Monday, 30 January 2012

Coconut Pillow Cookies

I made special coconut cookies this weekend. Being special, they were of course, unlike any other coconut cookie I'd tasted. These are soft, round, pillows with a crisp crust.

The Recipe (in case you are interested):
Dry ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup chapati flour (or whole wheat pastry flour)
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
Wet ingredients: 
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened applesauce 
  • 2/3 cup plain greek yogurt (I used 2%, but any fat content should be fine)
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 tsp cream of tartar
In a skillet on medium heat, reduce applesauce until only about 1/3 cup is left and add  cinnamon and salt. Remove it from the heat and stir in greek yogurt. In a bowl, stir and sift together dry ingredients. In another bowl, beat egg whites to stiff peaks with sugar and cream of tartar. Now, gently fold the applesauce and yogurt mixture into the egg whites. Then pour all the sifted ingredients in at once and fold until a very soft but non-runny dough forms. I dust my hands with a generous layer of flour, scoop off 1-tbsp sized dough balls and roll them into a sphere. I place them on a lined cookie sheet and bake at 400 F for 8 minutes then at 250 F for another 20-30 minutes.

I rolled some of these in flaked unsweetened coconut for extra texture and flavour.
I meant for these to look like the smiling cookies (a traditional cookie used to celebrate Chinese New Year), but taste completely different!

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