Saturday, 19 May 2012

Soft coconut oat cookies

The smell of coconut prompts me to conjure images of calm swaying palm trees and lazy sweeping sea waves. These soft cookies are made with oat bran and coconut flour. Both ingredients not only make it high in fibre, but also give it a wonderful texture and delicious taste. The chewy softness comes from using liquid forms of sugar like corn syrup and condensed milk.

The recipe: Measure 2 1/4 cups oat bran into a bowl and sift 1 cup coconut flour with 1/4 tsp salt and 2 tsp baking powder over it. In a separate bowl, heat 1/4 cup unsalted butter with 3/4 cup corn syrup and 2 tbsp low fat condensed milk over gentle heat until butter is melted, and corn syrup and condensed milk are runny. Take the wet mixture off the heat and whisk 1/2 cup room temperature milk into it. Then add 3 egg whites at once and whisk vigorously to combine. Pour all the wet ingredients into the dry and stir until combined with a spatula. There's no need to worry about over-mixing here because there's no gluten. Since the dough is very soft, shape it into small logs (~5 cm diameter) using cling wrap and freeze it for 45 min to 1 hour. With a sharp knife, cut dough log into ~0.5 cm slices, place on lined baking sheets and bake in a 300 F oven for 10-12 minutes. Feel free to bite in whenever they cool to a tolerable temperature!

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