First of all – just want to acknowledge the fact that I constantly kept referring to these as ‘Genovia’ Cookies (when typing and thinking about them – I’ve managed not to actually say it yet).
As in “I-am-the-Princess-of-Genovia”-Genovia.
The made up land in the Princess Diaries.
Even now, when I think of the name without looking at the title of the post, I’m like “Okay, it’s not ‘Genovia’, what is it? Is it ‘Genova’? No that sounds wrong..” and I literally can’t remember that it’s ‘Geneva’ for a good 5 minutes.
These cookies must be messing with my mind – probably because they are SO INCREDIBLY DELICIOUS.
I can’t stop eating them.
Yesterday there were 50 cookies.
and I don’t even know how it happened.
In the UK, you can’t find Pepperidge Farm Cookies – I know, it’s not like they’re the best cookies ever, but as far as packaged cookies go, Pepperidge Farm’s are pretty damn fine.
You can occasionally find a package of white chocolate chip ones in Whole Foods for like £3.50 (Errrm, no. Whole Foods – I love you, but I’m not going to pay that much for cookies), but it’s not like there are even any alternative British cookies that are remotely similar to things like Geneva cookies 🙁
So what do you do when you can’t buy them?
Give up and be thankful that you’re not going to have another package of cookies taunting you in the cupboard?
Ima make them 🙂
It did occur to me that there could be a package of these cookies in one of the two huge boxes of goodies (this is one of them) that my awesome, amazing, super generous blogging friend Erica sent me for Christmas (OMG I’m so excited to open them, you cannot BELIEVE), but I knew I would have to wait for them, and I had some candy canes just begging to be crushed up.
So I made the cookies.
and then, I topped them with different things:
– chopped pecans (the classic)
– toasted, dessicated coconut
– and crushed candy canes with a drizzle of white chocolate…
I’m so incredibly glad I made them.
They are insanely good.
Even if you live in America with access to Geneva cookies, or have a package of Geneva cookies in your cupboard, you NEED to make these. They are 100 million times better:
– the cookie is buttery, crispy, light and crunchy. A bit like the Brussels Cookie in fact
– the chocolate (I used a mix of semi-sweet and 70%) was so much more chocolatey and smooth
– the toppings were fresh and mega flavourful
When you taste them, and realise how ridiculously good they are, you will laugh –
– at how you used to think that the packaged version was tasty.
Home made pretty much always wins.
I devoured that hot chocolate – including ALL those mini marshmallows – just FYI.
– I’ve subbed half the butter for 3.5 0z of coconut oil (i.e. used 3.5 oz of butter + 3.5 oz of coconut oil) and it works just as well!
– If you want an easy way to temper the chocolate, I’ve got an easy, step-by-step image guide here
– To save time:
– You seriously don’t need to make these oval shaped – it saves a lot of hassle if you just make the cookies round: just roll the dough into 1″ balls, place on the lined cookie sheet and flatten into 1/4″ thick circles; they’ll be just as good, and much quicker to make.
– instead of coating the bottom of the cookies w/ the chocolate, just dip one half of the cookie into the chocolate, then dip it into the toppings
– You can use any other toppings you want – don’t limit yourself to those three, go crazy! – chopped peanuts, hazelnuts, spread on some nutella, crushed pretzels, crushed potato chips, flaky sea salt, chopped toffee, chopped candy bars (rolo or snickers would be just…I can’t even…), dried fruit, freeze dried fruit, mini marshmallows… whatever!
– I also drizzled the peppermint Geneva Cookies with a but of melted white chocolate for some pizazz :O ahaha
- 14 tbsp (7 oz) unsalted butter (see notes)
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp vinegar, (anything but balsamic!) or lemon juice
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 8 to 10 oz semisweet / bittersweet chocolate, , melted (and tempered if you can be bothered - see notes)
For the toppings ~ 1/2 to 2/3 cup of one of the following:
- 1/3 cup toasted chopped pecans, , toasted dessicated coconut, crushed candy cane
- Preheat your oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C).
- Cream the butter, sugar, vanilla and vinegar/lemon juice together in a large bowl. Add in the next 4 ingredients and stir until just combined.
- Divide the dough into 1" balls, roll the dough balls into 2 1/4" long sausage shapes, place onto a lined cookie sheet.
Flatten the sausages of dough into oval shapes (see notes) – about 1/4 inch thick, spaced 1/2″ apart on the cookie sheet.
Bake for 17-20 minutes until they are a light golden brown. Allow to cool on a wire rack.
Once cooled, spread about 1/2 tsp of melted (tempered if you can be bothered) chocolate onto the bottom of each cookie (you can use a pastry brush, pallette knife or butter knife), and sprinkle with your desired toppings. Let the chocolate set at room temperature. Store in an airtight container.