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. 

4 comments:

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

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

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    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.

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

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