Involve the Children in Making These Crunchy Coconut Cookies
Ghana, being a tropical country like most African countries, is awash with coconuts. Most households have at least one coconut tree in them. In fact, I am right now facing a coconut tree laden with fruit as I sit and write outside. Here is a coconut and cinnamon cookies recipe which is so easy to make and loved by children and adults alike. Involve the children in making this one!
Difficulty and servings:
Easy, Serves 6: makes @ 24 cookies
Preparation and Cooking times
Preparation time: 30 minutes: Cooking time: 30 minutes
You will need:
200g hard coconut flesh, dark back removed and finely grated
300g plain flour
140g caster sugar
A pinch of salt
2½ tsp baking powder
60 ml oil
1 tbs cinnamon
1 tsp mixed spice
1/2 tsp nutmeg
- Crack the coconut open and use a small knife to gently and safely remove the hard dark coating on the back of the coconut flesh. Rinse, grate and set aside.
- Sift the flour into a large bowl and add sugar, salt and baking powder. Rub the margarine, oil, grated coconut, cinnamon, mixed spice and nutmeg into the flour mixture .
- Bind the mixture together to form a firm dough. Roll with a rolling pin and use a cutter or tip of a clean glass to cut the pieces. It should yield around 24 pieces.
- Arrange on a baking sheet and bake in a pre-heated oven at 180 o Celsius, (350°F) Gas Mark 4 for about 20 minutes or until golden brown. Serve with tea or a preferred beverage.
If children are making this recipe, please assist them to remove the hard coating on the back of the coconut (Method 1). If you don’t live in a hot country, you may still get coconuts in your local supermarket or suggest it to them to stock them!
I would like to know how you get on when you make these Coconut Cookies. Please drop me
a line with your pictures, if possible, through www.africaonyourplate.simplesite.com
Monica Serwah Busia