Friday, January 14, 2011

Coconut Butter Cookies

 When I saw the posting from Jess (Ya another Jess :p) that she will be hosting for Aspiring Bakers #3 for January 2011, although the lazy bud still cling tightly on me, I told myself I must bake some cookies to give her support. I did not have hard time thinking of what cookies to bake for this event, my priority definitely goes to the coconut butter cookies that I always wanted to bake since the 1st time saw it at Dodol & Mochi.

Pei Lin misread the recipe and used coconut cream powder instead of dessicated coconut called by the original recipe. For me, I intended to use both dessicated coconut and coconut cream powder but during the preparation of ingredients I then realised I had used up the packet of coconut ceam powder so left me only with 25g of dessicated coconut from my other bakes for this round of baking.

My cookies are not as flat as Pei Lin's cookies, the color of the cookies also not as golden and attractive as hers. I guess my oven's temperature is higher that the base of the cookies are much more darker, nearly look charred :P.

I am submitting this to Aspiring Bakers #3 : My Favorite CNY Cookie (Jan 2011) hosted by Jess of i3ss kitch3n.

Recipe adapted from Dodol & Mochi which orginated from《孟老師的100道手工餅乾》。孟兆慶 著

Ingredients : makes about 13 x 15g and 6 x 10g cookies
100 g cake flour – sifted once
10 g cornstarch – sifted once
20 g coconut cream powder – sifted once (I used 25g dessicated coconut)

* The original recipe calls for desiccated coconut. You need not sift this. *

75 g unsalted butter – softened at room temperature
50 g powdered sugar – sifted once
1/4 tsp vanilla extract

Method :
1. Whisk (A) together thoroughly, then set aside for use later.
2. Place (B) into a medium-sized mixing bowl, then blend the ingredients together slightly with help from a rubber spatula. Now, with an electric hand mixer, cream them up on high speed till pale and fluffy (i.e. buttercream-like consistency).
3. With a rubber spatula or sturdy (wooden) spoon, gradually fold to mix the flour mixture into the creamed mixture, in two or three batches, till a dough has just formed – DON’T overwork the dough as you may risk getting tough cookies in the end.
4. Wrap the dough up in plastic film, then let it chill and rest in the fridge for about 30 minutes. (I left the dough in a bowl and cover with cling wrap and kept in the fridge for about 2 hrs)
5. Remove the dough from the fridge. Then, scoop out 15 or 10 grams of dough for each cookie and roll it into a ball. Place the shaped cookie dough on parchment-lined baking sheet(s), leaving about 4 centimeters apart in between the cookies. The dough will spread during baking. Repeat till the dough is used up.
6. First, bake at 160°C for about 25 minutes. After that, turn off the oven and leave the cookies inside, with the oven door shut, for about 10 minutes.
7. Remove the cookies from the oven, and transfer them to cooling rack(s) to let cool.

The cookies are crunchy and crispy, I might have overwork the dough that the cookies are a bit hard, nevertheless they are still delicious and addictive. The only down side of the cookies are the coconut taste is very very mild which I will prefer to be stronger but I love the crunchiness of dessicated coconut during the munching of cookies. Next time, I will definitely use both coconut cream powder and dessicated coconut and probably increase the amount to try it out again.


  1. You reminded me I bookmarked this recipe too and even bought the coconut cream powder already but just didn't get into doing it. Anyway, your cookies look as good as hers.

  2. Now, you're getting me into this CNY mood! haha... Such lovely cookies. Did you make extra for us? Oh yes, it's getting near. Another hectic season. More traffic jam. Have a nice day.
    Cheers, Kristy

  3. thanks jess!! hehe looks very very lovely!!!

  4. your cookies still look attractive to me! i like crunchy crispy cookies, so these cookies have gotten themselves a supporter already :)

  5. This would be great for CNY cookies...yours look great too and very evenly browned and the shape is nice :) Great job !
    Have a great weekend,

  6. -steals the cookie jar- Hehe. The cookies looks good. Thanks for sharing!

  7. yes ...i like 孟老师's recipe too.

  8. Jess, I saw this posted from the other blogger, looks yummy. Bookmark!

  9. Lovely cookies ... and must be yummy!

  10. When I tried Pei-Lin's cookies, it was more like those Danish butter cookies (That was my comment to her after eating when she asked me).
    There was no prominent coconut smell.
    There are 2 types of dessicated coconut. One with milk extracted and one without. The extracted type is tasteless. While the one with milk still on (King's brand), can sometimes smell rancid, although not expired. If you're lucky that one can taste very nice, but there was once my can of King's was rancid. I felt it spoiled my cookie, but my in laws didn't find it so, but very coconutty. LOL

  11. oh my, these cookies look and sound so good!

  12. These must be very delicious with all the coconut flavour there....perfect for Chinese New Year.

  13. I always come across coconut cookies but haven't tried them before. Yours look great, bookmark this first!

  14. good evening jess.does this taste very buttery instead since you mentioned not so much of that coconut aroma?

  15. Jess, glad that you finally gave it a shot! =)

    No lar, still look good to me. Erm, no prominent coconut flavor, like what Wendy said. Tasted like Danish butter cookies.

    I really respect and admire you leh. How to find time to do all these while you work full time and have to take care of a household!

    I'll catch up with you more next time ... Late now ... Gotta get up early tomorrow to catch a ride to elsewhere. Take care! Happy weekend!

  16. I love the sound of coconut.. looks great!

  17. Jess, these look like delightful little pillows. You had me from the word coconut :-). I adore it and almost anything made with it. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

  18. Must be very fragrant with coconut. :) Looks yummy and addictive... Hehe...

  19. Oh, these plump cookies look so cute!

  20. What darling little cookies and I bet that coconut flavor makes your tastebuds crave for more.

  21. Hi Somewhere in Spore, here is the image of coconut cream powder, you can get it from supermarket too.

  22. Wendy, yes these cookies tasted like danish butter cookies but cos I used dessicated coconut so I can feel and taste of coconut and the crunchiness when bite into it.

  23. Hi Lena, yes the cookies just tasted like danish butter cookies but cos I had added dessicated coocnut so I can still tasted when I bite into it.

  24. Pei Lin, thanks for sharing the recipe :). I still can bake, once a week no prob for me but just sometimes too lazy to bake heeheehee.. You take care, I know you have hectic schedule too.


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