Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Tropicana Lace Cookies

Posted by - www.LinsFood.com


Intricate!


This is my first month with this wonderful group and am looking forward to more, more, more! This month, we had a choice of 3 wonderful cookies: Black and White, Linzer and Lace Cookies. I opted for lace cookies as I am a huge fan of them and have been making Brandy snaps for as long as I can remember. I love developing and creating new recipes and was really looking forward to what I could produce with this. Ok, I thought I had a month but the extra day not withstanding, I was running out of time! So, I had to get going!

I had some friends over last weekend and took that opportunity to bake this challenge. I tweaked my old recipe here and there, added some condensed milk and desiccated coconut and voila - I present TROPICANA LACE COOKIES!

As a little kid, I used to make coconut fudge with my older siblings, my earliest memory of this is when I was 6, which means my sister was 9 and my brother was 8, with no parental supervision.  The ingredients were essentially freshly grated coconut and condensed milk. To this day, I fall to pieces at the merest hint of this combination! That's the memory I went for in creating Tropicana Lace.

Dry roasted coconut
Ingredients (makes about a dozen)

4 tbsp freshly grated coconut or desiccated coconut
1 tbsp golden syrup

20 g butter
1 tbsp condensed milk
2 tbsp caster sugar
3 tbsp flour
1 tsp rose essence

Spaced out blobs!
 
Method

1. Preheat oven to 180C/160 Fan. Line a baking sheet with baking paper if you have to.
2. Heat a small frying pan on low heat and dry roast the coconut until golden brown and the aroma hits you. Set aside.
3. Add the syrup, butter, milk and sugar in a small saucepan and heat, stirring to mix.
4. At the first sign of bubbles, add the flour, mix and take off the heat.
5. Add the coconut and rose essence and mix well.
6. Drop half a dozen spoonfuls of the mixture on the baking sheet, spacing them well apart as they will spread A LOT. If the mixture thickens, just heat it up again gently for the next round.
7. Bake for 6-8 minutes until completely flat and a uniform dark brown in colour.
8. Leave to cool completely, they will harden as they cool.
9. You can shape these cookies if you fancy, wrap them around a rolling pin about 30 seconds after they come out of the oven, before they get a chance to harden.

These are perfect as they are or served with ice cream. Even great crumbled over cakes and sundaes.

Pretty as a picture



31 comments:

Lisa said...

Very pretty and the flavor sounds refreshing for a cookie :)

faseela said...

so cute luking cookies....very nmew to me too

Alida said...

Excellent cookies! Well done!

Miss Conversationalist said...

They look so lovely and delicate!

Nava.K said...

Oh yes to this lovely crispy and thin cookies.

Lu Canela said...

wow! those look wonderful and delicious, I have to def. try to make them

Javelin Warrior said...

I LOVE lace cookies and this look terrific - and toasted coconut is always welcome :)

Angie's Recipes said...

These lace cookies look phenomenal!

Angela/Soap Mom's Kitchen/Sutherland Soap Creamery said...

They are beautiful! They look so refined and elegant, perfect for a tea party!

Loveforfood said...

I love cookies perfect for tea time

Shanthi said...

That looks so tempting! Fantastic recipe

Dhemz said...

wow! looks easy to make...I might try this recipe...thanks...love lace cookies!

LinsFood said...

Thank you for all your kind comments, these ARE extremely easy to make! xx

A Brown Table said...

Thank you for stopping by my blog to say hi. Your cookies look so delicate but yet beautiful!

Carmen Anderson said...

Beautiful photos! These coconut cookies look good, I m drooling over here! Look forward to trying this recipe.

Mama Smith said...

My grandfather used to make lace cookies and for some strange reason I have never tried to make them myself. This looks like a delicious twist!

elly said...

Mi hanno messo l'acquolina in bocca!!! Ne avrei voluto almeno uno tutto per me!!!

LDH said...

I have only made these a couple of times ever and they never came out as lovely as yours. They look so elegant :)

Jay said...

another delicious recipe...looks very appetizing..;)
Tasty Appetite

Audra @ Once a Mom Always a Cook said...

Just dropping in to say hi and I am now following your amazing blog! I am looking forward to browsing through all your yummy recipes! Have a wonderful day :)

Vivian - Let's Try These... said...

My inlaws just paced on a waffle type machine for cookies... its handed down from the early 1940's. They use a recipe similar to this... so delicate looking!

Erin said...

I love all your delicious creations!!! ANd these sound amazing!!!

Jasna's kitchen creations said...

I love having cookies at home all the time...They last for long period and are adored by everyone.

I have trouble opening your other blog - content doesn't show!

Winnie said...

I'm so glad you made these cookies as they are new to me.
They look wonderful and very tasty

missyblurkit said...

what can i replace coconut with? not much of a coconut fan:P

{Epicurean Mom} said...

Mmmm! I love Lace cookies!! These look incredible crunchy and wonderful!

cookingvarieties said...

elaut cerstrivhi azlin, wow, bookmarked with thanks.. simply cool pretty looking cookies

Now Serving said...

Such an interesting cookie - don't believe I have seen these before - yum!

Kitchen Boffin said...

soo.. pretty! love those patterns in it

Cory said...

OMG what a great site, these cookies look soooo yummy. Must come back to visit.
Thank you for visiting my site and leaving such a lovely comment, how else would I have found you.

Lucia said...

Che belli! Sembrano ricamati :-)