreadable (throw everything into the mixer, it will be much easier this way). Spoon about 2 teaspoons filling into each cup.
3. Bake 18-20 minutes or until almost no indentation remains when filling is touched lightly. Cool slightly, carefully remove from muffin cups to cooling rack.
4. In 1-cup microwaveable measuring cup, microwave chocolate chips and whipping cream on high 30 seconds; stir until smooth. Microwave 15 seconds longer if necessary to melt chips. Frost tops of fudge cups with chocolate.
5. In small resealable food-storage plastic bag, toss 1/4 cup coconut with red food color. In another small bag, toss remaining 1/4 cup coconut with green food color. Garnish each fudge cup with red or green coconut.


Melissa said...

Congrats on your 200th!

Macaroni and Cheesecake said...

Congrats on 200! I love your blog:) Those look amazing! My husband would love them!

Lisa @ Life with 4! said...

I'm a coconut lover. These look so good! Thanks for the recipe.

Spryte said...

Jon loves chocolate & coconut... these are on the list of things to bake!

Colleen said...

Congrats on 200! And I definitely starred these little guys - can't wait to give them a try!

That Girl said...

Happy 200th post! I'll dedicate my macarons to you!

Bob said...

Congratulations on 200 posts! These look like a fitting tribute, they look wicked good.

Laura-IH said...

Happy 200th post, Amber! Thanks for writing such an amazing blog and sharing such delicious recipes. If I want to try something new, I come here first!

Hallie Fae said...

Congrats! This is my first time seeing your bog and I can't wait to explore all 200 posts. :)

Jessica said...

Mmm these look great, and I don't even like coconut! Congrats on 200 posts! Keep up the good work!

brettinsky said...

Congrats on your 200'th!

Hey send me some of those! This might be a good cookie exchange entry! Hmm, I am trying to find the perfect recipe! This may just be a contender!

giz said...

200 posts wow, where does time go. What a nice way to celebrate -and we do appreciate the work that went into making them. They're so pretty to look at.

Anonymous said...

I LOVE coconut!! And I love that you dyed it! So festive! These look great!

Beth said...

Hi Amber! I gave you an award on my blog! Please stop by and check it out :-)

Robin said...

Congrats on your 200th post! I just had mine today!

Tammy said...

Congrats on 200! I discovered your blog along the way and have you bookmarked now! I love your recipes!

ashley said...

these look tasty! congrats on 200!