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Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Coconut Almond Cookies

what's weird about these cookies is that i don't like the two main ingredients: almonds and shredded coconut. at least not separately but together, they make a pretty good combo. why would i have these ingredients in my cupboard then? i inherited it. my roommate moved out. i didn't want to throw them out and for this round of the Baking Gals i went on a search for a cookie recipe that i would be comfortable giving a soldier and his friends.

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my soldier this round is a David Card, front line medic who is on his second tour of duty overseas. KelseyKakes was our fearless hostess.

Coconut Almond Cookies
recipe courtesy of Laurie Thompson

1 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups white sugar
1 egg
2 tablespoons water
1 teaspoon almond extract
2 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup flaked coconut
optional: chopped almonds. (i toasted them for about 5 minutes in the oven.)

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DIRECTIONS
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in the egg, water and almond extract. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; stir into the creamed mixture. Stir in coconut. Roll the dough into walnut sized balls. Place the cookies 2 inches apart onto the cookie sheet and flatten with a floured fork. ** i added the chopped almonds on top for some added ooomph.

Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until lightly browned on the bottom. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

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today's song: Nico Stai, Maybe Maybe

6 comments:

  1. Now see, I, on the other hand LOVE coconut and almond, so I'm an easy sell on these. YUM!

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  2. Shannalee, these actually turned out lovely, the almonds added a nice texture. let me know if you make them and how they turned out for you!

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  3. Mmmm these cookies were so lovely! The batter reminded me a lot of sugar cookies :)
    I did notice, however, that the amount of salt in the ingredients list is missing (or the directions are wrong when they tell you to add salt). I added about 1/4 tsp just for good measure.
    Thanks so much for sharing this!
    I'm thinking this might be the perfect batter for white chocolate chip, pecan, cranberry cookies :D

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  4. anonymous, thanks so much for catching! i don't think i added the salt so therefore i didn't put it in the list but the recipe directions have it. i'd say 1/4 tsp sounds about right! :)
    adding the white choc. chip, pecans and cranberries sound divine!

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  5. anonymous, thanks so much for catching! i don't think i added the salt so therefore i didn't put it in the list but the recipe directions have it. i'd say 1/4 tsp sounds about right! :)
    adding the white choc. chip, pecans and cranberries sound divine!

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  6. Creamy mix of butter and sugar makes the coconut cookie taste sweet.

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