The second new cookie recipe I tried this year I found through my Facebook feed. I almost ignored it primarily because it comes from Whole Foods (’nuff said?). The recipe also uses coconut oil rather than butter and everything in me just said, “Whyyyyyyy??” But I ended up trying them and they turned out quite well. I had a few people tell me it was their favorite of the cookies I made this year.
Of course I made some minor modifications as I went along. I did consider replacing the coconut oil but instead decided that it would boost the coconut flavor. And rather than use the mandarin oranges the recipe called for, I used a navel orange I already had in my kitchen.Print
This is a lovely little cookie with bright citrus and tropical coconut flavors. It is modified slightly from Whole Foods’ Mandarin Coconut Cookies recipe.
1 1/4 cup sugar, divided
3/4 cup coconut oil (not the triple filtered), melted and cooled slightly
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
3/4 cup finely grated unsweetened dried coconut, divided
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
2 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
Preheat oven to 325°F.
Zest the orange to obtain 1 tablespoon zest. Juice orange to obtain ¼ cup juice. Set aside.
In a large bowl, beat 1¼ cups sugar and coconut oil on medium speed for 1 minute.
Add juice, zest and vanilla and beat again.
Add flour, ½ cup coconut, cornstarch, baking powder, and salt; beat again until combined.
In a bowl, combine remaining ¼ cup sugar and ¼ cup coconut.
Form dough into 1½-inch balls. Arrange 2 inches apart on a parchment-paper or Silpat lined baking sheet. Dip a flat-bottomed glass in water and then in sugar mixture. Press down firmly on each cookie, re-dipping the glass as needed. Bake until golden brown and just firm, about 15 minutes.
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 15 minutes
- Category: Cookies
- Cuisine: American
- Serving Size: 1 cookie
- Calories: 120
- Sugar: 8 g.
- Sodium: 40 mg.
- Fat: 6 g.
- Saturated Fat: 5 g.
- Carbohydrates: 16 g.
- Fiber: 0
- Protein: 1 g.
- Cholesterol: 0
Keywords: orange, coconut