Coconut Vanilla Bean Mini Cookies

Today I'm sharing a recipe that came to me accidentally. I've mentioned it before in posts that when one of the girls makes a mistake in the kitchen, they always save it for me and then I create a new recipe with it and share it here. If you're familiar with the show Chopped on Food Network, then their mess up mixing bowls are my "baskets".

Everyone knows that one of my favorite ingredients is coconut! So, I am especially excited about this recipe. And because lately I have been only baking things absolutely necessary, as I'm the only one in the shop. And we also do not need as much desserts as we usually do, I am glad I had this post ready to go. Even though it came to me courtesy of one of my bakers looking at a combination of wrong recipes back in January.

These mini cookies are such an easy recipe to make. The only specific tool you'll need for these is a .3 ounce cookie scoop. You can find that here, if you don't have one (it's about the size of a tablespoon) and the diameter is 1.3-inches. This particular size cookie scoop is important for this recipe as it makes these mini cookies the exact size for the baking time. These cookies are the perfect bite size cookie for snacking or when you want just a little something sweet. The sweet coconut pairs wonderfully with the fresh ground vanilla bean. Get the recipe below.

Coconut Vanilla Bean Mini Cookies

Makes 40 to 45

85 grams (1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons) organic coconut oil

142 grams (1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons) organic cane sugar

57 grams (1/4 cup plus 2 1/2 tablespoons) organic powdered sugar, sifted

2 teaspoons organic coconut extract

1 stick (113 grams) organic salted butter, softened

284 grams (2 1/4 cups) organic all purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt

1/2 teaspoon organic ground vanilla bean

85 grams (1 cup) organic fine shredded coconut


Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attach­ment, add the coconut oil, cane sugar, powdered sugar, and coconut extract. Mix on low until combined and there are no chunks of coconut oil. Add the butter, and mix just until the butter has broken up; you will still see chunks of butter.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, sea salt, and vanilla bean. Add the flour mixture and the coconut to the butter mixture, and mix on low until combined into a dough.

Using a .3-­ounce cookie scoop (about the size of 1 tablespoon), scoop dough onto the prepared cookie sheets. Space the balls about 1 inch apart. Flatten each ball slightly.

Bake for 16 minutes, or until the cookies are lightly browned. Let cool completely on the cookie sheets.

Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 10 days.

Gluten Free - Replace the all purpose flour with 226 grams (scant 1 1/2 cups) gluten free flour plus 43 grams (scant 1/2 cup) organic coconut flour.

High Altitude - Bake at 350°F for 15 minutes, or until cookies are lightly browned.

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