I have to admit…everything about the Toronto Star’s 2012 Day 9 Cookie Calendar Cookie grabbed my attention.
For starters, the name itself…’100 Good Cookies’…piqued my interest.
Secondly, there were the interesting ingredients…both butter (or non-dairy alternative such as Earth Balance Vegan Buttery Sticks or Earth Balance Soy Free Buttery Spread) and vegetable oil are required, cream of tartar, as well as a fun mix of oatmeal, rice krispies and coconut.
Thirdly, once again the timing of this recipe is stellar! Ever since both the boys tested negatively for coconut on their allergy skin testing, I have been looking for a recipe to introduce coconut…bingo!
Attention: Anaphylaxis Canada does not include coconut as a tree nut, although they can cause allergic reactions. Therefore, consult with your allergist. Click here for a link to Anaphylaxis Canada’s list of top food allergens.
However, the actual selling point for me was the story…I love a recipe with a good story!
The recipe for 100 Good Cookies was sent in to the Toronto Star by Joyce Stephenson of Oakville. “Here is my favourite cookie,” the article states. “It is not fancy, not particularly Christmas-y, not exotic-but this recipe makes the best cookies you will ever taste. Every time I make them, people just gobble them up and want the recipe.”
Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free ‘100 Good Cookies’
I adapted the original recipe to meet my boys’ food allergies…I replaced the butter with Earth Balance Vegan Sticks (for a soy free recipe use Earth Balance Soy Free Buttery Spread), and the egg with 2 tbsp of water added just before the canola oil and an extra 1/2 tsp baking soda to the flour mixture. Click here for the original recipe in the Toronto Star.
After baking up a few sheets of cookies, I tried one. I felt it was missing something…pure vanilla. I added about 1 1/2 tsp of pure vanilla to the remaining batter…they still needed something. Matthew and I both couldn’t taste the coconut, so I added a bit more coconut to some of the batter…both Matthew and I agreed we liked this version the best. Michael could not tell the difference…he liked them both.
My taste testers (with no food allergies), Victoria and William, enjoyed them…even Victoria who is not a coconut fan!
Topped with dab of Dairy Free Vanilla Icing and sprinkled with toasted coconut…
…creates a festive touch for Christmas!
Tip 1: Next time, I would add 2 tsp of pure vanilla and at least another 1/2 – 3/4 cup of unsweetened desiccated coconut.
Tip 2: I made the cookies slightly more than 1 tsp and baked the cookies for approximately 10 minutes.