Avocado Cookies

AvocadoSo, Avocados are a thing you can get much more cheaply in Africa that you can in Lincolnshire. They also taste much better too. If you’ve never seen one, I’ve included a picture on the right.

They are also much healthier for you than butter, apparently full of “good fat”. Always up for a challenge, I decided to try and make some cookies, using avo instead of butter.

Given that maize is a local staple too, I chucked some of that in, which made this an even more South Africany treat.

Disclaimer: I am a proud member of the chuck-it-in-it’ll-be-fine school of cooking. I firmly believe a happy cook just throws stuff in a pan, rather than measuring 18g of this and 3.5 medium egg yolks of that; so take my measurements with a pinch of salt, so to speak. This recipe makes around 15 cookies. Ish.

Ingredients:

  • 2 or 3 medium avos – as ripe as possible.
  • 1 cup sugar – I literally used a coffee mug, rather than any kind of accurate measuring thing.
  • 1 cup chocolate powder (I used cheap stuff that’s full of sugar. If you use cocoa powder, you are going to want to add more sugar, around another 1/3 of a cup.)
  • A big spoon baking soda
  • 1 egg
  • Half a cup ACE chocolate maize (If you haven’t got this, just replace with flour).
  • 1.5 cups white flour
  • 1 cup chocolate chips. Or chocolate chunks. Or just eat the chocolate chunks, and have plain cookies. Mmmm, chocolate chunks!

Avocado CookieRecipe

  1. Mush the avos. I used a fork. If you have a blender, that would be easier, but you have less excuse to lick avo off your hands…
  2. Put all the powders in a bowl: flour, sugar, chocolate powder, baking sofa, maize, etc, and mix thoroughly.
  3. Now add the egg and avo mush, and mix thoroughly. It should be about as thick as butter thats been out of the fridge for half an hour. Add a little water to thin it, or more flour to thicken it, as needed.
  4. Put 1 inch balls onto an oven tray (greased with more avo!).
  5. Cook at about 180 degrees celcius for 12ish minutes. Peer at them through the door.
  6. At 10 minutes, quickly flatten them with a spatula – the avo doesn’t melt like butter, so they don’t go flat without extra help.
  7. Remove when browned, and allow to cool.
  8. Eat a cookie. Feel proud. Feel ashamed about eating all the chocolate chunks earlier. Get over it, eat another cookie.

2 thoughts on “Avocado Cookies

    1. Hehe, that’s awesome, I’m honoured that you made them! Looks like you had the same experience that the fat doesn’t melt in the same way, so they stay quite bun shaped – I squashed mine with a spatula just before they were done. How did they taste?

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