If you’re looking to add a little Caribbean flavor to your baking/dessert repertoire, I’ve got a simple and delicious coconut mango cookie recipe to share with you. If I recall correctly the range of baking (desserts) in our kitchen when we were kids in the Caribbean, were cakes and in some cases pastries. Our mom never owned a cook book, so what she prepared was always something which were pass down to her from her mom and elders around her, as she was growing up. Baked desserts were limited, but she did make up for that with ‘real’ food. Dad made a killer currants roll, but the mess that man would make in the kitchen would resemble the aftermath of a hurricane.
This recipe will mimic that of a short bread cookie, but with the coconut and chopped dried mango, you’ll get a unique undertone of the Caribbean.
1 cup butter (soft)
2/3 cup super fine sugar
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 egg yolk
1/2 cup dry shredded coconut (unsweetened)
1/2 cup dried mango
2 tablespoon vanilla extract
Preheat your oven to 375 F and line your cookie sheet with parchment paper as we get the dough ready.
Cream the butter and sugar in a large bowl. Whisk until you have a smooth consistency and the butter mixture goes pale. Then beat in the egg yolk and vanilla extract.
Sift in the flour into the bowl and add the pinch of salt. Add in the chopped mango (I used dehydrated mango which I chopped into pieces) as well as the shredded coconut into the bowl and give this a good mix until everything is combined thoroughly. It will be a stiff dough and somewhat crumbly.
Scoop out tablespoon heaps and place (press down gently) on the lined cookie sheet and bake for about 12-15 minutes or until you get some golden brown happening. Your home will have a wonderful scent and you will be tempted to dive in. Hold your horses.. let then cool for about 10 minutes on the cookie sheet then transfer onto a cooling rack. The texture will be a bit crumbly, so it’s important that they cool well.
There you go… a simple yet outstanding way to enjoy coconut and mango in cookies. You can certainly freeze this dough if you want to make it in advance and thaw, then bake when you’re ready. Makes about 30 cookies.. depends on how big you make them.