I doubled the cocoa powder, added cacao nibs, and used cocoa powder profusely in the rolling of the dough, and it turned out just cocolate-y enough! I also cut the sugar by a third in both the dough and the filling and it was still uber sweet. I'll definitely make these again, but I'll probably cut the sugar by another third.
Other changes: Used a third less fat and substituted coconut oil for butter. Used goat yogurt instead of sour cream. Used multi-grain milk instead of milk. Used agar agar instead of corn starch. Added a spoonful of almond butter to the filling. And used whole wheat flour. All seemed to work out fine.
I really like these! I halved the recipe and still ended up with 31 BIG cookies. For the half batch I used the full cup of coconut and thought it was perfect. I also added a 1/2 cup of whole almonds and 1/4 cup of slivered almonds. I openly admit that I'm horrible when it comes to rolling dough, but these rolled pretty easy for me. I didn't find it to be that sticky. I just took small amounts out of the fridge at a time, and used lots of cocoa on the rolling surface. These sealed easily and I lost NO filling while baking (which impressed me). Next time I'll use more filling, but that's the only change I'd make. I can see drizzling some chocolate frosting on the tops, but I do like them with just the powdered sugar! Thanks Karen! These are really different!
The dough ended up being too sticky to roll out. Not enough chocolate flavor, the cookies tasted pretty good, but were NOT chocolately at all.
The recipe was easy to follow and the cookies came out great--they're really soft and a great texture. I gave it four stars because I'd like it to have a little stronger flavor. Maybe I will use extra coconut next time as someone suggested, and maybe roll it out in cocoa or perhaps a drizzled chocolate icing to jazz it up.
This is a great recipe! I added some chopped almonds to the filling to make them almond joy cookies and spread some melted chocolate on top after they cooled and added some flaked coconut and almonds on top. I've gotten great reviews for them! Thanks!
these were the best tasting cookies i have ever tasted with coconut
This was a keeper! I followed the recipe as described. Next time I think I'm going to add an extra 1/2 coconut (I love coconut!) and instead of dusting with powdered sugar I might try using a chocolate icing. Thanks for a great recipe!