The original idea behind these was breakfast cookies, but to be honest, I really just decided to make cookies that I felt like eating at that moment. These were they! They were inspired by oatmeal fig cookies from Ana Sortun's Sofra Bakery in Watertown combined with the mind-blowingly good chocolate stuffed (and dipped) figs from Fran's Chocolates in Seattle. They're coast to coast cookies! Then I added coconut too because I had some and it sounded good. It was. I totally did eat these for breakfast. —fiveandspice
about 2-dozen cookies
plus 3 tablespoons salted butter, at room temp.
dark brown sugar
1 3/4 cups
chopped dark chocolate (I like 70% cacao)
1 1/4 cups
chopped dried figs (if they're really dry, soak them in warm water for 10 minutes before using)
Cream the butter and sugars together until light and fluffy (3-5 minutes) in a standing mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Add the eggs and vanilla and beat until fully incorporated, scraping down the sides of the mixer as needed.
In a separate bowl, stir together all the remaining ingredients. Stir these into the butter mixture on low speed until fully combined with no dry floury patches left.
Refrigerate the dough 30-60 minutes before proceeding. Heat your oven to 350F. Scoop the dough in 2-3 Tbs. scoops onto baking sheets. Bake each sheet one at a time (keep the full sheets that aren't being baked in the fridge until it's their turn) until the cookies are golden around the edges but still look a tad doughy in the middles, about 15-18 minutes, rotating each baking sheet halfway through the bake time.
Let the cookies cool on the sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack to finish cooling.
I like to say I'm a lazy iron chef (I just cook with what I have around), renegade nutritionist, food policy wonk, and inveterate butter and cream enthusiast! My husband and I own a craft distillery in Northern Minnesota called Vikre Distillery (www.vikredistillery.com), where I claimed the title, "arbiter of taste." I also have a doctorate in food policy, for which I studied the changes in diet and health of new immigrants after they come to the United States. I myself am a Norwegian-American dual citizen. So I have a lot of Scandinavian pride, which especially shines through in my cooking on special holidays. Beyond loving all facets of food, I'm a Renaissance woman (translation: bad at focusing), dabbling in a variety of artistic and scientific endeavors.