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Ways To Incorporate Coconut Into Your Cookie Recipe

July 31, 2010

Coconut gives such an interesting note to any dish. Its tropical flavor transforms any food or beverage into a treat worthy of those being served in Caribbean cruises or Island resorts. Desserts are no exception to the versatility of this so-called fruit of life. In cookies alone, bakers have so many options in incorporating coconut into their basic recipes. Coconut extract, desiccated coconut, shredded or grated coconut, coconut water, and coconut milk make great additions to any cookie recipe. Coconut may now be a baker’s secret to a successful cookie treat and may even serve it as a cookie gift online.

One way to add coconut into your recipe is by simply adding shreds of it in the batter. Just stir in some shredded coconut to your basic sugar-butter-vanilla-egg-flour-salt-baking soda mixture. Mix in some dates, pecans, raisins, and other dried fruit for more texture. Serve this cookie treat to your loved ones or start a business and post your cookie gift online.

Another way to incorporate coconut to your cookies is by using it as a crunchy and even decorative topping to your cookies. Use your basic sugar cookie recipe, cut them out to the shapes you like and bake them. Once cooled, ice the cookies with royal icing (whipped egg whites with powdered sugar). Before the icing hardens, top the cookies with toasted coconut.

If you want coconut to be that star of your cookie, you can also create easy-to-make coconut balls. For this recipe you will need sweetened condensed milk, grated coconut, an egg white and a teaspoon of vanilla. Simply mix the sweetened condensed milk with the grated coconut. Beat the egg white until frothy and mix it into the coconut mixture. Add vanilla. When well blended, form them into balls and bake them.

If you want a subtle coconut flavor without literally having to munch on coconut pieces, using an extract would be the way to go. Substituting wet ingredients with coconut milk or water is another option too. Simply incorporate them to your recipe, the same way you’d add vanilla extract or molasses to a cookie recipe.

For the health conscious, already available is coconut flour. By substituting your all purpose flour with coconut flour, you can transform ordinary cookies into healthier cookie treats. Coconut flour is made from fresh organic coconut meat. This is very ideal for healthy baking since it has fewer net carbohydrates compared to other types of flours. It is also hypoallergenic and gluten-free. It contains the same amount of protein as wheat flour too. This will benefit bakers who cater to a market that is allergic to gluten or has wheat sensitivity.

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