Chocolate Coconut “Element” Cookies also I GRADUATED!

Like those cylinders we used all the time in our labs, we chemistry majors are GRADUATED!


I graduated from the Boston University chemistry department today and was honored to have been chosen as the student speaker for my class! To thank my amazing classmates for choosing me - and putting up with my chemistry puns - and for their friendship and teamwork over the past four years, I made cookies decorated with everyone’s favorite element! It was really fun! Shoutout to my fellow chemistry major graduate Hannah for helping me with the piping!


Giving the chemistry commencement speech - felt like a science version of Elle Woods!

Here is the video of my speech if anyone wants to watch it - if you like chemistry puns, you may appreciate it! Also our ceremony was hands down the best because we had a fun color-changing chemical reaction at it and were given cute embroidered blankets!


Anyways, here is the recipe for the cookies, which is probably why you actually wanted to read this post!



Recipe

Ingredients

Dry:

2 cups whole wheat flour

½ cup cocoa powder

2 tsp baking powder

⅔ cup coconut sugar

1-2 tbsp coconut flour (as needed)


Wet:

1 cup melted coconut oil

2 eggs

2 tsp vanilla


Icing:

Coconut butter


Steps

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. Mix together all dry ingredients except the coconut flour in a large bowl.

  3. Mix the wet ingredients in a separate bowl. Add to the dry ingredients and mix well.

  4. Add 1-2 tbsp coconut flour to thicken the batter, but it should appear fairly oily/liquidy.

  5. Roll the dough into balls 1-2 inches in diameter, place spread apart on the baking sheet, and slightly flatten the cookies with your hands. Bake for 10-12 minutes, let cool for at least 10 minutes, and enjoy!

  6. If you want to ice them as I did, warm up coconut butter (place the jar in a small pot of hot water on the stove and stir) and pour it into a ziplock bag. Cut a small hole in the corner of the bag - if you have a piping tip, place it in the hole; if not, cut a very small hole.

  7. Let the coconut butter cool until it is the consistency of frosting, and let the cookies cool (you can even put them in the fridge) and decorate the cookies! If you just want to frost them, you could just spread the coconut butter on top.


I am a proud graduate of the BU Chemistry Department!

My favorite element is Aluminum - it is number 13 (my favorite number), and starts with an A (like my name), and can do some cool things!

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