Thursday, January 19, 2012

Butternut Snap Cookies Recipe

Butternut snap cookies
Butternut snap cookies were invented in Australia, I think. Unlike ANZAC Cookies and pavlova whose origin is disputed since both New Zealand and Australia claim to have invented it, the case for butternuts is clearer since New Zealand is not claiming it invented these cookies. 

Butternut snap cookies get their name from butter and coconut. They are similar to ANZAC Cookies except butternuts contain eggs and don’t contain rolled oats. They are lighter. Even though it is called butternut, very little butter is used but the butter taste is present for sure. Its almost a diet version of   ANZAC Cookies!

The recipe requires cream of tartar and bicarbonate of soda. A substitute for cream of tartar is lemon juice. However I didn't want to use lemon and used baking powder instead of cream of tartar and bicarbonate of soda. It worked fine. 

Recipe adopted from Best Recipes.
Butternut snap cookies

Ingredients
2 tablespoons butter
¾ cup sugar (original recipe suggests 1 cup)
1 egg
½ teaspoon cream of tartar
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
Pinch salt
1½ cups flour, sifted
½ teaspoon vanilla essence
1 cup desiccated coconut
2 tablespoons golden syrup
1 tablespoon milk

Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 360°F / 180°C
  2. Cream together all the wet ingredients and sugar
  3. In a separate bowl mix together the rest of the ingredients
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until incorporated
  5. Place small balls on a baking tray, flatten and bake until golden brown and delicious, about 10- 12 minutes.

12 comments:

  1. Fabulous! And I'm imagining peanut butter butternut cookie sandwiches right now ;)

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  2. Yum these cookies sound like a delicious indulgence!

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  3. Yummy! These cookies sound sooo good! I have been away from the blogosphere for a while now, and I am glad to be back visiting some of my favorite sites :) I love ANZAC cookies, and I am sure I would love these too... They look good! Thanks for sharing :)

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  4. WTF@#$ CAN SOME COMPETENT PERSON TELL ME HOW MUCH BAKING POWDER TO USE INSTEAD OF TAR TAR AND BICARB FFSAKE U PUT IN THE PARAGRAPH YOU USED IT NOT HOW MUCH VERY FRUSTRATED CAUSE GOOGLING IT IS BRINGING ME HERE DOH

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    1. 1 teaspoon should be fine. Search for substitute cream of tartar on the internet, to understand better

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    2. OMG Relax and have a cookie!!!

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  5. it's called an anzac 'biscuit' not a god damn anzac cookie- keep at least one thing Australian, please

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    1. Its butternut, not ANZAC which is a bit different. See http://easilygoodeats.blogspot.com/2010/12/anzac-cookies.html

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  6. I couldn't agree more. We live in Australia and a biscuit will always be a biscuit.

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    1. I understand. When I lived in NZ, I called it biscuit. Now it feels weird calling it biscuit. But whatever word we use we are referring to the same delicious concoction. Hopefully in future the world will unite and agree on a common term - whether cookies or biscuits.

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  7. Butternut cookie is fine but an ANZAC is a biscuit. It was created when the world was united to fight a war. It's historical and cultural significance should not be diminished by an incorrect name

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  8. roll into small balls. they spread really wide and flat. yummy BISCUITS..

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