Monday, May 11, 2009

My experiment turned coconut cookie

I bought LadyBug a coconut because she loves Man vs. Wild and thought she would like to eat one and drink the water out of it.

I had never opened a coconut myself and decided to watch a YouTube video to see how... after a briefing by someone who looked like they knew what they were doing we rushed into the kitchen to try it ourselves, because it looked 'easy enough a cave man could do it'.
I didn't have the ginormous butcher knife he had so I just used the edge of my meat mallet. It worked, not as easily for me as him, and we got the thing open.

LadyBug drank some of the water and nibbled on the meat with a forced smile and a yummy but I could tell she was faking so I wouldn't feel bad after all that work!! Then I dug out all the meat and shaved off the hard outside, put the husk? into the crabs cage and pulverized the meat.

Now what to do with it, obviously she wasn't going to eat it all and I couldn't eat the whole thing myself, so I looked on Food Network and couldn't find a recipe that looked good or else didn't have the right ingredients. So I decided to use my basic knowledge of a sugar cookie recipe and went from there.

The recipe I came up with looks nothing like an original sugar cookie dough but turned out delicious!! It is a rich, almost chewy, sweet, coconutty but not too coconutty treat.

3/4 stick softened butter
1/4 cup sour cream
1/4 cup cream cheese
2 tsp vanilla
2 tsp honey
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1/4 tsp kosher salt
1 egg
4 cups self rising flour
1 cup fresh grated coconut

preheat oven to 400
spray a cookie sheet with nonstick spray
add first 9 ingredients to a large mixing bowl and cream together on high speed until smooth and creamy
add flour slowly about 1/2 cup at a time and mix thoroughly on medium speed between each addition
add coconut and continue to mix on medium speed for an additional two or three minutes.

I made large cookies with a couple tablespoons of dough for each. They spread so give them room. Makes about 2 dozen large cookies.

I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.


Carrie said...

YUMMY those sound so good...I love anything with coconut in it. That was very "Betty Crocker" of you!!!!! Thanks for the recipe...but I will probably replace the frest coconut with the bagged coconut...cuz I'm not very "Betty Crockery"!!!!!!!

Trina said...

OMW! Have you read about my coconut fiasco? It was last summer. Go to my blog and under the posts of the month you'll see it. Yours was way less dramatic than mine lol.

(PS I have tiny hips, but carrying a big bag makes them look smaller too :))