I would like to present one of the fruitful results of the Abby Baking Rave 2k15, where I baked almost non-stop from 8:30 A.M. to 1:30 A.M., then rose at 5:30 A.M. to bake homemade croissants and pain au chocolat for my teachers. 🙂 What can I say, this was my post-college-stress relaxation? I’m strange.
Okay. You need to make these. They’re ~amazing~.
Yield 18-24 cookies
FOR THE KISSES:
3 ounces of dark chocolate, melted and cooled slightly
3 ounces of white chocolate, melted and cooled slightly (use dairy-free white chocolate to keep it completely vegan)
Chocolate kiss mold
FOR THE COOKIES:
1 1/4 cups of non-hydrogenated palm shortening (I like Spectrum, which is unrefined and organic)
1 1/2 cups of unrefined cane sugar (you can reduce it down to 1 cup, but don’t go any further!), plus more for rolling (not hating)
2 tablespoons of arrowroot powder + 6 tablespoons of water, whisked together in a small bowl
1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
2 cups of whole wheat pastry flour
1 1/4 cups of unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1/2 teaspoon of salt
FOR THE KISSES:
Using a little spoon, layer in white chocolate on the bottom of each slot in the mold, then put a little layer of dark chocolate on top. Keep layering a little bit at a time until you’ve reached the top.
Using a toothpick, gently swirl the white and dark chocolate together, scraping up and down the sides of each mold slot to make the pattern visible.
Chill in the freezer until solid, about 30 minutes. Pop out of the molds and store in an airtight container in the freezer until ready to use.
FOR THE COOKIES:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the palm shortening and sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add in the arrowroot/water mixture and vanilla, then beat on medium for another minute or two more.
In a medium bowl, sift together the whole wheat pastry flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. Add the mixture 1 cup at a time to the wet ingredients, setting the mixer on low to ensure that you don’t have flour going up in your face.
Once all of the dry ingredients have been added, test the batter. If it holds together pretty well in a ball and doesn’t feel too sticky, you’re good! If it feels a bit too wet, add in another 1/4 cup of pastry flour and see where you’re at. If it feels too dry, add a splash or two of soy or almond milk to keep things moist.
Pour a bit of unrefined cane sugar into a bowl. Using a decent-sized ice cream scoop, take a large scoop of cookie dough and roll it into a sphere with your hands. Drop it in the sugar, roll it around to coat completely, and place on the prepared baking sheet. Pat the top three times gently with your hand and repeat with the remaining cookie dough. (I recommend placing nine to twelve dough balls on each sheet.)
Bake the cookies for 11-12 minutes, until they begin to feel firm around the edges. Remove from the oven and promptly kiss each one with a frozen kiss that you prepared. Leave the cookies to hang out at room temperature for 10 minutes, then transfer to the fridge to cool completely so the kisses don’t melt.