Geneva Cookies

12 Days of Cookies
– Day 12 –

I’m in love with Pepperidge Farm cookies. It takes a lot of restraint for me not to pick up a bag of Milano cookies or a tin of Pirouettes. Another favorite is their Geneva cookie, so when my friend pointed me in the direction of a DIY version on Izy’s site, Top With Cinnamon, I knew these were a must make!

Plus.. today is Day 12 of the 12 Days of Cookies!! Yay!! While I’m a bit sad to be done with this series (mainly because I have SOO many other cookie recipes I want to make), I must admit I’m relieved as it was awfully time-consuming and, frankly, I’m tired of washing dishes!! ;-)

With that being said, I’m going to be taking a break from here until the New Year. While I have things I want to share with you all, I just don’t have the time to post during the holidays. I’d rather take that time to work on some new things to share with you all starting in January. So, enough about that… time to focus on this last batch of cookies!

Geneva Cookies

Mmm… cookies.

These are super easy to make, although a little time-consuming with the rolling process. Izy suggests you can simply press them into circles, but I really didn’t find the process all that hard. Plus, while one batch is baking you can simply work on the next batch, and so on and so forth.

The dough is thrown together using the basic creaming method. Yes, that’s a lot of vanilla and yes, it calls for that much lemon juice. Trust me, it’s necessary and makes them taste soo good! The basic process after that is scooping, rolling (2x) and then pressing. I’ve included a picture below with the 4 steps.

Geneva Cookies

Geneva Cookies

I started out real nice and fancy with my pressing method, as can be seen above. However, by the 2nd and 3rd batch I found myself simply pressing them flat with 3 fingers in about 2-3 motions. I mean, they’re going to get covered in chocolate and a topping of your choice, so does the shape/size really matter that much? The main thing you need to focus on is trying to press them evenly to about 1/4″. Otherwise, it’s a free-for-all. :)

After the cookies are baked, the chocolate of your choice (I used bittersweet!) is spread on top and then the topping(s) of your choice are sprinkled on top. I didn’t have a lot of time to grab stuff, so I used what I had on hand which was crushed candy canes and toasted coconut. Mmm…

Geneva Cookies

Geneva Cookies

Geneva Cookies
Adapted from Top With Cinnamon
Yield: Approx. 40 cookies (#70 scoop)

Cookies:
7 ounces (14 Tablespoons) butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
1 Tablespoon lemon juice or white vinegar
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt

Chocolate Glaze:
8 – 10 ounces chocolate (I used bittersweet)
1/2 teaspoon coconut oil

1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C) and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat.

2. Using an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar. Add the vanilla and lemon juice/vinegar.

3. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a separate bowl and whisk to combine. Add to the butter mixture and mix until just combined.

4. Using a #70 scoop (1 Tablespoon), scoop the dough and roll into balls. Roll each ball until it’s approximately 2″ long and place on the cookie sheet. Using your fingers, flatten the dough until it forms an oval shape, approximately 1/4 inch thick. Space the cookies about 1/2″ apart. I turned them to an angle and was able to fit 12 cookies (3×4) on my 1/4 sheet.

5. Bake cookies for 18-20 minutes, rotating halfway through baking, until they are lightly golden brown. Cool completely on a wire rack.

6. Melt 8 ounces of chocolate with the coconut oil in a double boiler or in the microwave at 50% heat. Spread approximately 1/2 teaspoon onto each cookie and then sprinkle your desired toppings on top. Cool completely at room temperature. Store in an airtight container up to 4 days.

Variations: Feel free to use your imagination with these and put any number of ingredients on top, but some suggestions I have are:
– spread different chocolate on top (white, milk, semisweet, dark)
– nuts (almonds, pecans, peanuts, walnuts)
– crushed candy canes
– coconut (toasted or un-toasted)
– seeds (sesame, sunflower)
– crushed pretzel pieces
– chopped dried fruit (blueberries, cranberries, cherries, apricots)

Gluten-Free Chocolate Cookies

12 Days of Cookies
– Day 10 –

I will fully admit that I’m bad about finding healthy alternatives to baking, or rather, alternative ingredients for my baking. I don’t pay much attention to sugar-free, gluten-free, etc. as it’s admittedly not my forte. I found this recipe on Food52, though, and was curious because not many cookies can claim to be “gluten-free” unless they use a non-wheat flour. Much to my surprise, these don’t contain any flour at all!

These whip together in seconds and are held together by egg whites. I found the recipe fun and easy to alter as well, some variations of which I’ll include at the end of the recipe. They bake up quickly in 15 minutes flat, and they stay crunchy and chewy for days.

I do want to make note that people with a severe gluten intolerance need to be careful as powdered sugar does contain cornstarch, and to varying degrees, so if your body is super sensitive to gluten these still might affect your stomach. If you’re just trying to eat gluten-free, though, these will be a perfect cookie to try!

Gluten-Free Chocolate Cookies

Gluten-Free Chocolate Cookies
Adapted from Food52
Yield: 1 1/2 dozen cookies (slightly heaping #50 scoop)

2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
3 egg whites
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips (see note)

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (176 degrees C) and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat.

2. Using an electric mixer, mix the powdered sugar, cocoa powder, cinnamon and salt on low until combined. Add the egg whites and vanilla, and mix on low for a few minutes until the batter comes together. Fold in the chocolate chips.

3. Scoop dough onto prepared cookie sheets, spacing 2 inches apart. If batter doesn’t flatten, press down with fingers to flatten a bit. Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes, or until the surfaces are cracked.

4. Allow cookies to cool for 10 minutes on tray before removing to a cooling rack. Store in an airtight container for up to 4 days.


Variations:

1. Chocolate Peanut Butter – Add 2 Tablespoons peanut butter to the batter before folding in the chips.

2. Orange Chocolate – Fold in 1/8 teaspoon Boyajian Orange Oil to the batter before folding in chips.

3. Chocolate Almond – Remove 1/2 cup chocolate chips and replace it with slivered or sliced almonds. For extra almond flavor, also fold in 1/4 teaspoon almond extract.

4. Chocolate Coconut – Remove 1/2 cup chocolate chips and replace it with shredded coconut.

5. Spiced Chocolate – Replace the cinnamon with 1/8 teaspoon cayenne.


Cook’s Notes

The original recipe calls for semisweet chocolate chips, but I found this to be very sweet since the batter is mainly composed of powdered sugar. I used half 60% chips and half semisweet chips and enjoyed that flavor balance. Feel free to play around with different chocolates until you have your desired taste!

Toasted Coconut Chocolate Chunk Cookies

12 Days of Cookies
– Day 9-

These cookies are super tasty! As previously noted, I’m a major chocoholic. I’m also a huge coconut fan and have been craving it as of late, so this recipe kind of satisfied all my cravings. :)

They’re super easy to whip up, and the recipe can easily be halved or doubled if you want more/less. The original recipe was actually half of this and only yielded 15 cookies which seemed a bit small, so I doubled it for a normal 2 1/2 dozen cookies.

The batter will be very soft and so I did two different bakings – one with soft, warm dough and another with stiff, chilled dough. They produced the exact same result, so feel free to do either! This would be a prime candidate for a cookie dough that you make the night before and bake the day of, plus they bake quickly in 10 minutes flat.

Try to stick with using baking bars instead of opting for chips. Also, try to stick with bittersweet as the cookie itself is pretty sweet enough. I just buy the Ghirardelli baking bars and used the 60% cocoa bars for this recipe.

Please note that I increased the flour a little as my cookies turned out a bit flat. The original recipe calls for 2 cups and I increased to 2 1/4. They taste just fine the way they baked, but 1/4 cup should help them a tad to bring in the shape a bit more. Either way, these cookies have an awesome flavor and nice texture, so they’re sure to please. Happy Baking!

Toasted Coconut Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Toasted Coconut Chocolate Chunk Cookies
Adapted from Cooking Light
Yield: 2 1/2 dozen (#50 slightly rounded scoop)

2 cups flaked sweetened coconut
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups light brown sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 large eggs
4-6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped (see note)

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (176 degrees C). Line cookie sheets with parchment paper or a silpat.

2. Spread coconut on cookie sheet and bake for 7-10 minutes, or until lightly toasted. Stir coconut halfway through to ensure even color. Set aside to cool.

3. Using an electric mixer, cream the brown sugar and butter until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well in between additions. Add the vanilla.

4. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add to the butter/sugar mixture and mix on low just until combined. Fold in the chopped chocolate and toasted coconut.

5. Drop dough by tablespoons or a slightly rounded #50 scoop on the cookie sheet, spacing them 2 inches apart. Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes, rotating halfway through, or until lightly brown on the edges. Allow to cool on the cookie sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a cooling rack. Store in an airtight container for up to 4 days.


Cook’s Notes

The original recipe calls for 4 ounces of chocolate. I found that a few of my cookies didn’t have much chocolate in them, so next time I’m likely going to add another 1-2 ounces of chocolate to ensure that each cookie has enough. Feel free to adjust according to your taste.