Monday, July 28, 2008

Nika’s chocolate coconut hedgie cookies

Nika’s chocolate coconut hedgie cookies

I had these on my del.icio.us for ages – ever since Nika posted them, more than a year ago. Her cookies looked so good! Every time I took a look at my bookmarks I felt like baking these just to, seconds later, realize that the type of coconut in my pantry was not the one the recipe called for.

A quick trip to the grocery store solved that problem and I wish I hadn’t been so lazy: these cookies are fantastic.

Nika’s chocolate coconut hedgie cookies

Nika’s chocolate coconut hedgie cookies

1 ¼ cup (175g) all purpose flour
½ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
½ cup (113g/1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
½ cup (88g) packed light brown sugar
½ cup (100g) caster sugar
4 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 egg
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup (100g) flaked sweetened coconut
icing sugar

Sift flour, baking soda, and salt, set aside.

Cream together butter, brown and white sugars. Make certain that it is very well mixed and that you get a light fluffy texture (you have incorporated air into the mix).

Add egg, vanilla, and chocolate powder and mix well. It will be getting thick now. Add the flour by 1/3rds. The mix will be very thick, like a dough towards the end. Don’t be shy, use your hands to knead it all together, if necessary. Add the coconut flakes. You will likely need to use your hands to incorporate the coconut – I used my Kitchen Aid with the paddle attachment and it was enough.
Cover with plastic/cling film and chill in the fridge – I chilled it for 3 hours, Nika did it overnight.

Preheat oven to 165ºC/325ºF; line two large baking sheets with parchment/baking paper.

Make balls using 1 leveled tablespoon of dough, roll in icing sugar and put onto prepared sheets, placing the balls 5cm (2 in) apart.
Bake for about 25 minutes. Remove from the oven, let cool on the baking sheets for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Makes 32

26 comments:

Karen said...

I have sweetened shredded coconut. Do you think that would work instead? If so I am starting this now :)

Allen said...

Mmmmmm ... glad you finally bought the correct coconut - they look amazing! I understand the issue with a long bookmark list ... someday I'll work my way through all of the wonderful recipes out there :-)

Deborah said...

I always have sweetened coconut - now this one is getting bookmarked by me!

Peter G said...

Coconut is the best Patricia! And beautifully incorporated in this simple cookie dish. Perfect!

Lorraine E said...

The "crust" on the cookie looks amazing! You're making me hungry for cookies at this early hour :lol:

Kirby! said...

YUM COOKIES!!!!! Looks fabulous, as always.

FYI: I nominated you for a Brillante Weblog Award. You can see my site for details, and hopefully nominate seven of your own favorites!

tracy said...

you had me at coconut!!

KJ said...

I wonder why these are called 'hedgie' cookies? A mystery for the ages. Whatever, they are called they look delish!

StickyGooeyCreamyChewy said...

I love chocolate! I love coconut! I am going to love these cookies! They look wonderful! :D

noble pig said...

Oh my, this is beautiful...I love the name and the recipe behind it. It helps I love coconut too.

Peabody said...

Great looking cookies.

Manggy said...

I love how the icing sugar creates this beautiful glaze (and chocolate: always a plus)! Nice work Patricia! :)

Dhanggit said...

i'll be definitely doing this recipe; i have chocos, the coconut and this lovely recipe to help me :-) yummy

LyB said...

I love this kind of craggly cookies, they look like comfort food! Well, anything chocolate is comfort food, right? :)

Sarah said...

I love coconut and chocolate! I must have these cookies.

Meeta said...

oh simply lovely. coconut and chocolate a lovely cookie combo!

Dragon said...

Chocolate and coconut are made for each other. Yum!

aforkfulofspaghetti said...

Golly, they look good...

Patricia Scarpin said...

Karen, I hope you got the comment I left you.

Allen, I don't think I will ever be able to go through my list... :)

Deb, bake these, darling!

Pete, I agree! I love coconut!

Lorraine, I'm glad to hear that. ;)

Kirby, thank you!

Tracy, I love it too! Tks for stopping by!

KJ, Nika says that it's because they look like hedgehogs. :)

Susan, I'm sure you will!

Cathy, coconut is a favorite of Brazilians, too!

Pea, thank you.

Mark, I agree, chocolate is always a plus. :)

Dhanggit, let me know how they turn out!

LyB, right!

Sarah, they are great together.

Meeta, they are!

Dragon, I agree. :)

A Fork Full..., thank you!

kickpleat said...

oh wow, these look amazing! i'm all out of shredded coconut, but will get some today. mmmm, yummy.

eatme_delicious said...

Chocolate + coconut + cookie?? I'm sold. They look great!

mycookinghut said...

Lovely shot you have (1st one) and looks yummy. I saw it on flickr.

CookingCourtney said...

yum! they look delishhhhhhhh

Elle said...

Now you're making ME bookmark them! I adore chocolate and coconut. My kids hate coconut, so I should make these just for me!

Anonymous said...

These are lovely! I have made them several times now. Thank you for the recipe!

Patricia Scarpin said...

Hey, Anonymous - thank YOU for letting me know how the cookies turned out, great news!

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