01 November, 2009

Coconut Kiss Cookies

Hey, I consider this my first very own cookie creation!!!! I am very proud of it! It's been developing in my head over the last week, after I bought a package of coconut powder. So there was one ingredient set.
Ever since I had cookies that contained cooked beans, I wanted to explore this a little more. How much healthier can a cookie become: you have your legumes with your tea. I think that's really cool. And that's basically it: I threw cooked beans and coconut powder together, added some dried fruit (and very little sugar) and put a nut on top. I am telling you: they are yummy! Have a try and let me know if you liked them.


1/2 can of white beans (white kidney or great northern), drained and rinsed
1/8 cup of canola oil
3 tablespoons of packed brown sugar (or palm sugar)
1 egg
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

1 cup dessicated coconut + more to sprinkle
1/2 cup of whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon of baking powder
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1/4 teaspoon of salt

1/4 cup of finely chopped dried apricots
1/4 cup of raisins

1 handful of whole hazelnuts or pecan nut halves for garnish

Makes 25-30 cookies
Preheat oven to 180C. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Pulse the beans, oil, sugar, egg, and vanilla extract in the food processor to a smooth and creamy paste.
Soak the raisins in warm water for 10 minutes. Then drain.
In a mixing bowl mix the wheat flour, with the coconut powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
Add the chopped apricots and raisins. Combine wet ingredients with the dry ingredients.
Make little balls out of the dough (approx. diameter 2-3cm), by rolling them between your palm. Flatten each ball, so it gets the shape of an ice-hockey puck. Leave some space between the cookies on the baking sheet. They spread a little while baking. Garnish the cookies by sprinkling some coconut powder over them. Put a hazelnut or pecan on each cookie.
Put the sheet in the upper third of the oven. Bake for about 15 minutes.


  1. Looks awesome. They're very pretty. I am a big fan of coconuts and would love to make this soon. Great photo too. :)

  2. I am a bean lover, but have never heard of using them like this. Fascinating. I'm a pretty good shopper, but I've never come across powdered coconut. Do you make it yourself? The cookies sound great -- especially the apricot!

  3. Is coconut powder and coconut flour the same thing? What would you use in place of the brown sugar if you were to make a substitute?

  4. AnjasFood4Thought4 November 2009 at 20:11

    @ Divina Pe
    Thanks Divina. Let me know how they turned out.

    @ kellypea
    I bought the coconut powder. It's available as desiccated coconut in other parts of the world, as far as I could find out. It's dried, finely shredded coconut.

    @ Bec
    The powder is very finely shredded coconut, but not quite flour texture. I have never baked with coconut flour. Would surely be worth a try with these cookies. As for the sugar, I'd try and replace it with agave syrup or just more dried fruits. I m a big fan of agave syrup in this case, ans the sweetness is neutral and you want the coconut flavor to dominate in this cookie.

  5. How fun! Great idea w the beans. I bet my kids will never know ;) sneaky mommy.
    hey, I have coconut flour, is that the same as coconut powder???

  6. @ Gwen
    Not sure if it's the same. Dried dessicated coconut is sold as coconut powder here in Dubai. I'll change the recipe to avoid misunderstanding. I've never seen coconut flour, so wouldn't know if it's the same.