COCONUT AND CRANBERRY COOKIES
I hadn't done any baking in ages so yesterday I decided I should make a batch of cookies. I chose an old recipe of my great-grandmum's from the early 1900's for coconut and oatmeal cookies, my mum used to make it quite often. I thought I'd give it a try since I know a few other cookie recipes, but had never tried this one. I left them in a minute or two too long, but for a first go, they still turned out pretty well!
The cranberries were an additional touch I decided on, but you can also use raisins (what my mum usually used) or chocolate chips. Also, I made just half the recipe as the full one makes far more cookies than we'd need!
Even though you can just go out buy a bag or box of what ever sort of cookie you want, homemade is just so much better. And I think there's something nice about knowing a few good recipes that you can make yourself, I don't think I'll ever be someone who thinks of themselves as too modern to know how to bake from scratch. I'm a bit lazy about baking and cooking and what not, but I'm trying hard not to be. And it's easier to be motivated when you know you have a good recipe and can make something that will turn out nice!
I'm not exactly a skilled baker, not yet, anyhow. But I can make pretty good vegan chocolate chip cookies and Christmas sugar cookies! And the more practise I do, the better I'll get at it all!
For anyone interested in trying out the recipe themselves, here you are!
1 cup margarine (I substituted Earth Balance vegan margarine)
1 cup brown sugar
¾ cup white sugar
1 egg (or 2 yolks)
1 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
¾ cup coconut
2 ½ cups rolled oats
½ cup cranberries (you also could use raisins or chocolate chips, or nothing at all as they are good without any extras!)
1. Heat oven to 375° F and grease cookie sheets
2. Cream margarine until fluffy
3. Add sugar and cream again
4. Add egg + vanilla, beat
5. Measure and sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt
6. Stir dry ingredients, including coconut, rolled oats, and cranberries (if you wish), into liquid ingredient bowl, stir well
7. Form about 1 tablespoon of dough into small balls and place on cookie sheet
8. Flatten balls with a fork, continuously wetting fork in water to avoid fork sticking to dough
9. Bake for 10 – 12 minutes, until lightly browned
10. Done! As a side note, I made only half the recipe as the full one makes a tonne of cookies, but that just depends on how big of a batch you want!