Mai Tai Cocktail Cookies

February 2011

This is what I had planned on happening…

… so Julia and I baked accordingly.

Mai Tai Cocktail Cookies

Cookie Ingredients

1 cup whole-wheat pastry flour
1/2 cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
1/2 pound good-quality dark chocolate1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
1 1/2 cups organic light brown sugar
2 large, local, free-range eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
zest from 1 organic orange

Whipped Topping Ingredients

1 miniature bottle of Captain Morgan Rum
1 miniature bottle of Bacardi Rum
1 Pint local heavy whipping cream
Fresh squeeze juice from 1 lime
Fresh squeezed juice from 1 orange
Organic powdered sugar to taste

For the Cookies

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside.

Melt 4 ounces coarsely chopped chocolate with the butter in a small heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water; let cool slightly.

Put chocolate mixture, sugar, eggs, vanilla and orange zest in the bowl of an electric mixer. Mix on medium speed until combined.

Reduce speed to low; gradually mix in flour mixture. Fold in chocolate chunks.

Using a 1 1/2-inch ice cream scoop or a large spoon, drop dough onto parchment-lined baking sheets, spacing 2 inches apart.

Bake until cookies are flat and surfaces crack, about 15 minutes (cookies should be soft).

Let cool on parchment on wire racks. Cookies can be stored between layers of parchment in airtight containers at room temperature up to 3 days.

For Whipped Topping

Use a mixer to beat all the ingredients together until stiff peaks form.  Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Place a dollop of whipped topping on the cookies of those old enough and willing to partake in a boozy afternoon treat.  Garnish with a natural maraschino cherry.

As exhibited, I had planned for the company to go on a bowling outing and thus baked thematically.  However, the plethora of league bowlers, the added obstacle of some adult intramural bowling group and the lack of any direct communication from the bowling facility foiled my plans.

We still had really stylish ties and so many mai tai cookies.

In an effort to mitigate the afternoon’s disappointment, Julia and I loaded a tray with cookies and walked around the office asking the hardworking folks if they wanted a cocktail cookie.  One of these days we’ll have the chance to bowl.  I’ll have to plan a new outfit, but I have just the right dress in mind.

Speaking of ridiculous outfits, I wore this ensemble on headshots day at work!  My working self was immortalized on the org chart as a very Western version of me.

Just in time for the new CEO!

Mind you, I was the one shooting all of the headshots except mine for obvious reasons.  I saw this coming, but I was true to my mai tai cause through and through.

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