Thursday, February 26, 2009
A childhood favourite
When I was in Christchurch a couple of weeks ago Mum and I were talking about chocolate coconut clusters, which are biscuits (cookies) which used to appear in the iconic Edmonds cook book. I remember making them when I was young. The latest versions of the Edmonds cook book don’t have the recipe, so I posted on foodlovers to see if anyone could give me the recipe – which someone kindly did.
I made the clusters earlier in the week and they were just how I remembered them. They are quite large cookies (you could make them smaller but I think part of the appeal is their size) and are essentially two softish coconut and chocolate cookies joined together with chocolate butter cream. I added more cocoa and less milk. It must be childhood nostalgia which makes me like them, as they are not the kind of cookie I would usually go for – I prefer crisper more shortbready type cookies like shortbread, yo-yos and chocolate chip cookies made with condensed milk.
This recipe just makes a small batch, so you don’t get a lot of cookies due to joining them together. You wouldn’t need to join them together, but then you couldn’t call them clusters if they were single!
Chocolate Coconut Clusters (adapted from the old Edmonds cook book)
1 c flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 c coconut
2 tbsp cocoa
1 tbsp milk
· Cream the sugar and butter and then beat in the egg.
· Stir in the dry ingredients and lastly the milk
· Roll into balls and flatten with a fork
· Bake at 180c for 15 minutes
Once cold joint together with chocolate butter cream icing