Coffee + Cookies = 44 Days of Holiday Cookies Day 17: Unexpected Cocoa Drops

chewieThere are some things in life that just go together, besides coffee and cookies and puns about cups of coffee and cookies. For example, if you read romance fiction, you will be aware of specific ‘tropes,’ (the cliche, theme or device if you prefer) that spread across the genre. These themes/tropes/ cliches are things like the secret baby, the marriage of convenience, the ugly duckling to swan story. Cliche/tropes/themes and romance fiction just go together. I am NOT a fan of the secret baby or the one night stand turning to love theme. But there has been a time or two where I have been surprised by an author who has managed to take the trope I hate and make it work.  Susan Donovan (a secret baby:The Girl Most Likely) and Ainslie Paton (a one night stand: an advance copy of what I hope is her next release Insecure) have both managed to turn cliches into something believable, which was completely unexpected, and if there’s anything I like it’s the unexpected.

I also like coffee and cookies. These cookies contain the unexpected. There is an ingredient you don’t find in baking very often, like the mayo in the amazing coffee-cocoa cake I bake, or the sauerkraut in the other amazing chocolate cake I bake.  Also, these cookies, while containing the unexpected, are also unexpectedly delicious. You can’t wait to find out what that ingredient is, can you?

Cocoa Drops p 17 Better Homes and Gardens Cookies and Candies (1966)


Oven 350F/180C

  • 1cup butter                             1 ¾ cups sugar
  • 1 cup cottage cheese               1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 ½ cups sifted flour               1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ cup cocoa
  • 1 tsp baking powder               ½ tsp salt

Cream butter and sugar ‘til fluffy; add cottage cheese and vanilla and beat thoroughly. Add eggs on at a time, beating well after.

Sift together flour, cocoa, soda, salt and baking powder. Add gradually to creamed mixture

Drop by rounded teaspoon onto greased cookie sheet

Bake 12 minutes.

Let stand a few minutes before removing from cookies sheet.

When cool, dust with confectioner’s (icing) sugar.

Did you expect cottage cheese?

Serve these with a medium roast coffee. A breakfast blend goes well with the cocoa love.


Coffee cup&mug clipart

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