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Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Dan came home from work today, and in honor of the season 5 premiere of Lost*, had it in his mind he'd like to make some white chocolate macadamia nut cookies... but realized we didn't have any eggs.
Since I had a minor obsession a couple years ago with vegan baking (to better understand the role each ingredient plays in binding/leavening/etc), I flipped through some cookbooks and decided to adapt a couple recipes and try to pull off an eggless cookie. Thankfully, it worked - producing a nice, rounded, golden brown cookie with plenty of flavor. However, either the recipe I was using as my main source was wrong about cooking times, or they needed to be adjusted to account for the ingredient change, so I ended up cooking them a tiny bit too long - past the point where they come out really soft and cool to the perfect chewy consistency, and to the point where they cool to a crisp consistency. That may also have to do with the lack of egg. I'll have to do some more 'experiments' and see what I can learn.
Coconut Macadamia Nut White Chocolate Cookies
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup white sugar
1 tspn flax seed powder
1/4 cup water
1/2 teaspoon dark rum
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 tspn baking soda
1/2 tspn salt
1/2 cup shredded coconut
6 oz white chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped macadamia nuts
Preheat oven to 350. Cream together butter and sugar until light. Mix flax powder and water and add to butter mixture. Add rum. Sift together flour, baking soda and salt, and gradually mix into wet mixture. Fold in coconut, chips, and nuts. Drop mounds onto a parchment or silicone mat lined baking sheet. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until slightly golden. Let cool.
* Lost is filmed in Hawai'i, thus the connection to coconut & macadamia nut (both key flavors of Hawaiian cooking).