Monday, May 25, 2009

Coconut, Oatmeal & Apricot Biscuits

I know what you're thinking. Her bloodstream must be 50% jam by now. Well yes, it probably is! But it's worth it if I get to eat these. I was sitting around on a lazy Sunday, when A mentioned we should go for a walk to his family's house. Perfect excuse to whip up some quick cookies to bring as a surprise gift! I was just dying to use my new favourite bottle of apricot jam for a dessert, so I googled around until I found a recipe that used some of the ingredients I had in mind.

The biscuits on their own are wonderfully crispy and crunchy from the oats and coconut, but they are even better with a piece of dark chocolate pressed into the top of them. And even better with some apricot jam sandwiched in between them! I got a little bit lazy halfway through the construction of these biscuits, and ended up serving the plain biscuits with the jam and the chocolate ones on their own, so that I ended up with double the number of biscuits to share around :)

Coconut, Oatmeal & Apricot Biscuits
(based on recipe from Best Recipes)
100 g butter
75 g caster sugar
75 g brown sugar
1 egg
100 g self-raising flour
50 g quick cooking oats
50 g desiccated coconut
50 g dark chocolate (I used Lindt 70% cocoa)
Apricot jam

Chop up chocolate roughly. Cream both sugars and butter together until the mixture is light and fluffy. Beat in the egg, then fold in the flour. Fold in the oats and coconut.

Drop teaspoonfuls of the mixture onto lined baking trays and leave approximately 5 cm between biscuits. Press a small chunk of chocolate into the middle of half the biscuits. Bake for approximately 10-15 minutes or until golden. Cool on wire rack.

When cookies are completely cool, take one plain biscuit and one chocolate-topped biscuit and sandwich together with some apricot jam. If you can't be bothered doing that, either eat them plain or smear the tops with apricot jam. Jam may soften the texture of the biscuits.

In my opinion they taste the best when they are fully constructed like the one below, because they are a little bit soggy when you just smear the jam on top. But the cookies are so adaptable, do what you like and I'm sure it will turn out great.

Oh and we didn't even end up walking to A's family house, so I got to keep these for myself :D
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  1. I've decided that oatmeal cookies are the best thing. They make you feel virtuous because their goodness balances out the sugar, butter and chocolate. And with 2 of them sandwiched together, that's double the goodness!

  2. Yum! I love oat & coconut cookies. I would love one with some tea right now!

  3. gosh they look so yummy - love the idea of shoving a piece of choc on tOP!

  4. ohmygosh they look so good. i flopped my first ever cookies years ago and never attempted to make them since... but these oatmeal cookies might just get me started again!

  5. Yum! They look tasty! Now for a cup of tea..

  6. Oatmeal cookies are so good aren't they! And oatmeal is so good for you too. Hehe more jam-surely a sign of addiction-but a good one at that! :)

  7. Surely these have to be good for you, due to the oatmeal. Thats the line I'm taking. And if you used dark chocolate that good for you too. I think for your health sake, you need to make another batch. Hmmm.....cookies and jam....YUM!

  8. Belle - Ooh yes I like that, double the goodness rather than double the calories ;)

    Betty - Mm they are fantastic with tea, but what biscuits aren't? :)

    Babydoll's Project 365 - Hehe thanks, isn't everything better with a piece of chocolate on top?

    Trisha - Oh you should give them a go, they are super easy. I find cookies so much easier than cakes and your cakes always seem to turn out great so I'm sure you'd be even better with cookies!

    Forager - :) Thanks! Yes a cup of tea is the perfect partner...

    Lorraine - They are the best, I love the texture they give! I know, I think I've truly shown what a jam nut I am!

    Maria - LOL I like your logic! I better go whip up another batch right now, if my health is at stake! ;)

  9. They look fantastic, & yes I'm thinking your bloodstream is 50% sugar now. But mine is 100% green with envy. Love these cookies...could do with a couple now!

  10. Thanks Deeba! Hahaha I think I must be on a sugar high most of the day after all the cookies I eat :) Thanks!


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