A GIANT Death by Chocolate Cookie for all those chocolate lovers out there. Made with a touch of whole grain flour, cacao powder for rich flavor, & coconut oil for a clean-eating, dairy-free friendly dessert for two!
Sooo HI, hello, it’s me. On Valentine’s Day. Sharing with you a ridiculously cliché chocolate recipe ON Valentine’s Day. Who am I? Oh, a food blogger, that’s right. 😉 But I couldn’t NOT share something chocolate with you, I mean… come on. I’d share this any day of the week because I love chocolate, duh. But on this lovely little “holiday” I figured, why the heck not?
Let me be honest here, I don’t really care about Valentine’s Day. Yeah, it’s true. I know many of you feel the same way. I’m the type of person that likes to “be different” and do things my own way. So a holiday TELLING me I need to be all lovey-dovey and give a heart-shaped card and chocolates, is not how I roll. I can’t help it, something about it all is just not for me. I’ve always been one that likes to “march to the beat of my own drum”. I guess some could say I’m stubborn…Which leads me to how me and my husband met. I’m going to give him a name today: DREW. There, you have his actual name. Not a fake one to protect his identity. If you really want, you can call him Drewby, as that is how it’s been in my phone for the past 10 years.
You see… Drew and I first met in the 5th grade, officially. The first time all of the elementary schools joined into the “Intermediate” building we called it, home of the 5th and 6th graders. I didn’t actually know him then, just that one of the boys I was friends with from elementary and him were best friends. And that he was tall. VERY tall. But I digress… So we went throughout middle school and our early HS years having mutual friends. It wasn’t until 10th grade that I got wind from a friend that Drew “liked” me, but I didn’t really pay too much attention. I nervously laughed it off, as I don’t take compliments well I suppose. I think I was also dating someone else for a hot second, truth be told, but I was kind of “meh” about relationships anyways then.
Alright, so then came 11th grade, and Drew and I started hanging out with some mutual friends. I again, just shrugged off the fact that he liked me. Fast forward to spring time, where we were hanging out on the weekends, chatting on the phone for hours (yes the HOME phone, as I did not have a cell phone until after I graduated HS) and I finally realized that I maaybbeee liked him too. But I was still very apprehensive.
Then this happened: I needed a ride home from school and he BRIBED ME to be his girlfriend. True story. He said “I’ll give you a ride home if you agree to be my girlfriend.” Ummm, what? I had this thing with labels and I wasn’t sure if I wanted to technically put a label on it, but I needed a ride home… so clearly I had no choice but to be his girlfriend right then and there. I think I groaned and said “Fine”. HA, I’m ssoooo romantic.
But you see, with me being the stubborn person I
was am, I had to call it off over summer break. I mean, I was basically gone the entire summer anyways at summer camp in Canada and camping, so there was really no point anyways, right? I know, I’m horrible. Fast forward a few months later at the end of September, and I’m wearing his football jersey to the Homecoming game. Yeah, I know. We’re THAT couple. He was seriously relentless, but I guess it worked 😉
Not to say we haven’t had our ups and downs. Relationships are hard work! We took a break in college for a few months, but it was the best thing we (and by “we” I mean, “I” to be honest) could have done. It made our relationship a hell of a lot stronger, and we worked through some issues (again, I). And of course now we’re MARRIED. Coming up on 9 months! I’m glad Drew was so very relentless with me. He honestly is my best friend, tells me when I am being crazy, which I realize is usually the case, and he makes me laugh all the time. When I write about the things he says on here, I wish you could all hear it for yourselves. I can’t keep track some days. He is just ridiculous.
So in celebration of LOVE (Valentine’s Day or not) we’re making this Giant Death By Chocolate Cookie. It’s a thick, chewy, rich, and perfect for the chocolate lover in your life!
And we had it with ice cream because, well… I’m not going to lie, we love ice cream.
- 4 TBS cacao powder (or unsweetened cocoa)
- 1.5 TBS whole wheat white flour* (all-purpose or whole wheat should also work)
- 1/8 tsp baking soda
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 2.5 TBS all-natural chocolate nut/seed butter (I used my homemade recipe)
- 1.5 TBS coconut oil, softened
- 2 TBS dry sweetener of choice (I used beet sugar!)
- 2 TBS beaten egg* (crack an egg, beat it, use 2 TBS)
- 1 heaping TBS mini semi-sweet chocolate chips, dairy-free if needed
- 1 TBS dark chocolate chips, dairy-free if needed
- Preheat oven to 350F and line a small baking sheet with parchment paper, set aside.
- In a small bowl combine cacao powder, whole wheat white flour (or all-purpose, whole wheat), baking soda, and salt. Make sure no clumps of flour or cacao powder are present.
- In a medium bowl, whisk vigorously (yes, vigorously) chocolate nut/seed butter, coconut oil, and sugar.
Whisk in 2 TBS beaten egg until evenly combined.
- Using a large spoon or spatula, gently stir in dry ingredients until cookie dough forms.
- Fold in mini chocolate chips and dark chocolate chips. Shape dough into large ball, then flatten into thick circle, about the size of your palm. Place cookie dough on prepared baking sheet, and bake for 12-15 minutes. Allow to cookie to cool on baking sheet for 10 minutes, then serve on plate for two!
* I tested this recipe a second time using a flaxseed egg (2 tsp flaxseed + 2 tsp water) and an all-purpose gluten-free flour blend and cookie was semi-crumbly. If you’re GF/Vegan, you can certainly go this route, but the texture of the cookie will not hold together as well.
- How did you and your SO meet?
- Any other “high school sweethearts”?
- Are you stubborn, like me? 😉
Happy Valentine’s Day!
(Off to brunch at my favorite place!)
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