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Cocoanut biscuits

by Naomi Newton

Coconut biscuits on a tray

Yum!  These are my favourite biscuits to date, but I do love coconut … or should I say ‘Cocoanut’ …

They’re very easy to make and the kids will love them as an after school snack.


Cocoanut biscuits recipe

Ingredients: ¼ lb butter, ½ cup sugar, 1 egg, 1 teaspoon cream of tartar, ½ teaspoon soda, 1 cup flour, 1 cup cocoanut.

Mode: Beat butter and sugar to a cream. Add egg, cream of tartar, soda in flour, and mix all together. Roll out thin, and bake light brown.

Some hints

As you can see, all of the ingredients can be obtained easily from the supermarket. The mode seems pretty easy too … mixing away … wait a minute … When do I add the coconut? Hmmm … I’m guessing the coconut is added at the ‘mix all together’ stage – at least that is when I put it in and, luckily, I had not combined the mixture too much when I realised it was missing the key ingredient!

I also found the instruction ‘roll out thin’ a bit messy and unnecessary. The mixture was too moist to roll out nicely (and I wasn’t sure whether to cut out shapes or not) so instead I dropped dessert spoonfuls of mixture onto a baking tray lined with paper. Afterwards my guess was that flour would probably have been used to coat the board when rolling, thereby reducing the sticky consistency of the mixture.

There is one definite way of knowing when the biscuits are cooked and that is when your kitchen becomes filled with a lovely coconut aroma! (About 10 minutes should do it.)

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Glorious Days: Australia 1913 was on show at the National Museum of Australia from 7 March to 13 October 2013.

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