I don’t know why really. I think it is such a versatile fruit that can be used in so many different ways. Coconut milk, oil, water, juice, flakes and the list goes on and on.
My mother always liked coconut pastries. I remember getting coconut donuts when I was a kid and I must say they were pretty darn good.
The other day I was in the mood to stress bake. This is pretty much when you want to stress eat, but don’t have premade items in your house to adequately suffice your need. So I stumbled upon this recipe (and video) for Chocolate Chip Coconut Cookies from Sarah Kramer at GoVegan.net. I have seen her books before but never tried her recipes.
There a billion and one recipes for vegan CC cookies, but this one had a nice twist and I decided to give it a shot.
The verdict…. INCREDIBLE! Really, they are one of the easiest and tastiest cookies I have ever made. The coconut flavor is so perfectly slight you barely even know it’s there. Husband remarked that they were some of the best cookies he ever had and proceeded to eat about 6. Coconut and all…
Who says you can’t change a man? *wink*
Recipe, more pictures, and the video of Sarah making them after the jump.
2 tbsp ground flax seed (flaxmeal)
3 tbsp water
1/2 cup vegan margarine
3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
Preheat oven to 350°F. In a small dish, mix together the ground flax and water. In a food processor or large bowl, blend or mix together the flax mixture, margarine, sugar, and vanilla until smooth and set aside.
In a large bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, coconut and chocolate chips. Add the margarine mixture and stir until well incorporated. Roll dough into balls, lay on cookie sheet and bake for 10 to 12 minutes. Let cookies cool 5 minutes before removing from sheet.
Chubby Vegan Notes
- I used sweetened coconut because I didn't have unsweetened. I did make sure to have a (somewhat) lighter hand on the sugar though.
- I actually mixed this all by hand (stress) and it turned out great. I didn't feel like doing dishes.
- In the video (below) you can see she mixes the final product with her bare hands. I did that too and it is great for stress baking and really makes this much easier.
- Roll the dough into golf ball size balls. They can be pretty close to each other on the pans because they don’t get very big.