Monday, March 07, 2005
Mondays with Maida - Sunflower Coconut Cookies
Page 42 in the old book / page 75 in the new book
On reading the recipe, my first impression of these cookies was that they had everything but the kitchen sink in them - and it didn't seem to make much sense. It makes sense when you eat them, though. The coconut and oatmeal make them nicely chewy; the orange juice, orange rind and lemon rind give them a wonderful fruity flavor; and the sunflower seeds (yes - sunflower seeds) add a little crunch. There are raisins in there too, doing what raisins do...
There is nothing unusual about how these cookies are put together. The recipe mentions that they have a tendancy to burn on the bottom and suggests that you "be prepared to slide extra cookie sheets under the sheets holding the cookies - at least under the one on the lower rack." Of course I read this after the first batch was in the oven. I only have two cookie sheets, so I inverted a jelly roll pan on the lower rack and put the cookie sheet on top of it.
The texture of these cookies held up very well the second day - the outside didn't soften up at all. While these cookies were a little sweeter than I would have preferred, they were very good. The fruity flavor from the citrus was delicious and a nice change of pace from the recent spate of spice cookies.
Next week – Date-Nut Wafers