Saturday, June 1, 2013

Coconut Flour White Chocolate & Pignoli Cookies

Z-Man and his Mommy went way down south for the day to attend a PWS study Z-Man is participating in, leaving the Big Two home with us GrandParents. At lunchtime there wasn't much to make so we all walked to the corner store where the Big Two became sweetly enthusiastic about a cute little 1 cup bag of reasonably priced White Chocolate Chips. As there happened to be Pignoli languishing in the freezer, leftover from some special occasion, it suddenly (after lunch and a visit to the library) became mandatory to figure out a recipe for and bake

Coconut Flour

White Chocolate & Pignoli Cookies

dry ingredients
1 cup Coconut Flour
1/2 cup Sugar
2 Tbsp Gelatin
1/2 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 tsp Ginger
wet ingredients
1 cup Butter, melted
2 Eggs, lightly whisked
2 Tbsp Vanilla
stir in
1 cup White Chocolate Chips*
1/2 cup raw Pignoli (pine nuts) or Macadamia Nut pieces

Makes about 32 cookies.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F
Line cookie sheets with parchment
Melt the Butter over low heat
Shift the dry ingredients together
Measure out the Chips and Nuts, set aside
In a separate larger bowl, lightly whisk the Eggs and Vanilla
Add the dry ingredients to the Eggs then add the melted Butter
Stir briskly until thoroughly mixed
Stir in the White Chocolate Chips and Pignoli
Using 2 Tbsp per cookie, form the dough into balls
Space the balls on the parchment lined cookie sheets
Flatten the cookies with the bottom of a cup or with your fingers -
you may need to reshape the edges a bit
Bake at 350 F for 15 minutes or until the edges barely begin to brown
Cool the cookies before removing them from the pans

*Update - Since first making these cookies, I have read what is IN white chocolate chips - bleh - won't be using those again! So I made the cookies plain, no chocolate or nuts of any sort, and increased the ginger to 1 tsp - everyone liked them but I though they needed a bit more ginger because I wanted them to be ginger scented and it did not come through. I think they would be very good with macadamia nuts instead of white chocolate chips, but those are just sooooo expensive that all I can do is suggest them. Of course other nuts can be used (slivered almonds, pecan pieces...) and regular chocolate chips should be good (someday I might try making my own; see here and here). Unless you want a very plain cookie, I suggest including some sort of chocolate or carob chips OR spicing the batter up a little.

I'm sure the cookies would come out fine made with honey (try 1/3 cup) instead of sugar, but I just haven't done it yet (this would make them SCD legal if including NO chocolate of any sort whatever).

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