As I’m sitting here writing this post there is a plate of freshly baked oatmeal coconut cookies resting next to my laptop, begging to be devoured. Today it felt hard motivating myself to write. Before I sat down I quickly threw together those seven ingredients listed below, turning them into yet another batch of oatmeal coconut cookies, just to eat one of the freshly baked cookies straight out of the oven. I can‘t think of a better way to get into cookie mode. Also, when I tested this recipe a week ago I myself was a little surprised how delicious these cookies actually turned out to be. Therefore I needed some kind of reassurance that these cookies weren‘t too good to be true or rather just a stroke of luck. ;)
I found this recipe on Crash Test Mummy. It was the only recipe I found for oatmeal cookies low in fructose that looked worth giving it a try. Crash Test Mummy calls them ANZAC Cookies. Most of you native English speaking readers have probably heard this term before, but for me ANZAC didn’t ring a bell. It was only after a short search via Wikipedia that I found out what the abbreviation stands for “Australian and New Zealand Army Corps” and that this type of cookies are usually baked around the end of April to celebrate ANZAC Day and remember the fallen troops during World War I. I made those cookies because the recipe sounded delicious. Only now, when re-reading the same Wikipedia article did I notice that the same troops fought in a city called Gallipoli, which is called Çanakkale today and lies, guess what, in Turkey. I love coincidences.
The bottom line for these oatmeal coconut cookies is that they are addictive. Coconut is naturally low in fructose; it is generally tolerated well by people who suffer from fructose malabsorption, while adding a nice, sweet touch to baked goods. In any case, these cookies now claim the number one spot on my list of favourite cookies, formerly held by the rice coconut cookies from Werz. The ones from Werz are also quite tasty but quite dry at the same time. So here you go, fear not, this recipe won‘t let you down.
Have a great weekend!
Oatmeal coconut cookies* (Makes about 12 small cookies)
Prep time 15 minutes, baking time 12-15 minutes
(*please note: I developed this recipe before I went gluten-free, so it does contain wheat)
100 grams of butter
1/2 cup powdered glucose
3/4 cup shredded, unsweetened coconut
3/4 cup oats
3/4 cup of plain flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon hot water
In a small pot melt butter and allow to cool off. Make sure the butter has cooled off before processing further. Preheat oven to 180° C.
In a mixing bowl, whisk together flour, oatmeal, glucose and coconut until combined. Dissolve baking soda in hot water and add to butter.Stir butter into flour mixture. The mixture will appear crumbly, but as you roll the dough into small balls it should come together easily.
Place the dough onto a cookie sheet and flatten. Batch makes about 12 small cookies. Bake the cookies for 12-15 minutes, pull them out of the oven and place them onto a cooling rack. Enjoy!