I was looking to make coconut cookies: had some sweetened flaked coconut leftover in the fridge and this baker confesses that homemade cookies are my personal crack! Looking around the net I found several very similar versions of this recipe for regular flour and simply subbed in my favorite gf blend and added some xanthan gum. Worked great: I can now make gf coconut cookies. The dough is easy to put together and I froze half for a couple weeks so I didn’t have too many cookies at one time. Half makes about 16 three inch wide cookies. If they are chilled they stay thicker and don’t spread much. They are okay like that but I prefer the thin spread out version. Be sure to let them sit a few moments before moving to a cookie rack; the thinner they are the more fragile they are and that bit of cooling makes a big difference in their stability. Enjoy!
Chewy GF Coconut Cookies
1/2 Cup butter, softened for creaming
1/2 Cup brown Sugar
1/2 Cup Sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups flaked sweetened coconut
1 cup GF flour
½ tsp. xanthan gum
1/2 tsp. baking Soda
1/2 tsp. baking Powder
Pinch of Salt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, xanthan gum, baking soda, baking powder and salt. I used King Arthur’s basic gf blend. Guessing most major blends will work fine.
In a separate bowl, use a mixer (I did this with my stand mixer) to combine the butter, two sugars, and once combined add the egg and vanilla. Once that is combined well, slowly add the flour mixture as it slowly is blending.
When the flour and egg batter are well mixed, add the flaked coconut.
Once that is combined, drop by teaspoonfuls onto parchment lined baking sheets about 2 inches apart (8 to a sheet) and bake for about 9-11 minutes or until browned. I did some on my fancy non stick french made Silpat. Works okay but somehow I prefer the parchment for this cookie.
Let them cool 30-60 seconds on sheet and then move to a cooling rack and serve after five minutes when they are firmed up and holding together. I froze half the dough and then made cookies weeks later. If the dough is cold it won’t spread so much; try to let it come to close to room temperature before scooping and baking.
They kept several days in my cookie jar. But the best texture is while they are freshly baked…