In Despicable Me, Miss Hattie’s Coconutties were Vector’s favorite cookies. They’re a mix between white chocolate macadamia cookies and coconut macaroons.
With my son’s constant watching of our Despicable Me Blu-ray disc, I started to explore some of the other parts of the Dvd and came across the recipes for Miss Hattie’s cookies. Several of them looked pretty good, but being a huge fan of coconut, I decided to give the Coconutties recipe a try. The nice thing about the coconutties recipe is that they use very little flour, so I knew it would be an easy recipe to adapt for a gluten free and even grain free version.
When I first made coconutties, I made them the original way. I hadn’t been experimenting with a grain free diet at the time, but I was already cutting down on the amount of flour in my diet. White chocolate macadamia nut cookies had always been one of my favorites, and I loved how coconutties seemed to merge the best of white chocolate macadamia nut cookies and coconut macaroons all into one great cookie, all while using very little flour.
At the time I found it inconvenient to make the cookie recipes from the Dvd, which I have to watch in the living room, so I looked for the recipes online to make things easier. They are all posted in the Despicable Me Forum for those who want to try them.
Growing up I always loved making the recipes that came with some of my favorite books, and I knew that my son would love an activity like this. Fortunately, these cookies are much better than the ones that came with the books I had growing up. I remember always being a bit disappointed with the outcome of made-for-book recipes. I’m glad that the people who put together this recipe to go along with the movie put a bit more effort into it, and I think that anyone who loves coconut macaroons and white chocolate macadamia nut cookies will love these.
The original recipe calls for sweetened coconut, something that isn’t sold locally here in Spain, so I used this recipe to convert my dried coconut into sweetened coconut the first time I made the recipe. While we’re not exactly going for healthy with this recipe, at least making your own sweetened coconut is the somewhat healthier alternative to buying it ready made. To be honest, though, the finished cookies were pretty sweet, almost too sweet. So, even if you choose to make the original recipe, I’d suggest just using unsweetened dried coconut flakes instead and then add in something to compensate for the loss in moisture. Since I have swapped the sugar for honey, I don’t have an issue with the cookies being dry. I also ended up omitting the step where you cook the ingredients over the stove to “thicken them up” as I didn’t find it necessary.
So, with that introduction, here is my adaptation of the Coconutties recipe:
I have updated this recipe to make it grain free in June 2015, especially since the release of the new minions movie has gotten my son to watch the movie again. If you prefer the original recipe, buy the DVD or check out their forum.
Has anyone tried out the other cookies from the movie? I’d love to hear how they were!
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