Thursday, November 3, 2011

BRASILEIRAS (COCONUT COOKIE DROPS)

For several years I lived next door to an American citizen who came from Brazil.  Her mother, would visit often from Brazil, and loved to cook.  Even though her mother and I could not speak each others languages, we learned to communicate effectively often over food.  This is an old Brazilian recipe in honor of my friends.

1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup water
1 tablesp. butter OR margarine
1 fresh coconut, grated OR 2 cups flaked coconut
4 egg yolks, beaten
1 tablesp. flour

In saucepan, boil sugar and water until mixture spins thread when dropped from spoon (about 240 degrees F. on candy thermometer).  Add butter and remaining ingredients, one at a time, mixing well after each addition.  Cook, stirring, until mixture thickens--about 5 minutes.  Cool.  Meanwhile, start heating oven to 350 degrees F. When mixture is cool, shape into small balls.  Bake on greased cookie sheets 12 min. or until golden.

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