Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
If you have a sweet tooth, you should enjoy this cookie recipe of mine, containing coconut and chopped cherries. I just used a basic cookie dough for this and gave it some of my favourite flavourings. I have given the rough equivalent measurements for ingredients in cups, as well as grams, to make it easier for everyone. I suppose they are quite similar to coconut macaroons, but those biscuits contain egg-white, whereas these are, of course, vegan. Easy to make and delicious with a cup of tea or coffee, and coconut is very nutritious, so they are quite healthy really!! (Well,I like to tell myself that!!)
Ingredients (Makes 24 cookies)
225g (around 1 cup) vegan margarine, softened (I use Vitalite or Pure spread, the soya or sunflower oil variety)
150g (around 2/3 cup) caster sugar (the golden kind is best)
1 tsp vanilla extract (or essence)
100g(½ cup) desiccated/shredded coconut
Around ¼ 400g can (or ½ cup) coconut milk
Around 50g (1 fifth of a cup) glacé cherries, finely chopped + 24 whole glacé cherries to top
Pinch of salt
1)Preheat oven to 190 degrees C/Fan 170 deg C/gas mark 5. Grease and line 2 large baking trays with baking parchment.
2)Beat butter, sugar and vanilla extract together in a large bowl until mixture is pale and fluffy.
3)Beat in flour, coconut, chopped cherries and coconut milk until the ingredients are well combined and come together to form a stiff dough.
4)Roll the dough by hand into 24 small balls and place 12 on each baking tray, making sure you leave space in between.
5) Flatten the doughballs and decorate with a whole cherry on each, make lines with a fork, etc.
6)Bake one tray at a time for around 25 minutes until the cookies are a pale golden-brown colour. Leave to cool in the tray for a few minutes, then transfer to a wire rack. They will crisp up as they cool.
Enjoy! Hope you like this recipe, your votes and comments are always appreciated.