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Cinnamon Dark Brown Sugar Cookies

1 cup coconut oil, softened

(softened to the consistency of soft butter; not rock hard and not runny or melted, see below)

2 cup dark brown sugar, packed
2 large egg
4 tablespoons vanilla extract (yes tablespoons, not teaspoons), or to taste

1 tablespoon unsulphered mild to medium molasses

(use very dark or Blackstrap at your own risk because its very pungent and bitter for baking)

3 1/4 cup all-purpose flour

4 teaspoons corn starch

2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt, optional and to taste

2 tsp. cinnamon

2 tsp. instant espresso powder

1/4 cup cocoa

1/2 bag dark chocolate chips

  1. To the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine coconut oil, egg, sugar and beat on medium-high speed to cream until light and fluffy, 4 to 5 minutes. Note – Coconut oil should be the consistency of soft butter like you’d use to cream with sugar and eggs in traditional cookies. I found that just scraping the coconut oil out of its container softened it enough to get to a soft consistency.
  2. Stop, scrape down the sides of the bowl, add the vanilla, molasses, and beat to incorporate, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the flour, corn starch, baking soda, cinnamon, espresso powder, cocoa, dark chocolate chips and the salt, and mix until just combined, about 1 minute.
  3. Using a medium cookie scoop, form mounds that are 2 heaping tablespoons in size; or divide dough into approximately 15 to 16 equal-sized pieces. Place dough mounds on a large plate, and slightly flatten each mound. Very important to get the dough mounds in the exact shape you want to bake them in because after chilling, flattening or re-shaping them is very difficult. Cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 2 hours; up to 5 days. Do not bake these cookies with dough that has not been properly chilled because they will spread.
  4. Preheat oven to 350°F, line a baking sheet with a Silpat Non-Stick Baking Mat, parchment, or spray with cooking spray. Place dough on baking sheet, spaced at least 2 inches apart; I bake a maximum of 8 per sheet. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, or until tops have just set, even if slightly undercooked, pale, and glossy in the center. They firm up as they cool, but with my oven I still cooked them 10 minutes.
  5. Allow cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 5 to 10 minutes before moving. Store cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week, or in the freezer for up to 3 months. Alternatively, unbaked dough can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, or in the freezer for up to 3 months, so consider baking only as many cookies as desired and save the remaining dough to be baked in the future when desired.

NOTE: My baking is very entertaining anymore.  Today I wanted to try this in a bar form, baked in a 15 x 11 Jelly Roll pan.  First I doubled it and then squished a little more than half into the greased jelly roll pan.  I’m baking it at 375 degrees for 25-30 minutes.  I also forgot to add the cocoa powder and I was out of the Instant Espresso powder.  I didn’t want to use instant coffee as the crystals are larger and I wasn’t sure what they would do when baked.  Espresso powder really is a LOVELY ingredient to keep on hand.  I throw some in every chocolate dessert I make, as it makes the chocolate flavor divine!  So go with the flavors you like.

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YES….I love the ease of making a big pan of cookie bars instead of individual cookies and this recipe worked GREAT this way.  They are still soft, but cut into bars nicely.

 

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