Thursday, April 5, 2012

Chewy Coconut Cookies

My dear friend is a coconut lover. Her husband doesn't like it so she doesn't bake coconut desserts often. This is one of the baked goods for her birthday...chewy coconut cookies. My preference was finding a recipe where the cookie was slightly crunchy on the edges and chewy in the inside. These were perfect!

Chewy Coconut Cookies
Prep Time:  20 min     Bake Time: 10 min
Yields: 3 dozen cookies
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
1 1/4 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 egg
1 tsp coconut extract
1 cup shredded coconut

Preheat the oven to 350F. Cream sugars and butter. Add egg and mix well.

In another bowl, mix the dry ingredients: flour, baking soda, salt.
Now, pour the dry ingredients into the first bowl to mix.

Add coconut extract and shredded coconut. Stir until there is coconut in all the batter.

Make little flattened balls of coconut to place on your baking pan or silpat (whichever you prefer).
Mine are about 2-3 inches in diameter.

Bake for 10 minutes. Initially when you take them out of the oven, they will still be soft. Remove from heat to let them cool.

I wrapped mine in plastic, put tissue paper around it since it was a gift.

Share them with your coconut-loving friends.

Enjoy!!! ;)

Monday, April 2, 2012

Curried Cauliflower Broth

If you want a light, nutritious soup, try this one. I made it up as I was cooking. ;)

Curried Vegetable Broth (with Fish)
Prep Time: 10 min      Cook Time: 30 min
2 cups broth (chicken or vegetable)
1 head cauliflower (about 2 lbs, chopped)
2 tsp curry powder
pepper to taste
4 cups water
1 lb fish (cut to small pieces)
1 onion (chopped...I used leeks this time)

Pour broth and water into a huge pot. Add cauliflower and any other veggies you wish. After the vegetables soften for about 10 minutes, you may put pieces of fish in also.

I sauteed leeks cooked in a little oil with salt/pepper to taste but I recommend chopping and caramelizing an onion.  After they soften (about 5 minutes), add it into the huge pot.