November 30, 2013

Pumpkin Coconut Cookies

Holiday season is probably the busiest baking time in any American kitchen. I generally do not go crazy over baking because of fear of consuming tons of sugar. I just bake a batch or two of cookies or a couple holiday cakes during this season.

There is one favorite cookie that I have been making for the past few years - Oatmeal coconut cookies or ANZAC biscuits. This time though, I decided to make one change and replace oatmeal with grated pumpkin. I flavored half of the batch with cardamom and the other half with cinnamon both flavors compliment the pumpkin flavor very well.

  • Sugar Pumpkin - 1/2 cup (grated - see notes)
  • Organic whole wheat pastry flour - 1/2 cup
  • Organic dried shredded coconut - 1/2 cup
  • Organic coconut palm sugar - 3-4 Tbs 
  • Virgin coconut oil - 3 Tbs.
  • Local honey - 1 Tbs.
  • Baking soda - 1/2 tsp
  • Warm water - 1 Tbs.
  • Powdered cardamom or cinnamon powder - 1/2 tsp. ( optional )

Dry ingredients:
  • Mix grated pumpkin, coconut, flour, sugar and cardamom/cinnamon in a bowl. 
Wet ingredients:
  • In a small bowl add coconut oil and honey and melt keeping over warm water.
  • Mix baking soda and a tablespoon of warm water and add to melted oil/ honey and mix well. 
  • Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix with a spoon to form a dough. No need to over mix or kneed the dough.
  • Divide the dough into 12 equal parts and form balls.
  • Lay them separated by an inch or so on a cookie sheet. Press them slightly. 
  • Bake in your toaster oven at 350 degrees for 18-20 minutes.
  • Cool completely on wire racks and store in air tight containers.

Notes: To grate pumpkin - cut the top off with a sharp knife - quarter the pumpkin -  peel the skin - remove the core and seeds -  cut the remaining meat into big chunks - grate each chunk using a vegetable grater. 


  1. I want to make these cookies, what should I use instead of organic pastry flour???

    1. Hi Pratima, Whole wheat pastry flour is finely ground whole wheat flour, so you can substitute with our Atta or Chapati flour ..

    2. Thank you Mini,
      They came out healthy and tasty I ate everything, kids said it is little low on sugar (may be sweet diff b\n sugar, I used normal white sugar). I gave them to my neighbors everyone loved them.

    3. Thanks Pratima, for trying them and letting me know. Glad you you and your neighbors loved it too :-)


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