Sometimes people surprise me. Yes I know: don’t judge a book by it’s cover. But we all do that, don’t we? Just yesterday I chatted with a young guy about politics and he impressed me with his knowledge about laws, statistics and history, he knew more about this than I ever will in my whole life. But at first I looked at him and thought all he might think about is NFL and I twisted my mind searching for anything I would knew about football, that wasn’t much either…
Lately another person in my life impressed me – my mum. I am in a long-distance relationship with my family and it sucks but video calling on skype is a great help. We are spending many hours talking and drinking tea or wine together. For a long time every call started with “I can’t hear you Mama” while she had been searching for how to turn on her microphone. Needless to say she had some difficulties and I had to be very patient. Finally her crappy notebook is dying and we talked her into getting an ipad. Phew! What a relief on both counts. Surprisingly this little tablet tent to stick to her hand like a sixth finger. My mum never was one of those geeks (we have that in common) on fact most of the time she had no clue how to handle her notebook. But suddenly she has her own email address, buys books online, added me as a friend on facebook and even calls me with facetime. She learns fast and it is only a matter of time before she will find out how google translator works and she will read my little food blog. It is high time to post one of her recipes before I get caught by her. I “borrowed” this one on my last visit. I use to have a batch of cookies around in case of… well I need one and beside cantuccini this is one of my favorite.
Gingered coconut oatmeal cookies might never win a beauty contest but you know: true beauty comes from within. Packed with fiber from whole wheat flour and oatmeal they are not the worst choice for a treat. Crystallized ginger pieces provide a little zing and it seams unpredictable how spicy the next bite will be or not at all. After all the dough is whipped up on a whim and never let me down.
gingered coconut oatmeal cookies
makes about 40 cookies
150 g / 10 1/2 Tbsp unsalted butter, softened
175 g / 3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
180 g / 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
100g / 1 cup old fashioned oatmeal
100 g / 3.5 oz. crystallized ginger, cut into small pieces
80 g / 3/4 cup shredded coconut
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp salt
Preheat your oven to 175 C / 350 F and grease or line your baking sheet.
In a large bowl mix butter, sugar, egg and vanilla extract until creamy.
In a medium bowl add flour, oats, ginger, coconut, ground ginger and salt. Stir well.
Add flour mixture to butter mixture and stir with a wooden spoon until well combined.
Using a cookie scoop (1 Tbsp) or a tablespoon, scoop little balls on your baking sheet. Flatten those balls with a fork or the bottom of a glass and bake 12 to 15 minutes.
Let cool completely before storing.