Thursday, July 7, 2011

Coconut Oil Shortbread Cookie Recipe

Coconut oil shortbread cookies


These shortbread cookies are made with coconut oil instead of butter. Perhaps I can call these tropical shortbread instead of Scottish shortbread. 

Unlike butter which is 80% fat and 20% water, coconut oil is 100% fat. The cookies will be very short and crumbly if made using coconut oil only. I added some water and it produced a much better result.  

Working with the dough can be quite tricky. The dough is really soft when its warm and it gets really hard quite quickly if it is chilled. If it gets too soft just a few minutes in the refrigerator will harden is sufficiently, making it easier to work with. When the dough is too soft it may seem that there is too much oil in the batter. however it will be fine once baked. If you feel there is too much oil perhaps add a little more flour if you wish, otherwise chill the dough for a few minutes.  The cookie may spread a lot while baking. Mine didn't though.

This recipe is quite challenging and the results can be temperamental. 

Ingredients
½ cup sugar
210ml coconut oil
40 ml water
2-2½ cups flour (you may need a little more)



Directions
  1. Heat oven to 170°C / 340°F 
  2. Mix the coconut oil, water and sugar thoroughly until smooth.
  3. Add flour and mix to get a smooth paste.
  4. Form the dough in the desired shape, preferably about 1 cm thick. Chill the mixture for a few minutes if its gets too difficult to work with
  5. Bake until pale golden-brown, about 15-20 minutes

Coconut oil shortbread cookies

9 comments:

  1. I love the coconut cookie recipes! Fantastic flavors in there I bet!

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  2. This sounds good! While I hate the texture of coconut, I love the flavor... So this cookie probably has great coconutty flavor, minus the coconut bits! That's perfect for me... And how interesting that the recipe is in parts!!! That's so useful! Thank you for sharing!

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  3. What a great idea to use coconut oil instead of butter. I bet they're packed with flavor. I have a sweet treat linky party going on at my blog till Monday night and I'd love it if you'd come by and link your cookies up. http://sweet-as-sugar-cookies.blogspot.com/2011/07/sweets-for-saturday-25.html

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  4. is the oven temp in Fahrenheit or Celsius?

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  5. is the oven temp in Fahrenheit or Celsius?

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    1. Its in celcius. Thanks for pointing this out, I've just updated the recipe

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  6. We tried these last night and they worked out beautifully. Sweet coconut flavor and crisp crumbly texture, not as chewy-soft as butter-based cookies but quite good. They make an amazing base for strawberry shortcake!

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    1. Thank you for the feedback. Glad they turned out good.

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