I love coconut! It reminds me of sunshine and beaches and (for some weird reason) Easter. Well, it isn’t Easter yet, but you can practice up so you are ready next month!
Story time!!!!! Last Christmas I made shortbread cookies with really cute little Christmas chocolates on top. The mold I used was made by Silikomart in Italy, and I got them on Amazon. I loved that they were a thin mold- so they added a cute bit of chocolate to a cookie without being too much chocolate. I looked for other varieties and found these ADORABLE winter animal ones. Cute little foxes, and hedgehogs?? I had to find them!
I found them on Ebay and ordered them- but they sent me the wrong ones…from Italy… and then told me afterward that they were out of stock.
The only other place I found these was on a website out of Poland- that only ships to Poland. But I have friends in Poland, and long story short, I just got these in the mail with a fun note and a Polish chocolate bar.
I’m telling you this so that you won’t think it is easy to get this particular mold. Silikomart has a lot of other molds on Amazon (they call these chocolate tags)- so hopefully you can find one you like and make similar cookies to these. Of course, if you live in Poland…or Italy…. 🙂
Here is how we made these: (printable recipe for the cookies here)
INGREDIENTS: (makes about 48 small cookies)
- 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter (softened)
- 1 1/2 cups of granulated sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla
- 2 teaspoons of coconut flavoring
- 3 cups of flour
- 1 teaspoon of baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon of salt
- 2 cups of shredded sweetened coconut (or one cup of toasted, chopped coconut)
- 2 bags of Wilton Candy Melts in dark chocolate
- Edible shimmer dust (if desired)
Start by making your chocolate tags.
- Set mold on a small cookie sheet so it is easy to move.
- Melt candy melts in a bowl in the microwave. Stir every 30 seconds until smooth.
- Spoon melts into a zip-top bag. Clip a corner and squeeze chocolate out and into mold. Tap on counter to flatten out into mold and remove bubbles Photo of this here.
- Place in freezer for about 5-10 minutes and then pop out of mold onto clean and cool surface.
- Repeat 2 more times (so you have 48 pieces)
- Use a food-grade paint brush to add a little edible color and shimmer to these (if desired!)
Then toast your coconut.
- While you are waiting for these to harden, preheat oven to 350F degrees and spread 2 cups of coconut out in a baking dish.
- Bake for about 10 minutes, stirring every 2-3 minutes and watching closely. Coconut toasts fast- so be careful not to burn it!
- Cool coconut to room temperature and then place in a food chopper and chop it up fine. Set aside.
Finally, make your cookies.
- In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth.
- Add eggs, vanilla and coconut flavoring and mix well.
- Add all dry ingredients except coconut and mix until able to knead into a firm ball of dough.
- Add coconut and knead it in.
- Roll out on a floured counter with a flour coated rolling pin to desired thickness (I made them fairly thick)
- Cut into rectangles just a little bigger than the size of the molds you use on top and place on a parchment-paper covered baking sheet.
- Bake at 350F degrees for 8-10 minutes and slide off the cookie sheet (leaving on parchment paper) to cool.
- While the cookies are still warm, set a chocolate on top and then let them cool completely. The entire chocolate will get soft. It won’t lose it’s shape, but if you touch it before it hardens back up you will make a mess 🙂
- Allow cookies and chocolate to cool completely (a couple of hours)
My thoughts: I love coconut, I love coconut and chocolate together, and I think these are simply the cutest little chocolate molds ever! Please Silikomart— sell more things in the US!!! Your stuff is SO fun!!! 🙂 I hope you get a chance to try these yummy little cookies out- I think you will love them!!!! ~r
Plus, if you don’t want to bother with the molds, you can cut these cookies into any shape and just drizzle them with the candy melts! Less fuss…same amazing cookies. I totally did a few- just so you can see 🙂
Other favorite coconut recipes here: (click on a photo to see the recipe)