These are really way more candy then they are cookie. But I'll call them a cookie anyway, since they're cookie-shaped. These lace cookies are oat and flour-free, which makes them perfect for Passover and those who eat a gluten-free diet.
These really are "lace" cookies - you can see right through them. They spread out completely flat and make up a complex web of coconut strands encased in sugar. It is light and crispy and unlike most cookies you've ever eaten.
The original recipe called for chocolate to be drizzled on top. I think that or even sandwiching the cookies together with chocolate would be a nice touch, though I chose to leave mine plain. As I note below in the recipe, it is crucial to leave these enough room to spread on the baking sheet; you don't want one giant cookie (though maybe you do?) so resist the urge to crowd.
I have a few more desserts and dishes I'm still hoping to make for Passover; I can't guarantee any postings because the next few days will be pretty hectic, plus Tuesday and Wednesday I'll be offline for the holiday, but there should be more gluten-free deliciousness to come next week!
Tip of the Day: Potato starch and corn starch can be used fairly interchangeably for baking, but when it comes to using them to thicken sauces or soups, you will need less potato starch than you would normally use corn.
Recipe: (adapted from Giada de Laurentis)
3/4 cup sweetened, flaked coconut
3/4 cup light brown sugar
2 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
3 tablespoons potato or corn starch
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
Spread the coconut on a rimmed baking sheet and toast at 350 F for 5 to 6 minutes until just lightly toasted.
Stir together the sugar, butter, potato starch, vanilla and salt until smooth.
Dump in the coconut and stir until coated in the mixture.
Drop the batter by rounded teaspoonfuls on to a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Do not place more than 6 cookies on a sheet at a time - they need alot of room to spread.
Bake on 375 F for 8 to 10 minutes until completely flat.