Thursday, June 6th, 2013...10:26 pm

Coconut Lemon Walnut Cookie

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If I had not mentioned it before, you should know that I love homemade cookies. Yes, everyone in my family knows that I can pass up candy any day, its not even tempting in the least. But if there is a cookie in the room I will find it. I have to work REALLY REALLY hard to pass up a cookie. However, I do know a good cookie from a bad one and when a good one comes along, it is important to pass the recipe along for others to enjoy. The inspiration for this cookie came from Doron Peterson and the Sticky Fingers Cookbook. I scaled down the size of the recipe and then cut down on the fat and the sugar and added walnuts. These are still plenty sweet and of course they are super delicious or I would not be sharing them in the first place. If you don’t have lemon oil, this recipe will still be good, but the lemon flavor will obviously not be as strong.

Coconut Lemon Walnut Cookie

1/2 c. Earth Balance, softened

3/4 c. sucanat

3/4 c. brown sugar

1/2 tsp. vanilla

1-2 drops lemon oil ( I used two)

2 tsp. lemon zest

1  1/4 c. shredded coconut

1/3 c. almond milk (other milk would be fine)

1/3 c. canola oil

2  3/4 c. all-purpose flour (GF flours would work here as well)

1 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. salt

3/4 c. chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare cookie sheet with parchment paper.

Mix earth balance and sugars together til smooth. Add the vanilla, lemon oil, lemon zest and mix til fluffy. Add the coconut and stir. In a separate bowl, combine the canola and almond milk. Add this to the sugar mixture and blend. In another separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Mix well and then add in the walnuts. Combine with the wet ingredients and mix until a dough forms. Make walnut sized balls and place on cookie sheet 2 inches apart. Flatten them a little bit and put the pan into a hot oven and bake for 12-15 minutes, or until lightly browned on the edges. Let cool slightly before eating so you don’t burn your mouth.

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