I was never a girl scout.
Honestly I don't really know the reason why, but I'm assuming it's because I related girl scouts to camping, which is like the worst recreational activity ever...
I know. I offended many of you. I don't even know if the girl scouts go camping, I could be totally wrong. But I figured the two went together, and the only place I lay my head down to sleep at night is either in a home or a hotel. A place without crickets, bats, and daddy long legs. AHH, my skin is crawling just thinking about it!
I know. I hate myself too.
Ok all diva-ness aside, I have this picture of me on a family camping trip wearing huge hiker books, short shorts, an oversized sweater, my hair divided into FOUR braids, rainbow colored braces, and dots all over my face. I had a huge smile on my face and a large s'mores in my hand.
Despite being completely happy in that picture, it scares the crap out of me. Those braids...Never again. Ever.
Where was I? Anyways, despite never being a girl scout I do love them. They are so sweet and innocent standing outside the store asking me to support their troops and buy their delicious cookies. A simple no is not easy, especially when your two year old notices what they are selling and screams, "I WANT COOKIES!!"
Then you feel bad as you pull your screaming daughter away from the box's of delicious-ness, meanwhile capturing a glimpse of the little girl scouts staring you down with pouty eyes like you just ruined their hopes and dreams and wishes.
So what do we learn from all this?
Don't go camping and always walk into the opposite side of the store from where the girl scouts are standing. Trust me on this one friends...Just trust me.
17 large dates
1/2 c. coconut flakes (unsweetened)
1/4 -1/3 c. chocolate(in bar or chocolate chip form-I used a 90% cocoa bar)
1. In a food processor, process the dates until fully processed and a paste forms. Roll paste into 1 inch balls. Wet(wash) hands a little to make it easier to handle.(The dough will be a sticky!)
2. Place dough onto parchment paper and place in the freezer.
3. Turn your broiler on to the LOW setting. Spread coconut onto baking sheet and place under broiler for about 2-3 minutes to toast. Careful, it burns quickly!! See below...haha
6 minutes in Broiler
4. While coconut is toasting (or after it's done), melt your chocolate. Take out your dough balls from the freezer.
5. Wet the back of a spoon, then shake it off to remove access water. Flatten the dough balls till the make a flatter cookie. (Not completely flat.) Continue to wet spoon after each one. (If you don't wet the spoon, the dough will stick to the spoon.)
6. Next take the wet edge of the cookie and press it into the toasted coconut. Then flip the cookie over and drizzle a little melted chocolate on it. Place cookie coconut side down and let set until chocolate hardens. (You can make this happen faster by putting it in the fridge/freezer for a couple minutes.)
7. Turn the cookie over and drizzle remaining chocolate over the top. Let chocolate harden before eating.
Actually, shove the whole dang thing in your mouth...
Take that girl scouts! ;-)