Monday, June 25, 2007

Coconut Spiral Cookies

Wow, do I ever love baking! And I don't even eat what I make most of the time...

My whole family REALLY liked these. My dad, the anti-vegan, has been caught red-handed with a handful of cookies. :D

I used flaxseed as an egg replacer, since I don't have any ener-G, which worked well but there are all these little specks. Ah well.

Vegan Pinwheel/Spiral cookies

You'll need to make some sugar cookie dough. I used this recipe from vegfamily, but any one will do.

Now, asyou're making the dough, divide each ingredient in half as if you're making a seperate 'batch' in another bowl... So, if you star with 3/4 cup of margarine, take about 3/8 cup and put in one bowl and about 3/8 cup again in the other bowl. Even steven. And proceed with the recipe like that.

Alternatively, you could make a double-batch and put the mesurements for 1 batch in each bowl. But that's a lotta dough!

In BOWL #1, just before adding the flour (so maybe as you're adding the vanilla) add enough food colouring to tint the dough a bright colour. I'm not so sure that food colouring is vegan though... if not, I'm sure beet juice or molasses would be real cool.

In BOWL #2, add about 1/4 cup, mroe or less, of shredded coconut- sweetened or unsweetened, your choice. You can add some coconut extract too, if that's your style.
Now, add the flour and the rest of the ingredients to each bowl, then chill each ball of dough in the fridge for 1-2 hours...
Take equal portions of contrasting dough and roll them out, then place one on top of the other. Roll up, then wrap up in saran wrap. Repeat with remaining dough until it's all used up, and chill for at least another 30 minutes.
Unwrap a log of dough and use a knife to slice off rounds. Place on a parchment paper'd cookie sheet and bake at 350F until done... Depending on the thickness of the cookies, it can take anywhere from 8 to 18 minutes, so keep an eye out! You want lightly browned. :)
And... that's it!
I'm sure there are tons of flavour and colour combos that would work beatifiully...
White coconut + yellow pineapple
Brown chocolate + green mint
Orange orange (haha) + plain, or maybe white with almond extract
Yellow lemon + something...

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