I will be frank with you – I don’t like coconut. It is a taste I just don’t like, no matter which form: milk, fresh, cookies, whatever is out there. But coconut cookies are another staple for Christmas in out house. It is not one of the very old recipes because coconut is rather a recent thing. Recent? Yes, recent, because I am pretty sure they didn’t have coconut 100 years ago in regular house holds. There are some Christmas cookie recipes that are several hundred years old. For example, the Springerle are known since the Middle ages and where first used by churches. This recipe is certainly not as old but if you like coconut this one is for you.
Of course I was debating if I would make them, but then I decided to go ahead with it. They didn’t turn out like my mothers, but they are pretty nice nevertheless and who cares about shape anyway? I know “Das Auge isst mit.” – “A feast for the eyes.” but they don’t look that bad, eh? Maybe it was my oven or something, maybe you have more luck.
– 400g butter
– 500g sugar
– 4 eggs
– 250g corn starch
– 350g flour
– 15g baking powder
– 500g coconut flakes
The butter should be soft before you put it into your mixer, make it easier to beat until creamy. Add sugar to that, egg one after the other and the other dry ingredients. Finally beat in the coconut. The dough should be soft but not runny.
Take a teaspoon and make little heaps on the cookie sheet, which is lined with baking paper. The heaps I made spread quite a lot while baking so maybe you want to make sure there is enough spacing between them.
Bake at 180°C for about 10 min until slightly brown. Let them cool and store in an airtight container. If your cookies look like mine you can dip half of it into chocolate, which is even better than just plain. If they stay in their little heap shape you still can dip them. 😉
I know, this is rather simple, no long explanations and all that. But aren’t the simply things in life the good things too?
Tip: If you can find German Speisestärke by Mondamin, use it. I used the regular corn starch and I think that’s why my coconut cookies didn’t retain their shape. I could be wrong of course, but I would recommend to use the original if you have it.