Sunday, December 13, 2009
Published by Chatelaine on 12/1/2008
These are so crunchy, chewy and super coconutty, they've never lasted long in the test kitchen.
Preparation time 25 minutes Refrigeration Time 1 hour Baking Time 8 minutes
Makes 72 cookies
• 2 cups (500 mL) all-purpose flour
• 11/2 tsp (7 mL) baking powder
• 1/2 tsp (2 mL) salt
• 3/4 cup (175 mL) unsalted butter, at room temperature
• 1 cup (250 mL) granulated sugar
• 1 egg
• 2 cups (500 mL) sweetened coconut
• 1/2 cup (125 mL) coarsely chopped dried apricots or mango
• 1/2 cup (125 mL) coarsely chopped almonds, hazelnuts or macadamia nuts
1. Preheat oven to 350F (180C). In a medium bowl, stir flour with baking powder and salt until evenly mixed. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer on medium, beat butter with granulated sugar at least 2 min. Beat in egg, scraping down side of bowl as necessary. On low speed or using a wooden spoon, gradually stir flour mixture into butter mixture until evenly mixed. Over mixing will toughen cookies. Stir in coconut, apricots and almonds. Divide dough into 4 portions. Shape each into a rectangular or round log about 6 in. (15 cm) long and 11/4 in. (3 cm) wide. Wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate until firm, at least 1 hour or up to 1 week. Or seal in a plastic bag and freeze up to 1 month.
2. To bake, remove wrapped logs from refrigerator and let stand at room temperature about 15 min so they're easier to slice. Preheat oven to 350F (180C). With a serrated knife, using a gentle sawing motion, slice into rectangles or rounds about 1/4 in. (0.8 cm) thick. Spread slices out on an ungreased baking sheet.
3. Bake in centre of oven until cookie edges are lightly browned, from 8 to 10 min. Remove cookies to a rack to cool completely. Then repeat with remaining dough. Cookies will keep well stored in an airtight container in a cool place or in the refrigerator up to 2 weeks or in the freezer up to 1 month.
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