Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Coconut Lime Sugar Cookies

Coconut Lime Sugar Cookies
Welcome Spring!  This recipe honestly tastes more like Summer, with the tropical lime and coconut flavors, but why not get a jump start on the warmer months of the year!  Granted this winter has not been so bad here in Pennsylvania, but the 60 degree days and the flowers beginning to bloom in my yard are always a welcome sign of the season to come. I made these sugar cookies for my softball team's end of season party last June and for some reason never got around to sharing them, or making them again for that matter, which I really need to do. Based on a very basic sugar cookie recipe*, this creation uses coconut oil, coconut nectar and shredded coconut, along with lime zest, to add an amazing pop of flavor to an all time favorite cookie.  Like most sugar cookies, these taste better after a couple of days, when the flavors really come together.  And with organic whole wheat flour and healthy coconut oil, they are a treat that is actually great for you and your family!

Coconut Lime Sugar Cookies
Mixing the dough
(you can see all the zest!)
1/2 C. virgin coconut oil
1/2 C. coconut nectar, or honey
1/4 C. organic sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla
2 organic eggs (or 1/2 C. soaked chia seeds)
zest of 3 limes
2 C. whole wheat pastry flour
2 T. ground flax seed
2T. wheat germ
1 C. unsweetened organic shredded coconut
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt

Blend together the coconut oil, coconut nectar, sugar, vanilla, eggs, and lime zest, and beat until light.  Add sifted dry ingredients.  Chill for several hours or until firm.  Roll into small balls and flatten slightly.  Bake at 325F for about 15-18 minutes, depending on size.  Store in an air tight container for up to two weeks.

Rolling out the dough

Ready to bake

Ready for the end of season softball party

* Basic Sugar Cookie Recipe:

Sugar Cookies

1/2 C. organic butter, softened
1 C. organic white sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 organic egg
2 C. organic whole wheat pastry flour ( or white flour)
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt

Cream butter; add sugar, vanilla and egg and beat until light.  Add sifted dry ingredients.  Chill for several hours or until firm enough to roll. Roll to 1/8 inch thickness.  Cut out shapes and bake at 325F for about 8 minutes.

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