I remember my grandmother making coconut drops for me back in Trinidad, they were the best drops I ever had, sweet, filled with fresh grated coconuts. I would usually eat 5 or 6 as soon as they were finished baking.
I figured I will make my own version of coconut drops, replacing regular flour with rye flour, because that seems to be one of the few flours I can tolerate and digest without bloating lately.
I am putting a little twist on it by topping them with cream cheese and I will explain why below.
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 eggs lightly beaten
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp xanthan gum
2 cups of rye flour (regular white flour use 3 cups)
3 tsps baking powder
2 tsps cinnamon
1/2 cup raisins
2 cups finely grated coconut
2 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 Tablespoon butter
1/2 cup icing sugar
toasted coconut (optional, for garnish)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Cream butter and brown sugar until smooth, about 4 – 5 minutes. Then add eggs, vanilla and xanthan gum , mix well.
In a separate bowl, prepare the rye flour, baking powder and cinnamon. Then add grated coconut and raisins.
Pour the liquid mixture into the dry ingredients and combine well. My dough was a little too dry so I added a little liquid, you can add coconut milk, coconut oil or a little water.
The batter should now be firm to the touch, spoon onto a baking sheet or parchment paper. Then back for 20 minutes until golden brown.
When mine was finished they were still a little dry, so I made a cream cheese frosting. Coconut drops are not traditionally eaten in Trinidad with any type of frosting but I wanted to add a little twist to it!
To make the frosting:-
Cream the butter and cream cheese until smooth; add the icing sugar and beat until creamy.
Sprinkle the top of the coconut drops with toasted coconut.
Don’t these coconut drops look delicious?! Because they really are! The rye flour’s texture still has some getting used to. If you try this recipe let me know how it goes in the comments below!
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