Irish Cream Chocolate Coconut Cookies

These Irish Cream Chocolate Coconut Cookies  have soft chocolate centers and delicious toasted coconut on the outside.

Irish Cream Chocolate Coconut Cookies - chocolate coconut cookies with a creamy Irish Cream chocolate center

Do you like to celebrate different food holidays?  As a food blogger, I tend to really watch for  “national holidays” so I can make more fun food.  If you google it, you will find just about every day has something delicious they are celebrating.

This time of year everything is showing up in green, mint, or rainbow.  It is fun to create different seasonal foods that still work the rest of the year.  Just change out the colors, and these cookies will work for any holiday.

Today I am joining with a group of blog friends to bring you St. Patrick’s Day treats made using different Pillsbury products.   Make sure you keep reading all the way through to find the links to all these amazing recipes.   St Patricks Day Blog Hop Pillsbury collage

Cookies are one treat that I love to bake each week.  My kids pack their lunches almost every day, and I like to have cookies on hand for them to take.  Most of these cookies are made from scratch, but there are the occasional weeks we buy packaged cookies.  Yes, this food blogger cheats from time to time.

Some weeks I even use pre made cookie dough.  I love that Pillsbury cookie dough comes in a variety of flavors and is so easy to bake up.  You can also use the dough in a variety of ways to create fun recipes.

Irish Cream Chocolate Coconut Cookies - chocolate coconut cookies with a creamy Irish Cream chocolate center
For this Pillsbury creation, I wanted a chocolate thumbprint cookie filled with chocolate cream.

To get a chocolate sugar cookie, you need to crumble the entire package of cookie dough into a bowl and add some cocoa powder.  Mix until you have a really nice stiff chocolate dough.

Irish Cream Chocolate Coconut Cookies - chocolate coconut cookies with a creamy Irish Cream chocolate center

I find myself adding coconut to a lot of things this time of year.  Mostly because I am tired of the cold and winter, and coconut reminds me of the beach and summer.  Bring on that summer loving!

Roll the chocolate dough into 24 dough balls.  After a dip in egg wash and a roll in coconut, they are ready to bake.  Don’t forget to press your thumb into the centers!  You want to have a nice little pocket to hold the chocolate cream.  Go ahead and reshape the edges if pushing your thumb in messes up the round shape.

Irish Cream Chocolate Coconut Cookies - chocolate coconut cookies with a creamy Irish Cream chocolate center

Just look at the gooey chocolate center!!

Did you know you can make chocolate cream (or ganache) from flavored coffee creamer?  It is a fun little trick to flavor your chocolate.  I used an Irish Cream creamer that I brought to a boil.  Remove from the stove and stir in the chocolate chips until you have a delicious creamy mixture.  Let it cool slightly before filling the cookie centers.  You don’t want chocolate running every where.  There was a little bit of chocolate leftover in the bowl after filling the cookies…do what I did and eat it with a spoon :-)  So wrong for the diet, but so right in the moment!

You know you want to join me in baking up another batch.  Chocolate, coconut, and Pillsbury…it’s a match made in heaven for sure.

These cookies didn’t make it into the lunch boxes this week.  After sampling 2 —  what?  I had to be sure they were good :-) — I boxed up the rest and surprised a coconut loving friend with cookies that day!  I have decided to start “surprising” local friends with some of my baking.  I bake so much, that we do not end up eating it all.  I am really excited about the idea of “gifting” treats in a fun way!

Irish Cream Chocolate Coconut Cookies - chocolate coconut cookies with a creamy Irish Cream chocolate center

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Irish Cream Chocolate Coconut Cookies

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 24 cookies

Irish Cream Chocolate Coconut Cookies

Chocolate cookies rolled in coconut and topped with a delicious Irish Cream chocolate.

Ingredients

1 - 16 ounce package Pillsbury sugar cookie dough
3 cups shredded sweetened coconut, divided
1/2 cup dark cocoa powder
2 egg whites
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/4 cup Irish Cream coffee creamer
green and white Sixlets

Instructions

  1. Crumble the sugar cookie dough into a large bowl. Add 1 cup coconut and the cocoa powder. Mix until it is completely mixed in and the dough looks like chocolate sugar cookie dough. Roll into 24 balls.
  2. Dip the cookie dough balls one at a time in the egg whites and roll in the remaining coconut. Place on a baking sheet. Use your thumb to create a well in the center of the cookies. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes. Let cool on the baking sheet for 1-2 minutes. Gently press the centers down again with the end of a wooden spoon. Remove to a wire rack to cool completely.
  3. Bring the coffee creamer to a boil. Remove from the heat and pour in the chocolate chips. Let the mixture sit for 1-2 minutes. Stir until creamy. Let cool 5 minutes. Spoon into the cookie wells. Let set and top with candies. Store in a sealed container. Makes 24 cookies.

Notes

*You can use green M&M's if you cannot find the Sixlets.

http://insidebrucrewlife.com/2014/03/irish-cream-chocolate-coconut-cookies/

Make sure you check out all the awesome recipes in this fun Pillsbury St. Patty’s day hop:

Irish Cream Cookie Dough Cheesecake by Roxana’s Home Baking
Rainbow Sugar Cookie Pops by Julie’s Eats and Treats
Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies by Shugary Sweets
Mint Chocolate Cream Pies by Mom on Timeout
Biscuit Topped Beef and Guinness Pie by French Press
Reuben Pizza Roll by I Wash, You Dry
Chicken Pot Pie Crescent Braid by Wine & Glue
Corned Beef Biscuit Sliders by Foodness Gracious
Rainbow Cookie Tarts by Something Swanky
Rainbow Palmiers by Crazy for Crust
Irish Cream Chocolate Coconut Cookies by Inside BruCrew Life

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Comments

  1. says

    In addition to these adorable chocolaty morsels, I really appreciate your baking/cookie shaping-styling tips! Pat the tops….push in the edges…drizzle the tops….(even your past tip about using a hair dryer for gently re-melting icing has been put to good use!!!). Now I can add ” how to make sugar cookie dough chocolate” and “using coffee creamer for ganache” to the list. Thank you, Jocelyn!
    Wendy recently posted..Double Chocolate-Mocha CookiesMy Profile

  2. says

    I love how easy and festive this is! And good for you having your kids make their own lunches. That is good training for the real world. A lot of times, I have my 9 yr old get lunch or breakfast ready for her and her sister (mostly because I’m preoccupied with the baby) but it is great training for a servants heart.
    Chels R. recently posted..Weekly Menu 3/10-3/16My Profile

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