Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Tropical Oatmeal Cookies

I don't know where my brain got this idea from. I've always like coconut in oatmeal cookies. It adds a little extra something in there. Coconut and raisins though? Ehhh, I don't know. The genius struck when I saw the dried pineapple in my pantry. TROPICAL OATMEAL COOKIES!! With coconut! And dried pineapple!! These came out quite yummy. I altered my Nana's original oatmeal cookie recipe and they're nice and crisp on the outside and chewy on the inside. I changed 1 cup of butter to 2/3 cup of canola oil (because it's cheaper than Earth Balance), but go ahead and use 2 sticks of EB if you are feeling generous with your buttery spread.

Another ingredient note -- I used a full tsp of fresh ground nutmeg in this. Actually, this is several notes on the nutmeg topic. One is that if you don't like nutmeg, you aren't going to want to use a full teaspoon because you can definitely taste it. It has an interesting little kick that pairs well with the coconut, but if you don't like it, leave it out or sub with cinnamon. Second, CAN YOU BELIEVE I DIDN'T USE CINNAMON IN THIS RECIPE?!? I put cinnamon in everything. Third, really, use fresh ground nutmeg. Grind it yourself. If you don't have a microplane, definitely get one. I love that thing, despite it chunking off pieces of multiple fingers (totally my fault, I'm sure). Fresh ground nutmeg tastes like an almost completely different spice than ground nutmeg you buy at the store. I don't know how to explain it. It's not like dried basil and fresh basil where both are good, but they're different flavors. Compared to fresh ground nutmeg, pre-ground nutmeg isn't good. Being a NutMeg(atarian), I consider myself an expert in this field. That said, if you're not using nutmeg because you think you don't like it but you've never had fresh ground then do yourself a favor and try fresh ground before you make a final decision. If nothing else, the nuts have a really cool swirly pattern inside when you grate them. Do watch your knuckles though!

Tropical Oatmeal Cookies
2/3 cup canola oil
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup white sugar
2 tbsp of flax seeds soaked in 6 tbsp water (that is, two flax eggs)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp coconut extract
1 1/2 cups white whole wheat flour (or all purpose)
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp fresh ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups quick cooking oats
1 1/2 cups old fashioned oats (or 3 cups of either)
3/4 cups unsweetened coconut
1 cup dried pineapple, chopped.

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a couple baking sheets (optional, though you can shove one down your gob faster if you don't have to wait for them to cool and release from the cookie sheet :) )

2. Cream together the sugars and oil. Add the flax eggs, vanilla, and coconut extracts and mix until well combined.

3. Add the flour, soda, nutmeg, and salt and stir until just mixed in.

4. Fold in the oatmeal, coconut, and pineapple.

5. Place walnut sized balls of dough on the cookie sheet and flatten with your hand (they won't spread, but they're also yummy golf balls if that's how you roll).

6. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown around the edges. Allow to cool for a few minutes before removing from the cookie sheets.


VeggieAmanda said...

Mmmm! I think the combination sounds yummy!

nicholeewert said...

mmmmm, how do you think it would work if i used cinnamon apple sauce instead of canola oil? i just think the cinnamon would be AWSOME with the other spices and im OBSESSED with cinnamon

megatarian said...

I think adding cinnamon would be fine but I wouldn't do it via applesauce -- I'd just add ground cinnamon. Applesauce makes cookies cakey. Unless of course you WANT a cakey cookie, in which case, go for it.