Thursday, January 24, 2013

Walnut Coconut Cookie Recipe. Really.

So far this morning we don't have Internet access so I'm writing this out in word processing while I wait for the proper systems to kick in.  (Obviously, if you're reading this now, all is back to normal.)  It could be signals that normally zip through the atmosphere are having trouble dodging large ice cubes as they fly along.  Our temp this morning is -14F . . . which is the warmest in our area of whacky micro-climates.

We had a bit of a shock this morning when we woke to a temp inside the house of 49 degrees!  That's never happened before.  We put our usual "night time" log in the main wood stove last night . . . but it never caught.  Oooops.  Also, Mama Pea left the bedroom window cracked perhaps a little more than usual.  Add the high winds we heard during the night and . . . brrr!  The good news is that the temperature is rising rapidly.  Inside anyway.  Outside we are to expect a high of minus 1.  Hey, could be worse.

Okay, without further delay . . . the promised recipe.


2/3 cup butter
1 cup honey (or sugar)
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup sour cream
2 cups coconut
3/4 cup chopped walnuts
Additional walnut halves

Cream the butter and honey.  Add the eggs and vanilla and continuing creaming 'til light and fluffy.

Sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.  Add to the creamed mixture alternately with the sour cream.

Mix well and stir in the coconut and chopped walnuts.

Spoon by tablespoonfuls onto a greased cookie sheet.

Top with additional walnut halves (or pieces).  Bake at 350 degrees for about 16 minutes watching near the end to be sure the edges don't brown too much.

(Above cookies were made with honey.)

Makes about 3 dozen cookies.

My Notes:

~  If you use honey, the cookies will flatten out more (and not be as pretty, in my opinion), but will stay soft and moist longer.

~ I sometimes skip the sifting of the dry ingredients.  (Yeah, I know, I'm a real rebel.)  Just dump them in, mix a bit and then add the sour cream.

If you like coconut, you should like these.  Each cookie tastes like a little piece of cake.  (Of course, there are those strange people [Chicken Mama] who don't like them because of the waaaal-nuts.  Can't you just hear her whining now?)  


Kelly said...

If I make these you guys better make room for my husband, he'll be headed your way for a daily dose of Mama Pea's cooking!!!!
I can't imagine how cold it is at your place brrr!!! Try to stay warm!

Mama Pea said...

Kelly - Aw, you are just too sweet! We've got it up to 61 in here now so we're on the road to being just fine!

Carolyn said...

Forty-Nine degrees inside the house?! How did you manage to get out from under the covers?!
Our "half-the-nighter" logs are large, red oak, non-split hunks of trees. I can't imagine how huge your All-Nighter log would have to be at your place!

2 Tramps said...

Heating with a wood cook stove means no all nighter logs for us. We did it in a previous home - I remember being on my knees loading those logs... Now I put on a few pieces of maple for a several hour burn - so different.

Thanks for the cookie recips - I have all the ingredients and the oven is already on. Won't Tramp 1 be ever so happy when he gets home tonight!

Sparkless said...

Oh wow that is cold! The coldest it's been here is around -14C (6.8F). I can't even imagine what -25C feels like. I doubt our furnace would turn off and we'd have to put all our electric space heaters on and maybe even turn on the gas fireplace just to keep warm.
I'm not fond of walnuts either but only because the ones we get are usually stale.

Mama Pea said...

Carolyn - It isn't that our all nighter logs are that huge. We just have a really good wood stove that holds a fire all night long when stoked properly.

We're still kinda mystified as to why the temp in the house dropped that low. Maybe that wind during the night was a really cold-sucking one . . . dunno.

Mama Pea said...

2 Tramps - Sure hope the cookies turned out for you . . . and Tramp 1!

Mama Pea said...

Sparkless - We're prepared for the cold up here because we know it's bound to happen. From seasoned dry wood, to good wood stoves, to adequate clothing for when we go outdoors. And you do get used to it. I like it better when it seems more like winter when it's winter time!

Kristina said...

My husband loves coconut. I wonder if you could use ricotta cheese in place of sour cream? I have some that needs used up.

Mama Pea said...

Kristina - I'm betting ricotta cheese would work in these cookies. If you try it, be sure to let us all know how it worked. It should work. Don't cha think?

It's a long drag to the landing said...

Not sure if anyone got back to you on joining your blocks for your blanket. I was on pinterest and there is an invisible stitch for doing such a thing if you didn't already figure it out. If you look on that is where the info is located.

Kristina said...

I'm back. I actually made a batch with ricotta. I also had to use pecans, since I was out of walnuts, but these are so good. They turned out so nice. Thank you! I'll try to post a photo and link to your site on my blog in a day or so. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

Mama Pea said...

Hey, M - Thanks for the info . . . I'm going to check it out!

Mama Pea said...

Kristina - Oh, great! Good to know the ricotta worked. But please don't tell my daughter they turned out really good with pecans . . . she dislikes walnuts and is always trying to convince me to try them with pecans!

Erin said...

these look great, I love coconut!

Melissa said...

We love coconut, but waaal-nuts aren't our favorite either, so I might also have to try them with pecans! Our bees were busy this past summer so this will use up some honey.

So glad you are getting real winter finally! We are sooo jealous. I think we may have to venture north for some serious winter activities. SE MN just isn't cutting it right now. I spent all Christmas break pining away for my favorite place ever...NE MN! Stay warm and enjoy!

Mama Pea said...

Erin - Papa Pea does, too! Me, not so much. I'll eat it and be okay with it though.

Mama Pea said...

Melissa - I'd better watch out or these are going to turn into Pecan Coconut Cookies!

You just need to make sure you make arrangements to head north sometime soon!